So it’s Bloodstock next weekend. And thanks to those fucking twats at AC Promotions, I won’t be there for the second year running. Going by their “reasons”, there’s no point me bothering applying next year, since I’m apparently not big enough for the festival I’ve been covering very positively and working my arse off at since 2009.
So much for loyalty.
Making no bones about it, Bloodstock is my absolute favourite outdoor festival. It’s actually the only outdoor festival in the UK I’d even think about going to. Up until three years ago, the atmosphere in the media area was very jovial, with musicians, journos and togs interviewing, writing and chatting. Three years ago, that changed. For one thing, it became difficult to get contact details for bands and managers. It was, so I understand, difficult for managers and bands to get contact details for potential interviewers.
That year, the atmosphere in the media area wasn’t as friendly. It wasn’t as much of a fun place to be. The next year, despite it being almost empty, I was told it was full and I would just be allowed access to VIP. Pretty much everyone I encountered (who were all either videoing interviews or had shows on FM radio, unlike me, who was “just” a podcaster) was asking me why I was outside media.
I was offered the same thing last year, despite me reminding AC Promotions that the media area was (according to several people I trust and call friends) virtually empty for most of the three days, and stressing that the quality of interview I was able to get thanks to the conditions THEY set had decreased.
I turned them down, stating that I would be unable to give Bloodstock the coverage it deserved (to a larger audience than several of the media outlets that DID get access, by virtue of them being on a radio station of some kind, despite them being highly local community stations) if I was not able to access the media area.
This year, I applied and was turned down.
So my message to Oli Walkers and Austin Collins is this: fuck you and the horse you rode in on. I fervently hope that the Gregorys notice the decrease in Bloodstock coverage across the audio media (because from what I understand, Cosa Nostra PR are doing a pretty damned good job with the print media) and realize it’s because you’re alienating many of us because you can’t be arsed doing the job you’ve been employed to do – spread the word about the best Metal festival in the UK.
This, by the way, is a PR agency who don’t even answer their phone. There’s a message on their answering machine telling any callers to ring Oli on his mobile. Yes, you did read that correctly. It’s a wonder they’ve got ANY clients at all, since the person who’s supposed to be running things is doing it in absentia.
Next year, I’m seriously considering getting myself a VIP ticket and setting up my own media area for podcasters and small press. I may even message Adam Gregory on Facebook to ask about setting up my gazebo in VIP so I can do interviews under some kind of cover.
So yes… I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m not going to take their shit anymore. Any bands left on their roster, I’ll be contacting through their record company or through Cosa Nostra, who seem to share many of them.
AC Promotions? Fuck off and die.