Bloodstock Open Air has added two new bands for 2023, including an all-important third headliner! to the already impressive lineup! Meshuggah is now the day two headline band, along with the addition of Power metal kings Helloween. Full details are below. Also, the fest has announced the full Metal To The Masses competition details and their popular Deposit Scheme announcement.Check out our review of the 2022 fest here.Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.
Bloodstock Open Air has added 12 new bands for 2023 to the already impressive lineup! Legends and future heroes like Sacred Reich, Heaven Shall Burn, Crowbar, All Hail The Yeti, Dead Label, Invisions, and more have joined the bill. Full details are below. Also, the fest has announced the full Metal To The Masses competition details and their popular Deposit Scheme announcement.Check out our review of the 2022 fest here.Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.
Ghost Cult scribe Gary Alcock interviewed the swiss-army knife of metal guitarists, Phil Demmel of Vio-Lence, just after the band’s first-ever UK show at Bloodstock Open Air2022. Phil discusses his past success in the UK with Machine Head, how hot it was at BOA, his current status with Vio-Lence, filling in with Lamb of God, gigs trying to navigate the landscape of being a working musician, the new EP Let The World Burn (Metal Blade), and more!
Bloodstock Open Air, (BOA) the largest independent metal festival in the UK has announced nine more bands for 2023’s event! In Flames, Anthrax, Biohazard, Sepultura, Whitechapel, Nonpoint, Ugly Kid Joe, Trollfest, and Church Of The Cosmic Skull have all joined the fest! They will join headliners Megadeth, Killswitch Engage, and many more!
Machine Head currently on a co-headline tour of Europe with Amon Amarth and The Halo Effect! Read our review here. The band recently released their 10th album Of Kingdom and Crown on August 26th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast/Imperium Recordings, They also made a surprise appearance atBloodstock Open Air land also booked an intimate tour of the USA.Watch the clip now!
Catton Park, United kingdom, 14 Aug 2022, Lamb of God performing on the Ronnie James Dio Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival Credit: Rich Price/Ghost Cult Magazine
Considering most people are already feeling like overcooked baked potatoes wrapped in tin foil, the fact that today is meant to be the hottest day of the festival really isn’t the best news. Still, that certainly doesn’t deter a healthy crowd from shaking off the hangovers and getting on with the business at hand, Baest and Lost Society both grabbing the main stage by the scruff of the neck while Sister Shotgun and Mastiff do the same on the Sophie stage.Continue reading →
Catton Park, United kingdom, 12 Aug 2022, Behemoth performing on the Ronnie James Dio Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival Credit: Rich Price/Ghost Cult Magazine
Main Stage and Sophie Lancaster Stage
If there are two things we love doing in the UK, it’s complaining about the weather and queuing for things. Well, this year at Bloodstock Open Air, both are freely available and at no extra charge. Not a moment goes by without a comment on the sweltering heat or about having to wait to cross the road to the festival ground. Yes, not content with spending two hours in the main queue, campers have now invented a brand new line to join before even getting that far. For the first time ever, a line has formed for people pulling trolleys and sack carts. Almost a quarter of a mile of people waiting in a surprisingly orderly queue before joining an even bigger queue. England, never change.
With the heat already playing its part, I finally arrive at the Sophie Lancaster Stage in time to catch Italian nutters Nanowar of Steel who send the audience into hysterics with daft costumes and a “Wall of Love” (a traditional wall of death that climaxes with people hugging each other to George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’). Preceding the infuriatingly catchy ‘Norwegian Reggaeton’ with Burzum‘s outdoor recipe for roasted salmon (“you place the freshly caught salmon on a rock and burn down the church next to it”) the band then take the opportunity to use the mighty ‘Valhalleluja’ to build an Ikea coffee table, holding it aloft for the elated crowd. Accompanied by an actual goblin for the duration of their set, US act Nekrogoblikon certainly put on an enjoyable show but find it tough following such a display of irreverent insanity.
Machine Head easily pulled off the surprise performance of Bloodstock Open Air last weekend as they were the secret band added to the bill! They performed for the first time in two-and-a-half years as a three-piece (minus lead guitarist Vogg Kieltyka), played hits, deep cuts and brand new songs. It was also Machine Head’s first festival appearance in a decade. The band has now shared some footage of their entire fest experience with their fans. The band releases their 10th album Of Kingdom and Crown on August 26th, 2022 via Nuclear Blast, and kicks off a co-headline tour of Europe with Amon Amarth on September 8th. Continue reading →
Bloodstock Open Air (BOA) 2022 is almost upon us. Kicking off on Thursday the 11th of August, this most metal of all festivals runs until Sunday the 14th, damaging necks, air guitar strings, and bank accounts along the way. After Covid put paid to the 2020 festival, an admirably safety-conscious BOA returned with a five day bang last year! (read our review of BOA 2021 review here), selling out weekend passes well in advance and things promise to be just as busy this time.
Within deepest, darkest Buckinghamshire, in the mighty English town of Milton Keynes, something has awoken. For six years the warning signs have been there. Dark, viscous rumblings emanating from rehearsal rooms, recording studios and the most blackened corners of the internet. In 2017 there was the Venomous Tongues EP. The following year there was second EP Scalps (Hibernacula). And then, silence.Continue reading →