Photo Gallery: Drummers, Part 2

Anthrax, Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Armored Saint, Versailles, Ohio
Black Veil Brides, Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Dopethrone, Heavy Montreal
Goatwhore, Higher Ground, Burlington
Halestorm, Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Incantation, Piere’s, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Tommy Stewart’s Dyerwulf, Tennessee Metal Devastation
Voivod, Pure Filth Festival

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

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Photo Gallery: Drummers, Part 2

Photo Gallery: Keys

Underoath at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
The Contortionist at the Old National Centre, Indianapolis
Munly and the Lupercalians at Muddy Roots
Flux Capacitor at Nectar’s, Burlington
Nekrogoblikon at Higher Ground, Burlington
Antagonizers ATL at Muddy Roots

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

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Photo Gallery: Keys

Photo Gallery: Drummers, Part 1

Apocalyptica at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Kittie at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Midnight at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati
Mike Vallaley and the Complete Disaster at Muddy Roots
Municipal Waste at Pure Filth Festival
Summoner’s Circle at Tennessee Metal Devastation
Theory of a Deadman at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Warbringer at The Vogue, Indianapolis

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

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Photo Gallery: Drummers, Part 1

Commentary: Too Much More — Four Day Festival Exhaustion (2023)

Are four-day music festivals too much of a good thing?

Aftershock, Sacramento

Do you remember when big music festivals lasted for three days? I do. It was just a couple of years ago, before the covid-19 pandemic. Ah, the good old days.

All major music festivals were cancelled in 2020 because of covid, so when the next year rolled around – and we were still facing covid restrictions – festival promoters had the idea that an extra day added on to the festival would be a nice bonus because we all had missed out completely the year before. That sounded pretty good at the time. More bands, more beer, more food, more music. And it was pretty good. The first year. 2023 is the third year in a row where four-day music festivals are commonplace, and it is starting to wear me down.

The thing about four-day festivals is they are really long, an expensive. For fans, that is an extra day they have to take off work, an extra day in a hotel (or camping), and extra day of food and drink expense. It adds up. For some people, like me, the third day was a bit wearisome, having spent day one and day two hitting it hard. A fourth day can test your limits of endurance, and if it does that, the fun really starts to slow down.

So why does the fourth day persist? I can think of a few reasons off the top of my head. For one thing, there is the illusion of value. Prices have gone up for festivals, but they did not go up 33% as we might expect for that extra day. Four days then seems like a good deal to people (setting aside those extra day expenses I mentioned a second ago). Most importantly, the fourth day persists because there really isn’t any choice, is there? If you are going to a festival in the area where you live, you probably don’t have three or four different ones to choose from every year with the kind of music you want to see. So, you take what’s available.

Heavy Montreal

From the promoter’s point of view, four-day festivals make more money because they sell food and booze and merch for an extra day. The rental of the festival grounds might be a little higher, but the biggest expenses are fixed cost – the headliners, the stages, etc. – so an extra day does not add to those costs much, if at all. They would have to pay more bands to play, if there were more bands playing. You might have noticed, though, that many of the big festivals have reduced the number of acts per day as they added an additional festival day. Are there really more bands? Not many.

I think the situation is that four-day festivals have become expected, so scaling back might be perceived as a loss in value and quality. Therefore, we might just be struck them for a while. Personally, one of my favorite festivals was always Heavy Montreal, and that is a two-day festival. It was paired with the one-day ’77 event (a punk festival), so you could easily opt out or in, depending on what you wanted to do. Psycho Las Vegas has the optional add-on Psycho Swim on the Thursday before the festival, making a nice separating option. That’s a good way to go, too. The only thing you can do along these lines for most four-day festivals is by one day at a time, which is priced to be considerably more expensive.

Sunday Afternoon at Louder Than Life, Louisville

I hate to miss out on the big festivals where heavy metal bands play, but I am worn down by the four days. This year, I am going to concentrate on the smaller events (one- and two-day metal fests) and the ones that kept it to a tight three. For the most part, anyway. I do expect to be at Blue Ridge Rock Fest this year, and probably Aftershock, but otherwise I am capping it at three days. So, that’ll be Psycho Las Vegas without the swim (I’ll be there on Thursday but look for me sitting at the tables), Metal Threat, Heavy Psych Sounds, Hell In The Harbor, Rock Fest, and festivals like that. I love music festivals. I just don’t want too much of a good thing.

Photos by Wayne Edwards

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Commentary: Too Much More — Four Day Festival Exhaustion (2023)

Photo Gallery: Cannibal Corpse, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Cannibal Corpse, http://www.cannibalcorpse.net/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Cannibal Corpse, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, 2022

New Year’s Day, 2023

Here we go.

It’s a new year, and a new set of opportunities. More important than anything: more heavy music.

This year we are stepping it up at Shardik Media. The plan is for five new release reviews every week, expanded coverage of live music including music festivals we have not covered before, and a couple surprise features that will be new to Flying Fiddlesticks Music Blog. Stay tuned.

Speaking of something new, we are looking for an intern to do some of the writing and posting for the blog. It is unpaid, so it is not a good deal, but if you like heavy music and you want to get involved, pop us an email at shardik@flyingfiddlesticks.com.

I am going to put up a couple of random photos that haven’t been on the website before as a little celebration of the year to come. Let’s make 2023 count.

Wayne Edwards

King Diamond, Mercyful Fate
Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P.
Amon Amarth
Primitive Man
Moru
Dying Wish
Spirit Adrift

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links and info.

Contact email address: shardik@flyingfiddlesticks.com

I also write for Ghost Cult Magazine: https://www.ghostcultmag.com/

Social Media accounts used regularly…

Instagram, @wayneedwardsffmb

Twitter, @we21011

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100082879764669

Mastodon, @ShardikMedia@universeodon.com

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New Year’s Day, 2023

Photo Gallery: Municipal Waste, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Municipal Waste website, https://www.municipalwaste.net/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

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Photo Gallery: Alice Cooper, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Alice Cooper website, https://alicecooper.com/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Gallery

Photo Gallery: Halestorm, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Halestorm website, https://www.halestormrocks.com/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

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Photo Gallery: Unearth, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Unearth website, https://unearthofficial.com/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Unearth, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022