Summer 2020 is a very different landscape from the usual event-packed few months, so to maintain a sense of community, Bloodstock has joined forces with twelve of the best independent metal festivals in Europe to create a unique online event for both bands and fans!
The European Metal Festival Alliance is a joint venture between Bloodstock (UK) and Alcatraz (Belgium), Art Mania (Romania), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Dynamo (Netherlands), Into The Grave (Netherlands), Leyendas De Rock (Spain), Metal Days (Slovenia), Midgardsblot (Norway), Motorcultor (France), Party.San (Germany), Resurrection (Spain), and Summer Breeze (Germany).
A special streaming event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th August offering exclusive live performances from a selection of yet-to-be-revealed artists chosen by each festival, as well as exclusive new interviews, and more. As a fundraiser for the beleaguered independent festival sector, who don’t have the backing of big corporate money for their survival, viewers will be asked for €6.66 (that’s just under 6 quid) for a ‘full festival pass.’ In return, they will enjoy three days of live performances by 35+ metal bands at various locations around the world and other exclusive content, from the comfort of their own home. Virtual ticket purchasers will also get a discount on a European Metal Festival Alliance ‘Rebooting for 2021’ T-shirt.
Meanwhile, to get warmed up, the newly launched destination website at www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com will host a wide range of previous footage from this festival co-operative, including many sets not previously broadcast, throughout the summer.
The line-up & schedule for the streaming event will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available Friday 10th July from www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com.
Stay tuned for more information soon!
Following the continuing government recommendations on mass gatherings and social distancing this summer, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR FESTIVAL has issued the following statement:
Following the ongoing government guidance on mass gatherings and social distancing, we are extremely disappointed to announce that this year’s BLOODSTOCK will no longer be going ahead. We respect the government’s mandate and recognise it is made with the best intentions, in order to protect the health & safety of not only our audience, but our staff, crew, musicians, and other contractors who work on site at BLOODSTOCK. Safety remains of paramount importance to us.
We know you have been concerned about what the developing Covid-19 situation would mean for BLOODSTOCK and will be as disappointed as we are at this tough decision, but we hope you can appreciate it is the right choice to make at this time. We had been working tirelessly to ensure we could still offer the top quality BLOODSTOCK experience you trust us to provide, year on year - and this year more than ever, when we invited you to celebrate 20 Years of BLOODSTOCK with us. We do not - and never will - take this trust in us for granted.
We have been reading your comments on our social media, and many of you have said that in this circumstance, you would like the option to roll your 2020 ticket over to 2021’s event - and we can confirm that you are able do that. Rest assured that BLOODSTOCK will return with an almighty vengeance, better and stronger than ever, so to that end and to help assuage your disappointment, next year BLOODSTOCK will be adding an extra day!
The festival will be 5 days and start from Wednesday, as opposed to Thursday; the dates for 2021’s event will be 11th - 15th August. This will be at no extra cost to those who have already purchased weekend tickets for 2020 and wish to roll them over. We will also freeze prices at the ticket store until later this year, when prices will then increase by just £10 and a new, longer 6-month instalment plan will launch to make that option even easier to manage. The on-sale date for day tickets and any returns on previously sold out ticket categories, such as camper vans, will be announced in due course. We are happy to report that many artists on this year’s line-up have already reconfirmed for 2021 and we look forward to sharing further plans with you soon. Meanwhile, you can watch an updated trailer for the festival here and a special message from metal overlord Rob Halford, from headliner Judas Priest, here.
Should you prefer a refund, we also wish to state that full, face value refunds will be available to everyone who has already purchased a BLOODSTOCK 2020 ticket from official sellers and assure you of our best efforts to process those refunds within 28 days, where possible. We have a lot to sort out, so please bear with us - everyone who has purchased a ticket already from Seetickets will be emailed in the next 7-14 days.
We are also updating our website and have launched a new page to answer your questions about refunds & the roll-over process here.
While we understand the current financial climate is difficult for many, we sincerely hope you will decide to join us to celebrate BLOODSTOCK next year. As an independent, family run festival, we wish to extend our deepest appreciation for your continued and loyal support.
We know we are privileged to have such a strong BLOODSTOCK community, and as a united family of heavy metal fans, we WILL prevail. "
Vicky, Adam, Rachael, Paul, and all at Team BLOODSTOCK.
This year's Wacken Open Air has been cancelled
According to yesterday's decision by the federal German government all major events in Germany are banned until 31 August 2020 to prevent further spreading of the corona pandemic. This means that this year's edition of the Wacken Open Air, which has been scheduled to the period from July 30th to the 1st of August 2020, will not take place.
Wacken co-founder Holger Hübner explains:-
"We are facing an unprecedented situation and for the first time in 30 years we have to announce with a heavy heart that unfortunately there cannot be a Wacken Open Air this year. Our whole team has been working intensively on the festival these last last months and the more all of us are bitterly disappointed that we are not allowed to celebrate a Wacken Open Air together with our visitors and the bands this year."
His fellow co-founder Thomas Jensen adds:-
"This administrative order affects us heavily and we will need some time to process the bad news. Nevertheless, we support the decision of the German government in this difficult situation for the whole world. The health and safety of all visitors, artists, employees, tradesmen, security and rescue services, public authorities and all other participants has always been our highest priority. We as promoters are therefore bound to take an even greater responsibility and have to follow the instructions of the experts."
With regard to all other open questions such as W:O:A 2021 and the options concerning the already purchased tickets, we will return with another statement as soon as possible and kindly ask for a little patience.
The promoters of the Wacken Open Air would like to give their heartfelt thanks for the trust received in this unprecedented situation for everyone involved.
More information about the Wacken Open Air can be found at wacken.com.
Midnight, the witching hour – even more so in the final night of October to the 1st of November, when according to the popular American Halloween tradition all sorts of ghosts, vampires, and other nocturnal creatures are roaming around in search of sweets and other treats.
There is no better time to announce a true metal monster for the upcoming 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air: Slipknot!
The mask wearing metal maniacs from Des Moines, Iowa have not just evolved into massive chart strikers since their foundation in 1995, but have also earned a justified reputation as a most impressive live act. Anyone who has witnessed the 9-piece band fronted by exceptional vocalist Corey Taylor on stage knows which enormous power their unique baseball bad wielding brand of modern metal can achieve live. Almost one year after the American headliners released their current album "We Are Not Your Kind", Slipknot will enter the main-stage at the Wacken Open Air – for the first time ever at this festival.
Thomas Jensen (festival co-founder and organiser) comments:-
"We are thrilled and admittedly a little proud that one of our great musical dreams will finally come true next year, when Slipknot will be on stage for the first time at the Wacken Open Air. We are also glad for this opportunity to state once again that being sold out is never a reason for us to stop working on delivering a great billing. We would like to thank our fans for their continued trust and hope that this announcement will be as great for them as it is for us."
This year’s Wacken Open Air will take place from the 30th of July until the 1st of August 2020. Further information can be found at www.wacken.com.
If you tuned into Planet Rock Radio this morning, you’ll have been amongst the first to hear Bloodstock’s hotly anticipated news, revealing the final two Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners for 2020’s event. Devin Townsend was announced as Friday night’s headliner last month. Without further ado…
Metal legends Judas Priest will headline Sunday night. In a year when Bloodstock celebrates 20 years, we can think of no better place to also celebrate Judas Priest’s 50 Heavy Metal Years! The Grammy Award-winning British icons were recently nominated again for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and to date have sold over 50 million albums. Their latest release, 2018’s ‘Firepower’, saw the band return all guns blazing, earning the accolade Best British Album at the Planet Rock Awards. Judas Priest enthuse:-
“Horns up Bloodstock - the Priest is back to headline the 20th year of Bloodstock with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary show!! A double barrel, once in a lifetime, blast of metal mania 2020....!!”
You can watch a special message from the inimitable Rob Halford at: https://youtu.be/2VJIsrJf_Mc.
The mighty Behemoth are set to headline Saturday in a UK festival exclusive for 2020. Having wowed fans across the globe with their phenomenal set on both Slayer’s final US tour and Slipknot’s current Knotfest Roadshow, the Polish metal heavyweights will be upping the stakes by bringing their biggest and best production to date. Don’t miss the spectacle of them closing out the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Saturday night!
Charismatic frontman Nergal tells us:-
“Bloodstock! The hallowed lands of Catton Park will once again host our Fiendish Festivities. This is Behemoth’s first UK festival headline and that will be celebrated in the only way we know how; Hell will be raised, blood will be shed, and magick will descend! We shall see you there Legions!”
Hear it straight from Behemoth themselves at: https://youtu.be/oe_1eQyZpXY.
BLOODSTOCK will be headlined on Friday by DEVIN TOWNSEND and also welcomes PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.
Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Swiss-Serbian Gothic Metallers Evolucija are thrilled to announce that they will co-headline, alongside KBO, the "Rock Night in Trstenik" open-air festival, taking place on June 28th in Serbia! Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/332398714106551/
Next EVOLUCIJA festivals:
June 28th - Rock Night in Trstenik - Serbia
July 5th - Goat Hell Metal Fest - Pula, Croatia
More shows TBA.
Swiss-Serbian Evolucija was formed in 2007 in Switzerland by Dragisa Marinjes. In the same year the debut album “Baklja slobode” came out on Tioli Records. For the German film “Die Templerherren” Dragisa composed the official soundtrack “Pale Rider”. In 2012 Dragisa and Swiss Frontwoman Ilana moved to Serbia. Their second album “Igra Pocinje” was released in 2016 again on Tioli Records. The first album in English “Hunt” came out on March 30th, 2018, on Pure Steel Records. The German Cute & Dangerous Magazine rewarded the band with the Innocent Award for the album, becoming then the winner of “Album of the Year”. Highlights of Evolucija are Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Karneval Vrnjacka Banja (SRB), Beer Fest Belgrade (SRB), BARF Festival Belgrade (SRB) and Swiss Metal Attack Z7 Prattlen (CH). The band is currently working on new album, more information will be revealed soon.
Hypersonic are confirmed for the next Brainstorm Fest, which will be held in The Netherlands on November 8th / 9th.
Tickets are already on pre-sale at this link: https://brainstormfestival.bigcartel.com/
The band is currently at work in a recording studio to complete their new single "Path of Salvation" which will be released this summer.
(Official Video-clip): https://youtu.be/8gw1SiGYHIU
Hypersonic was born in 2006 by the idea of Salvo Grasso and Emanuele Gangemi. The line-up established with Maria Rita Randazzo on vocals, Francesco Testai on keyboards and Giuseppe Carciotto on bass.When Maria Rita and Giuseppe left, the band welcomed Vera Romeo and Francesco Caruso.In 2007 Hypersonic released his first demo (Demo 2007 with the first tracks composed by the drummer Salvo Grasso and the guitarist Emanuele Gangemi.A new singer, Alessia Rapisarda joined the band in 2008 and her beautiful and powerful voice was welcomed with enthusiasm.At the beginning of 2008 the band released their first EP entitled Inspiration Is Transpiration; it was acclaimed with positive feedback from magazines and various radio promotions.In the following months Francesco Testai left the band for personal reasons so Dario Caruso, Francesco's brother, became the new keyboarder: the line-up was finally accomplished.
During these years the band took part in numerous live shows and Rock and Metal festivals.In March 2009 Hypersonic entered at Tower Hill Studio (Belpasso / Catania-Italy) to record their first album Fallen Melodies, mixed by Luigi Scuderi and Salvo Grasso and mastered by Riccardo Samperi at TRP MUSIC STUDIO (Tremestieri Etneo / Catania-Italy). In December 2010 Hypersonic released the new single Rebirth online from the album. In January 2011, the band signed a record deal with Underground Symphony to release the debut album Fallen Melodies, scheduled for January 31th.Fallen Melodies had a great success in the following months, receiving great reviews and interviews from Heavy Metal zine and webzines worldwide.Hypersonic played in different European and Italian festivals like Elements Of Rock (Switzerland), Femetal Fest and We Rock Fest (Italy).
In January 2016 the band signed a record deal with Revalve Records for the releasing of the new album entitled Existentia.The new album is a concept based on the existence of man and the spiritual affairs afterlife and it will be released in March/April 2016.In the album there are some special guests like:Michele Luppi (Secret Sphere, ex-Vision Divine, Killing Touch, Los Angeles), Tommy ReinXeed Johansson (ReinXeed, Golden Resurrection), Jo Lombardo (Metatrone, Ancestral), Roberta Pappalardo (Black Roses), and more.Mix and Mastering are edited by Riccardo Samperi at TRP MUSIC STUDIO (Tremestieri Etneo / Catania-Italy). in September 2016 Great Achievement for Hypersonic!!!
#38° in Itunes Netherlands Rock Chart
#78° in Itunes Switzerland Rock Chart
Mongolian rock / metal group The HU announce 23 European summer tour dates throughout June and July, including 6 UK dates, for the first time ever. The tour coincides with the upcoming international release of their debut album The Gereg, slated for summer 2019.
Bringing their unique style of Mongolian rock to the masses, The HU will be making their worldwide debut this June during a run of summer festivals in Europe. Swapping the Altai Moutains and Gobi Desert for High rises and down pours, their European summer tour will include, Sama’Rock Festival and Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival (France), Download Festival (UK), Tons of Rock Festival (Norway) and Graspop Festival (Belgium), plus UK performances in Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd May and can be purchased from the band’s official website, HERE.
The four-piece band combines traditional Mongolian instruments with modern American hard rock to create their own style of music they call “hunnu rock,” which derives from “HU,” the Mongolian root word for human beings. This unique sound blends heavy rock elements with traditional Mongolian guttural throat singing, accentuated by lyrics reflecting old Mongolian war cries and poetry.
You can watch the band’s EPK HERE.
The HU became an online sensation when they released music videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” in December 2018, racking up a combined 24 million views to date. They, re-released the singles on March 29, generating incredible global recognition across the globe. The track, “Wolf Totem” reached Top 5 on the iTunes Rock Chart and was featured as the #1 song on 19 different charts, while “Yuve Yuve Yu” reached #2 on 11 different charts across the globe. Both tracks are available digitally HERE.
In April, the band were offered Official Mongolian Ambassador to the World by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia, whilst he congratulated them on their success.
The HU also celebrate their signing to E7M (Eleven Seven Music) – home to Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Nothing More.
Eleven Seven’s COO, Steve Kline said about the signing:-
“Eleven Seven is continuously searching for unique and talented artists. The Hu’s mix of traditional Mongolian instrumentation and original brand of rock is unlike any other band. From first listen, we were immediately blown away. The Hu are about to take the world by storm, and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the Eleven Seven family!”
Eleven Seven Label Group Managing Director Europe Dan Waite added to Kline’s comments:-
“The Hu will perform in 12 European countries in June and July, playing to hundreds of thousands of festival fans this summer. With 2 tracks in the UK iTunes genre top 10 currently this is perfect timing to satisfy the demand to see the band. The excitement building up reflects the compelling blend of music and Mongolian culture”.
The HU said:-
"We couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing team at E7M. The passion they have for The HU can be felt from New York to Mongolia and we’re excited to do great things together.”
THE HU EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Thursday, 6 Berlin GERMANY Sage
Friday, 7 Nurnberg GERMANY Rock Im Park
Saturday, 8 Eifel, Nurnburg GERMANY Rock Am Ring
Sunday, 9 Amiens FRANCE Sama'Rock Festival
Tuesday, 11 Brighton UK The Haunt
Wednesday, 12 Manchester UK Academy 3
Friday, 14 Glasgow UK G2
Saturday, 15 Donington UK Download Festival
Monday, 17 Bristol UK Fleece
Tuesday, 18 London UK Underworld
Wednesday, 19 Paris FRANCE Nouveau Casino
Friday, 21 Dessel BELGIUM Graspop Festival
Sunday, 23 Varniai LITHUANIA Kilkim Zaibu
Monday, 24 Warsaw POLAND Hydrozagadka
Wednesday, 26 Copenhagen DENMARK Pumpehuset
Thursday, 27 Stockholm SWEDEN Debaser Strand
Friday, 28 Oslo NORWAY Tons of Rock
Sunday, 30 Hamburg GERMANY Knust
Monday, 1 Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Melkweg (Oude Zaal)
Tuesday, 2 Cologne GERMANY Luxor
Thursday, 4 Belfort FRANCE Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival
Friday, 5 Zurich SWITZERLAND Moods
Saturday, 6 Cesky Brod CZECH REPUBLIC Rock for People
Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the HU members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, with their producer, Dashka, combine the bombastic bass and drums of rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and guttural throating singing. Since the formation of the band, they’ve been working on their first album, The Gereg. The term Gereg means the first diplomatic “passport” issued by the Mongol Empire during the time of Genghis Khan. The album contains nine songs, including the recently released “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem,” and is slated for release in 2019 on Eleven Seven Music.
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Lebanese Metallers Phenomy are happy to announce their addition to the Ostrava V Plamenech -lineup, playing alongside Grave Digger. The festival takes place on August 3rd in Dolni Vitkovice (CZ). Get more information here: https://www.facebook.com/ostravavplamenech.
Just previously Phenomy announced their tour dates with Brazilian metal legends Sepultura on the Machine Messiah Tour 2019 in April.
The confirmed shows w/ Sepultura are:
April 20th – RU – Novosibirsk @ Podzemka
April 22th – KZ – Almaty @ Hard Rock Café
April 23th – KG – Bishkek @ Asanbai Center
Lebanese metal band Phenomy was formed by Loïc El Haddad and Rudy Bejjani in 2014. The band’s sound is a mixture of Thrash / Groove metal with melodies, breakdowns and tribal/ethnic rhythms. Only three month after its formation, Phenomy performed in several local gigs and in the Persian Metal and Rock Festival in Cannakale/Troya city in Turkey alongside big names like Orphaned Land. Later on, Phenomy released their debut album “Once And For All” and received good feedback from magazines and webzines, before signing a distribution deal with Via Nocturna in 2017. In Summer 2017 Phenomy toured with Repay the eastern European countries (Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria). Furthermore the band supported Grave in Lebanon in October 2017. In July the band played at Metalhead Meeting 2018 in Romania and in august they took the stage at Wacken Open Air 2018. Phenomy released their second album “Threaten World Order” on March 2018.
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