Friday, June 21, 2024

Bloodstock add Kreator as a 2021 headliner, plus other line-up changes.

Recently we learned Mercyful Fate will not be playing Bloodstock Festival 2021, but the good news is: The Danish metal legends will return in 2022.

Front-man and metal icon King Diamond had this to say:

Unfortunately, most of our Summer routing is already postponed or postponing soon. Like many others in our position we’re amending our plans to get back on the road as soon as possible. We’re gutted. However, we are happy to say that we’ve worked with the BLOODSTOCK organisers and report that we will be back to headline the festival in Summer ‘22. Until then, stay heavy and stay safe.”

In their place, on Saturday,are German thrash metal pioneers Kreator. This is a UK festival exclusive. Vocalist Millie Petrozza commented on this saying:
We are very excited to headline the BLOODSTOCK festival for the first time! This means a lot to KREATOR since all the previous shows we have played there were exceptional! We promise you the most brutal show BLOODSTOCK has ever seen! Be prepared!” 

Unfortunately, other acts have had to pull out of this year’s festival, due to COVID-related restrictions, these are Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Butcher Babies, Life of Agony, Sacred Reich, Necrot, Exhumed, and Unto Others.

When one door closes, another opens. And this is the case for British-based Norse shamanic music trio Seidrblot. check out their video for ‘Skeggold’, below (seriously, check them out. Very unique but epic):

Also joining the bill are Bloodstock veterans, Bloodshot Dawn, who won Metal 2 The Masses and kick-started their career in 2012.

Bloodstock has also announced a new ‘re-jigged’ version of Metal 2 The Masses will take place in 2021. Bringing grassroots bands to the New Blood stage.

In addition, British thrash legends Evile have been added to the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday.

They join: main stage headliners are Devin Townsend (Friday) and Judas Priest (Sunday). As well as Dimmu Borgir, Skindred, Paradise Lost, Bury Tomorrow, Black Dahlia Murder, Diamond Head, Jinjer, Vio-Lence, Saxon, Glory Hammer, Dark Tranquility, Cattle Decapatation, BloodyWood, Memoriam, Ramage Inc., Green Lung, Conjurer Orange Goblin, The Night Flight Orchestra, Unleash The Archers, Sylosis Toxic Holocaust, Winterfylleth, Nekrogoblikon, The Crawling, Raised By Owls, Anakim, Acid Reign, and many more. 

Who would you like to be added to the festival? let us know on social media, or below in the comments.

Neale McGeever
Neale McGeever
RAMzine Senior Contributor - I'm an entertainment writer ('journalist') from the North East. My favourite bands include Slipknot, Nirvana and Ninja Sex Party... I've freelanced for the likes of Kerrang!,Closer, Front, ZOO, and many others! I'm also big in to movies, video games, live comedy and!

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