Saturday, April 13, 2024

Bloodstock: More bands added and Metal 2 The Masses finals announced

It seems like as each week goes by, more awesome bands are added to this year’s Bloodstock-open-air line-up.

The most recent batch of amazing starts with UK death metal overlords Akercocke, which marks their first gig since their reformation. Frontman Jason Mendonca says:

“AKERCOCKE have returned after 5 years absence from the live circuit.  We are reinvigorated by the return of our original guitarist Paul Scanlan and the ranks are completed by Dam front man Nathanael Underwood on bass guitar.  Following the great experience the band enjoyed in 2008, we are proud to return to the BLOODSTOCK main stage for a second time.  Expect fan favourites from the past and killer new tunes from the present.  See you down the front.”

Meanwhile Stoner-blues band Desert Storm take the SOPHIE stage. Check out their track ‘Signals From Beyond’:

And on the Sunday SOPHIE stage are thrash-metallers Divine Chaos.  Check out the track ‘Fields Of The Fallen’ from their new album ‘A New Dawn In The Age of War’ released May 29th:

In addition to this the New Blood winners have been announced as: POSEIDON, Bristol’s darkly melodic MORDRAKE, Belfast metal beasts RABID BITCH OF THE NORTH and Austria’s REST IN FEAR.

Also the finals for Metal 2 The Masses have been announced at the following dates:

1st May – KENT / GRAVESEND – The Red Lion


7th May – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND / DUBLIN – Fibber Magees

14th May – NORWAY / SANDNES – The Tribute

20th May – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms

21st May – LONDON – Nambucca

22nd May – BRIGHTON – The Green Door Store

27th May – GLASGOW – Ivory Blacks

28th May – INVERNESS – Mad Hatters

29th May – CARLISLE – Club Rock

2nd Jun – EAST ANGLIA / NORWICH – The Brickmakers

3rd Jun – LUTON – The Castle


4th Jun – LEICESTER – Leicester De Montfort Hall (plus headline sets from Phil Campbell’s All Stars and more)

17th Jun – NEWCASTLE – The Cluny

18th Jun – SOUTH WALES / CARDIFF – Fuel Club

19th Jun – MANCHESTER – Grand Central

24th Jun – SWINDON – The Victoria

24th Jun – DEWSBURY – The Old Turk

25th Jun – MERSEYSIDE / LIVERPOOL – Bumper

1st Jul – LINCOLNSHIRE / LINCOLN – The Lincoln Imp

2nd Jul – READING – Facebar

9th Jul – BURNLEY – Sanctuary

9th Jul – BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil

9th Jul – POLAND / BIELSKO-BIALA – The Rude Boy Club

10th Jul – BIRMINGHAM – The Roadhouse

Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX.  Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, MISERY LOVES CO, GHOST BATH, VENOM, UNEARTH, DIAMOND HEAD, GOATWHORE, ACID REIGN and many more.  Additional bands are still to be announced.



Neale McGeever
Neale McGeever
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