Bloodstock Festival Reveals Nine Metal 2 The Masses Winners
With just 73 days left between now and festival weekend, things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ, especially on the New Blood front! With the Metal 2 The Masses finals well underway around the country, the winning band in each region is locking in and BLOODSTOCK is excited to share nine more lucky developing bands who’ll be performing on the New Blood stage at Catton Park this August.
Winning the Leicester heat and grabbing a Friday slot are the progressive tech/death collective, VOIDWALKER. Familiarise yourself by checking out their 2022 track ‘Tar Stained Lips’ over at their Bandcamp page.
The Manchester heat victors, the genre-twisting SQUARE WILD, won Prog Magazine’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’ poll last year.
Also winning a Friday slot are the East Anglia final top dogs, URIDIUM. If you love your old school classic metal sound, these could be one for you.
Saturday’s New Blood stage will feature Scotland’s winners, EXTORT. Also appearing Saturday will be Sheffield’s grunge rockers, DEAD BLONDE STARS. And coming out on top in the Milton Keynes heat are DROWND.
Landing a slot on Sunday and triumphing in Northern Ireland are power trio, ACID AGE. The band take their influences from across the board, but their thrash roots are on full display. Also playing Sunday will be Dublin hardcore squad, LAVEIN, who came out on top for the Republic of Ireland heat. Impressive for a band who are only a few months old! Lastly, champions in the Leeds battle are local 5-piece, GODETH.
The M2TM finals kicked off at the end of April and the remaining heats are detailed below, so be sure to get out and support the crucially important network of small venues and developing bands in your area.
BLOODSTOCK’s very popular club nights are also halfway through their rollout. Grab your mates, hit the dancefloor and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner taking home a pair of weekend tickets - every club night will be running a competition!
Fri 2nd June - Guildford, Schism
Sat 24th June - Nottingham, The Sal
Sat 24th June - Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
Fri 30th June - Warrington, FC2
Fri 30th June - London, Elektrowerkz
Sat 1st July - Torquay, The Attic
Sat 1st July - Plymouth, Squire
Sat 8th July - Newcastle, Reds Bar @ Northumbria Uni Students Union
Fri 14th July - Cardiff, Metro’s
Fri 14th July - Bristol, The Lanes
Fri 21st July - Exeter, The Cavern
Sat 22nd July - Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
Sat 22nd July - Nottingham, The Sal
Fri 28th July - London, Elektrowerkz
Sat 29th July - Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
Sat 29th July - Brighton, Above
Sat 29th July - Newport (Isle of Wight), Strings
Sat 29th July - Southampton, Suburbia
Sat 29th July - Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill
BLOODSTOCK’s 2023 Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners are rounded out by none other than KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and MEGADETH. Also appearing are IN FLAMES, BIOHAZARD, SACRED REICH, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SEPULTURA, WHITECHAPEL, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, CROWBAR, SEETHING AKIRA, UGLY KID JOE, DECAPITATED, GATECREEPER, ZEAL & ARDOR, KING 810, UNTO OTHERS, URNE, ALL HAIL THE YETI, DEAD LABEL, CHURCH OF THE COSMIC SKULL, BROTHERS OF METAL, GUTALAX, UUHAI, INVISIONS, COBRA THE IMPALER, and TROLLFEST. Many more are yet to be announced.
With tickets selling faster than ever for 2023, all VIP packages and campervan passes are already sold out. Grab your weekend tickets now at the ticket store.
Get full festival information at bloodstock.uk.com.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023.