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Approaching ten years of representing the Republic of Ireland, Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland has launched its campaign for 2023. Find out how to submit your band below. 

The opportunity of a lifetime is up for grabs as Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland gets underway for 2023’s campaign.

Over the last decade, M2TM Ireland has showcased many unsigned/grassroots Irish Underground/Heavy/Extreme/Metal and Rock artists to an international market within the Republic of Ireland, providing many opportunities for some of the country’s most exciting up-and-coming underground bands to reach bigger audiences, as well as performing at Bloodstock Open Air in the UK.

One Irish band will be performing on the bill alongside headliners, Killswitch Engage and  Megadeth, as well as Anthrax, In Flames, DevilDriver, Sepultura, Ugly Kid Joe, Knocked Loose, Decapitated, Whitechapel, Zeal & Ardor, Biohazard, Unto Others, and so many more that has yet to be announced.

Previous years’ winners have benefited tremendously from M2TM Ireland with offers not only to return to Bloodstock to perform on bigger stages but bookings from other festivals such as Metal Days and Wacken as well as touring opportunities and high-profile support slots from booking agents here in Ireland as well as the UK.

There are up to 35 available slots for bands to take part, and as of today, the application process is live, via this link.

Once the application process is complete and the chosen bands are locked in by early December, twelve live shows will begin in late January in Fibber Magees venue on Parnell St. Dublin 1 and finish on Saturday, May 13th, where Bloodstock booking agent, Simon Hall will be in attendance to handpick the band that will be performing at Bloodstock Open Air next August.

The live events are as follows:

Showcase 1 – January 21st

Showcase 2 – January 28th

Showcase 3 – February 4th

Showcase 4 – February 5th

Showcase 5 – February 25th

Showcase 6 – March 4th

Showcase 7 – March 11th

Showcase 8 – April 1st

Simi-Final A – April 8th

Simi Final B – April 22nd

Semi Final C – April 29th

Grand Final  – May 13th

Find out more via the video below:

A total of twelve showcase events will take place with two bands graduating from each event, which is determined by crowd votes and judges’ votes.

We will be announcing our official sponsors in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information.

Click the link below to submit your band for this fantastic opportunity.


Oran O’Beirne

Photos – Down The Barrel Photography / Exposing Shadows Photography 2022