Bloodstock festival HQ shows no signs of slowing down with booking bands and making plans to make BLOODSTOCK’s 20th anniversary year the biggest and boldest yet!
Brit thrash luminaries, ACID REIGN are set for a Friday slot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage! Having rebooted the band in 2015 after a 24 year hiatus.
Anyone who witnessed our 2016 show on the Sophie stage knows exactly how much we love playing BLOODSTOCK. There is a lot of excitement in the AR camp right now, we finally got a new album out after all these years (29 to be exact) and now we get to put a BLOODSTOCK sized cherry on the top of that cake. Can’t wait to see you all there!H, frontman
Also appearing on Friday’s main stage, are Bristol’s hardcore punk crew SVALBARD. Signed to Holy Roar Records, their topical and furious last album ‘It’s Hard To Have Hope’ surfaced in 2018, and was described by Kerrang! as “a grand declaration of war, on everything wrong with the modern world, set to a truly brilliant, visceral soundtrack.”
See if you agree; watch the video for ‘For The Sake Of The Breed’ from that album:
Goth-soaked metal newcomers, IDLE HANDS will open the main stage on Sunday! The Portland-based band are hot off their recent US support slot to the mighty King Diamond and the release of debut album, ‘Mana’ via Eisenwald Records.
View the retrotastic video for ‘Give Me To The Night’, taken from that release:
Swedish progressive rock collective, SOEN crash straight into Friday’s special guest slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Reformed by frontman Joel Ekelöf and former Opeth drummer, Martin Lopez back in 2010, SOEN are four albums deep into their career, having released current album, ‘Lotus’ in early 2019.
Investigate the sublime title track from that opus and its accompanying video:
VISCERA earn themselves a Sophie stage slot on Saturday. The band, featuring former members of Heart of a Coward, Abhorrent Decimation, Martyr Defiled, Nervecell, and Surfaces, blend their influences (Pantera, Meshuggah, At The Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage) with modern tech/death and deathcore flavours. They release their debut album, ‘Obsidian’ this Spring via Unique Leader Records, but in the meantime, take a look at the video to ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’ taken from that release:
Edinburgh’s riff squad and former BLOODSTOCK ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ alumni, DOG TIRED also land a slot on Friday’s Sophie stage. Since landing a slot in the New Blood tent in 2014, the band have been honing their stagecraft, playing with the likes of Skindred and Raging Speedhorn. We’re happy to welcome them back with step up to the Sophie Stage in 2020.
Get a taste for their sound with the video of ‘Dagoth’s Nine’.
BAILER join Saturday’s Sophie stage line up. Metal Hammer inform that “Sometimes you hear a new band that make you want to drive a motorbike through a wall. BAILER are that band.” Discover something new and make up your own mind by checking out ‘Long Gone’, featuring guest vocals from Adam Carroll and catch ‘em at Catton Park in August.
Consider yourself a bit of a gamer, or always fancied a go? This year, BLOODSTOCK is pleased to introduce the Nordic Spirit Game Arena, where you can try to beat your mates on a range of games on XBox and PS4 consoles. Prefer your games on your PC? Don’t worry, there’ll be a couple of gaming PCs as well, plus a few arcade machines from Jagermeister and Redbull, for starters. Best of all, play is absolutely free!
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