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Bloodstock Announce Rotting Christ, Paradise Lost & Dragonforce

Bloodstock 2016

After recently revealing TWISTED SISTER’s final UK show and the mighty MASTODON as two of their three main stage headliners for 2016, BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce three more main stage bands for next year’s event.

Power metal fans rejoice!  Be sure to practice your air guitar skills in advance, because the shredtastic DRAGONFORCE have confirmed that BLOODSTOCK will their only UK show in 2016!   Guitarist Herman Li informs us; “It’s been over 10 years since DragonForce played Bloodstock, and both of us have come a long way in that time.  Back then, we were a new band with only our debut album out, and Bloodstock was a smaller indoor festival, but still a magnet for true, die-hard rock & metal fans, just as it is today.  We had some of our best times that year at Bloodstock and felt great excitement at being invited to play.   That excitement is just as real today having been invited back again, only this time it’s even better because I won’t need to pack the gear and drive up there in my car with Sam Totman as my map reader!!”

British doom pioneers, PARADISE LOST also join the bill for their only UK show of 2016. Guitarist Greg Mackintosh comments “It is great to be confirmed to play Bloodstock 2016!  We haven’t played there since 2012 and we had a blast. It will also be our first UK festival appearance since the release of our new album, ‘The Plague Within’.  We look forward to seeing you all there and adding the doom and gloom to Bloodstock 2016.”

Greek extreme metallers, ROTTING CHRIST will also blaze into Catton Park for their only UK show of 2016.  Frontman Sakis comments; “We’re very proud to be coming back to the biggest metal festival in the United Kingdom!  Bloodstock, let’s create hell on earth next year!  Until then…keep the spirit alive!”

BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Rock Society’ memberships are set to go on sale at 9am on 30th October.  The BLOODSTOCK ‘Rock Society’ is effectively the festival’s ‘Members Club’, offering not only a 10% discount on your weekend ticket (that’s on top of the already discounted early bird ticket if you’re quick enough!), but also offers other cool benefits like priority access to the signing tent, special tours of backstage so you can see what goes on ‘behind the scenes,’ access to the VIP Serpents Lair bar, plus a Rock Society laminate with your name and membership number, and plenty more besides.  Priced at just £50, only 300 memberships are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and sold out last year in the record time of just 3 hours.  Full details at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/rock-society.

Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced £120 (+ booking fee) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2016/catton-park/902838.  BLOODSTOCK is family-friendly and welcomes rockers of all ages!  A weekend ticket with camping for kids aged 4 – 11 is just £35 (+booking fee) and if your little mosher is under 4, they can join you for free (Note: all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18)!  Campervan pitches are already on sale and these move very quickly, so pick yours up ASAP to avoid disappointment.

How to get to BLOODSTOCK?  The official coach travel partner, Big Green Coach, has packages on sale.  You can now secure your coach trip straight to the festival site with only a £10 deposit.  Ditch the hassle of car parking, trains or transfers and let Big Green Coach take you and your camping gear straight to the festival from 21 departure locations across the UK.  To guarantee your return seat and see where you can catch the coach, check: http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.  If you’re coming by train instead, you can also book their rail shuttle bus service, leaving from Lichfield train station to the site every few mins, for arrivals on Thursday and departures on Monday.  Full info at the link.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.

About Linda Heron

London Photographer and News Editor for Planet Mosh.