With just 3 weeks to go until the festival, Bloodstock have announced their final bands for the festival weekend!
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of Code Orange’s Summer European shows, The Wildhearts will step into their Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Saturday. Their frontman Ginger tells us “I am over the fucking moon to be playing Bloodstock festival. I’ve been waiting for this for years. I always said that the first time I attend Bloodstock, I want to be on the bill. What a way to lose your cherry!”
Also charging in to grab a spot on the Sophie Lancaster stage are Scottish gloom squad, Lotus Eater, replacing Shvpes, who’ve also regrettably had to cancel.
Rounding out the Jagermeister stage bill are death metal trio Pemphigoid and heavy groove rock squad Black Falcon, who both play Saturday. Whilst sludge metal crew Crimson Tusk and female-fronted death/groove outfit, Jackals Backbone fill out Sunday’s line-up.
Also announced for the Newblood Stage are the last batch of artists, winning their spots via the Metal 2 The Masses programme! Friday brings Somerset death/thrash champions Death By Ki, Brighton’s progressive/tech victors Gaia, London runners up, alt progsters Xero, and a bonus from the Merseyside final, trad metallists Midnight Prophecy. On Saturday, Cheltenham winners Grief Ritual add some new wave blackened hardcore, joined by Bristol’s prog thrash conquerors Voltunas, London’s groove metal top dogs Empire Warning, doom beasts Voidlurker, who won in Birmingham, and melo-death act Stormcast. There’s two more bands finishing off the Sunday New Blood line-up - and they are Leicester’s prog metalheads Fractions and Leeds industrial groovers Leadrobot.