Bloodstock 2018: 13 more bands announced

Bloodstock’s countdown is hotting up, with just 9 weeks left to go! There’s still plenty of exciting things to reveal about 2018’s event though, including this stellar collection of thirteen more bands you’ll be lucky enough to see, if you’ve snapped up a ticket!

Your support for Bloodstock’s regional Metal 2 the Masses finals has been greatly appreciated, helping them continue to give a platform to up n’ coming, grassroots talent and bring the best to everyone’s attention at Bloodstock! Without further ado, here’s the next batch of winners who’ll be appearing on the New Blood stage…

Friday welcomes Stoke champions Vulgore, who’ve been described as “groove-laden melodic death metal”, Leicester victors & hardcore fans Seven Hells, and Scottish prog metallers Turbyne, who picked up a spot via their CD application.

If you’re at Bloodstock on Saturday, why not check out Polish heavyweights Ashborn, who clinched the top place in the Milton Keynes final, and Hitchin winners 13… no relation to Wednesday. Or if you prefer a bit of death metal and bands like Amon Amarth, Obituary, and Entombed, head over to see CD applicants, the West Yorkshire-based Valafar.

Recently reformed and now champions of the Norwich final, metalheads Crawlblind join proceedings on Sunday. Also appearing that day, Burnley conquerors Autocracy could be your new favourites, if you’re a fan of bands like Machine Head, At The Gates, Parkway Drive, or Arch Enemy. But if you’re more into Orange Goblin, Pantera, and Kyuss, don’t miss Carlisle top dogs, Drudge, whose twin vocal layered approach might pay homage to the likes of Alice In Chains, but their doom/groove-soaked heart belongs to Sabbath-esque riffs.

Bloodstock’s also pleased to announce four more bands joining this year’s Jagermeister Stage line-up! Dropping in on Friday are Kamikaze test Pilots.  Be sure to check them out if you like your Melvins, Corrosion of Conformity, or Clutch, with a bit of a twist. Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton debuts his new solo acoustic tunes on Saturday, in support of his new EP released this March. If you need to pummel your hangover into submission that day, watch Norwich bruisers Alpha Omega dish out some no nonsense metal – just undiluted brutality, speed, and attitude in spades. Sunday brings Leicestershire’s Dawn of Anubis to the fray, who learnt their craft in a covers band before evolving into an originals act!

Come join us in August!  Standard weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £145 for four days of metal fun.  Grab yours at  If you already know you can only attend for one day, sign up for an email reminder so you don’t miss out when a limited number of single day tickets go on sale at the end of June.  Register your interest here –

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!

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