Mercyful Fate headline Bloodstock Festival 2021

BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce its replacement Saturday night entertainment for 2021’s event! The mighty MERCYFUL FATE will now headline the Ronnie James Dio main stage, with DIMMU BORGIR arriving as special guests. The King Diamond-fronted, seminal black metal icons, MERCYFUL FATE reformed in 2019 after a lengthy hiatus. They were due to play their first shows in over 20 years this summer (with the exception of a special one-off set at Metallica’s 30th Anniversary San Francisco show in 2011), but with everything on hold in 2020, organisers are excited and can now welcome them to the 2021 BLOODSTOCK bill.

DIMMU BORGIR step into the Saturday special guest slot. Having been forced to cancel their slot in 2019 due to illness, we’re thrilled the Norwegian symphonic black metallers can make up for it in 2021. The band currently are working on their eleventh studio album which may well see the light of day before the festival! In the interim, check out the video for ‘Interdimensional Summit’ taken from their 2018 album, ‘Eonian’, released through Nuclear Blast. Standard weekend tickets for the extended, now 5-day event in 2021 were due to increase by £10 on 10th August 2020 to £155 (+ booking fees).

However, the government has confirmed that festivals are included in the reduced 5% VAT rate for the hospitality & leisure industries, so BLOODSTOCK will be freezing their standard weekend price at £145 until 13th January 2021, at which time the 2021 price increase comes into effect. In addition, to recognise the difficult financial situation that some fans may find themselves in due to the pandemic, BLOODSTOCK has launched an extended 6-month instalment plan, allowing customers to spread payments across smaller instalments. Fans can sign up to the scheme at the online ticket store any time before 31st August 2020, and payments will be debited as follows; £31.17 (includes £7 bkg fee) immediately upon sign up, then monthly payments of £24.17 will debit your account on 5th Sept, 5th Oct, 5th Nov and 5th Dec, with the final payment of £27.65 (includes £3.50 postage) on 5th Jan 2021.

Hopefully the world is back to some kind of normal next summer so if you are thinking of travelling to the UK for Bloodstock Festival 2021 then check out some flight options below from our friends at World Travels Online.