Bloodstock have added yet more bands to their ever expanding festival, as well as announcing their eco-friendly approach to 2018's festival. Taking Place from 9th - 12th August at Catton Park, Derbyshire, this years' event features headliners Gojira, Judas Priest and Nightwish.
Hotly-tipped Texan thrash squad Power Trip join the Saturday main stage bill. Having just wrapped on one of the best metal package tours of recent years with Trivium, Code Orange, and Venom Prison, Power Trip’s incendiary live show is not to be missed.
In the wake of scorching reviews for their recent debut album ‘Mire’, sludge doom beasts Conjurer land a Saturday Sophie Lancaster stage slot. Also landing a spot on Saturday’s Sophie bill are British thrash/death outfit, Forgotten Remains. Progressive black metal collective, A Forest Of Stars also join the Sophie bill on Saturday.
Grabbing a Sunday Sophie stage spot are hotly tipped trio, Alien Weaponry. Hailing all the way from Waipu, New Zealand, they blend hardcore and thrash influences with their Maori heritage to create a sound uniquely their own. Greek thrash beasts Bio-Cancer also grab themselves a slot on Sunday’s Sophie stage.
Metal 2 The Masses meanwhile reaches its culmination this month with thirty-one grand finals kicking off regionally. The first is in Coventry on the 28th April, then events roll out around the country. M2TM is the biggest initiative in UK & Ireland (not forgetting one-off cities in Norway and Poland) to choose the bands to play on the festival's Newblood Stage. The programme not only supports regional venues, but also gives local bands an opportunity to network and aspire to winning acts that have gone before them. As well as being in with a chance of playing this year’s festival, there’s a bigger national prize pool opportunity where selected winners will be chosen to open Bloodstock’s Sophie Stage in 2019, play a slot at Slovenia’s Metaldays Festival 2019, win recording time at Parlour Studios with Russ Russell, along with a raft of additional sponsor prizes. Attending punters meanwhile could walk away with a ticket to this year’s festival or any number of free giveaways on the night. The full list of M2M events can be viewed on the poster below.
Bloodstock this year is taking part in the 'Drastic on Plastic' campaign, a pledge being supported alongside sixty other independent festivals to try and rid festivals of non-recyclable plastics within the next three years. As a festival catering to a large younger demographic, BOA is leading by example to promote the importance of not using plastic at festivals. This includes the launch of the 'Final Straw' initiative, ridding the festival of plastic straws, meaning none of the bars or retailers are permitted to use these on site. Moving forward, the festival aims to stop the use of single-use plastics on site by 2021, including plastic bar cups and drink bottles.
Travel wise, Bloodstock has once again partnered with Big Green Coach to provide transport from all over the country from twenty-three pick-up points. Alternatively, if you're driving, Gocarshare provides ways to share your journey with a fellow traveler. There's a chance to winning a pair of tickets to next year’s festival just by using the the scheme. Full details are available by clicking the link.
Standard weekend tickets for Bloodstock 2018 are available now, priced at £145. One day tickets will go on sale towards the summer, with interested parties encouraged to register here.
Other acts confirmed for 2018 include melodic hard rockers Mr. Big, hard core crossover legends Suicidal Tendencies, and the Chris Jericho led Fozzy. For a look at the full 2018 line-up, see the event poster below.
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