FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part III


Having shown resounding and unequivocal support for every single band so far, the Bloodstock faithful are still raring to go after four full days of partying. As battle commences one final time, highlights on the Sophie Stage include the hard hitting Midlands retro-fuzz of Wolf Jaw, Brighton doomsters Grave Lines, the angry sounding double punch of Vexed and Pist, a debut performance from symphonic death metallers Ghosts of Atlantis, and Manchester black metal mob Necronautical.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part 2


 

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With energy levels and festival excitement still high, quality acts such as Welsh black metallers Agrona, Norfolk thrashers Shrapnel, Liverpool doom/sludge merchants Conan, and a reinvigorated and retooled Evile invade the Sophie Lancaster Stage, decimating all before them. Birmingham grindcore legends Napalm Death complete the day’s entertainment with a reliably devastating set, the crowd gathered outside the tent almost as huge as the one inside.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Part 1



We’re back!

Sure, we might be having to follow a series of new Coronavirus safety protocols which may or not become a regular thing for live shows, but we’re back. And judging by the size of the opening day crowds spilling out from the main entrance, car parks and campsites, not a moment too soon. Since its inception Bloodstock Open Air has always attracted early birds who like nothing more than to arrive long before the gates even open, but this time feels different. Everyone seems to be here early. Coiled springs desperate for release. The festival’s twentieth anniversary isn’t just a celebration of metal this year, it’s a genuine escape.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Adds Mercyful Fate and Dimmu Borgir!


 

Bloodstock Open Air, rebooked for 2021, has announced a new headliner! The great Heavy Metal legends Mercyful Fate, featuring King Diamond, will headline the Ronnie James Dio stage on Saturday, along with Dimmu Borgir as special guests. Watch a new trailer now!
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Bloodstock Open Air Postponed Until 2021, Bands Announced and an Extra Day Booked


It seemed inevitable, but Bloodstock Open Air has been postponed until 2021. The festival made a statement today announcing the move, caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fest will freeze 2021 prices for the next six months fro those who have yet to buy tickets for the next fest, at which point they will rise. They also released a video statement from Rob Halford of Judas Priest, still the headliner in 2021, and updated poster and fest trailer. Continue reading


Mastodon, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Alter Bridge, The Darkness, Sepultura and More Added to Download UK


A bunch of new bands have already been added to the bill on this year’s Download UK Festival. The new acts include Alter Bridge, Bowling For Soup, The Darkness, The Distillers, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, Funeral For A Friend, The Menzingers, Employed To Serve, 3 Doors Down, Milk Teeth, Motionless In White, Holding Absence, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Cemetery Sun, Fire From The Gods, Gender Roles, Haken, Hatari, Heavy Lungs, Higher Power, JJ Wilde, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Northlane, Press Club, Polyphia| The Raven Age, Renounced, Shvpes, Sleep Token, SULLII, The Glorious Sons, The Hara, The Skints, Tempt, Twin Temple, Thy Art Is Murder, Wage War, and Will Haven! Also announced are the Day And Stage Splits, WWE NXT UK returns, and Kerrang! Radio Hosts the Finding Fresh Blood contest for a chance to perform on The Avalanche Stage. 2020 Download headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy Of The Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down this summer and takes place on 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Continue reading


Eluveitie, Unleash The Archers and D.R.I. Vagos MetalFest


Vagos MetalFest in Portugal has followed up their announcement of headliners in Behemoth, they have now added Eluveitie, Unleash The Archers and D.R.I. to the 2020 event. The fifth edition of the fest takes place between July 30th – August 1st 2020 in Vagos, Portugal. Also, booked for the fest are Testament, Harakiri For The Sky, Asphyx and Trollfest, with many more to be announced in the time ahead! Weekend passes are now available at the link below.Continue reading


New Details Emerge About Slipknot’s and Evanescence’s Cancellation of their Knotfest Mexico Sets


 

New details are emerging in a story Ghost Cult broke earlier today about last nights’ issues at Knotfest Mexico/Knotfest Meets Force Fest which saw Slipknot and Evanescence cancel due to safety concerns. Fans and bands/crew people are now reporting there were issues with the festival from the start, widespread panic and crowd violence once the bands were canceled. According to official and fan reports, the safety barricade was broken during Behemoth’s set and it was deemed that it was unsafe for either band to perform. According to numerous fan reports on Twitter and Facebook, no announcement was made during the show to quell fans unrest. Then new information has fans storming the stage and stealing /destroying Evanescense’s gear when it appeared they would not perform. Fires were set on the grounds and Slipknot decided not to perform at that point. Slipknot just made an official statement, beyond the original Knotfest Mexico notice which has now been removed. Evanescence made an apology to the fans and has promised to return their video message to fans. Slipknot originally vowed to perform today during Force Fest, but now have abandoned those plans in the new notice. We’ll update this story as more information is uncovered.Continue reading


Slipknot and Evanescence are Forced to Postpone their Knotfest Mexico Performances Due to Safety Concerns


The first day of Knotfest Meets Force Fest had an unfortunate end last night when the final two bands, Slipknot and Evanescence were unable to perform. Apparently the stage barricade broke during Behemoth’s set and it was deemed that it was unsafe for either band to perform. Fans waited around as the countdown clocks between bands elapsed. Fans turned to social media to express their disappointment, but ultimately the festival couldn’t continue with the major safety concern no band would play through. Slipknot has vowed to perform today during Force Fest and Evanescence has vowed to return in a video message to fans. We’ll update this story as more information is revealed. Continue reading