There's nowhere to go to just play and hang and see other bands. Concert venues are temporary and you go home after the show - to your shit bedroom. The next time you get together with your mates it's at some theater playing Pitbull the next night.
A semi-permanent metal festival facility where metal bands, fans and babes can come and go, or stay and chill. A space just outside your metro area open 24/7. Think Burning Man or Rennaissance Faire for metal - but open all the time. A spot for your band to play when you want, and big-name metal acts to draw concert crowds.
You know of old properties in your area, out in the sticks. Abandoned, crumbling, too expensive to revamp and redevelop. Old mills, factories, refineries, quarries and the like. They sit forever because there's nothing else you could do with them.
Not only are they cheap, but well outside of metro area zoning and noise restrictions. My assumption is that the cost to buy or lease the property is very low, and the restrictions the county would put on it would be minimal. And they look cool.
Set design, costumes, lighting. Build your part of a real metal world. To bring up the Burning Man analogy again, you could suggest or build the coolest scenery you can imagine. Personally I want a scrapped 737 for one of the stages.
Question for you:
An idea worth continuing or doomed to fail? What would you like to see/do with such a place?
Here are different stylistic approaches, trying to figure out what looks metal thematically, just as a starting point, then posting more below:
We all want to artistically contribute, and this place would let you do that.
It's just a hypothesis now, based on the success of other festivals - but adding the dimension of not closing.
Basically: 1. Find an abandoned property like one of these...
2. Get the money together (crowdsource) to lease or buy it..
3. Safety-related upgrades and insurance...
4. Consider additional facilities that would let you stay for awhile...
5. Like a hostel, RV site, whatever's needed to keep everybody fed.
With continuously available stage space, anyone can get up and play
Big bands would be booked to drive in crowds.
You can stay all night and all weekend. If your favorite band is there you don't all have to leave.
The rest of the ideas are up to you.
I'm doing more homework and research on the viability of the idea,
Much of it based on feedback from you guys who are the real deal.
Thanks for taking your time on this...