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Does anyone know if it’s possible to buy merch online?

I wanted one of the lineup tshirts but not enough for more queuing. 

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Went to Mad cool then onto Benicassim. Last night benicassim opened 15/20min late, nothing crazy, but in that time Melvin Benn came out with crates of water to hand out, apologised, said it would be open soon and that if we could share these bottles more would be round in a min.

You’d think the similar positioned person at Mad cool would of have the sense to do something similar on the Thursday 

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43 minutes ago, seantizz said:

Just had the best of first days at Benicassim. This is how you do a festival. X

What temp was the bubbly in the limo?

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Just one outsiders' opinion, from someone who went to both Rock Werchter and Mad Cool in the last two weeks. I truly enjoyed both festivals, but I would choose RW 100/100 over Mad Cool in the future, if you're traveling for the festival.

The lineups were very, very similar. But RW was run so, so much better. Although I did love the late start, so it wasn't an entire day of standing in the heat. Who would think that the Belgian festival would be the one with the oppressive sun?

Thankfully, Mad Cool is still very, very new. Hopefully next year the gigantic entry lines on day one are tamed. That would go a far way to winning back some fans!

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4 hours ago, ilikesimpsons said:

Went to Mad cool then onto Benicassim. Last night benicassim opened 15/20min late, nothing crazy, but in that time Melvin Benn came out with crates of water to hand out, apologised, said it would be open soon and that if we could share these bottles more would be round in a min.

You’d think the similar positioned person at Mad cool would of have the sense to do something similar on the Thursday 

Nice effort. Although it's absolutely the right thing to do, the cynic in me thinks they might just be capitalising on the PR disaster that was last Thursday at Mad Cool.

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14 minutes ago, Supernintendo Chalmers said:

Nice effort. Although it's absolutely the right thing to do, the cynic in me thinks they might just be capitalising on the PR disaster that was last Thursday at Mad Cool.

Definitely think this too. (Drinking) water was just as hard to come by at Beni when I went a couple of years ago. 

Also worth remembering Beni is considerably smaller and has been running a lot longer. 

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The biggest problem imo was the lack of announcements about public transport until 3 days before the festival. All the foreign people that came to visit Madrid booked their hotels with no idea about the transport to the site.

Next year, people will know that booking a hotel near Plaza de Castilla or near Nuevos Ministerios will make so easy to go back home after the festival in a few minutes. Metro had no queues and run every 5 minutes, so if your hotel were near Nuevos Ministerios it was sooo easy to back home.

I did no see any dangerous situation during the weekend, no fights and people having a great time. This festival has grown so fast in just one year and I am sure that next year they won't make the same mistakes. Friday and Saturday were normal days imo, and most of the thursday problems were solved. 

The sound and the screens were the best ones that I've ever seen in a festival. Lot of nice bands, lot of nice peoples and fantastic weather after the sunset.

The person that make their review for efestivals obviously a few days after is talking fantastic things about FIB, another great spanish festival but run by british people. Lot of hidden interests and a great competetion between spanish festivals. Unfortunately, that stupid war has also be seen on lot of spanish blogs, sites or papers... Next year, an old new festival (Doctor Music Festival) will make a comeback during the same weekend that BBK, Cruilla and Mad Cool, and just one week before FIB, so more shit will be spread between them.

 

 

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Did anyone go in the little conservatory thing they had with concept art for next year? Looked like they planning on building a lot more, and therefore taking up even more floorspace, without increasing the size of the arena. Dunno how that would work with the same capacity. 

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Interesting reading all the comments on this.

Im not surprised organisation was shoddy. Last year was a shit show by most accounts so to grow AND move venue its not entirely surprising they had lots of issues.

Fact is though if they invest and have a line up like this next year it’ll sell out in 2019 regardless. 

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After a week of gathering thoughts and reading what others have to say:

It was a nice festival.

Technically it was superb, with the exception of radio stage which was poorly placed to say the least and had a ton of other problems (a real shame for Marmozets, they put on a great show nevertheless).
The prices inside were reasonable. So were the queues, apart form the first day.
The lineup was the best I've seen in years and that surely saved this festival.
The fake grass is awesome. The whole venue should be bigger for that many people, the crowd was nice though so luckily there were no bigger problems. I had a bunch of absolute pissdrunk annoyingastheycanbe english twats right next to me during the Monkeys show, and they seemed to follow me with their inability or rather unwillingness to stand on their own two feet and not ruin the night for everybody around them as I was trying to get further away from them. That was the only crowd-related problem I experienced, but ya know, AM fans.

There were downsides too, and big ones. The whole first day shit show, Massive Attack stuff, only one waterpoint, expensive water, transport etc. Apart for the first day that simply can't be excused, the problems weren't as disastrous as people make it and I'm sure they will address it in the coming years. Will consider returning in a couple of years when they perhaps put together a lineup as insane as this one (I would be surprised if the next year's wasn't considerably weaker/less interesting).

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1 hour ago, clasher said:

Apart for the first day that simply can't be excused, the problems weren't as disastrous as people make it and I'm sure they will address it in the coming years. Will consider returning in a couple of years when they perhaps put together a lineup as insane as this one (I would be surprised if the next year's wasn't considerably weaker/less interesting).

If you're gonna upgrade from 55 to 80k people on a new site then you might aswell check up every possible thing that might go wrong. No communication towards the people in the queue on the first is day in that heat is unforgivable. If you've to wait up until 2 hours then you might aswell give out some water bottles or atleast let people keep them until they're inside or something. You gotta check up on your volunteers if they know and understand what they have to do because most of them didn't even know what to do on the first day. Maybe keep a screening or give information to the people working what their job actually is gonna be or something. Only 1 water station but still selling water bottles from 33cl for €2 is laughable. I'm sorry but this organisation was a complete joke. 

Communication is key, my dude. (If it works ofcourse because even with 4G on, I could barely connect with internet there). Send out some tweets regarding queues, delays, problems, cancellations.. Use the app for what it's built for???

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On 7/20/2018 at 5:35 PM, johnybegood said:

The biggest problem imo was the lack of announcements about public transport until 3 days before the festival. All the foreign people that came to visit Madrid booked their hotels with no idea about the transport to the site.

If you did some research on the metro and train situation of the city then you could almost be sure of it, even before the announcement, that the tram line 8 would be the only option running through the festival. If you booked something in that area then you basically had no problem coming back to your appartements at night. But yes, you're right tho (even if it's really special from the city of Madrid they got permession to do such a thing through the weekend) that they should've announced transport options wayyy earlier. Now everyone knows where to book next year tho so yeah 

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@arcuse Don't get me wrong, the first day with the entry queues, failures of the cash registry systems, utterly disorganized bar staff and the lack of communications were all shambolic, I completely agree with you. All those problems didn't persist throughout the festival though, most of them were solved on day two. Could they have done more? Of course. Should they have done more? Absolutely. 

However: I guess the real question here is whether the first day disaster destroys the whole festival. I would argue it doesn't, as I had a great time, enjoyed a number of marvelous performances with a great sound and visuals and queued less than 5 minutes for drinks and food the rest of the weekend.

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I saw better music, presented flawlessly at this than a couple of Glastonbury’s. Tickets were dirt cheap also. Great stuff.

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I've been to roughly 40 festivals in 14 years and this is the only one out of them that I categorically wouldn't go back to, just an utter disappointment. You could have Metallica, The Smiths and Rush headline and I wouldn't bat an eyelid.

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26 minutes ago, moz4pm said:

I've been to roughly 40 festivals in 14 years and this is the only one out of them that I categorically wouldn't go back to, just an utter disappointment. You could have Metallica, The Smiths and Rush headline and I wouldn't bat an eyelid.

Really? Was thinking of heading next year. Would love to hear if you have additional issues apart from what others were saying previous.

where would have been your fav fest sound/lineup wise?

thanks

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20 hours ago, Rico_Pliskin said:

Really? Was thinking of heading next year. Would love to hear if you have additional issues apart from what others were saying previous.

where would have been your fav fest sound/lineup wise?

thanks

Nos Alive, been three times, we went to Mad Cool for Depeche Mode but in hindsight we wish we'd done Nos again. Cheap, well organised, great arena, great lineups, never had a bad time there.

Infact we already booked our hotel for Nos next year.

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Other than the first night, i had no problems at Mad Cool. I booked my hotel 5 mins drive from the festival as i thought it would be easier to travel into Madrid on the days the festival was NOT on than to travel back from the festival to the centre of Madrid on a daily basis. In hindsight it was the best move ever.

 

I know people are saying that the travel back was a chore but the festival was on the outskirts of Madrid near the airport. Could you imagine a summer festival near Heathrow that finished at 4am and staying at Picadilly Circus?? You simply wouldn't do that. 

 

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1 hour ago, jonnytee1 said:

Other than the first night, i had no problems at Mad Cool. I booked my hotel 5 mins drive from the festival as i thought it would be easier to travel into Madrid on the days the festival was NOT on than to travel back from the festival to the centre of Madrid on a daily basis. In hindsight it was the best move ever.

 

I know people are saying that the travel back was a chore but the festival was on the outskirts of Madrid near the airport. Could you imagine a summer festival near Heathrow that finished at 4am and staying at Picadilly Circus?? You simply wouldn't do that. 

 

Yeah we stayed in a hotel near the airport and it was a gift getting to and from the festival. Made a huge difference. 

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2 minutes ago, The Nal said:

Yeah we stayed in a hotel near the airport and it was a gift getting to and from the festival. Made a huge difference. 

To get from the festival to our hostel at gran via it was also quite easy: take the U-8, go to the waiting busses there which went to cibelles and walk a little. Time taken: 40 minutes(?), extra money taken: 0, because of a valid tourist ticket. 

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We took the metro at night as well, and then we were either a 25 min walk from Nuevos Ministerios or a 5 min Uber. The only long part was the walk from the festival to the metro, that seemed to get longer each night!

Looking back it was an ok festival. I don't think I would go back again, especially with Glasto in such close proximity timewise.

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The queue on the first day to change the eticket to a wristband was horrible. Specially because they had the security check before queueing. So they took the drinking water away and let you wait in the sun (just a bit shadow in the underbridge) for nearly two hours. That was very bad organized. And after you entered the festival, you have to wait 25min to get a beer...worst festival experience ever. Maybe I really had bad luck and was there at peak time...

On the next two days, it was way better. Also the bar staff was better organized.

To get back in town, on the first day I used the metro, after a long walk home. The better option was with the free shuttle-bus from the festival to Cibeles. 

I am not sure, if I go next year again.

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