Constantly outdoing themselves, team Bloodstock have managed to pull together some of the finest bands in our beloved genre and pack them into four days of non-stop head banging goodness! Next year will see headliners TWISTED SISTER take to the Ronnie James Dio stage on Friday night, MASTODON and GOJIRA on Saturday night and the mighty SLAYER on the Sunday night.
If you were lucky enough to witness the sheer brilliance of SLAYER, during their recent European tour, then you know that they have never sounded so tight and on point as they do now. Expect an array of stone cold classics, as well as material from their blistering new album ‘Repentless’.
Joining this already, smokin’ hot line up will be New York thrashers ANTHRAX, who are gearing up for the release of their ‘For All Kings’ album in the new year. This will be a chance to see some of the brand new material off the album besides the crushing “Evil Twin” track that they have been airing whilst on a recent run of European dates with Slayer.
Friday night will see TWISTED SISTER perform for the very last time on UK soil, for what can only be a historical event in it’s own right. Dee Snider and the boys will be dropping classics from the bands truly awesome legacy. If your not standing in front of the Ronnie James Dio stage for this one, you might as well hand in your battle jacket now!
Saturday night see’s the heavy weight double bill that is MASTODON and GOJIRA, bring mountain sized riffs from the deepest realms of the heavy metal kingdom. Expect a whole lot of rumble and possible cracking of the very earth you stand on!
Playing their only UK show for 2016 are Norwegian trailblazers SATYRICON, performing their classic ‘Nemesis Devina’ album in full on Sunday. “Next year it’s 20 years since Satyricon made its live debut as a band, and 20 years since we released Nemesis Divina,” frontman and visionary Satyr comments. “There’s a nemesis walking through life, for all to face. And there’s a Divine Nemesis, for all to face that come to see Satyricon at BLOODSTOCK 2016. Let us celebrate the 20th anniversary of a milestone album like only Norsemen and Brits can!” Find out more here.
In a UK festival exclusive, BEHEMOTH are set to play their critically lauded current album, ‘The Satanist’ in full, as Friday’s special guests. Check out the announcement clip below.
Frontman and band visionary, Nergal proclaims, “Our Bloodstock performance from 2013 was one of the highlights of our long career! Just thinking about that night gives me shivers and makes me hungry for more. It is with utmost PLEASURE and HONOUR that we announce our show in 2016! We’ll be performing THE SATANIST in full…! We literally cannot wait to come back to UK shores!”
Also appearing on Friday’s bill are seminal black metal icons, VENOM.
DRAGONFORCE have also been confirmed for BLOODSTOCK to play their only UK show in 2016! Guitarist Herman Li informs us; “It’s been over 10 years since DragonForce played Bloodstock, and both of us have come a long way in that time. Back then, we were a new band with only our debut album out, and Bloodstock was a smaller indoor festival, but still a magnet for true, die-hard rock & metal fans, just as it is today. We had some of our best times that year at Bloodstock and felt great excitement at being invited to play. That excitement is just as real today having been invited back again, only this time it’s even better because I won’t need to pack the gear and drive up there in my car with Sam Totman as my map reader!!”
British doom pioneers, PARADISE LOST also join the bill for their only UK show of 2016. Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments “It is great to be confirmed to play Bloodstock 2016! We haven’t played there since 2012 and we had a blast. It will also be our first UK festival appearance since the release of our new album, ‘The Plague Within’. We look forward to seeing you all there and adding the doom and gloom to Bloodstock 2016.”
Greek extreme metallers, ROTTING CHRIST will also blaze into Catton Park for their only UK show of 2016. Frontman Sakis comments; “We’re very proud to be coming back to the biggest metal festival in the United Kingdom! Bloodstock, let’s create hell on earth next year! Until then…keep the spirit alive!”
Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced £120 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838. BLOODSTOCK is family-friendly and welcomes rockers of all ages! A weekend ticket with camping for kids aged 4 – 11 is just £35 (+booking fee) and if your little mosher is under 4, they can join you for free (Note: all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18)! Camper-van pitches are already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment. Rock Society passes are already sold out.
How to get to BLOODSTOCK? The official coach travel partner, Big Green Coach, has packages on sale. You can now secure your coach trip straight to the festival site with only a £10 deposit. Ditch the hassle of car parking, trains or transfers and let Big Green Coach take you and your camping gear straight to the festival from 21 departure locations across the UK. To guarantee your return seat and see where you can catch the coach, check: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel. If you’re coming by train instead, you can also book their rail shuttle bus service, leaving from Lichfield train station to the site every few mins, for arrivals on Thursday and departures on Monday. Full info at the link.
BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.
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