In the last 10 – 15 years or so, festivals has been the big thing when it comes to live music, at least in Europe and they have more or less taken over from regular gigs. There are a few bands that still pull a big crowd, but those acts are getting fewer and fewer and the whole festival thing has become a big win win for both bands, booking agencies, concert arrangers and the fans. Many are the times when I hear people say they won’t attend that and that concert because that band is gonna play that festival anyway. Even yours truly has reasoned like that a few times. In Sweden we have been blessed with quite a few really great festivals throughout the years, the biggest is of course Sweden Rock Festival, but there are plenty more of them around and there are quite a few that concentrates on hard rock and metal. Now, on every festival there has to be a headliner and those festivals that goes on for a few days needs more than one headliner and the big talk now is what will happen when all the dinosaurs are dead and gone, when the huge bands quit? Who’s gonna be the headliner that pulls the big crowd then? When bands like Iron Maiden, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe etc. are no more? Will the festivals lay down and die then? Because even though there has been some big bands that has started out in the 80’s and 90’s, none of them really has the capacity to hold the headline spot by themselves.