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2nd February 2017


Bloodstock Festival have announced four new bands for the 2017 line-up.

Swedish Metal marauders, Soilwork, are confirmed for a main stage slot at Catton Park and frontman Björn 'Speed' Strid tells us: "We are really thrilled to return to UK soil after a killer mini-tour with Arch Enemy last year. That ended with one of the most spectacular and sweatiest shows to date at The Underworld in London. Bloodstock is always a riot and we cannot wait to hit the stage this summer. Bring it England!!!"

Check out their 'Death In General' video, taken from 2015s 'The Ride Majestic' album here.

'Murder Metal' outfit, Macabre are set for a headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Chicago-based band blend elements of true crime, math rock, punk, thrash, folk melodies, death Metal, jazz fusion, black Metal and more. Guitarist/vocalist, Corporate Death tells us: "We haven't been back to the UK in several years but Bloodstock is exactly where Macabre should play if you know our music." Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch this unique band on UK shores.

Metallic Finns Wintersun are also lined up to headline the Sophie Lancaster stage. The band are hard at work on new album 'The Forest Seasons' which is set for release this Summer via Nuclear Blast. The band tell us: "It'll be great to come back to the atmospheric Bloodstock. We had a blast in 2011, but this year is extra special since we're going to play new music for you guys! See ya in August!" In the meantime, remind yourself of their epic sound with a clip of 'Time', taken from 2012s 'Time I' album.

Keen to include bands from less obvious parts of the world too, Bloodstock is delighted to welcome back Egyptian death Metallers, Scarab, to the Sophie stage. Warm up your neck with the title track for current album, 'Serpents Of The Nile', below. The band are currently recording their new album, 'Martyrs Of The Storm', so expect some new material at Catton Park this August.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday's headliners Amon Amarth, Sunday headliner Megadeth plus Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated. Many more are still to be announced.

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine tells us: "We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely Metal, British festivals. Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer. See ya at Catton Park in August!"

Megadeth were recently nominated for a Grammy in the 'Best Metal Performance' category for the title track of their current critically acclaimed 'Dystopia' album. Check it out here:

Also available now is the very popular ticket deposit scheme. The payment plan helps ease the 'big lump' shock of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. You can sign up in the ticket store at any time from now until 28th Feb, with an initial payment of £34.80 payable on sign-up. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Get full details right here.


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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