BLOODSTOCK’s bill is still growing as the festival adds yet more bands to their 2018 line up! With just 15 weeks to go, the countdown is on! What’s more, our travel partners, BIG GREEN COACH have just added Cambridge and Norwich to their list of departure cities due to customer demand! More details below. On to the bands...
We’re excited to welcome hotly-tipped Texan thrash squad POWER TRIP to the Saturday main stage bill! Having just wrapped on one of the best metal package tours of recent years with Trivium, Code Orange and Venom Prison, POWER TRIP’s incendiary live show is not to be missed! Are they the future of modern thrash?! Check out their video for ‘Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)’ taken from their ‘Nightmare Logic’ album, out now on Southern Lord and decide for yourself - https://youtu.be/FOWf8uqGf8A.
In the wake of scorching reviews for their recent debut album ‘Mire’, sludge doom beasts CONJURER join us for a Saturday Sophie Lancaster stage slot. Check out their 360 degree video for ‘Retch’ and get soaked in their sonic brutality - https://youtu.be/rLyTcuQYT9I. Meanwhile, album bundles and ‘Mire’ merch can be snapped up from http://smarturl.it/CONJURER.
Also landing a spot on Saturday’s Sophie bill are British thrash/death outfit, FORGOTTEN REMAINS. The five piece are set to release a new album this year. In the interim, check out their 2016 video for ‘Morbid Reality’ - https://youtu.be/kVR-KKY7Ce0.
Progressive black metal collective, A FOREST OF STARS also join the Sophie bill on Saturday. The band, who describe themselves as ‘appointing a fusion of black metal, romanticism, the occult, psychedelia, folk and the improprieties of madness into one unsightly whole’ (awesome!) are hard at work on a new album due later this year. In the meantime, check out their fabulous video for ‘Gatherer Of The Pure’ - https://youtu.be/7ZrKbecv8qc.
Grabbing a Sunday Sophie stage spot are hotly tipped trio, ALIEN WEAPONRY. Hailing all the way from Waipu, New Zealand, they blend hardcore and thrash influences with their Maori heritage to create a sound uniquely their own. Teenage brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong joined by Ethan Trembath on bass, the trio recently signed to Napalm Records and are readying their debut album, ‘Tū’ for release in June. Check out the ‘Holding My Breath’ video for their first single to be sung entirely in English rather than their native Maori language - https://youtu.be/vDTdyGItPQ8.
Greek thrash squad BIO-CANCER also land themselves a slot on Sunday’s Sophie stage. The band are wrapping up the touring cycle for 2015’s ‘Tormenting The Innocent’ album so catch them while you can! Check out the video for ‘Bulletproof’, taken from that album here - https://youtu.be/DbmCW-SXUPg.
METAL 2 THE MASSES, our programme to support grass roots bands reaches its culmination this month with 31 Grand Finals kicking off regionally. The first is in Coventry on the 28th April, then events roll out around the country. M2TM is the biggest initiative in UK & Ireland (not forgetting one-off cities in Norway and Poland) to choose the bands to play on our Newblood Stage. The programme not only supports regional venues, but also gives local bands an opportunity to network and aspire to winning acts that have gone before them. As well as being in with a chance of playing this year’s festival, there’s a bigger national prize pool opportunity where selected winners will be chosen to open BLOODSTOCK’s Sophie Stage in 2019, play a slot at Slovenia’s Metaldays Festival 2019, win recording time at Parlour Studios with Russ Russell, along with a raft of additional sponsor prizes. Attending punters aren’t left out either, as they could walk away with a ticket to this year’s festival or any number of free giveaways on the night. The Finals kick off at venues around the country very soon so be sure to get down and show support!
Thinking about your route to BLOODSTOCK yet? Official travel partner BIG GREEN COACH are more than happy to transport you, your mates and all your camping essentials from 23 pick-up points all over the country to right inside the BLOODSTOCK gates, having just added Cambridge & Norwich due to customer demand! For more details, watch https://youtu.be/wqT7Rt2B60E. Alternatively, if you’re driving to the festival and have a space in your car, or are seeking a ride from your area, post your trip on GOCARSHARE’s website to match up with a friendly metaller and help each other ride to BLOODSTOCK! You’ll even be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to next year’s festival just by using the GOCARSHARE scheme! Full details over at http://gocarshare.com/festival/bloodstock.
Come join us in August! Standard weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun. Grab yours at https://bloodstock.seetickets.com. If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for an email reminder so you don’t miss out when single day tickets go on sale at the end of June. Register your interest here - https://www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock.
With Friday night headliners JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday headliners GOJIRA and Sunday’s bill toppers NIGHTWISH announced, as well as EMPEROR, AT THE GATES, DEVILDRIVER, WATAIN, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, WEDNESDAY 13, JASTA & FRIENDS, FOZZY, COMBICHRIST, BLOODBATH, VENOM INC., MR BIG, ORPHANED LAND, KAMELOT, DORO, ORDEN OGAN, SEPTICFLESH, EXHORDER, PALLBEARER, MEMORIAM and many more, we’re more excited than ever for BLOODSTOCK 2018!
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.