As January beds in, BLOODSTOCK HQ is a hive of activity. As well as setting up all the subscribers to the recently announced 2015 Deposit Scheme (see details below) and getting the Metal 2 The Masses heats underway, they’ve also been locking in more bands, this time for the Sophie Lancaster stage.
BLOODSTOCK are pleased to announce DELAIN as Friday night’s headliner. The Dutch symphonic metal band enthused, "We are really excited to perform at the awesome BLOODSTOCK Festival for the very first time this summer! Having written our previous records' title track ‘We Are The Others’ about Sophie Lancaster, it will be an extra important and special occasion for us to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage and meet up with our friends at the Sophie Lancaster Foundation ("Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred Intolerance Everywhere!") again. We look forward to rocking out at BLOODSTOCK and hope to see many of you there!” The group are currently touring Europe with BLOODSTOCK compadres SABATON, in support of their latest album ‘The Human Contradiction’, released last April via Napalm Records. Watch their latest video for ‘Stardust’ on the YouTube video below:
Italian tech death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE will be rolling in as Saturday night’s headliner, stating "We're very happy to be part of this amazing festival for the first time. It's a great honour for us and we can't wait to crush one of the most important stages in the UK and Europe! See you all there mates!" The band are working on their follow-up to 2013’s ‘Labyrinth’ concept album, which will hopefully surface via Nuclear Blast before the end of the year. Meanwhile, head over to their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FleshgodApocalypse to see live clips from Wacken, lyric videos and even how to cook a special FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE spaghetti dish, complete with their own brand of wine!
Also appearing Saturday will be Swiss thrash metal band BATTALION. BLOODSTOCK is delighted to welcome the group back to Catton Park, following their first UK show at BLOODSTOCK in 2012. The four piece recently finished recording their third studio album and started the new year by sharing this live video of their whole set at Wacken last year on the YouTube video below:
Newly reformed Bay Area hip hop thrash funksters MORDRED join the Sophie Lancaster stage bill for Sunday. The band are hard at work on a brand new album, which will mark their first new release in 20 years! You might have caught them on a brief UK visit last summer, following a triumphant Indiegogo campaign. Get a taste via brand new song ‘The Baroness’ at: http://youtu.be/hhPrV6h0Tzo or revisit some classic Mordred from 1991 with ‘Falling Away’ at: http://youtu.be/ep94iPgLPow
Also stepping up for a Sunday Sophie slot are fellow Italians DESTRAGE. Signed to Metal Blade, their last album ‘Are You Kidding Me? No!’ guest featured GN’R man Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal on the title track. Metal Hammer writer Stephen Hill declared it his 2014 Album of the Year. See why in the live video for song ‘Destroy Create Transform Sublimate’ at: http://youtu.be/CosqKDW39NU
Not got your BLOODSTOCK tickets yet? The festival’s very popular deposit scheme, that allows you purchase your ticket in 3 instalments, is now up and running! Festival goers have until midnight on 7th March to subscribe to the plan, with the initial payment being taken on the day of sign up. The deal breaks down as follows:
1st payment - £45 (plus £7 booking fee) required on the day of sign up.
2nd payment - £45 - debited from your account on 27th March.
3rd payment – £45 (+ postage) - debited from your account on 29th May.
Payments will be debited automatically by bank transfer on the designated day(s), so the buyer doesn't have to worry about accidentally missing a payment. Sign up at the following link and select the ‘Standard weekend with camping instalment plan’ to get yourself covered : http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956
Please note that the deposit scheme is only available for regular weekend tickets with camping, though you can purchase a separate VIP upgrade at any time, subject to availability. If you want your ticket in hand right away, you can grab one now priced £135 (plus booking fee) for a 4-day Thurs-Sun weekend pass (with camping).
Already announced for 2015 are the three headliners; WITHIN TEMPTATION, TRIVIUM, and ROB ZOMBIE with his full production, plus special guests OPETH and SABATON, as well as a stellar undercard including the likes of CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH TA, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, DARK ANGEL, ENSIFERUM, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, AGALLOCH, ARMORED SAINT, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, and ENSLAVED. More bands will be announced in due course