Acid Reign have landed a Friday slot on the Ronnie James Dio Main Stage at Bloodstock 2020. Six other bands have also been announced today, along with the Nordic Spirit Game Arena, where you can try to beat your mates on a range of games on XBox and PS4 consoles.

The Arena will have a couple of gaming PCs as well, plus a few arcade machines from Jägermeister and Red Bull for starters and best of all, play is absolutely free.

Acid Reign were rebooted the band in 2015 after a twenty-four year hiatus and frontman H tells us:

“Anyone who witnessed our 2016 show on the Sophie stage knows exactly how much we love playing Bloodstock. There is a lot of excitement in the AR camp right now, we finally got a new album out after all these years (twenty-nine to be exact) and now we get to put a Bloodstock sized cherry on the top of that cake. Can’t wait to see you all there!”

The band released that long-awaited album, ‘The Age Of Entitlement’ in August last year. Check out the video for ‘The New Low’ from that release here.

Also appearing on Friday’s Main Stage are Bristol’s hardcore punk crew Svalbard. Signed to Holy Roar Records, their topical and furious last album, ‘It’s Hard To Have Hope’, surfaced in 2018 and was described as “a grand declaration of war, on everything wrong with the modern world, set to a truly brilliant, visceral soundtrack”. See if you agree; watch the video for ‘For The Sake Of The Breed’ from that album here.

Goth-soaked Metal newcomers Idle Hands will open the Main Stage on Sunday. The Portland-based band are hot off their recent US support slot to the mighty King Diamond and the release of debut album, ‘Mana’, via Eisenwald Records. View the retrotastic video for ‘Give Me To The Night’, taken from that release here.

Swedish progressive rock collective SOEN crash straight into Friday’s special guest slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Reformed by frontman Joel Ekelöf and former Opeth drummer, Martin Lopez back in 2010, SOEN are four albums deep into their career having released current album, ‘Lotus’, in early 2019. Investigate the sublime title track from that opus and its accompanying video here.


Viscera earn themselves a Sophie Stage slot on Saturday. The band, featuring former members of Heart Of A Coward, Abhorrent Decimation, Martyr Defiled, Nervecell and Surfaces, blend their influences (Pantera, Meshuggah, At The Gates, The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage) with modern tech/death and deathcore flavours. They release their debut album, ‘Obsidian’, this Spring via Unique Leader Records, but in the meantime take a look at the video to ‘Lamb To The Slaughter’ taken from that release here.

Edinburgh’s riff squad and former Bloodstock ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ alumni, Dog Tired also land a slot on Friday’s Sophie Stage. Since landing a slot in the New Blood tent in 2014 the band have been honing their stagecraft, playing with Skindred and Raging Speedhorn. Get a taste for their sound with the video of ‘Dagoth’s Nine’ here.

Bailer join Saturday’s Sophie Stage line-up. Discover something new by checking out ‘Long Gone’, featuring guest vocals from Adam Carroll here.

There’s just two weeks left to sign up to Bloodstock’s very popular ticket deposit scheme, which allows you to spread your standard weekend ticket purchase over five instalments. Be sure to make your first payment of £29 + booking fees before 28th February, then after that your instalments break down as follows: Payment 2 – £29 (debits your bank account on 27/03/20), Payment 3 – £29 (debits 27/04/20), Payment 4 – £29 (debits 26/05/20), and then your Final Payment – £29 + postage (debits 26/06/20).  Please note VIP and child tickets are not eligible for the deposit scheme. Sign up at the ticket store right here: Bloodstock 2020 Deposit Scheme

Bloodstock 2020 Main Stage headliners are Devin Townsend (Friday), Behemoth (Saturday) and Judas Priest (Sunday). The festival also welcomes Hatebreed, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Skindred, Paradise Lost, Life Of Agony, Bury Tomorrow, Black Dahlia Murder, Diamond Head, Jinjer, Vio-lence, Sacred Reich, Gloryhammer, Dark Tranquillity, Butcher Babies, Cattle Decapitation, Bloodywood, Memoriam, Damage Inc, Green Lung, Bossk, Conjurer, Orange Goblin, The Night Flight Orchestra, Unleash The Archers, Saxon, Sylosis, Toxic Holocaust, Nector, Winterfylleth, Exhumed, Nekrogoblikon, The Crawling, Raised By Owls & Anakim with many more bands performing over the weekend still to be announced.

Standard weekend tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets, and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store right here: Bloodstock 2020 Ticket Store

Already got your weekend ticket? Started planning your travel yet? Don’t forget that BIG GREEN COACH picks up from 33 different locations across the country (with new cities added), very conveniently dropping you, your mates and all your camping gear, right inside the festival grounds. It’s good for your green credentials too! For more info or to book your spot, head over to their site here.

Bloodstock 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th to 9th August 2020. For more info, visit the Bloodstock 2020 Website


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