Bloodstock 2023 / Metal 2 The Masses and New Blood Stage updates

Bloodstock Festival has announced the bands that have won through the New Blood online submission process, and dates are set for 29 regions geared up for Metal 2 The Masses, including initiatives from Croatia and Poland. 

Fridays New Blood stage will find Lokust, who will release their debut album this year, joined by Stoke On Trent’s Headpress, who describe themselves as “Heavy as fuck,” and Street Soldier, who have released their One Man Gang EP.

Saturday will see South Wales Black Metal collective Ofnus on the New Blood stage, along with riff-laden Manchester Metal trio Vice, Irish doomsters Soothsayer, and Danish modern Death Metal squad Nakkeknaekker, a band with an average age of 18.

Sunday’s New Blood stage lineup includes East Anglican Thrashers Eliminaton, Northern Ireland rock trio Skypilot and Nottingham extreme noise terrorists Outergods.

The finals kick off this Saturday, 29 April, at Leicester’s O2 Academy and roll through to Saturday, 8 July at Oxford’s Jericho Tavern. Full dates are detailed below, so be sure to get out and support both bands and venues near you. 

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Bloodstock 2023 will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on 10th-13th August 2023.

Bloodstock – Metal 2 The Masses – Finals

Sat 29th Apr – LEICESTER O2 Academy

Sat 6th May – EDINBURGH La Belle Angele

Fri 12th May – BELFAST Voodoo 

Sat 13th May – DUBLIN Fibber Magees

Sat 20th May – SHEFFIELD Corporation

Sat 20th May – MANCHESTER Rebellion

Thu 25th May – NORWICH Brickmakers

Sat 27th May – MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms

Sat 27th May – LEEDS The Library

Sat 3rd Jun – LONDON The Dome

Sat 3rd Jun – NEWCASTLE Trillians

Sat 3rd Jun – OSIJEK (Croatia) Ex-Epic

Sat 10th Jun – CHORZOW (Poland) Lesniczowka Rock n’ Roll Cafe

Fri 16th Jun – COLCHESTER Coda

Sat 17th Jun – GRAVESEND Leo’s, Red Lion

Fri 23rd Jun – BIRMINGHAM Devils Dog

Sat 24th Jun – HITCHIN Club 85

Sat 24th Jun – WREXHAM XS @ The Penny Black

Sat 24th Jun – BRISTOL The Exchange

Fri 30th Jun – BOURNEMOUTH Bear Cave

Fri 30th Jun – CHELTENHAM Frog & Fiddle

Sat 1st Jul – BURNLEY Sanctuary

Sat 1st Jul – STOKE The Underground

Sat 1st Jul – NORTHAMPTON The Black Prince

Sat 1st Jul – LIVERPOOL Zanzibar

Sat 1st Jul – CARDIFF Fuel

Sat 8th Jul – NOTTINGHAM The Old Cold Store

Sat 8th Jul – SALTASH Livewire

Sat 8th Jul – OXFORD Jericho Tavern

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