Bolt-fest news – the final takings and T-Shirts
Firstly, I’m not sure how long this news has been out there – Terrorizer has only just picked up on it, yet the Bolt-Fest site suggests the news has been out for months. So, apologies if this is all a little ‘old’. In any case, its good news that is worthy of repeating.
Firstly, the show netted £12,411 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is absolutely superb. Still, I feel a trick was missed with there being very little mention of the TCT on the night – no video from the kids, for example, showing that, in addition to Bolt Thrower’s 26th birthday, we were there for another reason. Some sort of emotive appeal + dudes with buckets at the doors at the end of the gig could have netted quite a bit more, but £12k is certainly nothing to sniff at, and for their efforts the band and all involved are to be applauded.
Another reason to applaud the band is the news that there is to be a fresh print-run of shirts (likely the gig shirt and some of the Bolt-Thrower material). It has emerged that a lot of the shirts went to commercial resellers, with shirts winding up on eBay DURING THE GIG. I personally think there should have been a limit on the number of shirt X people could buy, but on the flip side, a sale is a sale and all proceeds went to charity. The band also recognised the problems with the merch queue, another factor which brings about this second round of shirts. From what I can tell there is no link to purchase the shirts from Boltthrower.com, so I imagine the printing isn’t complete yet. In any case, I shall try to keep an eye out and will let you know if I spot them on sale from a legitimate site, as I noticed a fair few searches on ‘Bolt Fest Shirts’ and the like back when the review came out. Should you wish to take advantage of this second round of shirts, make sure to hold on to your ticket stub or PDF e-ticket.
Edit – pro-shot photographs of Boltfest