Dakesis / A Powerful Bloodstock Set That Leaves A Lasting Impression

Bloodstock Festival 2023 – Saturday. Back at Bloodstock for their fourth appearance, it’s evident from the start that Birmingham’s Dakesis mean to make another mark on the Catton Hall turf. They’ve played both smaller stages, and with The Sophie Lancaster tent at their mercy, they show their class with a set that oozes quality.

Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

Dakesis

All eyes are on the whirling Gemma Lawlor, whose bright blue hair doesn’t distract from one of the best voices in the UK Metal scene. They may mistakenly be lumped in the Power Metal bracket, but that is only part of their arsenal.

Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

Backed by the driving six-string bass of Amiee Chatterley, Matt Jones with his screaming guitars, and Adam Harris anchoring with drums, the band plunder their catalogue.

“It’s great to see so many friends,” Gemma says, a huge smile always on her face.

Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

But it’s not just the old school who enjoy this, for many in the well-populated tent have never crossed paths with the band before. They are sure to add them to the radar now, though, for this is a strong and assured show.

Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

What’s next for Dakesis? It can only be the main stage and the complete set.

Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk
Dakesis - Bloodstock Festival 2023.
Dakesis – Bloodstock Festival 2023. Photo: Paul Hutchings/MetalTalk

Bloodstock Festival 2023 is held over the weekend of 10-13 August 2023. MetalTalk’s Paul Hutchings and Adrian Stonley report from Catton Park.

All Photography: John Inglis and Paul Hutchings

All MetalTalk Bloodstock Festival 2023 coverage can be found at  MetalTalk.net/tag/bloodstock-2023.

Weekend early bird tickets for Bloodstock 2024 will be available to purchase at the box office on-site for £165. This is the cheapest way to buy a 2024 ticket, minus any online booking or admin fees.

Bloodstock 2022 can be relived at MetalTalk.net/tag/bloodstock-2022.

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