Bloodstock is racing towards the weekend with some heavy metal Easter treats! Six more bands for August’s best heavy weekender, the first wave of club nights and the annual Easter Egg hunt on the Bloodstock website, kicking off Friday 30th March! Check out www.bloodstock.uk.com from 8am Friday for details on how to hunt for Easter eggs and win a pair of festival tickets.
Joining us in a Friday Ronnie James Dio main stage slot are British thrash icons Onslaught. The band are working on their new studio album set for release later this year via AFM Records, so expect the world premiere of a brand new song at Bloodstock! The band tell us “Onslaught have always loved playing at Bloodstock, the UK’s finest metal festival and this year the show is going to be something special indeed! We’ll see you maniacs at the front!”
Also nabbing a Friday slot opening the main stage are British metal crew, Feed The Rhino. The quintet’s latest album, The Silence landed last month via Century Media with lead track, “Heedless” landing its premiere via Daniel P. Carter on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. The band tell us “We are beyond honoured to be performing at this years Bloodstock Festival. See you in the Pit!”
Japanese power metal ladies, Lovebites join us for a slot on Friday’s Sophie Lancaster stage. The five piece release a new mini-album, Battle Against Damnation on 6th June.
London death metallers, De Profundis join us in a Sophie stage slot on Friday. The band are readying the release in May of new album, The Blinding Light of Faith.
Brit thrash outfit Reprisal also land a Friday Sophie slot. Their new album, None Survive The Sun lands this Friday 30th March via Hostile Media.
Progressive death metal New Yorkers Uncured land a slot on Sunday’s Sophie stage. Having just wrapped a 28-date US run with Soulfly, the four piece come to Europe this Summer to play shows with their friends in Jasta.
Our first phase of Bloodstock club nights start on Monday 16th April! More will be added for June/July, so don’t despair if your local rock club isn’t listed. Get along to one of the following events, check out some tunes from Bloodstock bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways. Expect fun ways to win tickets – previous year’s events featured the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring! Check your local club for details, as dates may be subject to change. Events for April/May run as follows:
- Mon 16th April – Reading Coalition
- Fri 20th April – Camberley Agincourt
- Fri 27th April – Bristol The Hatchet
- Fri 27th April – Woking Schism
- Sat 28th April – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
- Sat 28th April – Sheffield Corporation
- Sat 5th May – Exeter Catacombs
- Sat 5th May – Brighton Envy
- Sat 5th May – Hanley JJ’s
- Sat 12th May – Southampton – Engine Rooms
- Fri 25th May – Bristol The Hatchet
- Sat 26th May – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Club
- Sat 26th May – Sheffield Corporation
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 21 pick-up points all over the country to right inside the Bloodstock gates. For more details, watch this video. 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 their website.
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 Ogdan, Septicflesh, Exhorder, Pallbearer, Memoriam and many more, we’re more excited than ever for Bloodstock 2018!
The ticket deposit scheme has now closed but standard weekend tickets are still available, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun, so grab yours now! If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for a day ticket reminder email as day tickets do not go on sale until late June. Register your day ticket interest here – https://www.seetickets.com/reg