My comment on the 4000 km. is essentially to make you understand that I can't risk to have to fund again such a long and expensive trip without having a good enough festival lineup in return. I'm going to have a tremendous good time in Wacken this year, but if I have to weigh "costs and benefits" on the musical side of the trip...I have to say to myself that this year it's hardly a good investment. If next year's bill is fantastic and I can't find my ticket, well, I'll get over it. Every year a couple hundreds km. away from the city I live we have the Gods of Metal festival. I don't mind about the bill 'cause I'm going there anyway. It's just like our german friends say of Wacken every year. They will not care because it's so easy for them to go there. It's a no brainer. If a wackener should decide to come to the Gods of Metal, which is about 4000 km. back and forth, the first thing they'd consider is "let's see who plays there?". This is the first and most important consideration to make. In this sense you have to consider that all the comments of people who have to invest an important amount of money to come to Wacken is not just whining for the sake of doing it. Well, maybe some do it but the majority of the comments are a genuine worry to invest money for something who might not be worth it.