The first seven acts for this years Bloodstock Open Air have been announced, with headliners Amon Amarth set to close the Midlands' metal festival on Friday night. Blind Guardian and Testament will also be appearing during the weekend, which takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10 - 13 August. Hatebreed, Possessed, Whitechapel, and Hell complete the list of bands so far confirmed to appear on the main Ronnie James Dio main.
Fresh from completing their recent U.K. and Ireland tour, Amon Amarth will headline the festival for the first time. Says front man Johan Hegg: "What's up U.K! On August 11th 2017, we are invading Bloodstock! It's going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!"
Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, Blind Guardian, in a 2017 U.K. festival exclusive. Bay Area thrash beasts, Testament, who recently completed a run of dates in the U.K. and Ireland with Amon Amarth, are also set for a Friday slot.
Hardcore kings Hatebreed make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday, while Tennessee deathcore beasts, Whitechaple, seminal death metallers, Possessed and flying the flag for English heavy metal, Bloodstock favourites Hell are all set to appear over the weekend.
Early bird weekend camping tickets are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now sold out.
VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket), and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, however these are expected to sell out even earlier for 2017.
Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) here. Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee).
Now in its thirteenth year, Bloodstock Open Air is one of the U.K.'s most popular metal events. Acts appearing during the 2016 weekend included progressive metal leviathans Mastodon who closed Saturday night (13th August), and Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, Paradise Lost and Diamond Head, who all featured across the festival’s multiple stages.