Friday, February 23, 2024

Bloodstock confirms further twelve 2023 bands

It may be a cold and wet November right now but planning for the warmer summer months and next year’s festival season is in full swing with Bloodstock Open Air today announcing a further twelve bands that are joining their already impressive lineup for 2023.

First up are Bay Area thrash legends, Sacred Reich, following the release of 2019’s Awakening their first studio album in 23 years and having hit the road to promote it since 2021 hitting the road, most recently with Sepultura (who are also appearing at BOA23).

Then in their first-ever UK festival slot Heaven Shall Burn, will be fresh off an early 2023 tour with Trivium and ready to tear up the Bloodstock faithful. Seething Akira who dropped their new album Nozuki recently are also confirmed.

The mighty Crowbar are making an appearance to further promote their latest record Zero And Below and are a welcome addition to the bill and emerging band URNE, who recently signed a deal with Candlelight Records, preparing to introduce themselves to a wider audience.

SoCal sludgemeisters All Hail The Yeti make a return appearance on the Sunday, they will be joined by rising metal squad Dead Label who are quickly gaining a fanbase and deserved reputation as one to watch, as well as UUHAI, all the way from Mongolia.

The Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday welcomes Brothers of Metal and Czech Gore-grind merchants GUTALAX. Sunday sees supergroup Cobra The Impaler take the stage and North Yorkshire’s INVISIONS, will be delivering a large dose of melodic metalcore/post-hardcore to the crowds.

This coming Monday 21st November, the very popular Deposit Scheme will be available for sign-ups. Payments are spread across 6 months, making it even more manageable to pay for tickets in instalments. An initial payment of £34.50 is due upon sign-up (which you can do at any time before 21st Feb), then five additional payments of £27.50 will debit to your bank account on 28 Mar, 28 Apr, 29 May, 28 Jun, with a final instalment on 28 Jul, which will include postage. Sign up to the scheme here.

All the above bands will be joined by the already-announced Killswitch Engage and the mighty Megadeth, with the third headliner to be announced in the coming months. Also appearing are In Flames, DevilDriver, Anthrax, hardcore icons Biohazard, Whitechapel, Fit For An Autopsy, Ugly Kid Joe, Decapitated, Gatecreeper, Zeal & Ardor, KING 810, Unto Others, Nonpoint, Church of the Cosmic Skull and TROLLFEST among many more still to be announced.

With tickets selling faster than ever for 2-23, all VIP packages and campervan passes are already sold out. Grab your weekend tickets now at the ticket store.

Get full festival information at bloodstock.uk.com.

In addition, the grassroots music-supporting METAL 2 THE MASSES 2023 programme is underway and has added even more locations, see the poster below for more info.

Jay Taylor-Brown
Jay Taylor-Brown
Assistant Editor of RAMzine - Raised on Motown and Rock, now with a deep love for all things metal and heavy rock. Veteran gig goer, favorite bands include Slayer, Mastodon, Dopelord & Power Trip among many others. Explorer of subgenres, collector of whiskey.

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