After attending to both festivals this year I decided to make a list of what I liked and disliked about both of them.
- More friendly: Bloodstock being a small festival I find it cosier and people seem to be more friendly.
- Cheaper: The tickets are almost 2/3 the price. Also the beer in the arena is cheaper. And best of all you have the chance to buy crates of beer inside the festival area (24 for £40 and 12 for £20).
- Closer to London: Considering the time spent on the road is just wasted it is good that it takes less.
- Coach on Thursday: Not a flaw of the festival but since that’s my means on transportation, I have to chalk it up on festivals cons.
- More bands: There are more top level bands. Of course the downside of it is that you have to choose because of the time conflicts.
- Internet connection: A huge plus. Not very fast but still good enough to read Tweets and some newspapers
- Too big to walk around: It took me 30 minutes to walk from the camping site to the arena. Although it’s a good exercise, I hated walking all day long on my vacation!
- Too crowded: Even in the afternoon, there were thousand and thousands of people in front of the main stages. I watched most shows from the giant screen.
- Logistics: There are so many people that there were queues everywhere. Want to buy a beer? Wait in line. Wanna go to toilet? Wait in line. Wanna buy food? Wait in line! If there is one thing that I hate more than walking all day on my vacation is that waiting in lines all day on my vacation.
To me Bloodstock is definitely the better choice and if I’m around this time next year I’ll most certainly be attending to it. I’m glad I had the chance to see Download but probably that was my first and last time.