Aborted - were asked twice (Barge & 2014) but could not make it before. They keep Jan-Feb free to be able to do it next year. Amaranthe - said "maybe next year" when asked about 2014. Were almost 2015 but negotiations fell through, 2016 they said they would be on. Amon Amarth - allegedly couldn't be on 2016 due to visa issues? Annihilator - Jeff said so :) Blackguard - were negotiating to be on 2014. Circle II Circle - offer to play every year. Crimson Shadows - were negotiating to be on 2014 Crystal Eyes - Contacted UMC for the 2015 cruise. Diabulus in Musica - want to be on broad Doro - loves cruises! Exodus - love the cruise Gloryhammer. So Chris is on every year! Also Ben Turk and Paul Templing of Gloryhammer were gutted they couldn't be there this year. Havok - had been contacted by UMC for 2016 Heaven Shall Burn - keen to do the cruise Jaded Star - stated in an interview that they want to be on broad Kampfar - cruiser heard at Summer Breeze they were booked for 2015 Leprous - keen to do the cruise Magnum - mentioned in an interview there were 'rumours' about a Miami rock cruise pre-2015 Megora - band member is founder of UMC Morgoth - told a cruiser they would be on broad 2016 Sabaton - love the cruise. Want on next year Scar Symetry - wanted to be on but could not due to impending birth in a band members' family. Septicflesh - Itching to return Serenity - cruiser spoke to them pre-2015. They said they hope to be on broad Skeletonwitch - believed to be in negotiations with UMC for 2015 Solstice wants to get on broad Sonata Arctica - wanted to be on 2014 but "the promoter went missing" Swallow The Sun - they wanted on in 2016 Symphony X - cruisers spoke to Russell Allen. He loved the cruise and wants to do it 2016.. Thrash or Die begging to come Tristania - would love to do the cruise again. Van Canto - were asked to be on 2016 but couldn't do it due to work etc.
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Allegaeon have been wanting to but didn't this year cus they're recording an album. I think they're lucky.
There's always a few big name power metal bands and most of them were on this year so I'd say Kamelot, Rage, Sabaton and Helloween are pretty likely. I was hearing lots of rumours about Kamelot this year and usually when I hear rumours that late and they aren't true they wind up being true the next year (Blind Guardian last year).
Myrath were in negotiations but it fell through, they really want to do it.
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9 time cruiser
I'm in a band
I run a festival
i only hope that next year is as killer as this year! lack of sleep and energy or not, this was amazing! (and bring on the kamelot, sabaton, symphony x, xandria, leaves' eyes, keep of kalessin, opeth, nightwish, etc, etc, etc!!!)
Andy booked 4 of my top 5 bands this year so nothing will ever beat that again... BUT this early list looks really promising!! I'm most excited about Sabaton, then Amon Amarth, Havok, Annihilator, Sonata Arctica, Van Canto and Gloryhammer. I'll keep my ear to the ground as always, I think 2017 will be another solid year.