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Headbangers….ready!?!  The BLOODSTOCK gladiators have been out marauding and have rounded up five more metal beasts for your entertainment this August.

First up, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY join the Ronnie James Dio main stage bill.  Now reunited with Pepper Keenan up front, BLOODSTOCK’s faithful can look forward to a slew of classics from their three-decade-plus career. Check out the glorious sludgy riffs of ‘Albatross’ right here –

.  Pepper tells us, “It’s been a real pleasure after all this time to get back with the COC lads and start jamming again and creating music.  We are having a blast!  We’ve have had so much support from all over the globe and landing on a fest likeBLOODSTOCK really sums it up.  We’re honoured and cannot wait to up the fuckin’ hammers in the middle of nowhere in merry ol’ England!  Thank you!  Ohh yeah, don’t forget me cider ….!”  CoC kicked off 2016 by launching their own ‘Wiseblood’ beer with the Three Floyd’s Brewing Co, announced a US run with Lamb of God & Clutch, and are also hard at work on a brand new album.  Get the latest news at also join the BLOODSTOCK bill for the first time. Check out the Boston-based band bringing their brutal riffs to the Hammersonic Festival in Indonesia;

.  If you’re fast, you can get clued up on their new material in time for August by picking up current album, ‘Watchers of Rule’ at a discounted price of around a fiver over at their merch store – they can, BLOODSTOCK is proud to bring you bands who don’t often grace UK shores, so joining the main stage bill to play their first ever UK show are atmospheric US black metal outfit,GHOST BATH.  To hear what’s in store, check out their ‘Golden Number’ video here; and grab their ‘Moonlover’ album, just released on iTunes last week via new label, Nuclear Blast.  The band inform us; “Thus begins our inevitable conquest to take over the world, one festival at a time.  It is an honour and a pleasure to perform for those who attend Bloodstock and beyond.”

Local heroes, EVIL SCARECROW also make a triumphant return!  Are you familiar with the semi-legendary ‘Crabulon’?!  Here’s how it played out last time round –

.  As serious contenders for the ‘most fun had on stage’ prize, what do they make of their return?   “We’re back!  Again!  We’re like the BLOODSTOCK house band or maybe a bad STD that you can’t get rid of.  Either way, we’re hoping to bring our biggest ever show and even some new material.  After the historic, record breaking crowd of 2014, we’re looking forward to being back on that stage, although a custom-built, floating glass pyramid ‘Scarecrow Stage’ would have been nice.  We’re genuinely overwhelmed and beyond excited to be back partying with ourBLOODSTOCK brothers and sisters.”  Keep up with Scarecrow’s shenanigans via Facebook:, joining the Sophie stage bill are XII BOAR.  A big slab of rock n’ roll-infused, southern-fried metal, this power trio are determined to make sure everyone has a good time.  Ric Flair raves, “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing our trademarked XII BOAR grooves to BLOODSTOCK.  This year’s line-up is already beyond words and we’re so stoked to be a part of it. Get your dancing shoes on and get down to the super massive XII BOAR sound as we’re assembling the biggest party BLOODSTOCK has ever seen!  See you there!”  Warm up with ‘Rock City’ from last album ‘Pitworthy’ at:

FINAL CALL for the Deposit Scheme!!!  Today (29th Feb) is the last day left to sign up for BLOODSTOCK’s very popular payment plan.  This year it’s even more manageable to pay for your ticket in stages, with the scheme expanding the payments from 3 to 5 months.  The 1st payment of £34.80 is payable immediately, then 4 additional payments of around £30 will debit your account on 28th of March, April, May and June.  (Exact amounts; £27.80 for Mar/Apr/May, £31.30 in June to include postage).  Sign up over at  We regret that VIP tickets are NOT available via the payment plan, although pending VIP availability, you could purchase a VIP upgrade in July or August and still be in time for the festival!

Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX.  Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM, GOATWHORE andACID REIGN.  Many more are still to be announced.

Weekend tickets with camping, plus various VIP packages are available now, priced from £139 (+ booking fee) at

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST.

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