From tangents to soap-boxes, Bring Back Glam! has turned into my mouthpiece this week. There are rumors all over the place that there will be a side stage at Rocklahoma 2008. I think this is a horrible idea for a multitude of reasons.
First, I've already paid good money for three V.I.P. seats. I want to the be in the middle of the action, in front of the main stage when I'm not doing media things. I want my seat for both rockin' and restin,' thank you very much.
Second, who determines who is main stage worthy and who is relegated to the side stage? What if two bands I want to see are playing at the exact same time? This means smaller crowds for both acts and half the point of Rocklahoma is so thousands of fans can see their favorite bands -- and the musicians get a chance to play for a massive crowd. Third, will there be any seating at the rumored side stage areas? I highly doubt it, and I don't think it should be "first come, first served" when - once again - I've already paid for my seat license.
There is one way I can see a side stage working, but there would still be scheduling conflicts. A separate concert area would be feasible for non-80s based bands, or up and comers of the Glam genre. What if this happens and bands like Vains of Jenna, Big Cock, and Dirty Penny are playing the same time as headliners? This isn't fair to anyone.
For the most part, the single stage set-up worked marvelously last year. There were tents for unsigned bands, and those musicians played their hearts out all day long, so everyone had a chance to check them out.
While we're on the subject of Rocklahoma, I'm adding more bands to my prediction list: I think Extreme will play and I also think Big Cock will be in Pryor, Oklahoma in some regard (for the rest, please see "Rocklahoma Predictions).
So, what are your thoughts on the rumoured side stage?