Bloodstock 2023 / Viking battles, shifts for tickets and day tickets

The anticipation for Bloodstock 2023 is hotting up, and today the BOA team have announced fourteen more bands, along with details of day tickets, Festaff shift applications and Viking warriors preparing for the Battle Of Bloodstock.

Completing Friday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage line-up are noted doomsters Witchsorrow, who will open in style and will be joined by Lancaster rockers Wytch Hazel, and Polish Blackened Death Metal beasts Hate.

Saturday’s main stage will include Swedish rock ruffians Royal Republic and highly acclaimed Woking Metalheads Employed To Serve. “We’re delighted to announce that we are playing Bloodstock for the very first time,” ETS vocalist Justine Jones says. “We can’t wait to fly the flag for Heavy Metal along with the world’s finest talent on the main stage. See you in the pit.”

Bringing their fusion of black, goth, and Death Metal to Sunday’s main stage are Swedes Tribulation.

The Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday has several additions. First up, the Grammy-nominated epic doom pioneers Candlemass, who step into headline proceedings in a UK exclusive performance, replacing Whitechapel, who are unfortunately now unable to appear.

Opening the day’s riffage will be Lancs Death Metal squad Bloodyard. Joining them are black/crust Mancunians Wolfbastard, nu-metalcore tribe Black Coast, ‘Russian Turbo Polka Metal’ ska-punkers Russkaja from Austria, Portuguese extremists Gaerea, plus Canadian Heavy/Power Metal crew Striker. The final slot on Saturday’s Sophie Lancaster bill goes to Bristol/Brighton thrash/hardcore gang Skin Failure, who include two ex-Black Peaks members in their ranks.

Fancy working a couple of shifts for Festaff at BLOODSTOCK, with the rest of the time free to enjoy the festival? This year’s applications open on 1st February. For more info, or to apply, head to

A limited number of day tickets will go on sale tomorrow, 1st February, at 9 am GMT in the ticket store. Adult day tickets are £75, and if you’d like to make it a family day out, child day tickets are £25 (mini moshers under four can come for free), plus booking fees.

Bloodstock 2023 - Day Tickets

VIP and campervan tickets are already sold out, but you can still get standard weekend tickets, and there are three weeks left to sign up for the very popular weekend ticket Deposit Scheme.

The Battle of Bloodstock will find Viking Warriors from across the country competing in full contact 1v1 and team battles to be crowned the champions of Bloodstock. The sound of steel clashing and the splintering of shields will echo through the air as these warriors compete in battles and displays across the weekend in a special arena.

This is not re-enactment as you know it! It is not staged or choreographed! These warriors fight in fully authentic armour using real (albeit blunted) weapons in full-contact competition. Combat is fought with a wide range of dark-age weaponry, from swords and shields, to spears, and axes, including the terrifying Dane axe.

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

You can read all our Bloodstock 2023 coverage at

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