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The UK’s heaviest Summer gathering of the year, Bloodstock Festival, will be offering a crushing line up of the freshest new music on the New Blood Stage, and here’s what to expect…

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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, 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’ below.

The Manchester heat victors, the genre-twisting SQUARE WILD, won Prog Magazine’sBest Unsigned Band’ poll last year. Watch their video for ‘Hounds’ below, 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’ below, 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 below:

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’ below:

Bloodstock Open Air will be taking place from August 10th through 13th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire, UK. Headliners, Killswitch Engage, Messhuggah and Megadeth will be joined by the likes of In Flames, Candlemass, Triptykon (performing Celtic Frost), Helloween, Biohazard, Crowbar, Sacred Reich, Fit for an Autopsy, Abbath, Knocked Loose, Dead Label, Urne, Tribulation, Sepultura, Zeal & Ardor and so many more…

Tickets are on sale now via this link.

Oran O’Beirne 2023