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11th August 2017
Pictures: John Inglis and Will Tudor


Bloodstock 2017 began with a bang as Battle Beast put on a ferocious display on the Sophie Lancaster stage.

Hot from the success of their latest and greatest album, 'Bringer Of Pain', fearsome frontlady Noora Louhimo captivated a packed out second stage area as the Finnish sensations made Bloodstock their own.


Earlier in the evening Wind Rose warmed the crowd up nicely for Battle Beast, as had Infernal Sea, Gurt and Ramage Inc. before them. The standout band of the supporting cast were Ramage Inc. who are a multi-crossover band who include a little bit of everything in their impressive act.

But despite the quality of support bands, of whom all four made an impact here at Bloodstock, the night belonged to Battle Beast, who impressived greatly.

Noora means what she sings and sings it with real meaning and Bloodstock organsiers picked a real winner to open up 2017s proceedings.


Bloodstock Friday is currently in full swing and the music is loud and heavy. Stay posted for all the action from the UK's best Metal festival.

Wind Rose

Infernal Sea

Ramage Inc.


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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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