The clock is ticking! There’s just 79 days left until the marauding hordes thunder their way through the gates of Catton Park, pitch their tents, crack some beers and kick off the best heavy metal weekender of the year! As is often unavoidable in these still uncertain times, there have been a couple of changes due to travel logistics for some bands, but BLOODSTOCK always finds a way!
As such, BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce that Sheffield’s fast-rising, hardcore heroes MALEVOLENCE are stepping in to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on Saturday night - replacing Hatebreed, who’ve sadly had to pull out of a number of EU shows this August. Fresh from their pulverising slot on Architects' recent UK arena tour, MALEVOLENCE just released their new album, 'Malicious Intent’. If you've not had the chance to catch their incendiary live set just yet, you are in for a treat! See what’s in store via 2021’s absolute slayer of a set at Catton Park and get ready for some serious pit action!
BLOODSTOCK has been busy juggling line-ups on the Sophie Lancaster stage to fix other unforeseen logistical issues. NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA will now headline on Sunday night and DARK TRANQUILLITY move to headline the Sophie tent on Thursday.
BLOODSTOCK can also reveal the first phase of winners in their celebrated Metal 2 The Masses programme, all who’ll be appearing on the New Blood stage at some point across festival weekend.
Landing Friday slots are Scottish heat victors and modern metal 5-piece CATALYSIS, plus Northern Ireland’s top dogs, the riff-heavy trio HAINT, the Republic of Ireland’s winners, blackened death metal squad FORNOTH and the Leeds heat champions and heavy metal militia, PARIAH. Also snagging Saturday sets on the New Blood stage are the Manchester final overlords, deathcore squad PORTRAYAL OF RUINN, Leeds’ victors, the melodic hardcore squad STEEL MAGE and Newcastle upon Tyne’s conquerors, the brutal deathcore outfit CAST IN TEPHRA.
Also grabbing New Blood stage slots from CD submissions are ferocious Yorkshire 5-piece, IREOSIS, who land a Friday slot, dark symphonic deathcore outfit DRACONIAN REIGN score a Saturday slot and Sunday appearances will come from heavy rock power trio SWEET MAY and groove-laden riff-worshippers TORUS.
BLOODSTOCK is also delighted to continue their Bloodstock-themed club nights across the country! Local rock pubs and clubs are a key part of what BLOODSTOCK does with the 'Metal 2 The Masses' scheme, so we're stoked to continue supporting them by announcing the second wave of club nights for 2022. Get along to your local event, hear a metric ton of beefy tunes from BOA bands past and present and be in with a chance of winning a pair of standard weekend tickets. Dates & times are subject to change, so check locally for latest info.
Sat 4th June - Brighton, Envy
Fri 10th June - Bristol, The Lanes - PHUCT
Fri 24th June - Birmingham, Eddie’s Rock Club
Fri 24th June - Leicester, Firebug - Feedback
Sat 25th June - Southampton, The Hobbit - Apocalypse
Sat 25th June - Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill - Devil’s Night
Sat 2nd July - Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
Sat 2nd July - Brighton, Envy - Apocalypse
Fri 8th July - Winchester, The Railway Inn - Apocalypse
Fri 8th July - Bristol, The Lanes - PHUCT
Sat 16th July - Newport, Isle of Wight, Strings - Apocalypse
Sat 16th July - Newcastle, Grindhouse
Sat 23rd July - Southampton, The Hobbit - Apocalypse
Fri 29th July - London, Elektrowerkz - Voodoo Summerball
Fri 29th July - Leicester, Firebug - Feedback
Sat 30th July - Liverpool, The Shipping Factory - Boneyard
Sat 30th July - Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill - Devil’s Night
If you've already got your ticket bagged, maybe you’re now thinking about how best to get to Catton Park? BLOODSTOCK is pleased to support two sustainable travel options - Big Green Coach (who’ll drop you & your gear right inside the festival gates for minimal walking, from 33 locations around the UK. Reserve your seat for just a tenner) and Liftshare (a safe way to offer up a spare seat in your car, or nab one in someone else’s & make new friends to boot). Get more info on both options over at BIG GREEN COACH and LIFTSHARE.
As part of BLOODSTOCK’s continued sustainability drive, they’re encouraging everyone to say a big NO to single use tents. TANGERINE FIELDS and FAT FRANK’S CAMPING SHOP will be on site to help! Both solutions make travelling to the festival via public transport, car share, Big Green Coach or even flying in from abroad, so much easier. When you rent from TANGERINE FIELDS, arrive on site and your tent, bed & bedding will be all set up ready and waiting in the Asgard campsite. Come Monday morning, no need to worry about packing it up, the Tangerine team will take care of it. No hassle, no waste, no sore arms! Get full details on their pre-erected tent service here. Alternatively, FAT FRANK’S CAMPING SHOP - situated in the Midgard campsite - offer a Click & Collect service (as well as Loan & Go). You can pre-purchase any or all of your camping needs on their website and collect it all at the festival (stop by their stand and they'll even blow up your air bed). If you don’t want to take down and lug the tent home afterwards, you can even donate the tent back at FAT FRANK'S stand. They donate all used tents possible to homeless charities and youth groups.
All VIP packages, Early Bird tix, and campervan passes have now sold out. You can still snap up standard weekend camping tickets (just £145 +fees for 4 days of heavy metal fun) plus day & child tix are available now at the ticket store. Mini moshers under age 4 get in free!
BLOODSTOCK’s 2022 Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners are BEHEMOTH, LAMB OF GOD, and MERCYFUL FATE. Also appearing across the weekend are KILLING JOKE, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AVATAR, ALL HAIL THE YETI, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, GWAR (in a UK festival exclusive), BURY TOMORROW, SACRED REICH, LIFE OF AGONY, SPIRITWORLD, BELPHEGOR, BUTCHER BABIES, VIO-LENCE, BLOODYWOOD, JINJER, LORNA SHORE, DOYLE, LOST SOCIETY, SLEEP TOKEN, DARK FUNERAL, EYEHATEGOD, DISCHARGE, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, ENFORCED, PARTY CANNON, SOEN, HERIOT, BLOOD YOUTH, BLACK TONGUE, HEART OF A COWARD, FEROCIOUS DOG, HEATHEN, NEKROGOBLIKON, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ORBIT CULTURE, SAMAEL, CYHRA, NOCTEM, NANOWAR OF STEEL, THROWN INTO EXILE, PUPIL SLICER, CAGE FIGHT, VENDED, ILL NINO, SKARLETT RIOT, DESERT STORM, SORCERER, RED METHOD, BAEST, MOTHER VULTURE, BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS, CREPITATION, INHUMAN NATURE, MASTIFF, PELUGION, and many more, with additional 2022 announcements still to come!
Want something to get you all fired up for this summer’s event, or maybe you’re curious about BLOODSTOCK having never been before? If so, check out the festival trailer for the lowdown.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.
For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.