Bloodstock veterans and first-time guests..
Prepare yourselves for a hell of an experience, in the flaming pits of Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, where we will be ‘’blood-stocking’’ from the 8th -11th of August.
Either you pay a visit on the day or camp on-site, Bloodstock Open Air guarantees a fun time to enjoy with your friends or family, with great music, delicious food, a large variety of ales and spirits, fairground rides, late night entertainment and so many other exciting surprises!!
Don’t forget to pass by the metal market where you can purchase official band merchandize, and make sure to stop by the signing tents to meet some of your favorite bands in person!!
Before getting into detail for this year’s metal celebration, here are some interesting facts about Bloodstock’s history.
Bloodstock Festival was founded back in 2001 by Paul Gregory and Vince Brotheridge.
After the lateral’s departure, Gregory’s son Adam and daughters, Rachel Greenfield and Victoria Hungerford, joined forces to help their father continue building Bloodstock’s legacy. The result? Bloodstock has won several awards throughout the years, with the latest ones being 2017’s Live UK Music Business Award for ‘’ Best Festival under 15,000 ‘’ and 2016’s Kerrang Award for ‘’Best Festival’’.
Bloodstock Open Air, has become the UK’s Biggest Independent Metal Festival, showcasing one of the strongest metal line ups on UK soil, combining different styles of metal in a 4-day psychedelic journey, where you can witness decades of music history being performed live on stage through your eyes.
Timeless classics. Intoxicating sounds. Legendary performers.
This year, Bloodstock Open Air opens its gates to over 120 international bands, performing across 4 stages, from the old & new underground to the biggest idols of metal and rock.
Get ready for mind – blowing riffs, thunderous roars and aggressive mosh pits.
In other words, get a taste of absolute chaos.
The ‘’blood suppliers’’ that will be dominating this year’s stages, include iconic rock-stars, masters of steel and corpse painted demons from the nihilistic black metal scene.
MAIN LINE UP
8th of August
Rotting Christ, Ten Ton Slug, Footprints in the Custard, Blind River, Barbarian Hermit
9th of August
Sabaton, Powerwolf, Tesseract, Children of Bodom, Soulfy, Metal Church, Death Angel, Incite, Grand Magus, Raging Speedhorn, Countless Skies, BongCauldron
10th of August
Parkway Drive, Anthrax, Cradle of Filth, Code Orange, Thy Art Is Murder, Evil Scarecrow, Swallow the Sun, Cancer Bats, Krysthla, Taake, Skeletal Remains, Generation Kill, 3 Headed Snake, Dust Bolt, Red Method, SHVPES
11th of August
Scorpions, Dimmu Borgir, Queensrÿche, Dee Snider, Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Ross The Boss, Aborted, All Hail The Yeti, Eluveitie, The Lazys, Boss Keloid
New bands are continuously being added, so keep an eye on Bloodstock’s official website or Facebook page for the latest updates!
Have you bought your Bloodstock ticket yet? If not, think again.
Let’s raise hell together.
We’ll meet you in the pit.
Standard Weekend Ticket – £152.00
Full Weekend + Camping Midday Thursday to Monday morning – Access to Arena from 5pm Thursday to Sunday inclusive
Child Weekend Ticket – £39.00
(4 – 11 years old) children under 4 years old go free. Full Weekend + Camping from Midday Thursday to Monday morning – Access to Arena from 5pm Thursday to Sunday inclusive. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 at all times.
CAMP AT THE SERPAINT’S LAIR LIKE A VIP
- Access to the Arena and Campsite from Midday Thursday to Monday
- Private Entrance with FREE parking directly across the road from your camping area
- Complimentary ‘hot’ showers and private rest rooms facilities
- Pamper Parlour including hair dryers, straighteners and mirrors
- 10% Discount Voucher on Bloodstock merchandise purchased at the festival
- FREE Serpents Lair T-shirt and Goody bag including laminate with stage times
- Access to the Hospitality Area including the Serpents Lair ‘VIP’ bar with over 100 Real Ales & Ciders to choose from
- Priority Access to the bands signing tent (except headliners)
- Hospitality Staff on hand to ensure you’re well looked after all weekend
- Campsite Information Hub
There are 7 standard campsites which are ASGARD, HEL, MIDGARD, VALHALLA, IRONWOOD, RAGNAROK and JOTUNHEIM.
(Prices include your 4-night stay + entry to the concerts)
Pitch Your Own – Camping Package for 1 – £290.00
A reserved patch of grass to pitch your tent.
Ready Pitched Tents – Camping Package for 2 – £650.00
Includes a ready-double air bed.
Ready Pitched Tents – Camping Package for 4 – £1,340.00
Includes two ready-double air beds.
PodPads – Camping Package for 2 – £1165.00
A plywood structure with a lockable door, solid floor, raised beds with inflated air mattresses and 12v car dashboard sockets suitable for mobile charging.
OctoPads – Camping Package for 4 – £2088.00
A structure with solid floor and walls, lockable door, 4 hand-built beds with slatted bases and foam mattresses, and 3 pin sockets for your use.
Luxury BellePads – Camping Package for 2 – £1340.00
It has a 3m diameter, heavy-duty waterproof groundsheet, wooden beds, foam mattresses, 240v electricity, duvets, pillows, eye masks and ear plugs, bed throws, scatter cushions, bath towels, hand towels and rugs. Zip-up front doors and heart-shape windows with curtains.
Luxury BellePads – Camping Package for 4 – £2210.00
It has a 4m diameter, heavy-duty waterproof groundsheet, wooden beds, foam mattresses, 240v electricity, duvets, pillows, eye masks and ear plugs, bed throws, scatter cushions, bath towels, hand towels and rugs. Zip-up front doors and heart-shape windows with curtains.
Main Car Parking£16.25
Parking from midday Thursday to Monday morning.
(Tickets purchased on the festival gate will increase to £20.00)
HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL FROM BIRMINGHAM
- Bus – Big Green Coach
The Big Green Coach is Bloodstock’s official shuttle bus service that could take you straight to the festival and you can also secure your return if you book online in advance.
You can a book your seat at:
Pick up location: Bus Layby, Dudley Street
(opposite Dudley Street Car Park, under the bridge), Birmingham, B5 4EG
From Litchfield City Train Station, the Big Green Coachwill be continuously on operation to make sure you get to the festival in no time.
The service operates as follows:
FROM Lichfield City train station TO the festival site
Thursday 8th August –
departures every 20 minutes between 1100 (11am) – 1700 (5pm)
FROM the festival site TO Lichfield City train station
Monday 12th August –
departures every 15 minutes between 0730 (7:30am) – 1200 (12:00 noon)
You can buy your ticket on the day or in advance from Big Green Coach’s official website.
The following taxi firms have agreed on preferred rates for Bloodstock patrons.
(To and From rides cost around £45)
NEW STREET TAXIS – 01283 535353
5 TEN TAXIS – 01283 510510
By Emilia Antoniadou