With the number of tours being unveiled more than a year in advance we have been kind of forced into the corner of bringing our own plans forward a little too.
Whilst we have never been keen on putting tickets up without a line up alongside but there were so many requests last year that we will be doing the same as we did last year.
For those who have been here since the beginning the roots of WinterStorm have been laid out all too often but just once more time!
WinterStorm came out of the nostalgia for the Ayr pavilion and The Glasgow Apollo and for me those wonderful late seventies and early eighties nights of rock and metal. Blue Denim, Combat jackets, DMs, white baseball boots, cheesecloth shirts and patchouli oil.
And the bands.
2020 is forty years on from the hey day of NWOBHM and the other rock that was going around. There were gigs on every week in Ayr and all week in Glasgow and at the Playhouse in Edinburgh. Great personal venues where you didn't need screens to see your heroes.
So year five of WinterStorm is not going to deviate from the formula to date. 2021 if we make it may be a change but we never ever saw us getting to year five so it's a celebration of that and more.
Before the 'Storm | Thursday 26th November 2020
WinterStorm | Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2020
After the 'Storm | Sunday 29th November
The core nod has remained throughout and will again for 2020 with bands representing that NWOBHM strand. We're pretty close to tying our first choices down and they tick that nostalgia box perfectly with bands that toured and played Scotland in 1980. It wouldn't be WinterStorm without the metal nostalgia.
There are also a few acts that we just have to get back. We don't want too much repetition so we'll be careful but we've got four or five acts who have blown the stage apart that we'd love to have back celebrating our fifth anniversary. We're getting close with this part too.
The new bands have maybe had a little less of a main stage presence in 2019 than previously and this was circumstances rather than design to be honest. We kept on getting offered bands we knew would fit and it reduced the space for the younger bands. hardly abandoned but we will look carefully at the balance between main and Sessions Stages for 2020. We will be as ever promoting at least two acts from the 2019 Sessions Stage to the main stage and holding a slot for the winner of our now annual 'StormBreakers event at The Dreadnought in Bathgate.
Surprises get more and more difficult to achieve particularly with the number of weekend events around the country most of which have a much bigger capacity than we do. We will continue to be as creative as our budgets and capacity will allow. We've got some interesting discussions going on but we are not going to be in a position to announce early anyway. The mix will be back again for sure - a bit of AOR; a swirl of blues, good old rock n roll live performances and some good ole headbanging.
We hope to announce a large chunk of the line up once again on 31st January at 10am.
Line Up Guarantee
As we did for 2019 we are offering the proverbial "No Quibble" guarantee - if you don't like the line up as announced in January then you have to 31st of January to get a full refund on your purchase.
Tickets and Payments
Monthly Direct Debits
The scheme this year ran for ten months which took us far too close to the event dates so we'll be taking it back to eight monthly payments. Storm Force Eight will be available for sign up from 1st of December or during the weekend if you are attending this year's event.
Once again these tickets will be limited in number to 200 and it will be first come fist served
Two night options are again available at all the usual hotels as well as the new Salt Hotel at the marina. These go on sale on the 2nd of December at 10am. with a deposit of £100 per person.
Weekend Tickets - Advance Purchase
200 of these will go on sale on the 1st of December to previous ticket holders first at the loyalty price and will be available to purchase until the end of January or until they are sold out.
If these 600 early release tickets and packages are sold out as expected the remaining 300 full price tickets will then be released.
Weekend Tickets - General Release
These full priced tickets will go on sale on 1st of February or once the Advance tickets have sold out whichever is the sooner
Day tickets are only ever released when the line up has been published and only subject to availability. Every year there are less and less tickets available for day only
The Sunday After the 'Storm has become an additional bolt on for some fans. It is not WinterStorm but an add on and we never want to try and make this a three day event.
Acoustic After the 'Storm
These 140 tickets will be made available once the line up is confirmed
After the 'Storm with Big Country and The Skids
Following on from the almost sold out Hue and Cry and Climax Blues Band we're repeating the formula for 2020 and the Sunday night will be full blown Scottish extravaganza with The Skids and Big Country live. Tickets are on sale from 1st December and additional room nights can be added to the two night packages if required.