Black Metal icons Mercyful Fate have been announced as the new Saturday headliners on the Ronnie James Dio main stage at Bloodstock 2021, with Dimmu Borgir joining as special guests.
King Diamond told MetalTalk: “It is with sinister pleasure Mercyful Fate will finally bring the Devil himself to Bloodstock Summer ‘21. We cannot wait and neither can he. It’s gonna be dark as Hell.”
Reformed in 2019, this year Merciful Fate were supposed to be playing their first shows in over 20 years, apart from their performance at Metallica’s 30th Anniversary San Francisco show in 2011. Next years Bloodstock is now their only planned UK performance. In the meantime, you can see a number of vintage videos on their website.
Dimmu Borgir, who are currently working on the eleventh studio album, take the special guest slot, with the band telling us: “UK! After our triumphant London show this January, we will be back at your shores next year. See you at BLOODSTOCK in August 2021!”