With 2015’s festival season officially underway, BLOODSTOCK still has plenty to reveal about the summer’s premiere metal weekender. Ten more bands, to start with… Joining the Sophie Lancaster Stage line-up on Friday are MESSIAH’S KISS (https://www.facebook.com/MessiahsKiss), featuring former session musicians for Tony Iommi and Saxon. Saturday sees the addition of old school thrashers ANNIHILATED(https://www.facebook.com/anihilated), as well as death metal band AGELESS OBLIVION https://www.facebook.com/agelessoblivion). Digital tech metal act THE IZUNA DROP (https://www.facebook.com/theizunadrop), featuring Jamie from UK Subs, are all set to perform on Sunday, alongside female-fronted, classic doomsters ALUNAH (https://www.facebook.com/alunah.doom). BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to announce five bands for the Jagermeister Stage. On Friday, if you’re a fan of bands like Karnivool and Tesseract, head over to check out progsters THE PARALLAX METHOD(https://www.facebook.com/theparallaxmethod). Female-fronted, dark melodic metallers WINTER STORM (https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk) also nab a Friday slot. Former Status Quo support band KNOCK OUT KAINE(https://www.facebook.com/knockoutkaine) bring their brand of ballsy rock ‘n’ roll to the Jager stage on Saturday. Inspired by heavy metal Gods of the late 70's/early 80's such as Budgie, Tank, Venom, and Motorhead, BLIND HAZE(https://www.facebook.com/Blindhazeband) steamroll in on Sunday, joined by Irish progressive trio SNOWBLIND (https://www.facebook.com/SnowblindIreland) - definitely one to see if you like your time changes and musical curveballs! The next batch of BLOODSTOCK club nights also kick off in June, so if you didn’t have one in your area before, check out the huge list of evenings out below, and get on down for your chance to win all manner of BLOODSTOCK goodies, including pairs of weekend tickets! Fri 5th June - Stoke on Trent Bunker 13 Fri 5th June - Manchester Ruby Lounge Sat 6th June - Edinburgh Studio 24 Sat 6th June - Brighton Envy Sat 6th June - Woking Schism Sat 13th June - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar Fri 19th June - Newcastle The Globe Fri 19th June - Middlesbrough SUMO Thu 25th June - Exeter Walkabout Thu 25h June - Glasgow The Cathouse Thu 25th June - London The Purple Turtle Fri 26th June - London Elektrowerkz Fri 26th June - Plymouth Misfits Fri 26th June - Bristol Bierkeller Sat 27th June - Birmingham The Asylum Sat 27th June - Sheffield The Corporation Fri 3rd July - Stoke on Trent Bunker 13 Sat 4th July - Coventry The Phoenix Sat 4th July - Edinburgh Studio 24 Sat 4th July - Brighton Envy Fri 10th July - London Electric Ballroom Fri 10th July - Manchester Alter Ego Sat 11th July - Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar Fri 17th July - Camberley Agincourt Mon 20th July - Reading Sakura Thu 23rd July - Glasgow The Cathouse Thu 23rd July - London The Purple Turtle Fri 24th July - Bristol Bierkeller Sat 25th July - Birmingham The Asylum Sat 25th July - Sheffield The Corporation Sat 25th July - Newcastle The Globe Fri 31st July - Ipswich Liquid & Envy Fri 31st July - London Elektrowerkz Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping. VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT! All these killer bands are already announced! Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF. Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, GODFLESH and ARNOCORPS, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, GODSIZED, plus many more. BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Planning on visiting Bloodstock Open Air this year? Travelling with a tent, as any self-respecting music-lover will confess, can be a major hassle. But help is at hand as Halfords, plans to make the annual summer pilgrimage a little easier by bringing festival-goers an on-site tent and camping accessories collection service for the second year running, widening its offer to several new sites. Whether it’s to experience those once-in-a lifetime musical moments, escape the stresses of life or just hang out with friends, festivals matter and that’s why Halfords is trying to make life easier by bringing its pre-order service to Bloodstock. It means customers can choose from any tent at Halfords, pay in advance and then collect from the on-site store. In keeping with the festival spirit, Halfords will also have a pop-up store at each festival, meaning that customers can pick up those all-important outdoor essentials from cosy sleeping bags to all-important tent pegs. “Whether you’re a glamorous camper, a mud-splattered veteran or a friends group of four, packing for a festival in the UK can be heavy-duty affair. Our pre-order service means we can make your journey easier and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is pitching your tent. Last year the service proved so popular that we even had orders from international festival-goers, so we’ve decided to expand our offering.” The pre-order service allows campers to choose from Halfords wide range of tents and accessories online, pay in advance and select the option to collect on-site at one of five festivals. Customers can place their order via Tent Pre-Order Service from today at http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_14552_productId_1135995_langId_-1_categoryId_173014
How would you like to play with Delain this October? Metal Hammer has joined forces with symphonic metal big guns Delain to offer your band a money can't buy prize! This October, Delain will be playing four dates across the UK and we're giving your band the opportunity to support them. Stopping off in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London, the band need a different band each night to open the show and IT COULD BE YOU. To be considered for this, all you need to do is send your band's bio and links to your music to DELAINBANDCOMP@factorymusic.co.uk. Easy, huh? The winning bands will be chosen by Delain themselves after the competition has closed on 26th June. But that's not all, one band out of the winning four will be chosen by Delain, Metal Hammer and Bloodstock to play on the New Blood Stage at this year's Bloodstock festival! So what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW!
BLOODSTOCK’s 2015 ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour is ready to kick off! The festival has a long standing reputation for supporting grass roots metal and their annual M2TM programme is at the forefront of that. Over the past few months, local venues all over the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia have been holding a series of heats. Hundreds of unsigned or self-released bands have taken part, each one hoping to land a slot in their local final, where ultimately the BLOODSTOCK panel choose the best from each event to win a slot on the Hobgoblin-sponsored New Blood stage at Catton Park in August! Those finals are about to begin! 2015 has been M2TM’s biggest programme to date, with 22 venues participating. The brand new BLOODSTOCK van will be ferrying our heavy metal judges round the country, there’ll be festival weekend tickets to win at each final, plus plenty of other goodies, so come down to one of the finals listed below and show your support! It’s not just UK and Irish acts that BLOODSTOCK gives opportunities to, as bands from across the world can also enter for a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage by uploading a video to http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/mischeif//competitions/bloodstock Winners will be chosen by the BLOODSTOCK panel from submitted videos. The first batch of lucky bands have been chosen (there’ll be more, so don’t worry if you’ve not uploaded yet). Friday’s bill will include the Cotswold-based modern metal outfit MUTAGENOCIDE, Canadian progsters DIATESSARON and Welsh brutal groove metallers, PISS VIPER. Saturday’s bill includes CODEX ALIMENTARIUS’ groove/thrash/classical infusion, progressive tech metallers AKARUSA YAMI and Brit post-proggers, SUMER. Sunday sees progressive hardcore outfit, TAKEN BY THE TIDE, Luxembourg’s death thrashers SCARRED and Northern Irish hardcore beasts BY ANY MEANS join the bill. Come join the BLOODSTOCK gang at one of these finals and maybe you’ll win some festival tickets! Fri 8th May - BELFAST Voodoo Club Sat 9th May - DUBLIN Fibber McGee’s Sat 16th May - SANDNES Club Tribute (NORWAY) Sun 17th May - FALMOUTH Rugby Club Sat 23rd May - WOLVERHAMPTON Fixxion Warehouse Sun 24th May - BRIGHTON Green Door Store Fri 29th May - GLASGOW Ivory Blacks Sat 30th May - SELBY The Venue Sun 31st May - CREWE The Box Thu 4th Jun - NORWICH The Brickmakers Fri 5th Jun - LUTON The Castle Sat 6th Jun - READING Facebar Sun 7th Jun - LONDON Purple Turtle Sat 27th Jun - CARDIFF Fuel Club Sat 27th Jun - LIVERPOOL Crazyhouse Sun 28th Jun - MANCHESTER Grand Central Fri 3rd Jul - OXFORD The Bullingdon Sat 4th Jul - NOTTINGHAM Intake Club Sat 4th Jul - CORBY Zombie Hut Sat 11th Jul - BRISTOL The Fleece Sat 11th Jul - BURNLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar Sun 12th Jul - BIRMINGHAM Roadhouse Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956
BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe. Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, NE OBLIVISCARIS for their long awaited debut on UK soil. The band proclaim, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous BLOODSTOCK festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!” Get a taste for them in this clip from their Australian tour in November https://youtu.be/WdW88MzfHec . . Also joining Friday’s fray are the London based group SILAS, who describe themselves as a “fusion of genres”. Curious? Head over to the official website at www.silasbanduk.com/ Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. BURGERKILL and JASAD are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans. Check out the video for BURGERKILL’s ‘House of Greed’ at: https://youtu.be/A7RM2W4kQco and then take their Indonesian heavy metal language lesson with Metal Hammer at https://youtu.be/xAEKQO4n8vE . To learn more about JASAD, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Jasadbdm . Also joining Saturday’s Sophie bill are Mancunian metallers, PIST, already flagged up as a Terrorizer ‘Band of the Day’ around the release of their ‘Riffology’ EP. If you’re into stuff like Orange Goblin, Red Fang & Kyuss, you’ll appreciate the PIST sound. Learn more about PIST at http://www.terrorizer.com/news/botd/pist-band-day Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, OL DRAKE to accompany his upcoming solo album, ‘Old Rake’ which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" The album’s lead track, 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' features the likes of Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), James Murphy (Death/Testament/Obituary), Josh Middleton (Sylosis) and Mike Heller (Fear Factory, on drums). Check it out now on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/1YdYUEsRxVB2UGkrqLn4JD . Sunday also sees the return to Catton Park of South Wales metallers, TRIAXIS, who release their third album ‘Zero Hour’ on May 18th via Rocksector Records. Listen to first single ‘Victorious’ and delve deeper at www.triaxis.info