Ten more reasons to rock out at Bloodstock Open Air this summer



BLOODSTOCK 2013 is shaping up to be the metal event of the summer, with another ten head-bangin’ bands confirmed to join headliners, SLAYER, KING DIAMOND, and LAMB OF GOD.

Canadian prog thrash pioneers, VOIVOD are set to play their only UK show of 2013 at Bloodstock Festival!! The band’s latest album, ‘Target Earth’ was released in January and marks a landmark 30th anniversary in the band’s illustrious career. If you’re not up to speed on this legendary band, check out the EPK for ‘Target Earth’ and get yourself educated! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab8Q3bCBxrU

Swedish metallers, SABATON also step up into a main stage slot. The band are currently on the road in Europe on their Swedish Empire tour and have been making regular video blogs from the road. Watch the latest episodes at http://www.youtube.com/user/Sabaton?feature=watch, or click on over to Facebook and give them a ‘like’ and catch the updates there: http://www.facebook.com/sabaton. The band’s current album, ‘Carolus Rex’ was voted the ‘Best Album of 2012’ by Sweden’s biggest metal mag, Sweden Rock. Prepare to raise your horns aloft!!

WOLFSBANE headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on the final day of the fest. Guitarist, Jase Edwards comments: “It is an absolute honour and we can’t wait to bringing our brand of fuckin’ Howling Mad Lunacy to Bloodstock for the first time!! To play alongside such bands as ANTHRAX and SLAYER is a huge privilege. We’re really looking forward to catching up with the bands we have played with in the past and we’re also very excited to be headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage on the last day as we have been active supporters of the charity and have taken part in fundraising events locally. We’ll close the Sophie Lancaster Stage with full on Wolfsbane Howling Madness!!! Cum on!!!”

Brit thrash pioneers, XENTRIX join the bill at Catton Park as special guests on the Sophie stage. Xentrix’s guitarist, Kristian Havard is looking forward to it; “We can’t wait to play Bloodstock, this is the first festival for Xentrix for over 20 years. The line-up this year is awesome, so to be included on the bill, is a massive honour. We’re going out with one mission, get the crowd thrashing like it’s 1989!!!!”.

Also added to the Sophie stage are POWERQUEST, who play their final show ever at Bloodstock. Steve Williams (keyboards) enthused, “I’m really thrilled that we will be taking to the stage for the last time at BOA in 2013. There’s a certain symmetry about it as we played Bloodstock Indoor in 2003 as part of our very first tour. Really looking forward to rounding off 12 years with a bang and also with some very special guests joining us from down the years! See you there!”

Further additions to the Sophie Stage include Argentinian folk metallers SKILTRON, Celtic doomsters MAEL MORDHA, Nottingham black metal thrashers EVIL SCARECROW, York metal five-piece RSJ, and melodic death metal Swedes GORMATHON.

team-bloodstockDid you miss out on winning the Bloodstock Treasure Hunt with DevilDriver this last week? If so, don’t worry, there’s another chance to win weekend tickets by joining the new Bloodstock e-team. Get involved with helping promote the festival online, and earn points for festival-related prizes! Full details can be found at http://www.fanteamz.com/bloodstock. Look out for other exciting ticket competitions coming soon.

Bloodstock tickets are on sale now, priced at £125 (plus booking fee) for a weekend pass with camping. VIP ticket packages and upgrades are also now available. Look up all the info on Bloodstock 2013 so far, plus check out all kinds of awesome coverage from 2012’s festival over at www.bloodstock.uk.com.

Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire on 8-11th Aug 2013.