The goal of a music festival is to make money. One way to increase revenue is to minimize cost. If they can reduce costs without risking a hit in revenue, they will and should do it. It's business.
With that said, this is the first time we've had a four day festival, so that's a huge deal. We will actually have room to camp this year, so that is a huge deal. The dance tent should be larger, so that is a big deal. The festival also hasn't occurred yet, so we don't know what other minor changes we will find out about when we get there. Wanting more than what we are getting is being a bit picky.
Know, good, reasoned response that avoids my typos as arguments. I completely get the financial aspect. This year they are going to make a good profit, and that is perfectly fine by me. It's obvious they could have even raised their price point and sold out. However, I also believe TicketsNow (Ticketmaster-owned reseller) still has ~500-1000 tickets available. Tickets that were never made available to the public. Also, as Weak Shit Superfan says, it may take until next year, or a couple of years to see whether this years Sasquatch will be a hindrance to its longevity.
I agree, a fourth day is big. But for me it's not a huge attraction. I am already toast after three days, and it also means taking another day off (for a total of three days for Canadians if you really want to experience the whole thing). That isn't always easy. However, that is my personal opinion, and if it generally goes well, then kudos to him for the idea.
Maybe I am being picky; but we all pay a lot of money for this festival and I think that gives us the belief we can be more critical of things we dont like about it. But I'll certainly take your comments into account and try to temper my attitude.
I understand people on here are a little disappointed, but you have to realize the people on this board or the "hard core festival junkie/music lover" make up maybe 5% of the festival audience.
You guys call this lineup safe, but honestly it is one of the most accessible lineups they have ever had. To the majority of casual fans or borderline attendees, this is a pretty great lineup.
*Anecdotal evidence alert* Last year I think everyone here would agree featured a much better lineup, but to the non-hardcore music fan, there really wasn't any major draws. Bands like Massive Attack, LCD or MMJ are some of my favorite acts, but a ton of people really have no idea who they are. Like them or not, the Foos are a huge draw. Bigger than those three previous bands combined.
Last year I tried to round up a crew to come down, and I couldn't find anyone that wanted to come. This year there is a group of 15 of us coming.
Now, you say that the festival will feel the effects down the road. I disagree. The people that post on this board (and the people that are the most upset) are likely going to go every year. What Adam Snacks has done this year by making a broader lineup and attracting a whole new crowd is possibly catching a few of these "borderline" fans and turing them into lifelong fans.
Good points wompwomp. I tend to forget that I listen to "weird" music when chatting with all of you, but anytime music gets brought up around my friends from school and work I get looked at like I'm some kind of a leper. I also remember not being able to find anyone to go with me last year since literally the only name on the bill some of my friends knew was Public Enemy. Not exactly a selling point for a $200 ticket to a casual music fan. This year with Foo, DCFC, and Modest Mouse, I definitely heard more of a buzz among those same people who couldn't have cared less last year. That doesn't change my opinion about how AZ still seems to be cheating us a bit out of what originally appeared to be a grand slam anniversery in other ways, but I definitely see you're saying.