Having celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in 2015 Bloodstock Open Air Festival is heading back to Derbyshire from the 10th – 13th August 2017.
Bloodstock is a four day heavy metal festival with bands from all across the globe. Previous line ups have included Bloodshot Dawn, Motherload, & Lacuna Coil and this year is already strong with Twisted Sister, Mastodon and Slayer headling Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Originally an indoor festival Bloodstock Open Air Festival is an off shoot of the original indoor event that was started in 2001 by Paul Gregory.
The original indoor festival had an attendance of 700 with the Saxon headlining, although it made a financial lost in it’s first year it powered on through into 2002 where 1,500 people showed up. 2003 saw an extra day added with the Saxon returning to headline the Friday and Nightwish headlining the Saturday. After a sell out year in 2004 the festival continued and in 2005 it grew in size. With the indoor festival selling out again and in order to accommodate more people the first Bloodstock Open Air was put on allowing an extra 10,000 people to attend. 2006 saw the last indoor festival as the open air festival continued to expand with a second stage being added. A third was added in 2007 and a fourth in 2011. Today there is still four stages – The Ronnie James Dio Stage, The Sophie Lancaster Stage, The Jägermeister Stage and the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.
“Boasting over 100 international rock and metal acts across four stages, as well as other attractions including a huge international metal market, late night entertainment in the Sophie Lancaster Tent, fairground rides, ‘The Bloodstock Arms’ festival bar serving real ale, full weekend camping and one of the best atmospheres the festival scene has to offer. Add to this a signing tent where you can meet your favourite bands, and for those of you who need those extra creature comforts – an extra special VIP experience in the Serpents Lair camping and hospitality backstage bar, which offers 100+ different real ales, this really is an unmissable date in the headbangers calendar”.