Can you feel the festival season creeping up?! Soon, very soon it will be time to pack up your tent and your Viking drinking horn, then you and your mates will be thrashing your way to Catton Park for BLOODSTOCK 2015! With 17 weeks to go, here’s another 7 head-banging additions to the Sophie Lancaster stage. Crash landing into Friday’s Sophie line-up are London-based metallers, I AM I. Fronted by ZP Theart (formerly of Dragonforce), I AM I are currently hard at work on their new album and follow up to their ‘Event Horizon’ debut. Check out their website at www.iamiofficial.com for video updates! Also rocking up the bill are HANG THE BASTARD, the stoner groove road dogs who recently released second album, ‘Sex In the Seventh Circle’ via Century Media and opened for Corrosion of Conformity on their UK tour. Check out the ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ on the YouTube video below: British thrash stalwarts RE-ANIMATOR grab themselves a slot too, after reforming in 2013 after a 20-year break. Wrap your ears round ‘Low Life’ from their ‘Condemned To Eternity’ album on the YouTube video below: Hard rock riff-monsters, FIRE RED EMPRESS also land a spot. You can listen to their recent ‘Paint Me The Devil’ EP over at http://fireredempress.bandcamp.com/album/paint-me-the-devil-ep Last (for this announcement), but not least, Denmark’s HEXIS also bring their unique blend of hardcore and black metal doom to Friday’s line up. Friday is topped out by previously announced headliners, DELAIN! Rock n’ roll tearaways JETTBLACK will be Saturday night’s main support to Sophie stage headliners, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. With their brand new album, ‘Disguises’ out this week, JETTBLACK are coming out all guns blazing with a bunch of fresh tunes! Check out some album clips over at www.jettblackuk.com Irish metal three-piece, DEAD LABEL also join Sunday’s bill on the Sophie stage. Their new album, ‘Throne of Bones’ is set for release soon. Follow their news over at https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel HAVE YOU GOT YOU TICKET TO BLOODSTOCK 2015
As we rock up to Easter, BLOODSTOCK Festival has once again enlisted the Easter Bunny's heavy metal cousin to stash a load of easter eggs around the BLOODSTOCK website. Will you be one of the lucky winners of a pair of weekend tickets with camping for August's knees up at Catton Park?! We've two pairs to give away. To enter the hunt, simply go to the Bloodstock website and find the 12 golden easter eggs. Collect the URLs of the pages where each one is hidden, email those in to email@example.com, with your name and address included and you could be in with a chance of winning! The hunt begins at 8am on Good Friday, 3rd April and ends at 8pm on Tuesday 7th April. Click over to the BLOODSTOCK website at www.bloodstock.uk.com to take part. BLOODSTOCK are also busy sorting out their bar offerings for 2015. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on delivering quality at great prices and this year they'll be working alongside new bar operators, Bespoke Festival Bars, who own and run a number of fantastic local pubs. The ale partner of choice is once again the award winning Hobgoblin, BLOODSTOCK's co-partner of several years. Hobgoblin are also proud sponsors of BLOODSTOCK's Metal 2 The Masses unsigned programme and will lend their name to the newly christened 'Hobgoblin New Blood Stage' for 2015. Changes to bar offerings this year include the lager on tap now being Carling! BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to bring you Carling Cider on tap too, which was voted the world’s #1 cider at the International Brewing Awards 2013. As well as some other beery additions, they'll be launching a newly-brewed BLOODSTOCK ale (or two)! This will be brewed locally at The Boot Brewery, just down the road in Repton, Derbyshire. There'll also be an increased range of ales and ciders across all bars on site, and as usual, an especially broad selection in the VIP Serpents Lair bar. The full list of pints on offer this year are still being decided, but last year’s 100+ selection included such gems as Devil’s Deadly Weapon, Rainbow In The Dark, Stairway To Heaven, Black Sabbath, Doom Bar, Top Totty, and of course, our favourite, Hobgoblin. For those who prefer their shorts, there will also be a selection of cocktails, at least in the VIP Serpents Lair bar. You may ask, “Don’t all these good things come at a price?” Having worked hard with the new bar partners this year, BLOODSTOCK can also proudly confirm the price of a pint will go DOWN from 2014’s £4.10 per pint to 2015’s £4.00 per pint! 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
As we rock towards Easter, BLOODSTOCK are busy locking in their first round of promotional club nights and confirming Thursday’s kick-off proceedings on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Military-clad ARNOCORPS are set to headline the Sophie stage on the traditionally fun-filled Thursday evening, so slap on some camo, be prepared for ‘audience interaction’, and witness their self-described ‘action adventure hardcore rock and roll’. If you didn’t already know, ARNOCORPS are the world’s only band to feature lyrics based exclusively on Arnold Schwarzenegger films (thankfully, mostly the action classics of the 80’s rather than Kindergarten Cop)! The band enthuse; “We’re so pumped to be bringing our action adventure, audio assault to the ballsiest of all metal festivals! As far back as our first UK tour in ‘06, our fans have prayed each and every year for ARNOCORPS to perform at BLOODSTOCK. Finally Crom has listened! On Thursday night, all attendees will gain unprecedented muscle mass as they become goddamn heroes and sheroes!! GO!!!” The Brits are out in force on Thursday, as thrash metalheads REIGN OF FURY will open the fest. Also joining are 2014’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ overall victors, the dual-fronted melodic progsters METAPRISM, Welsh death metallers DESECRATION and ‘pirate folk metal’ outfit, RED RUM. Obviously a rousing party tune - check out Red Rum’s ‘Make Port, Drink Port’ on the YouTube video below: Once the bands have played each day, the after-hours entertainment in the big top Sophie Stage borders on legendary, so be sure to book your extra day off and rock up to Catton Park early on Thursday, pitch your tent and get your beer hat on in time for the evening’s fun. On Thursday night from 10.30pm, the Warm Up party will be in full swing, running through ‘til 3am. Come out, get fired up on the best metal from the house DJs, meet your fellow Bloodstockers and make new friends. Stay tuned for details on Thursday night’s party theme (in case you want to plan a splendid fancy dress outfit) in due course!
2015’s first phase of BLOODSTOCK club nights are nailed down! More will be added for June, July and early August, so don’t despair if your nearest rock club isn’t listed yet. In the meantime, get along to one of the following, check out the tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways. Hilarity is bound to ensue… last year’s club nights included the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring in the showdowns to win tickets!! Check with your local club for further details. Events for April and May are confirmed as follows: Thu 2nd April – London Elektrowerkz Fri 3rd April – Manchester Ruby Lounge Fri 3rd April – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13 Sat 4th April – Norwich The Waterfront Sat 4th April – Liverpool The Krazyhouse Fri 10th April – Bournemouth Sound Circus Fri 10th April – Ipswich Liquid & Envy Fri 10th April – Newcastle The Globe Fri 10th April – Plymouth Misfits Sat 11th April – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar Fri 17th April – Nottingham Trent University Student Union Fri 17th April – Middlesbrough SUMO Sat 18th April – Coventry The Phoenix Sat 18th April – Camberley Agincourt Mon 20th April – Reading Sakura Fri 24th April – Bristol Bierkeller Sat 25th April – Cardiff Fuel Sat 25th April – Sheffield The Corporation Fri 1st May – Woking Schism Fri 1st May – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13 Sat 2nd May – Norwich The Waterfront Sat 2nd May – Edinburgh Studio 24 Fri 8th May – Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge Fri 8th May – Newcastle The Globe Fri 8th May – Manchester Alter Ego Sat 9th May – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar Thu 14th May – Exeter Walkabout Fri 15th May – Ipswich Liquid & Envy Sat 23rd May – Liverpool The Krazyhouse Fri 29th May – Bristol the Bierkeller Fri 29th May – Cardiff Fuel Sat 30th May – Sheffield The Corporation
Once again, BLOODSTOCK HQ is running our very popular affiliate scheme which allows you, our metal brethren, to be rewarded for your help in spreading the news of BLOODSTOCK. With an affiliate account, you can earn £££’s! All you need to do is sign up for free and you will be given your own unique link to use on your website or social media page, and if you wish, you can choose a fancy banner or various other tools from the affiliate lounge on the BLOODSTOCK website. Remember to use your link at the bottom of any BLOODSTOCK related news or content you share on your site or use it on your Facebook/Twitter/Uni RockSoc page, etc. If you’re in a band, you can also use the scheme! Once 8 people have clicked through and bought a ticket from your unique link, you’ll get a cheque for 10% cash back or you can have a weekend ticket for free! If you sell more tickets, you’ll get more money - the more you sell the more you get back! The top earners are really proactive in remembering to use their link every time they post any fresh BLOODSTOCK info. The more you get your unique link out there, the more chance folks will click through on your link, then buy their tickets! If you’re part of a group of friends, or a Uni RocSoc, this is a great easy way to earn extra £££’s to maybe fund your minibus hire, or food or beer fund for the festival weekend, or cover petrol or other travel costs for your group. What are you waiting for? Join here www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/affiliates