Most of you guys are very impressed with the job done by those 'geniuses' at the WOA organization, and you all loved Wacken this year, etc... But, honestly, I don't know whether to laugh or to cry at this!? WOA's 'heroic' statement doesn't impress me. So what? Now you want to tell me that its hard to organize all those logistic issues in three days???? I know that!!!!! What I never thoght before I went to Wacken was that you people wouldn't have any kind of consideration for the crowd that comes to marvel at this festival. Maybe it is because of the stereotiped pig-like behaviour of the metal-heads, or whatever that makes you think that the crowd will accept any stupid mistake, the overall grumpiness of your staff, the unhigienic conditions, etc... And I am amazed on how many of the people who write to this forum really have such a thick head! I also know that from 13 years you might have learnt something about organization. It doesn't intimidate me your big idea of making a contest putting some guy running the show for some time or making someone a member of the crew... And that's because it is no big surprise that you work hard! You are expected to work hard on such an event and you are expected to also take some time to think about the public!!! I should expect that you earn enough to work hard on it for whatever time you have - And, even if not--- to do it for the love of music. YES, that means to care for the public as well, because I tell you: I worked hard all this last year (AND I study at University), just to come to Wacken and see CANDLEMASS. I did all that was required from my employers to earn that money! And, guess what? After going to Wacken I spend around 750 Euros - I don't see the band I admire most of all. Let me see, I do all this work... come to this festival... I spend loads to stay minimally confortable/clean... some arseholes expect me to know german and be at some info-point to look at changes in the R.O. every half hour... no information came to me at all, at least in english (which is the language in which 99% of the bands playing there used on their lirics...)... I end up missing the band I came to see in the first place... I try to complain and the staff at the info-point acts very surprised, saying that the information was there all along... there is no way I can go and see a manager or something... I later discover that this was only one among who knows how many screw-ups there were regarding the R.O. and other logistic issues even regarding giving the bands information on what is going on and picking up bands and bringing them to the festival area... ... End result: NO SPONSORSHIP! Know what? I gave you my share of sponsorship by going there and spending money on stuff either than the ticket and I despise you by not giving back what any reasonable person would ask for: at least some information! As far as I am concerned, I am happy that no company/magazine is sponsoring, because they must have realised how useless it would be!!! And if more people would be as smart, they would do the same and go to some other festival!