One thing is certain. Thursday is not what it used to be. There used to be a few bands as a treat for the few people that showed up the night before the festival started.
Now that Roo is officially 4 days, at least 1/3 of Rooers seem to show up Thursday. The few shows that are on are absolutely packed. They need more shows going on.
Yea this past year was super crowded on Thursday. In 2009 I was able to walk up to the first act playing and there were like 20 people there. Every other show was pretty easy/not crowded but in 2011 the tents were FULL pretty early. Still had an awesome time (always love new bands) but definitely saw more people than I was used to.
Hope they open up the Which stage this year to thin it out a bit.
here's my idea for thursday: around march or april, announce a band as the first ever thursday headliner on the which. this is a band that is from the top of the lineup and fits the nighttime esthetic. looking at last year's lineup, i would go with sci or pretty lights - a band of that level. then, when the schedule comes out or soon after, 'promote' 2 already-scheduled thursday bands to play before them on the which based on their popularity and how much they've blown up since they were booked. one of the bands from last year i would select for this is definitely sleigh bells, but i'm not sure of who else. this would spread the crowd out and give small buzz bands a big stage to show off on.
Post by theshining on Feb 11, 2012 13:34:50 GMT -5
Thursday this year was definitely the most packed I have ever seen it. I think opening up the Which is a good idea (have for a few years now) and given that Roo seems to evolve, significant change wise, every 3-4 years perhaps this will be the year it finally happens.
I don't think a top tier act would be put out on Which for Thursday though. I think it is more likely that a couple of the most popular up and coming acts could play there later in the evening which would help thin out the tent crowds a bit.