14 August 2018





On the 9th August 2018, 1000’s of metal heads from all over the world gather together to head to the UK’s only extreme open-air festival called Bloodstock. Bloodstock was once an indoor festival back in 2001 but later expanded in 2007 as the popularity grew. I’ve personally been going since 2008 and it has such an amazing atmosphere and is well known for being family friendly. Bloodstock is based in Derby at Catton Park. My plan is to deliver a review that will give you an idea of how the festival is and what type of music this festival has. And hopefully make you want to book up for next year. We will all have our own interpretation on festival’s and I hope you enjoy mine.

Bloodstock Outdoor Heavy Metal festival – UK’s largest Independent Heavy Metal Festival | Bloodstock

There are many options for anyone attending the festival.
• Day tickets
• VIP Camping
• Camper-van
• Standard Camping

After getting off the motorway the festival is signposted well,as we know google maps and sat nav’s never pick up the direct area to where you need to be as they are temporary grounds. Parking is easy and there are stewards who are more than happy to help and direct you to the correct location.
After pulling up on the car park and making a few trips to and from the car and pitching up me and my lot are ready to kick back with a beer and look forward to what the first night has to offer.

Me and my friends all pitched up in Asgard. They base their campsites names off the 9 worlds of Norse mythology. Being in Viking reenactment myself I find this amazing, also a  festival where most the crowd drink from a horn and love the Viking’s its an amazing touch.

These were the first band to kick off the festival on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. If you’re in to you doom and drone these might be worth a listen for you. They are a three-piece band  from Leeds UK.



For those that are unaware of the Sophie Lancaster foundation please read the link below it’s something us metal heads hold close to our hearts.



The next band that really stuck out for me was the four-piece band Bloodshot Dawn who are from Plymouth UK. Their genre is technical death metal and it was the first time I got to check these guys out there’s so many band’s playing festivals all the time it’s easy to miss some. They have been going since 2003 and later played Bloodstock in 2012 and I can see why they wanted these guy’s back. They delivered very tight set and the crowd were really going for it. The band are currently signed to Hostile Media.





Headlining the Sophie stage that night was a band I was really looking forward to and actually held out from listening to by cd/Spotify as I was so excited and heard such good things and I defiantly will be purchasing their music by vinyl. Arkona are from Russia. Forming in 2002 and currently signed to Napalm records the 5-piece band built up quite the atmosphere and literally blew myself and the crowd away. Watching them perform you could really see their influences from Slavic Mythology and it was amazing watching the singer Masha sing in Russian and deliver so many different styles of vocals. The bagpipes and the flute really gave a pagan/folk feel and I was literally losing mind watching them. The crowd were partying, headbanging, chanting and I still had their song’s in my head most the weekend. I’m forever discovering new music, and these were a great find and I hope they tour the UK again.



The bands may have come to an end , but the party did not stop there, This evening was the sound of the 70’s and kicking off the DJ set was Black Sabbath’s self-titled Black Sabbath.

I later headed back to the tent with my friends and had crashed and burned and was well excited about the the next day.


Check out the review for Friday with the following link.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2018 Friday Review