BLOODSTOCK adds more bands, details ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals & announces first New Blood stage winners!

BLOODSTOCK HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there’s a few more band additions to the August bill!

Joining Friday’s main stage bill are newly re-grouped British death metal overlords, AKERCOCKE.  The band are working on new music and BLOODSTOCK will be their very first gig since their reformation.  Frontman Jason Mendonca tells us: “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.”

Stoner/blues rock five-piece, DESERT STORM join Sunday’s Sophie stage bill.  Check out their video for ‘Signals From Beyond’ –  The track can be snapped up on various coloured vinyl as a split 7” (with Suns of Thunder) on 29th April from

Also landing a Sunday Sophie slot are thrash metal animals, DIVINE CHAOS.

Check out their video for ‘Fields of the Fallen’ – – and pre-order their debut album, ‘A New Dawn In The Age Of War’ over at their webstore for a 29th May release –!reviews/c9qb.

Meanwhile, back at BLOODSTOCK HQ, the first acts for the New Blood stage have been chosen!  After throwing their hat in the ring via CD applications, the following bands win slots on the New Blood bill;  London doomsters POSEIDON, Bristol’s darkly melodic MORDRAKE, Belfast metal beasts RABID BITCH OF THE NORTH and Austria’s REST IN FEAR all snare themselves stage time at BLOODSTOCK!

BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ judging squad are also ready to hit the road, as the M2TM finals get under way soon!  The local heats have been oversubscribed with entries and many playing to packed houses countrywide, so anticipation is already running at fever pitch.  Get along to your local event and support grass-roots metal!  Not only will be a fun night out, there’s a chance at each event to win weekend tickets to BLOODSTOCK, a case of Hobgoblin Ale to take home, or various other BLOODSTOCK related prizes.

You can even shake hands with BLOODSTOCK’s ‘M2TM’ mainman, Simon Hall.

Finals run as follows:


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

There’s still time to enter your band via the third method to win a spot on the New Blood stage.  You have until 8th July to upload your band’s video to Hobgoblin’s Video Upload site.  An outright winner lands a slot at BLOODSTOCK, but a selection of runners up will win airplay for their band’s video on Scuzz TV!!  Get all the details here –

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.

Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at and, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.

About Ant May

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