Bloodstock announce first batch of M2tM winners heading for the New Blood stage, club nights starting soon

With just 73 days left between now and festival weekend, things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ, especially on the New Blood front! With the Metal 2 The Masses finals well underway around the country, the winning band in each region is locking in and Bloodstock is excited to share nine more lucky developing bands who’ll be performing on the New Blood stage at Catton Park this August.

Winning the Leicester heat and grabbing a Friday slot are the progressive tech/death collective, Voidwalker. Familiarise yourself by checking out their 2022 track “Tar Stained Lips” over at their Bandcamp page. The Manchester heat victors, the genre-twisting Square Wild, won Prog Magazine’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’ poll last year. Watch their video for “Hounds” and find out why. Also winning a Friday slot are the East Anglia final top dogs, Uridium. If you love your old school classic metal sound, these could be one for you. Check out “Fire & Lies” taken from their debut EP, In For The Kill.

Saturday’s New Blood stage will feature Scotland’s winners, Extort. Check out the extreme metal squad’s live version of “Control Alt Deceased” and go give their Reset debut EP a listen. Also appearing Saturday will be Sheffield’s grunge rockers, Dead Blonde Stars. Get a handle on their sound via the lyric video for “Hernan“, taken from their 2020 debut album, Metamorphosis. And coming out on top in the Milton Keynes heat are Drownd. Get a feel for their brand of industrial rock via the video for “Sinner“, taken from last year’s [An]Aesthetic album.

Landing a slot on Sunday and triumphing in Northern Ireland are power trio, Acid Age. The band take their influences from across the board, but their thrash roots are on full display in the video for “Slave Girl“. Also playing Sunday will be Dublin hardcore squad, LaVein, who came out on top for the Republic of Ireland heat. Impressive for a band who are only a few months old! Check out their winning live set from the Fibber Magees M2TM final. Lastly, champions in the Leeds battle are local 5-piece, Godeth. Listen to their blend of groove, death and hardcore showcased on their new single, “Scour“.

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The M2TM finals kicked off at the end of April and the remaining heats are detailed below, so be sure to get out and support the crucially important network of small venues and developing bands in your area.

  • Sat 3rd Jun – LONDON The Dome
  • Sat 3rd Jun – NEWCASTLE Trillians
  • Sat 10th Jun – CHORZOW (Poland) Lesniczowka Rock n’ Roll Cafe
  • Fri 16th Jun – COLCHESTER Coda
  • Sat 17th Jun – GRAVESEND Leo’s, Red Lion
  • Fri 23rd Jun – BIRMINGHAM Devils Dog
  • Sat 24th Jun – HITCHIN Club 85
  • Sat 24th Jun – WREXHAM XS @ The Penny Black
  • Sat 24th Jun – BRISTOL The Exchange
  • Fri 30th Jun – BOURNEMOUTH Bear Cave
  • Fri 30th Jun – CHELTENHAM Frog & Fiddle
  • Sat 1st Jul – BURNLEY Sanctuary
  • Sat 1st Jul – STOKE The Underground
  • Sat 1st Jul – NORTHAMPTON The Black Prince
  • Sat 1st Jul – LIVERPOOL Zanzibar
  • Sat 1st Jul – CARDIFF Fuel
  • Sat 8th Jul – NOTTINGHAM The Old Cold Store
  • Sat 8th Jul – SALTASH Livewire
  • Sat 8th Jul – OXFORD Jericho Tavern

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Bloodstock’s very popular club nights are also halfway through their rollout. Grab your mates, hit the dancefloor and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner taking home a pair of weekend tickets – every club night will be running a competition!

  • Fri 2nd June – Guildford, Schism
  • Sat 24th June – Nottingham, The Sal
  • Sat 24th June – Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
  • Fri 30th June – Warrington, FC2
  • Fri 30th June – London, Elektrowerkz
  • Sat 1st July – Torquay, The Attic
  • Sat 1st July – Plymouth, Squire
  • Sat 8th July – Newcastle, Reds Bar @ Northumbria Uni Students Union
  • Fri 14th July – Cardiff, Metro’s
  • Fri 14th July – Bristol, The Lanes
  • Fri 21st July – Exeter, The Cavern
  • Sat 22nd July – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
  • Sat 22nd July – Nottingham, The Sal
  • Fri 28th July – London, Elektrowerkz
  • Sat 29th July – Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
  • Sat 29th July – Brighton, Above
  • Sat 29th July – Newport (Isle of Wight), Strings
  • Sat 29th July – Southampton, Suburbia
  • Sat 29th July – Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill

Never been to Bloodstock before and just want to come for a day to check things out? Can’t do the whole weekend this summer but don’t want to miss all the fun? A limited number of day tickets will go on sale tomorrow, 1st February, at 9am GMT in the ticket store. Adult day tickets are £75 and if you’d like to make it a family day out, child day tickets are £25 (mini moshers under 4 can come for free), plus booking fees.

Want to come for the full weekend experience? VIP and campervan tickets are already sold out, but you can still get standard weekend tickets in the ticket store! If you’d like to stay onsite so you don’t miss a single minute of the action, camping is included! There’s also a dedicated quiet campsite, sometimes preferred by those with junior headbangers and fans of a proper sleep.

To make it even easier, there’s 3 weeks left to sign up for the very popular weekend ticket Deposit Scheme. With payments spread across 6 monthly instalments, it makes it much more manageable to pay for your standard weekend ticket. An initial payment of £34.50 is due upon sign up (which you can do at any time before 21st Feb), then five additional payments of £27.50 will debit your bank account on 28 Mar, 28 Apr, 29 May, 28 Jun, with a final instalment on 28 Jul. Sign up to the scheme or see all ticket options here.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.

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