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There is no question that Bloodstock are dealing with the complications that Covid have brought upon the logistics of their annual gathering, however, a formidable response to bands’ unable to perform has seen this year’s bill, become very much a British display of METAL! 

With musical chairs, line-up changes no doubt giving their graphics department a headache in full swing for the last year, Bloodstock continues to push forward with a top-notch lineup regardless of the originally-booked artists due to grace the Catton Hall stages this coming August.

Unfortunately, Dimmu Borgir will not be able to perform at this years’ event. A statement from the bands’ management reads: “Due to restrictions and uncertainties regarding international travel and logistics, we have to postpone DIMMU BORGIR´s performance at Bloodstock until next year. The band is absolutely gutted about this, having to cancel BLOODSTOCK again, but we have already confirmed with Vicky and the BLOODSTOCK team that the band will be back in the UK for the 2022 edition. Stay safe!”.

UK Extreme Metal battalion, CRADLE OF FILTH will be stepping in with a blistering performance. Their recent live stream last week was packed full of fire and brimstone thanks to Dani Filth and friends. If you’re interested in what to expect from their return to Bloodstock, you can check out our review here.

Joining the bill on Wednesday, [the extra day this year exclusively for weekend ticket holders], will be British thrash legends, ONSLAUGHT are set to headline, with the bill rounded out by underground metal standard-bearers, BEHOLDER, who will be playing their farewell show and epic-soundscape painters and M2TM alumni, WARD XVI.

In a reshuffle, the ever-entertaining RAISED BY OWLS and progressive death metallers ANAKIM both move across to a Wednesday slot, from their previously announced Thursday.

BLOODSTOCK’s party goblins have also been busy locking in a full range of after-hours fun at Catton Park. Once the bands are done each day, the entertainment in the big top Sophie tent borders on legendary, so be sure to rock up to Catton Park early on Wednesday, pitch your tent, and get your beer on in time for the evening’s proceedings.

DJs ChunkRock & Miss Abraxas will be hitting the decks, welcoming everyone back ‘home’ for the Metal party of the summer!

On Thursday night, there’s a ‘Wrestling’ theme with the whole evening set to be live-streamed on the official BOA Twitch channel. BLOODSTOCK’sBear Pit’ Twitch host and DJ, Ryan ‘Bear’ Mills will be slamming a wrestling-themed evening, where capes, lycra, and war paint are encouraged.

Prepare to win prizes and power pose to some kick-ass tunes. On Friday (13th), naturally it’s Horror Night, so BLOODSTOCK welcomes South coast rock/metal club titans, Apocalypse. Dust off the Elvira, Freddy, and Pinhead costumes and bang, whilst trying not to lose, your head. Saturday celebrates music through the decades, so join DJSoundwave as he celebrates the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Naughties with a full-on mix of tunes from Abba to Anthrax and Disco to Deathcore.

Closing out the 5-day weekend, the Apocalypse crew return with a Pirates Vs Vikings Party, so raise your horns to Odin or for Rum, with Crabulons and Robototrons also welcome.

If you’ve still not found your tent after 2019’s fest, fear not, Fat Frank’s Camping Store can help! You can pre-order all your gear, or just that one missing item and collect it on-site. You can have them blow up your air bed while you wait, or even ‘rent-a-tent’ from them for the weekend. Not only that, they also solve the problem of towing it all home on the train with their ‘festival bag’ service, where they’ll deliver all your kit back to your home address within 3-5 days post-event.

Standard weekend tickets for the extended, a now 5-day event in 2021 remain under a temporary price freeze at £145 (+ booking fees). In addition, child tickets and parking tickets for 2021’s event are available now at the ticket store, as well as a limited number of day tickets. VIP and campervan tickets for 2021 are sold out.

BLOODSTOCK 2021 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 11th-15th August 2021. For more info, click to

Oran O’Beirne 2021