With only a few short weeks until Christmas, we will once again show our support to one of our own, 4 year old Harriet Gregory, by auctioning off two pairs of Serpents Lair VIP weekend tickets worth over £520 a pair to next year’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Serpents Lair ‘VIP’ tickets are due to go on sale from December 16th, but two lucky winning auction bids will be the first to receive their tickets and all for an extremely good cause. Little Harriet was born severely disabled and since birth has had many life saving operations as well as dozens of tests and procedures to try and diagnose her severe life threatening medical condition which has baffled the medical profession around the world. Harriet is unable to suck or swallow and has very limited motor skills, so for every hour of every day, little Harriet is hooked up to machines that monitor her heart rate as well as a tube to feed her, whilst the oxygen and equipment surrounding her 24 hours a day keeps 4 year old Harriet alive. Over the course of the last 6 months, Harriet has had some set major setbacks; the family have had to cope with ongoing seizures, which have threatened her life on more than one occasion. Medical professionals are unable to explain why Harriet is now suffering from seizures, on top of her ever increasing medical problems. In the meantime Harriet`s day-to-day quality of life remains the priority. The Gregory family managed to raise vital funds to build a special room for Harriet at the family home. The room is a sterile hospital type environment that is fully equipped with all the necessary oxygen cylinders, heart monitors, suction machines and other medical requirements to make Harriet comfortable. Harriet has been scheduled in to see the genetic team in January 2014, in the hope that they can help the family find some answers into what is causing her condition. The family continue to try and find answers into what is wrong with little Harriet and have put all their hopes into finding someone that will try to transplant stem cells as this now appears to be her only hope, however, the treatment is extremely expensive as it’s primarily done in the USA. The e-bay auction will take place from 9th December 2013 until 16th December 2013. The highest bidders will receive their Serpents Lair VIP tickets once funds have been paid in full. All proceeds will go directly to the HELP HARRIET TRUST. If you would like to bid the then please click HERE for the first pair or HERE for the second pair. To find out more about Harriet visit www.helpharriet.org
The brewers of the legendary ruby ale Hobgoblin are back to continue their partnership with Bloodstock Open Air Festival. A collaboration which sees both parties teaming up to bring METAL 2 THE MASSES at Bloodstock 2014, offering breaking bands the chance to perform on the ever increasingly popular Newblood Stage. Alongside the tour which visits venues throughout the UK and abroad, Hobgoblin will be opening up a worldwide search via Wychwood.co.uk, inviting acts to submit their videos online from December 2013. This unique contest, where fans can vote for their favourite act, with the winner bagging the coveted slot on the Newblood stage, is open to bands from every corner of the globe and in exchange for your vote, you could also win the chance to take home a whole host of music-related prizes via the website. The Video Upload will be open to all genres of rock & metal, so if you're in a metal band of any genre - or frankly even genres that haven't even been created yet - then get on board and submit your video. Last year’s winners Skreamer (UK) who tore the Newblood stage open this year said.. “Every band in the world wants their name alongside Bloodstock and this time it's our name ! Bloodstock, a name that is synonymous with so many great bands year in year out, known worldwide and a dream for all young, and old, bands to play, the main sponsors "Hobgoblin" not only make great beer, but demand quality in anything they are involved in, and boy have they picked a winner with Bloodstock. “ Whilst Metal 2 The Masses co-ordinator Simon Hall said .. “Working alongside Hobgoblin is the perfect combination for me and the ability to mix my favourite two pastimes and thinly disguise it as a job, is something I'm sure I said would happen to my career advisor!” For details on uploading videos visit www.wychwood.co.uk or www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/hobgoblin . For details of venues holding M2TM events near you go to www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2014/masses_venues for further information, alternatively ‘like’ Hobgoblin on Facebook or follow @Hobgoblin_beer on Twitter for giveaways and further information on Metal to the Masses.
The good news keeps coming for metal fans, with BLOODSTOCK announcing three more additions to the 2014 bill. Not bought your ticket yet? Time is ticking on ‘early bird’ availability, as they’re nearly all gone, so let these three bands tip the balance and pick up your ticket today. LACUNA COIL are set to grace the main stage on Saturday. The band have just wrapped recording of their new studio album, which is pencilled for a late March release via Century Media. Fiery frontwoman, Cristina Scabbia comments “To be back at BLOODSTOCK will be such a BLAST! I can't wait to see my family of Coilers in the UK again and to meet new friends. I promise pure damn adrenaline from our stage!! See ya there!”, whilst co-vocalist, Andrea Ferro enthuses “The UK is one of my favourite places to perform, it's really special. The audiences are so enthusiastic, their approach to rock music just feels similar to my own somehow and that's why I'm really excited to be part of Bloodstock Open Air 2014! It will be LACUNA COIL's second time there and I'm curious to see how the festival has grown. We will have songs from the new album and some LC classics, so see ya all in the summer!” Check out their video for ‘Trip the Darkness’ from last album, ‘Dark Adrenaline’ on the Youtube video below: Slipping into Saturday’s special guest slot are CARCASS. Having released their critically acclaimed new album, ‘Surgical Steel’ via new record label, Nuclear Blast in September, the band are looking forward to their Catton Park return. Bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker warns, “Unfinished business… CARCASS will return to Bloodstock 2014. With new blood, new album, new songs, we'll be firing on all cylinders. If you think you've already seen this band, think again. We'll see you come what may in the mud and the rain, there to knock the air out of your inflatable swords and knock the wind out of your sails. Let there be rot!” Check out the lyric video for ‘Captive Bolt’ on the Youtube video below: Irish celtic/pagan metal five-piece, PRIMORDIAL also join the bill. Renowned for their atmospheric and powerful stage shows, the band impressed many at 2011’s BLOODSTOCK in the wake of the release of last album, ‘Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand’. Making their return for next year, PRIMORDIAL are not a band who tour relentlessly, so take the opportunity to catch them and their unique sound at BLOODSTOCK 2014. Check out this live taster of ‘Empire Falls’ from 2009’s PaganFest; on the Youtube video below: Need help getting to the site? Big Green Coach are once again the official and exclusive coach travel partner to BLOODSTOCK Festival. Let their drivers take you, your mates, and your camping gear direct to the festival grounds! Easy!! Choose from 26 locations direct to the heart of BLOODSTOCK, from the very reasonable rate of £34: BIRKENHEAD, BOURNEMOUTH, BRIDGEND, BRISTOL, CARDIFF, CARLISLE, CHESTER, GLASGOW, GLOUCESTER, LANCASTER, LEEDS, LIVERPOOL, LONDON, MANCHESTER, MIDDLESBROUGH, NEWCASTLE, NEWPORT, OXFORD, PRESTON, SHEFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON, STOCKPORT, SUNDERLAND, SWANSEA, WARRINGTON, and WORCESTER. Coach trips arrive at the festival site on Thurs 6th August and return home Monday 11th August. Alternatively, if you’re arriving by train, book yourself a shuttle to take you from the rail station to the site for a bargain £10 return. To secure your seats, click through to www.biggreencoach.co.uk/bloodstock Tickets for 2014's event are still on sale at special ‘EARLY BIRD’ prices - a total snip at £115 for a 4-day weekend ticket with camping. There is only a limited number of early bird tickets left. When they’re gone, they’re gone, and tickets revert to full price! Pick ‘em up now at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/ . You can now also book your BLOODSTOCK pre-erected tents for the general campsite via festival partner, Tangerine Fields (VIP packages will be on sale later). If you’re travelling to the fest from abroad, these are very popular options, as it’s easier and often cheaper than bringing camping gear in your luggage. Click through to see various options here: www.tangerinefields.co.uk/events/bloodstock-open-air-2014.html . With the three 2014 headliners already announced, the event is shaping up to be the strongest yet. Friday night’s bill toppers are New Orleans sludgemeisters,DOWN. Joining them to head up Saturday night are black metal overlords, EMPEROR and closing out proceedings on Sunday are the mighty thrash legends,MEGADETH. Also announced so far are AMON AMARTH, OBITUARY, CROWBAR, HATEBREED, PRONG, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, DECAPITATED, FLOTSAM & JETSAM and EVIL SCARECROW. More bands will be announced shortly.
Anyone who went to BLOODSTOCK this year would be amazed to see the strength and depth of metal in the upgraded big top 'Newblood Stage' and next year promises to deliver yet again. With their ale-loving friends at Hobgoblin continuing their support of BLOODSTOCK, the commitment to underground metal grows as ‘Hobgoblin Presents BLOODSTOCK’s Metal 2 The Masses’. BLOODSTOCK has an ever-increasing number of venues and promoters in the UK and overseas supporting the scheme, and in addition to the roadshow, there's a raft of other entry platforms to get bands on to the bill at the UK’s heaviest of festivals. This really is an event with an eye on the future of metal. Further to the tour itself, which begins in May 2014, BLOODSTOCK will also be taking CD submissions, and their Hobgoblin pals will be continuing their M2TM video upload programme worldwide, as in years prior. Look out for the print ads, coasters and special BLOODSTOCK branded beer bottles. This year BLOODSTOCK have no less than 20 regions covered in the UK, including places as far afield as the Channel Isles, so if you’re unsigned or self-released and fancy sharing a spot on the bill with likes of MEGADETH, DOWN and EMPEROR, we suggest you get in touch with any of the following venues and make it happen! Take it from the boys in Karybdis, one of the 2013 event's successful bands, when they say "It was fantastic to have been part of BLOODSTOCK! No one does it better!" BRISTOL – THE FLEECE - firstname.lastname@example.org CHANNEL ISLANDS – FERMAIN TAVERN – email@example.com KENT – THE IVY – firstname.lastname@example.org BRIGHTON – THE GREEN DOOR STORE – email@example.com EAST ANGLIA - BRICKMAKERS (MAIN ROOM) - NorwichM2TM@gmail.com BEDFORDSHIRE – THE CASTLE TAVERN - castle.tavern@Hotmail.co.uk READING – THE FACEBAR - firstname.lastname@example.org LONDON – THE PURPLE TURTLE – email@example.com MANCHESTER – THE GRAND CENTRAL – firstname.lastname@example.org GLASGOW – IVORY BLACKS - email@example.com DUNDEE – BEAT GENERATOR LIVE - firstname.lastname@example.org NUNEATON – THE QUEENS HALL – email@example.com BOURNEMOUTH – THE ANVIL – firstname.lastname@example.org DEVON AND CORNWALL – THE WHITE RABBIT – email@example.com SOUTH WALES - THE FULL MOON - firstname.lastname@example.org LIVERPOOL – THE LOMAX - email@example.com SELBY – THE RIVERSIDE - firstname.lastname@example.org BIRMINGHAM – THE ROADHOUSE - email@example.com SHEFFIELD - SOUTH SEA - firstname.lastname@example.org NOTTINGHAM – THE INTAKE - email@example.com Also the following promoters are running events in their representative countries.. SOUTHERN IRELAND – FIBBER MAGEES – Lar@blankmgmt.com LATVIA – MUSIC FACTORY - firstname.lastname@example.org NORWAY – THE TRIBUTE ROCKEKLUBB – email@example.com Interested in taking part? Head on over the BLOODSTOCK website for more details. http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2014/stages/new-blood-stage Tickets for BLOODSTOCK are on sale now at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event//bloodstock/catton-park/727717. BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 7th-10th August 2014. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce the addition of three more awesome bands to the main stage bill in 2014. Axe-wielding Swedes, AMON AMARTH jump aboard their Viking Longboat and sail in to invade Catton Park for the special guest slot on Sunday! Having recently headed up Metal Hammer’s ‘Defenders of the Faith’ tour, in the wake of recent album release, ‘Deceiver of the Gods’, expect this to be your only chance to catch the mighty horde that is AMON AMARTH in the UK in 2014. With frontman Johan Hegg also set to play the role of Viking warrior, ‘Valli’ in a new movie called ‘Northmen - A Viking Saga’, 2014 is set to be an exciting year for the band. Look up more info on the movie here http://northmen-derfilm.ch/web/ http://northmen-derfilm.ch/web/, then head over and check out the brand new lyric video for album track, ‘As Loke Falls’ on the Youtube video below : Popularly regarded as delivering one of the sets of the weekend at BLOODSTOCK 2012, HATEBREED make a return to churn up the turf with their circle pit skills once more in 2014. Workaholic, firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta is excited for it, admitting; “When I found out, I opened my window and yelled ‘FUCK YEAH, MOTHERFUCKER!!!!’ My neighbor looked up at me startled, and asked what the outburst was all about. I told him “We’re playing BLOODSTOCK 2014!!!” So spread the word people, it's gonna be a great summer and it will be HATEBREED's only UK show, so don't you dare miss it!" Jamey assures everyone that current album, ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’ is “all pit, no shit”, so click through to see the video for album track, ‘Honor Never Dies’ on the Youtube video below : Also jumping on to the bill are the much-revered, pioneering post-metal trio, PRONG. Led by founder guitarist/frontman Tommy Victor, and rounded out by Tony Campos (Static X, Soulfly) and Alexei Rodriguez (Walls of Jericho, 3 Inches of Blood), PRONG are currently working on a brand new album, ‘Ruining Lives’, which is pencilled for a Spring 2014 release via SPV. While you’re waiting for the newie, follow their Spotify playlist channel over at https://play.spotify.com/user/prongofficial , or maybe watch the incendiary trio’s video for ‘Revenge….Best Served Cold’ from 2012’s ‘Carved Into Stone’ album on the Youtube video below: