BLOODSTOCK is pleased to announce our ongoing support for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST. Last year, BLOODSTOCK and its festival goers raised our highest figure to date for TEENAGE CANCER TRUST - just shy of £7500, a £3000 increase on the previous year! We’re now keener than ever to improve on that in 2014. BLOODSTOCK loves to break a record, especially for a good cause! Jen Walker from Teenage Cancer Trust had this to say on last year’s funds raising effort: “On behalf of everyone here at Teenage Cancer Trust, I would like to extend a massive thank you. 2013 was our third BOA and best yet. It’s an amazing event that continues to grow and we always come away thinking you won’t be able to top it, but you continue to pull it off. It’s a huge achievement in the current financial climate for a music festival to grow and improve in the way that Bloodstock has done over the last few years and it just goes to show that you can achieve anything if you are passionate about it. It’s lovely to work with a team of people who really love what they do and its an infectious behaviour - you make working 3 long days at a festival extemely fun… the exhaustion doesn’t even factor into it until a few days later! You’ve provided us with so many opportunities and it makes such a massive difference. Teenage Cancer Trust and Bloodstock is such a fantastic partnership and one we are very lucky to have. Not only have we raised more each year, but we have smashed our target of £5000. Thank you so much for making this possible. This money will help teenagers and young adults with cancer throughout the UK.” Bloodstock Founder Paul Gregory says: As a family run festival who has recently lost a young member of our own family to this cruel disease, we are deeply touched by the generosity of the metal community who give freely to such a worthwhile cause which is very close to our hearts. So from us, we’d like to extend a huge thanks to those who have shown their support over the years by giving to this wonderful charity and here’s to smashing the record in 2014. Look out for Teenage Cancer Trust’s stall on site, go say hello and pick up a raffle ticket for one of the many great prizes planned for the weekend. The ever-popular T-shirt Amnesty will once again be running, so bring along any unwanted rock and metal tees to either donate on site, or if you want to clear your cupboards ASAP, email email@example.com for details on how to help.
BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce another Ronnie James Dio Stage band, plus four more Sophie Lancaster Stage acts for this August’s event. Gothenburg, Sweden’s hard rockers GRAVEYARD will be taking over the main Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday. The Nuclear Blast four-piece have just wrapped dates on Australia’s Soundwave Festival, playing choice cuts from latest album, ‘Lights Out’. Immerse yourself in their latest video for ‘Endless Nights’ on the Youtube video below: The band last set foot in the UK in September, opening for Soundgarden. Keep up to date with their travels on their official Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial Stepping up for a Saturday slot on the Sophie Stage are Norwegian death metallers, BLOOD RED THRONE. Having released their seventh studio album last year, simply entitled ‘Blood Red Throne’, the band proclaim “It’s about time BLOOD RED THRONE get the chance to tear shit up at the almighty BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL! We can’t wait to see old and new fans. Let the madness begin!” Check out their latest video for fan favourite, ‘Primitive Killing Machine’ from their eponymous album on the Youtube video below: NWOBHM stalwarts, BATTLEAXE also join the Saturday bill. Hailing from the North East, the band formed in 1980 and made waves for eight years before going on hiatus. Having regrouped in 2007, BATTLEAXE are back with a vengeance, with their latest album, ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ hitting stores last week. Check out their official website for the most recent news over at www.battleaxemetal.com The Sophie Stage also welcomes Finnish self-appointed ‘death n’ roll’ outfit, PROFANE OMEN. The band are readying their fourth studio album, ‘Reset’ for release on 17th March through Spinefarm Records. Get a taster of the newie by checking out the lyric video for ‘Sonic Wings’ check out the Youtube video below: Homegrown monolithic death metal act, THE KING IS BLIND will be steamrolling into BLOODSTOCK on Saturday. Although a new band, its various members have a wealth of experience and their festival debut performance should not be missed! For the curious, the band extend this invitation: “Brothers & Sisters of the crown, download our free 4-track promo 'Bleeding The Ascension' at http://thekingisblind.bandcamp.com Thus spake the King.”
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to reveal six more bands confirmed to play the Sophie Lancaster Big Top stage in August. Thursday night is set to be livened up by these two! Throwing down the party gauntlet are returning favourites, the PHIL CAMPBELL ALL STARR BAND. The MOTORHEAD guitarist had such a great time at BLOODSTOCK last year, he’s coming back to do it all over again. Wrap your eyes and ears around these clips from last year’s fest of the MOTORHEAD classics ‘Killed By Death’ on the Youtube video below: and ‘Ace Of Spades’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_4l-i_cVdY . Get ready to hold your beer aloft! Nottingham thrashers INCINERY are happy to take up the challenge, stating “Things have been stepping up a gear and the unbelievable is becoming a reality, so it is with great excitement that we return to the place that started it all for us! It’ll be a real homecoming, and we’re looking forward to playing at what is the keystone of the metal scene in the UK.” Get a free INCINERY track on the CD included in the current PANTERA cover issue of Metal Hammer magazine, or visit www.reverbnation.com/Incinery for tunes, video, and more info! By name but not by nature, DIABOLICAL will bringing their unique brand of Swedish death metal to the Sophie Stage on Friday. They declare, “It is with great pleasure that we announce our appearance at BLOODSTOCK! Rest assured we will take equally great measures to make this a highly memorable show!” The band recently released new concept album ‘Neogenesis’ via ViciSolum Productions. Investigate via Terrorizer mag’s preview HERE and check out the video for ‘Metamorphosis’ on the Youtbe video below : BLOODSTOCK is also pleased to add Mancunian black metallers, WINTERFYLLETH to Friday’s line-up. For a taster of their current album, ‘The Threnody of Triumph’, which can be viewed on the Youtube video below : to hear the epic ‘A Thousand Winters’. The band have also just released a split EP with cult Ukranian band DRUDKH, premiering it online at the Metal Hammer link HERE http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-winterfylleth-preview-new-trve-kvlt-cover-version/. Get the lowdown on upcoming plans on their official site: www.winterfylleth.co.uk/ Southwest metal band CAMBION are determined to get heads banging on Friday. Drawing their djent/tech/prog influences from the likes of Fear Factory and Meshuggah, the band commented, “We are beyond happy to be playing the best UK festival, BLOODSTOCK! CAMBION is growing into a force to be reckoned with and that’s down to hard graft and BLOODSTOCK itself for believing in and supporting the next generation of metal bands!” Check out their ‘Virus’ EP and more over at: www.cambionofficial.co.uk Joining them on Friday are Norwegian groove metallers, ZEROZONIC. The band couldn’t be more excited to get to play at Catton Park, exclaiming “Finally, ZEROZONIC will play a big festival outside Norway for the first time. It’s about time! Ten years of existence and three albums in we are very excited to play the amazing BLOODSTOCK. Let’s get it on!” ZEROZONIC’s current album ‘Aftersane’ has just been re-released by their new label Metal Age Productions, and the band are busy working on their fourth album. Listen to some tracks at: https://soundcloud.com/zerozonic and then learn more at: www.zerozonic.com/
Following an overwhelming response to our Bloodstock 2014 Valentine's Give Us Your Heart comp last weekend we are pleased to congratulate Andy Lavender for this pretty cool entry below: "Bloodstock over, feeling Down Catton's now an Orphaned Land But don't be doomy, ditch that frown Remember all those awesome bands! Bloodstock's here - let's do this shit! So throw your Carcass in the pit! Primordial urge to band your head To rock out, party, dance 'til dead 'Cos we're the Emperors in this place Where else do solos melt your face?!! The stage Revamped, the fans are here Let's raise a heavy metal cheer! Bloodstock over, darkest day What no more metal? Can't we stay? Until next year, my rockin' friends! 'Cos heavy metal never ends!" Well done Andy! A pair of Serpents lair VIP camping tix are on their way to you.
As a nation of metal lover’s on this special day, we invite you to celebrate your love for your favourite band or band member with our very special Bloodstock Be My Valentine Competition! Write us a short poem about a band or band member that makes your heart leap and your head bang with sheer joy whenever you hear their music... don’t hold back... whatever your heart tells you to write... be it brutal, corny, comical, sad, romantic etc... let your creative juices flow! Email your entries by no later than 12:00 midday this Sunday 16th February to: firstname.lastname@example.org And be in with a chance to win 2 x SERPENTS LAIR ‘VIP’ Tickets to this year’s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR!! To find out what the Serpents Lair ‘VIP’ Camping experience includes: Visit www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/vip-camping