As ever, we’re going to try and cover every single Jäger, New Blood and SOPHIE stage band before Bloodstock kicks off on August 10th. Your chance to check them out and start planning which bands to get there early for!
Trust us when we tell you that this is bound to result in some frustrating clashes because, as ever, there are some great bands on these three stages.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Voodoo Blood – Jägermeister Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We’re all based in Manchester as we formed the band here but we’re from all parts of the north! Sean (guitar) is from Liverpool, Kim (vocals) is from Warrington, Chris (bass) is from Ripon and Will (drums) is from Huddersfield.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Two years now! Two very short years. It’s flown by!
Where does the name of the band come from?
We all hated it, we just couldn’t think of anything better at the time. Now it has developed into our whole image and stage personas (the Voodoo Woman and the Witch Doctors).
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We combine elements from our different musical backgrounds that maybe aren’t so obvious. Our sound is “heavy” but it’s not traditionally metal. We also have a huge blues influence and add a little dash of theatricality. We take a lot of pride in our live shows and the way we perform, we really want that to resonate with everyone that comes to watch us.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We see every performance we do as a show. We don’t just play the tunes, we want to entertain the people and leave them with a performance that they won’t forget. The only thing that matches our energy is our enthusiasm, we put as much effort in visually and performance-wise as we do with the music.
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
It’s a epic festival and a great conduit for new music in the UK. No other large UK festival offers heavier independent artists the chance to break through in the way Bloodstock does, and the spirit and atmosphere that surrounds the festival is second to none.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We entered Metal 2 The Masses and were invited to appear by Simon Hall after our performance at the Manchester final.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Dynamic, varied, fuzzy, and groovy. Expect fat riffs and power vocals. We want to take you on a journey.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Ghost! We have seen them before and Kim got up on stage with them as one of the sisters of sin. We’re huge fans of what they do we think there such a creative and epic band. And that riff in “Pinnacle to the Pit”!
What are you working on at the moment?
We are working on our single release for the 20th of October. We’re doing a big release party in Manchester at our favourite venue, Rebellion Bar. We’re doing a UK tour after it too, we can’t wait! You’ll be able to find all our dates on our Facebook and website when it all gets announced and that should be straight after Bloodstock!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
We destroyed a hotel. Put a fat hole in the roof. I mean technically it wasn’t our fault, the plumbing in our room just went and everything started overflowing. When we went down for breakfast the whole roof caved in. Rock and roll… kind of. We also ran through a field of wheat once.
Jäger, Hobgoblin Ale, Kraken, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon?
Has to be Jäger as were playing the Jäger stage this year. Kraken is a very close second.