As we creep through October, BLOODSTOCK is very excited to announce three more bands for 2018!
Joining Friday’s bill in the Ronnie James Dio main stage special guest slot are black metal legends, EMPEROR in a UK exclusive appearance. Frontman Ihsahn tells us that they’ll be performing a special set based around one of their classic albums. “We're finally bringing the 20th Anniversary show for ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’ to the UK! We’ll be performing the album in its entirety and look forward to celebrating with everyone at BLOODSTOCK!” Check out a stream of the atmospheric opus here and get excited for next August - https://youtu.be/Jmlhq5rtFXw.
Also stepping into a main stage slot on Sunday are Californian circle pit kings, DEVILDRIVER. Frontman Dez Fafara tells us “DEVILDRIVER is playing BLOODSTOCK in 2018 and we couldn’t be more fucking ready to bring the heavy and get the whole festival moving! We are thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see everyone there! Get ready to get the fuck in the pit!” Check out the band doing what they do best in the video for the title track of their current studio album, ‘Trust No One’ - https://youtu.be/XuVibnWHoLA.
Hotly-tipped, super brutal three-piece, NAILS land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday in a UK exclusive show. Frontman Todd Jones informs us, “I've been following BLOODSTOCK and looking at their advertisements online for the past few years, admiring how great a job the festival does having a great mix of underground bands and some of metal's biggest and finest. We're proud to finally say we're part of what BLOODSTOCK is doing to fight the good fight! We'll see all you motherfuckers at BLOODSTOCK!!!” Not familiar with NAILS? Melt your face with 91 seconds of hardcore intensity via the video for ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’ - https://youtu.be/hGGGh03jN4w.
With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced for next year's event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.
Snap up your VIP tickets now as they’re going fast! The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced £290) and deluxe VIP packages are in the ticket store now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed. Luxpads have already sold out, but a selection of Podpads, Bellepads and Octopads are still available. A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am. Don't delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Standard weekend tickets are also currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone. The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who've bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.
Get additional information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
The Metal On The Hill festival in the heart of the Austrian hills is getting ready for its 3rd edition! Between August 17th - 18th 2018 heavy music fans will celebrate a high class line-up at the probably most beautiful venue Austria has to offer – the Kasematten in Graz.
Napalm Records are proud to announce another stunning band and welcome Van Canto to next year's Metal On The Hill!
Founded back in 2006 as a studio project by Stefan Schmidt, nowadays Van Canto sure enough belong to the most unique and special acts in the heavy metal scene: With their unique trademark of a- cappella metal and the power of voices, Van Canto set the stages on fire and convince even the hardest metalhead! After the successful release of the band's latest album 'Voices Of Fire' and their only Austrian show in 2018, we are very looking forward to welcome Van Canto to Metal On The Hill 2018!
Many more top class acts such as Epica or Sodom have confirmed their only and exclusive Austrian shows at Metal On The Hill! Alongside death metal band God Dethroned, who also announced their only Austrian live gig for 2018, the highly praised Jinjer as well as Belgian Thrash Metal up-and- coming Evil Invaders will make their way to Graz. Local matadors Ellende are currently rounding up the line-up for 2018, but many more bands and news will be announced soon!
VIP-tickets are already sold out! Get your hands on the last available festival passes for THE metal event in 2018 at: www.metal-on-the-hill.com, www.ticketzentrum.at and www.oeticket.com.
See you on the mountain!
Bloodstock is excited to announce their third and final headliner for 2018 will be Judas Priest! The metal icons are one of the most-requested bands by the festival’s loyal fan base and finally make their Bloodstock debut at Catton Park in 2018 on Friday night, 10th August.
The legendary band tell us, “Judas Priest are thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock 2018!”
With Saturday night headliners, Gojira and Sunday headliners, Nightwish already announced for next year's event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for Bloodstock.
Before we focus more on 2018, we’re very proud to reveal that Bloodstock raised £11,686.88 in 2017 for the very worthy Teenage Cancer Trust, bringing the total to over £60,000 since our partnership began. A giant thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years for their generous donations!
Get tickets now for 2018! The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced at £290) and Deluxe VIP packages (Luxpads, Bellepads, Podpads, etc) are available now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed. A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am. Don't delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!
Standard weekend tickets are currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20! In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year's £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone. The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who've bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018. Get further information over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.
After their most successful festival to date in 2017 and first ever weekend sell-out at a capacity 15,000 tickets, Bloodstock is thrilled to announce Gojira and Nightwish as its first headliners for 2018's event which will take place at Catton Park from 9th-12th August.
Gojira had this to say:-
"We are excited and honoured to headline Bloodstock festival in 2018. One of our favourite festivals in the world. We had such a great time in 2016 with the Bloodstock crowd and are sure that 2018 will be even better. We are already planning what we can do to make it the most awesome GOojira show yet. We can't wait!"
Nightwish had this to say:-
"We can't wait to hit the mighty Bloodstock Festival in 2018! By then we'll be in full flight on our 'Decades' World Tour (a retrospective) so expect an unusual set-list with a bit of nostalgia for the old fans, but some recent epics for the new. We will throw ourselves into it with everything we've got so be there!"
The bands were revealed at the festival this weekend, on the big screens at the Ronnie James Dio main stage. See the video reveals at: https://youtu.be/CIwPDJsr3bg and https://youtu.be/X2eTzwnZrk4.
Early Bird tickets are available now from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com, priced £125 plus booking fee. VIP tickets will be available from 1st September.
Denmark's finest black metal bands Solbrud and Orm have both released some of the most vital albums of 2017, and now, announce a joint tour of Denmark in November, called Blōtmōnaþ 2017.
There is movement in the shadows of Danish metal, as new talented bands have emerged from the darkest and coldest crannies of the scene during the last couple of years. Solbrud and Orm are two of those bands. Both have released heavyweight black metal albums via Indisciplinarian in 2017 and have thereby contributed to the increasing high standard of Danish metal music.
Atmospheric black metallers Solbrud have existed since 2009 and released their third album Vemod - a wuthering and misanthropic piece of black metal art - this past June, a co-release with Vendetta Records. The band is known for their captivating and hypnotic live shows, and they have just returned from a success full European tour with Wildernessking from South Africa. The quartet ORM made their recorded debut with an epic but hammering self-titled album this past March, and the subsequent shows have consolidated the band as an excellent live act.
Now, Soldbrud and Orm join forces in November for a tour of their native country Denmark entitled Blōtmōnaþ 2017. The word (pronounced Blotmonath) means "month of sacrifice" in old Anglo-Saxon tongue, and November was exactly the month, where Northern pagans slaughtered the cattle to honour the gods and prepare for winter. Denmark and its citizens can look forward to a bloody month where the nation's prime black metal ensembles will proclaim the coming of winter with their sinister tales and fierce soundscapes. The tour is presented by 3rd Tsunami Agency and Gearbox Agency, and tickets for all shows are now on sale RIGHT HERE.
Stream the new albums by Soldbrud and Orm album at the Indisciplinarian Bandcamp HERE.
Find the high-quality gatefold LP versions of Soldbrud's Vemod and Orm's Orm in the US at Earsplit Distro HERE and internationally at the Indisciplinarian webstore HERE.
Solbrud and Orm - Blōtmōnaþ 2017 Tour Dates:
11/03/2017 Radar - Aarhus, DK
11/04/2017 Plantagehuset - Thisted, DK
11/10/2017 Aalborg Metal Festival - Aalborg, DK
11/11/2017 Harders - Svendborg, DK
11/17/2017 Ungdommens Hus - Fredericia, DK
11/18/2017 Forbraendingen - Albertslund, DK
11/24/2017 Koncerthuset, Studie 3 - Copenhagen, DK
11/25/2017Elvaerket - Helsingoer, DK
Got your tent ready?! Bloodstock's campsite partner is Miss Daisy’s Camping Store, so if you don’t want to tow a ton of gear to site, order online and collect it from the Miss Daisy tent in the main Midgard campsite. See what’s available and/or place your order via their ‘click & collect’ service here - http://www.missdaisyscampingstore.co.uk/. If you arrive and discover you’ve forgotten your sleeping bag, they’ll do their best to help!
Also based in the Midgard campsite are our festival Samaritans. These guys are available 24hrs a day, from Thursday night through to Monday morning. It doesn’t matter if it’s late or early, baking hot or raining, if you’re feeling low and need some emotional support, please stop by their tent for a non-judgemental and confidential chat with someone trained to listen. Learn more about the Samaritans at: http://www.samaritans.org/.
If you came to Bloodstock last year, did you try the very metal, alcoholic, Kraken Black Spiced Rum ice cream? Bloodstock is pleased to say that not only is the ice cream returning, Kraken are bringing their Freaky Tiki bar, where you can imbibe dastardly concoctions amongst black palm trees, tiki torches, and shrunken heads. Look for the totem pole, you won’t be able to miss it. If bourbon revs your engine instead, you’re all set as Bulleit are cruising in with their classic Studebaker truck bar, offering their infamous frontier whiskey, along with a host of other Bulleit goodies!
There’s just ten days left ‘til the metallic hordes thunder onto the hallowed turf of Catton Park! For the first time in the festival’s history, weekend tickets are now SOLD OUT!!!
If you’ve missed out, don’t panic. Day tickets are still available and can also be bought at the on-site box office throughout the weekend. The box office will be open from 10am to 10pm. For remaining ticket options and prices, see bloodstock.seetickets.com. All ticket purchases made online after 9am Wednesday 2nd August will not be mailed by post, they will be available for collection at the on-site box office. For details on last minute purchases, see here; http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/news/buying-bloodstock-2017-online-and-at-the-festival-gate.
There’s a wide range of food on offer at Bloodstock, so you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or looking for something Halal, gluten-free, or dairy-free? Bloodstock’s got you covered. Only low-fat ostrich meatballs will do? No problem, head over to I Love Ostrich. Pining for a lamb & mint sausage? All About The Sausage have 15 different foot longs. D&J Gallops Farm Burgers are all about sustainable, free-range, grass-fed beef. Veggies and vegans are catered for at Hot Wok, Paellaria, & long time festival fave Deli Kate - but do check out other vendors too because they aren’t the only ones with suitable options! Wash it all down with a milkshake (inc. dairy-free) from Shaken Udder - they even do a breakfast one. There’s many other choices besides and there’s also free drinking water at designated water points in the campsites and main arena.
Learn more at: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2017/traders,
When you’re not watching bands, check out the Bloodstock market place, where more than 40 traders will be offering everything from band merch, alternative clothing, flags, patches, army surplus, hats, New Rocks, home-ware, CDs, vinyl, posters, jewellery, fancy dress, face painting, and more. Looking for something different? Visit Viking Crafts, Amber Wolf Workshop, or pick up some Norse God-inspired leisure wear at Descended From Odin. Don’t forget to enter Teenage Cancer Trust’s raffle too. If you snapped up a VIP ticket, you’ll love the rock n’ roll silver jewellery from The Great Frog, exclusively in the Serpents Lair.
If you have any final questions you want to put directly to Bloodstock, festival directors Adam Gregory & Vicky Hungerford are doing a special Facebook Live Q&A all about Bloodstock over on the Metal Hammer Facebook page at www.facebook.com/metalhammer tomorrow (Tues 1st Aug) at 6pm.
Bloodstock have now released their day tickets (as of yesterday)! Tickets will be priced at £60 (plus booking fee) and are available at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Four-day ‘weekend tickets with camping’ are also still available, priced £139 (plus booking fee). Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Weekend tickets are selling faster than ever this year and may well sell out entirely before festival weekend, so don’t delay if you want to guarantee access to the UK’s best metal weekender!
One thing that sets Bloodstock apart from other festivals is festival founder, Paul Raymond Gregory’s on-site RAM Gallery. In addition to showing selections from his own world-renowned portfolio, Paul invites some of his favourite rock & metal-related artists to exhibit. This year he welcomes Berlin-based artist and illustrator, Eliran Kantor, who’ll show six pieces of work. Eliran has created sleeve art for numerous metal artists including Testament, Soulfly, Iced Earth, and Hatebreed. Returning to the RAM Gallery in 2017 is Orange County artist, Christian Sloan Hall, who show a few of the many pieces of work he’s created for our Friday headliner, Amon Amarth. Christian will be in the gallery to sign limited edition prints, which will be available for sale, so come by, say hello and snap up something extra special for your wall.
Also exhibiting will be Daniel P. Carter; artist, musician, and presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. Dan studied at the prestigious St Martins School of Art and has created sleeves for many albums, most recently Me And That Man’s debut (Nergal from Behemoth’s side project), ‘Songs of Love And Death’. On the photography side, the RAM Gallery is also thrilled to welcome celebrated rock photographer, Paul Harries, who’ll show six photographic pieces from his incredible portfolio. Adding a new flavour to the gallery this year is Heathen Waxworks. Their hand-carved 3D candleware in a range of unique designs are based on RAM Gallery-appropriate mythical and esoteric themes; Nordic Storm, Pagan Woodland, Native American, Hammered Horror and Satanic Majesty.
Lastly but not leastly, regular RAM Gallery contributor and luthier Cynosure, creator of hand-made guitars as art, will be exhibiting two brand new bespoke instruments. One of the new instruments is Saxon-inspired and will sit on the ‘Saxon Wall’ beside pieces of Paul Gregory’s original artwork for the British metal stalwarts. The other….well, that’ll be a surprise. Be sure to drop into the gallery to see it!
The finals for this year’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ campaign steam-roll on and Bloodstock can now reveal the next round of winners landing a slot on the New Blood stage.
Livening up proceedings on Saturday are Merseyside winners Reaper (www.facebook.com/OfficialReaperUK), Nottingham champions Raised By Owls (www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls), Burnley victors Ward XVI (www.facebook.com/WardXVI) and Decrepit Monolith (www.facebook.com/decrepitmonolith) who landed the top spot in Newcastle.
The heavy riffage of Prognosis (www.facebook.com/Prognosis1) who took first prize in Manchester, are added to Sunday’s bill. Bloodstock has also decided to extend an invitation to three other exceptional bands, so performing on Friday, are Dorset’s sludge / groove metallers Thuum (https://youtu.be/tyJfpdbE9Vs) and Carlisle’s runners up, the prog / tech death Blood Thread (https://youtu.be/73sYRntuB94). Dublin’s second-placed Na Cruthne (https://youtu.be/Q5QzFgZFMq0) also join the bill Sunday, bringing a unique blend of groove & black metal, but with influences from traditional Irish, Scottish, and Breton music.
Bloodstocks pleased to reveal that the festival’s official charity partner for 2017 will once again be Teenage Cancer Trust. Since partnering up in 2011, Bloodstock is very proud that over £50,000 has been raised to date to help young people facing cancer. Don’t miss the charity’s stall in the market area, where you can purchase Teenage Cancer Trust merchandise and join in the popular ‘T-Shirt Amnesty’ (bring your unwanted band t-shirts to donate or swap).
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Pick up tickets at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.
New Zealand death metallers Ulcerate have announced a headlining European tour this August. The eight-date tour commences at Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic on August 11 and ends at Metal Mean Festival in Belgium on August 19. Additionally, Ulcerate will return to Central Europe in November. Stay tuned for further details. A full tour schedule is listed below:
Aug 11 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 12 Helsinki, FI Elmun Baari
Aug 13 Turku, FI TVO
Aug 15 Stockholm, SE TBA
Aug 16 Oslo, NO Blitz
Aug 17 Copenhagen, DE Pumpehuset
Aug 18 Reykjavik, IS Gaukurinn
Aug 19 Mean, BE Metal Mean Festival 2017
As Spring creeps into Summer, Bloodstock HQ is a hive of activity. The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best Bloodstock yet! Here’s ten more bands for starters...
Bloodstock is delighted to now reveal that nefarious Nuclear Blast group Devilment will join the bill at Catton Park this Summer. Featuring the unmistakable vocals of Dani Filth, catch the band on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday. Devilment declare, “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out, we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!” If you’re not a loyal disciple already, get to grips with their most recent album, ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’, via their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps/ and watch the video for ‘Hitchcock Blonde’ - https://youtu.be/tQbZ-tQycEY.
Thursday’s headliner over on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Helsinki’s own Battle Beast! With ferocious riffs galore, Battle Beast are both heavy AND metal, perfect for opening night party shenanigans! Bassist Eero comments, “We're psyched to be taking on Bloodstock for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!” Check out the video for ‘Bringer Of Pain’, the title track from their most recent album, at: https://youtu.be/pBpv_pcUEIQ.
Bloodstock can also announce the first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals! Friday welcomes Coventry winners Devil’s Playground, who combine hardcore vocals with power melodies (https://www.facebook.com/devil.playground) and modern metalheads Merithian, who took top prize in the Swindon heat (https://www.facebook.com/MerithianOfficial). Check out their lyric video for ‘Grow’ at: https://youtu.be/vnsGwZTJMgk.
Also brutalizing Friday are Brighton’s death metal victors Enslavement (https://www.facebook.com/EnslavementUK), influenced by classics like Suffocation, Immolation, & Devourment. On Saturday, Sheffield champions Ba’al add their blackened doom (www.facebook.com/baalsheff) plus Dublin’s top dogs Zhora bring some progressive sludge a long way from Tipperary (https://www.facebook.com/zhOramusic/).
Sunday sees Slovenian doomsters Mist roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays (www.facebook.com/mist.doom). Originally all-female, the group builds on the legacy of acts like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, & Pentagram - hear it in ‘Phobia’ at: https://youtu.be/u7QwIwGk28w. CD application conquerors Heathen Deity join Sunday from the Midlands (https://www.facebook.com/heathendeityofficial). Get into their esoteric lore and absolute blackness via ‘Gut The Church’ at https://youtu.be/414Y6aG-RUo. Last but not least, melodic death metallers Shrouded also join Sunday’s bill (https://www.facebook.com/shroudedband), having clinched first place in Belfast’s final.
Stay tuned to Bloodstock’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com. Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free! Can’t come for the whole weekend but can join in for a day? Sign up at https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock for a heads up when day tickets go on sale so you don’t miss out! VIP & camper van tickets are sold out.
Swedish ambient black metal outfit Mist Of Misery have been confirmed for Autumn Of Souls Festival In Sofia, Bulgaria. The festival will take place between 25-26th November 2017, other bands confirmed include Swedish legends Hypothermia, and France's Nocturnal Depression. This exclusive festival appearance will be the bands first show outside Sweden.
This years festival edition marks the festival's 3rd year. Mist Of Misery is currently putting their final touches to their new double EP entitled "Shackles of Life" and "Fields of Isolation" set for release this summer.
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