Travel and logistics issues force Bloodstock lineup changes

With 41 days until Bloodstock, the five-day Metal party looks set to burst the country’s live music gloom. Travel and logistic issues have meant that some international bands are unable to make the event.

British Metal legends Lawnmower Deth have replaced Thursday’s Sophie Lancaster stage headliners, The Night Flight Orchestra. The band told MetalTalk, “We are truly sorry you’re not going to get Night Flight Orchestra. They’re terrific and awfully melodic. Naturally, as the B-TEC replacement for them, we sound exactly the same, so your disappointment should be somewhat abated.

“Just think melodic Swedish hard rock with balloons. However, the chance to get in a field, well a tent, with you lovely lot and some beer, did we mention beer, is the bar open yet? Bloodstock, we’re coming! At our age, slightly slower, but we’ll be there. Bring beer. And dancing shoes. And beer. Love LMD. x”

Conan will replace Soen’s Friday slot on the Sophie stage. The band said, “We return to Bloodstock, dead eyes ablaze, breath like frost in our lungs as we arise from our slumber. From a lake of frozen souls, all hail Conan.”

Divine Chaos are to replace Lost Society opening Friday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage. The band said, “Bloodstock is woven into the very fabric of Divine Chaos. Having had the pleasure of playing both the Sophie Lancaster and New Blood Stages, not to mention countless messy weekends as attendees, we are beyond delighted to have the opportunity to play on the Ronnie James Dio stage, long considered the holy grail of UK underground Metal. We’re eternally grateful for the faith that the Bloodstock crew has put into this band over the years and can’t wait to showcase The Way to Oblivion on the greatest of stages.”

Lotus Eater, who release their album Where The Body Goes later this month, will replace Savage Master on the Ronnie James Dio stage.

Sunday’s Sophie Stage sees British Black Metal band Necronautical replace Blasphemer. Frontman/guitarist Naut told us, “We are thrilled to be granted the opportunity to perform at this year’s Bloodstock. After over a year in wait, it will be an incredible experience to meet with the fans for our return and right before releasing our new album Slain In The Spirit. Despite the short time to prepare, we guarantee the audience at this year’s Bloodstock an epic and immersive Black/Death Metal experience they will not soon forget! See you at the Sophie stage on Sunday night.”

Finally, the Dark Metal band Spectral Darkwave will join Sunday’s Jager stage lineup. The band describe itself as “a hi-definition musical tour of human horror in sonic technicolour.”

Standard weekend tickets for the extended five-day event remain under a temporary price freeze at £145 (+ booking fees). Child tickets and parking tickets for 2021’s event are available now at the ticket store, as well as a limited number of day tickets for Thrusday to Sunday. Wednesday remains exclusively for weekend ticket holders. VIP and campervan tickets for 2021 are sold out.

Fat Franks Camping has a service for campers, where you can pre-order everything you need and collect it all on-site. They can also blow up your air bed while you wait, and you can rent a tent from them for the weekend.

Anything purchased can be delivered to your home within three to five days after the festival. For full details, visit fatfrankscampingshop.com

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