Extreme Metal legends AT THE GATES have confirmed their only UK show of 2011 will take place at next year?s BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR.
?We had such a blast during the 2008 reunion that we decided to do some more shows.? states drummer Adrian Erlandsson. He continues, ?We had an amazing gig at Bloodstock in 2008 and are really looking forward to playing there again.?
One of the most influential metal bands of the last 20 years, AT THE GATES made a permanent mark after 1995?s ?Slaughter Of The Soul? album captured the imaginations of metalheads the world over. Taking the aggression of death metal and lacing it heavily with melody, the album was released to huge critical acclaim - including a Swedish Grammy nomination - and AT THE GATES looked set to take the world by storm. However, disbanding in 1996 meant that the next chapter was never written. The 12 years that passed left hundreds of thousands of fans hoping that one day they would get to see their heroes again.
Their wish came true, and the AT THE GATES reunion was one of the summer festival highlights across Europe in 2008, as the five piece reminded the metal world why they were so hugely influential. Now, the band return for an exclusive appearance, and BLOODSTOCK is honoured to welcome them back for what is bound to be an unforgettable set at Catton Hall.
With a host of exclusive performances already confirmed - including headliners IMMORTAL, plus MORBID ANGEL, THERION and many more, across three stages of music, plus comedy, fairground rides and a real ale bar, BOA 2011 is an essential date in the metal calendar, and with early bird tickets on sale now at the price of just £90 - up to 15th December 2010 - there?s no reason to wait for your BLOODSTOCK ticket. Got to www.bloodstock.uk.com to get yours now before this special offer runs out!
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011 12th - 14th AUGUST 2011
BAND LINE UP SO FAR:
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: TRIPTYKON: MORBID ANGEL: THERION: LAWNMOWER DETH
ANGELWITCH: CORONER: GRAVE DIGGER: AT THE GATES
While other UK festivals are only just now announcing their first acts, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR has already delivered news of it?s eighth exclusive appearance for next year?s festival. Swiss tech-metallers CORONER will make their first UK festival appearance at BLOODSTOCK next summer.
Over five albums in the late 80s/early 90s, CORONER earned themselves a cult following across the globe, dazzling fans with their highly technical, prog-and-jazz-infused industrialised thrash, earning them accolades such as ?the Rush of Thrash Metal? by music critics. Famed for their trademark odd time signatures and fretboard wizardry, the musos in the crowd will be impressed with CORONER?s mastery of musicianship, while the headbangers will find suitable satisfaction with the sheer force and heaviness of the band. Add to that the possibility of a guest appearance from Swiss metalhead and former collaborator Tom Warrior, who appears with TRIPTYKON - CORONER?s only UK show of 2011 at BLOODSTOCK could be an extra special treat.
FIRST SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE BANDS REVEALED
ANGELWITCH and LAWNMOWER DETH CONFIRM ONLY UK FESTIVALS OF 2011
With the cold dark weather around us and the festive season around the corner, August 2011 may seem like a long way off, but BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR have just announced another two exclusive festival appearances in addition to the five already on offer. NWOBHM heroes ANGEL WITCH make their BLOODSTOCK debut on the SOPHIE this year. A name synonymous with the British metal scene in the 1980?s, ANGEL WITCH achieved legendary cult status that decade, with their legacy continuing long after their demise, having become highly influential, with Metallica even citing them as a major influence.
With interest in the band revived after the release of 2000?s ?Resurrection? compilation, ANGEL WITCH are now back on the scene, and continue to make waves with high profile support slots, and their eponymous song ?Angel Witch? being featured on the Brütal Legend videogame. Now BLOODSTOCK can capture the magic of the NWOBHM scene with the appearance of one of it?s top names at BOA 2011.
Another blast from the past - although perhaps not as far back - and also making their BLOODSTOCK debut, comedy Thrashers LAWNMOWER DETH will join ANGELWITCH on the SOPHIE LANCASTER stage. Frontman/loon Qualcast Mutilator expresses his happiness at joining the BOA 2011 line up:
“How chuffed are we to be playing Bloodstock! The forums have been predicting this for several years, who says we don’t listen. Well frankly we don’t, I thought we were playing Woodstock, but hey, it?s a field, its full of metal, good enough for us. Bring on the party.”
With classic such as ?Weeble?s Wobble But They Don?t Fall Down?, ?Can I Cultivate Your Groinal Garden? and ?Satan?s Trampoline?, festival goers are in for a hilariously heavy treat, and possibly the first KIM WILDE cover in the festival?s history should they decide to unleash their only single ?Kids In America?.
THERION CONFIRM ONLY UK SHOW OF 2011
With five exclusive appearances already locked down for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR?s 2011 event, the UK?s only true METAL festival shows no sign of slowing down for XMAS with the revelation of another fantastic addition to next summer?s line up. Swedish symphonic superstars THERION will bring their spectacular show to Catton Hall for their only UK appearance of 2011, one which they promise will be memorable:
“The band is thrilled to get the opportunity to play the Bloodstock and promise they will impact the island unforgettably”
Founded in 1987, the band have progressed from their death metal beginnings to become something truly special. Epic is too small a word to capture THERION?s grandiose output. The first metal band to utilise an orchestra, genuinely justifying their ?symphonic? tag, THERION perfectly blends the best elements of metal - especially it?s darker, more underground side - and classical, utilising choirs and classical instrumentation to create a musical world that one can find themselves totally lost in.
Ronnie James Dio Stage
Sophie Lancaster Stage
Ronnie James Dio Stage
RHAPSODY ON FIRE
Sophie Lancaster Stage
Ronnie James Dio Stage
AT THE GATES
MORBID ANGEL CONFIRM ONLY UK SHOW OF 2011
Just over 2 months since Bloodstock?s 10th Anniversary festival, we are pleased to announce another name into the 2011 line up. Floridian death metal legends MORBID ANGEL will be coming to Catton Hall for the prestigious Sunday Special Guest slot, which they fill with their only UK appearance of 2011.
Throughout history, only a handful of artists have been able to rise to a truly iconic level within any given genre. MORBID ANGEL are among those select few. Shattering the boundaries of creativity and imagination while evolving with each groundbreaking release throughout their historic career, the band stands alone as a true icon in extreme music, serving as source of countless inspiration to the multitude of fans.
With the classic core trio of David Vincent, Trey Azagthoth and Pete Sandoval - who are currently preparing a new album for Season Of Mist - MORBID ANGEL are a truly magical musical machine, and this exclusive appearance alongside IMMORTAL, RHAPSODY OF FIRE and TRIPTYKON is one BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR can be very proud of.
TRIPTYKON CONFIRM ONLY UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE OF 2011
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR reveals a third name for August?s 2011 Festival next summer. Joining headliners IMMORTAL - who make their UK festival debut at their only UK appearance of 2011 - and special guests RHAPSODY OF FIRE, TRIPTYKON will be coming to Derbyshire for this exclusive festival appearance. Led by Hellhammer/Celtic Frost pioneer TOM G WARRIOR, their avant-garde mix of death, doom and black metal demands attention, and no matter how brightly the sun may be shining, you can be sure TRIPTYKON will create a suitably gloomy atmosphere with their captivating live show.
In other news, BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR this month enjoys the honour of it?s first industry award, showing how far the festival has come since it?s birth at Derby Assembly Rooms 2001. On October 7th at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London, BLOODSTOCK received the ?Best Festival 15,000 -? award, for the 10th anniversary event, which saw over 10,000 in attendance for the first time in the festival?s history. Says Festival Director Rachael Gregory:
“As an independent family run festival we?re all delighted to win this award and be recognised by the music industry for our efforts. With 10 years behind us already and still so many awesome bands to choose from we?re really excited about what the future holds for Bloodstock and it?s fans. We dedicate this award to all the unsigned metal bands out there who strive to make a career in an incredibly”
RHAPSODY OF FIRE CONFIRMED FOR BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2011!
The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that Italian symphonic power metal masters Rhapsody Of Fire have been confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2011! This will be the band?s first UK show in over ten years and their ONLY UK SHOW of 2011! Rhapsody Of Fire will perform on Saturday August 13th as special guests to Immortal.
Rhapsody Of Fire were formed in 1993 by mainman Luca Turilli, first as Thundercross and then Rhapsody before finally changing their name to Rhapsody Of Fire in 2006. They quickly formulated a blend of metal and classical music which they referred to as ?film score metal? due to its epic, cinematic nature.
Having established themselves with the early albums Legendary Tales (1997) and Symphony of Enchanted Lands (1998), Rhapsody raced to the forefront of the European power metal scene with legendary releases such as Dawn of Victory (2000), Rain of a Thousand Flames (2001) and Power of the Dragonflame (2002). 2004?s epic Symphony of Enchanted Lands II ? The Dark Secret was notable for featuring narration from film legend Christopher Lee who returned to work with the band once again on 2006?s Triumph or Agony, the first album released following their name change. Triumph or Agony outdid even its predecessor in terms of sheer scale, featuring a live 70 piece orchestra and choir.
The band?s most recent album The Frozen Tears of Angels was released in April, marking the third chapter of The Dark Secret Saga and providing yet another feast to delight die-hard lovers of epic, power and progressive metal.
Rhapsody Of Fire have issued the following statement on their forthcoming Bloodstock appearance:
?Hail to you, dear brothers and sisters! We are so excited to announce to you that we agreed with our English friends an exclusive presence as special guest for the Bloodstock festival of next year in the UK! It will be our first live appearance ever on that wonderful ground and we are looking forward to playing our greatest songs and to have together a great time in the name of Rhapsody Of Fire?s epic cinematic music. See you soon!?
IMMORTAL ONLY UK SHOW OF 2011
10TH ANNIVERSARY MASSIVE SUCCESS WITH OVER 11,600 IN ATTENDENCE
2011 HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED - IMMORTAL ONLY UK SHOW OF 2011
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR solidified it?s position as the UK?s only true outdoor Metal Festival, enjoying it?s most successful year so far. As well as celebrating it?s 10th anniversary, BLOODSTOCK reached yet another milestone achieving it?s first five figure turn out. Over 11,600 metalheads descended upon Catton Hall in Derbyshire to see nearly 80 acts, including headliners OPETH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY and TWISTED SISTER, as well as a plethora of other top names in the world of metal.
Highlights included a one minute tribute to the legendary RONNIE JAMES DIO - 60 seconds of cheering and horn raising - to christen the main stage, and a very rare performance from Swedish tech-metal heroes MESHUGGAH on Friday, a highly memorable set from DEVIN TOWNSEND on Saturday, who after contending with having his band?s equipment held up in customs, turned the disaster around to put on an extremely entertaining show, pulling in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Sunday saw the first ever UK performance of death metal supergroup BLOODBATH, who took the stage covered in bruises, cuts and an assortment of other injuries, as well as GOJIRA?s only UK show of 2010.
After BLOODBATH?s set, GWAR frontman ODERUS URUNGUS took the stage draw the winner for BLOODSTOCK?s exclusive car raffle, making one lucky attendee?s weekend by handing over the keys to a brand new Toyota Aygo.
But the real surprise treat came following death metal legend?s CANNIBAL CORPSE?s punishingly heavy set, when BLOODSTOCK revealed the first headliners for 2011. The news of IMMORTAL?s only UK show of 2011 via a two-minute trailer on the main stage video screen was welcomed with huge cheers from the BLOODSTOCK crowd, leaving no doubt that the Norwegian Black Metallers?s first ever UK festival performance will be a highly anticipated one.
INFO ABOUT BLOODSTOCK
Born out of the desire to build a festival the like that had not been seen since the glory days of Donnington’s Monsters of Rock, two individuals from totally different backgrounds came together to bring their fellow Metalheads the best Metal festival in the UK, BLOODSTOCK.
Organisers Paul Gregory and Vince Brotheridge first came together when Paul was looking for someone to build his website. Paul met Vince through a mutual friend and soon it became apparent that although their backgrounds differed, their taste in music didn’t. After a succession of meetings they agreed to form Amust4music, the umbrella for all bloodstock. Paul has lived in Derby since he was born, so when he and Vince were looking for a venue for Bloodstock, the Derby Assembly Rooms seemed the ideal solution, surrounded by pubs local eateries and accommodation.
They have the location they had the name, all they needed now was an identity an image to help establish Bloodstock’s roots, this is when Paul had the idea of using some of Derby’s folk law, ‘The Derby Ram’ ( No one knows for sure who first spotted ‘the finest ram that ever was fed on hay’. Legend has it that this fabulous, fearsome beast was ten yards tall, had a tail like a bell-rope, and the teeth of a regiment of men. The butcher who finally slaughtered the ram was said to have drowned in its blood ). After Paul painted the first image he decided to give the beast a name, so a competition was held and the name was given, S-tan the name was given by a fan, for fans by fans.
The first headlining band confirmed to play Bloodstock’s first show in 2001 was Saxon. This came about as Paul had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of the Band ‘Saxon’ and their indomitable singer Biff Byford in 1984. He was commissioned to do the artwork for the album and the stage designs, the album was ‘Crusader’, now a classic in the annals of rock. Paul has painted ten albums to date for the band and has developed a great friendship with Biff and the boys. Saxon were very supportive of Bloodstock and were happy to Headline the very first one day show, alongside Primal Fear, Glenn Hughes, Blaze, Skyclad, Return To The sabbat and many more.
- January - Terrorizer - Voted No.3 Biggest Musical Event by the readers for BLOODSTOCK 05. (Behind Download and Wacken).
- March - National Outdoor Events Association ( NOEA) - Voted No.3 Friendliest Venue for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR.
- June - Terrorizer - Bloodstock Goes Outdoors, Press release, link with Wacken.
- October - Kerrang! 100 best gigs of all time - Bloodstock03 - Voted No.46 .
- October - Metal Hammer Spotlight - Britain’s best independent metal festival.
- November - Virtual Festivals Awards 2005 - WINNER for Best New Festival for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR
- November - Virtual Festivals Awards 2005 - RUNNER UP for Best Cult Following for BLOODSTOCK 05.
- April - Powerplay - Voted No.1 Best Gig/Tour by the readers for BLOODSTOCK 03.
- October - Virtual Festivals Awards 2004 - Nomination for Best Themed Festival for BLOODSTOCK 04.
- April - Powerplay - Voted No.1 Best Gig/Tour by the readers for BLOODSTOCK 02.
- April - Powerplay - Voted No.5 Best Gig/Tour by the readers for BLOODSTOCK 01.