As we rock towards Easter, BLOODSTOCK are busy locking in their first round of promotional club nights and confirming Thursday’s kick-off proceedings on the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Military-clad ARNOCORPS are set to headline the Sophie stage on the traditionally fun-filled Thursday evening, so slap on some camo, be prepared for ‘audience interaction’, and witness their self-described ‘action adventure hardcore rock and roll’. If you didn’t already know, ARNOCORPS are the world’s only band to feature lyrics based exclusively on Arnold Schwarzenegger films (thankfully, mostly the action classics of the 80’s rather than Kindergarten Cop)! The band enthuse; “We’re so pumped to be bringing our action adventure, audio assault to the ballsiest of all metal festivals! As far back as our first UK tour in ‘06, our fans have prayed each and every year for ARNOCORPS to perform at BLOODSTOCK. Finally Crom has listened! On Thursday night, all attendees will gain unprecedented muscle mass as they become goddamn heroes and sheroes!! GO!!!”
The Brits are out in force on Thursday, as thrash metalheads REIGN OF FURY will open the fest. Also joining are 2014’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ overall victors, the dual-fronted melodic progsters METAPRISM, Welsh death metallers DESECRATION and ‘pirate folk metal’ outfit, RED RUM. Obviously a rousing party tune – check out Red Rum’s ‘Make Port, Drink Port’ at: https://youtu.be/qHjPp7EK2nU.
Once the bands have played each day, the after-hours entertainment in the big top Sophie Stage borders on legendary, so be sure to book your extra day off and rock up to Catton Park early on Thursday, pitch your tent and get your beer hat on in time for the evening’s fun. On Thursday night from 10.30pm, the Warm Up party will be in full swing, running through ‘til 3am. Come out, get fired up on the best metal from the house DJs, meet your fellow Bloodstockers and make new friends. Stay tuned for details on Thursday night’s party theme (in case you want to plan a splendid fancy dress outfit) in due course!
2015’s first phase of BLOODSTOCK club nights are also nailed down! More will be added for June, July and early August, so don’t despair if your nearest rock club isn’t listed yet. In the meantime, get along to one of the following, check out the tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways. Hilarity is bound to ensue… last year’s club nights included the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring in the showdowns to win tickets!! Check with your local club for further details. Events for April and May are confirmed as follows:
Thu 2nd April – London Elektrowerkz
Fri 3rd April – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Fri 3rd April – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13
Sat 4th April – Norwich The Waterfront
Sat 4th April – Liverpool The Krazyhouse
Fri 10th April – Bournemouth Sound Circus
Fri 10th April – Ipswich Liquid & Envy
Fri 10th April – Newcastle The Globe
Fri 10th April – Plymouth Misfits
Sat 11th April – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar
Fri 17th April – Nottingham Trent University Student Union
Fri 17th April – Middlesbrough SUMO
Sat 18th April – Coventry The Phoenix
Sat 18th April – Camberley Agincourt
Mon 20th April – Reading Sakura
Fri 24th April – Bristol Bierkeller
Sat 25th April – Cardiff Fuel
Sat 25th April – Sheffield The Corporation
Fri 1st May – Woking Schism
Fri 1st May – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13
Sat 2nd May – Norwich The Waterfront
Sat 2nd May – Edinburgh Studio 24
Fri 8th May – Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge
Fri 8th May – Newcastle The Globe
Fri 8th May – Manchester Alter Ego
Sat 9th May – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar
Thu 14th May – Exeter Walkabout
Fri 15th May – Ipswich Liquid & Envy
Sat 23rd May – Liverpool The Krazyhouse
Fri 29th May – Bristol the Bierkeller
Fri 29th May – Cardiff Fuel
Sat 30th May – Sheffield The Corporation
Seen the new BLOODSTOCK trailer yet? Wrap your eyes round this little teaser: http://youtu.be/RN59Lu494lQ.
Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping. VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches. Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!
Did you know that all these killer bands are already announced?! Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF. Plus over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and GODFLESH, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, PRITCHARD VS DAINTON, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, BAST, SAILLE, BATALLION, VILLAINY, TREPALIUM, GODSIZED and DESTRAGE. Plus, there’s still even more bands to be announced in the coming weeks!
BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th 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.