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.
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.
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.
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!
Bloodstock Open Air 2020 is still hoping to go forward with its 20th-anniversary edition this summer in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival has announced that BOA 2020 event planning is proceeding with full care and attention, in order to bring you the best event yet to celebrate 20 Years of Bloodstock. The team is closely monitoring government guidelines and cooperating with the relevant authorities to assure the best and safest environment for our Bloodstockers, bands, staff, and site workers come August and will continue to keep you updated with any further developments. New bands added to the bill include Lost Society, Video Nasties, Wolf Jaw, Grave Lines, Vexed, and more TBA. Continue reading
Bloodstock Open Air 2020 continues to pile on the big names with six new acts added to the lineup! Savage Master, Blasphemer, Liberty Lies, Black Tongue, Pist, and Sharks In Your Mouth have joined a bill that includes headliners Devin Townsend (Friday), Behemoth (Saturday), and Judas Priest (Sunday) as well as Hatebreed, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Skindred, Paradise Lost, Life Of Agony, Bury Tomorrow, Black Dahlia Murder, Diamond Head, Jinjer, Vio-Lence, Sacred Reich, Gloryhammer, Dark Tranquillity, Bloodywood and more! The fest also named this year’s charity partner will be the mental health charity Mind. Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaign to improve services and raise awareness. 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem every year and Mind won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. In addition to guestlist donations, raising funds on behalf of Mind on site at BLOODSTOCK will be festival attendee Michael Lacy, with his Patch Amnesty initiative. Bring your old, spare, or new patches to donate, browse patches to buy, or even just stop by for a chat. All proceeds go to Mind. Please look out for Patch Amnesty/Mind signage and stop by his stand in the main arena to give your support. Continue reading
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GWAR has booked holiday tour dates dubbed the “Use Your Collusion” tour. Direct support will come from Unearth and Savage Master. The tour starts December 27th in Washington DC and running through New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati, OH. This follows already booked tour dates with Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust and Against the Grain.Continue reading
Thrashmasters Municipal Waste have announced a brief east coast tour with Gangreen, Dropdead, and Savage Master. The band is still touring behind last summer’s Slime And Punishment album, released last June via Nuclear Blast. The band is also participating in the anniversary party for Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pennsylvania on June 9th, before heading over to Europe for summer metal festivals. Continue reading
Olympia, WA metallers Christian Mistress will be hitting the road across North America in support of their upcoming third full length release To Your Death, out this fall via Relapse Records, with Sabbath Assembly and a September run with High Spirits and Savage Master. The new album was recorded at Louder Studios with Tim Green (Melvins, Earthless, Sleater Kinney) in April. Watch the music video for “Pentagram and Crucifix” below.
Jun 11: Hindenburg (Covenant Fest) – Vancouver, B.C. (with Ritual Necromancy, Spell, Rites of Thy Degringolade, etc.)
Jul 10: Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA (with Sabbath Assembly, Alaric & Ails)
Jul 11: Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 12: Garberville Theater – Garberville, CA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 13: Wisp House – Salem, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 14: Old Nick Pub – Eugene, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 15: The Highline – Seattle, WA (with Sabbath Assembly and King Dude)
Jul 16: The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA (with Sabbath Assembly)
Jul 17: Obsidian – Olympia, WA (with Sabbath Assembly and Eigenlicht)
Jul 18: Rotture – Portland, OR (with Sabbath Assembly)
Aug 15: Linda’s – Seattle, WA (with Black Breath)
Sep 02: The Triple Rock – Minneapolis MN
Sep 03: Red Line Tap – Chicago IL (with High Spirits)
Sep 04: The Cactus – Milwaukee WI
Sep 05: TBA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 06: The Earl – Atlanta GA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 07: TBA – Richmond VA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 08: Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh PA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 09: St Vitus – Brooklyn NY (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 10: Ralph’s – Worcester MA (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 11: TBA
Sep 12: TBA
Sep 13: TBA – Toronto ON (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 14: TBA – Detroit MI (with High Spirits and Savage Master)
Sep 15: TBA – St. Louis MO
Sep 16: TBA – Denver CO
Sep 17: TBA – Boise ID
Sep 18: The Know – Portland OR