06 May 2015

BLOODSTOCK’S ‘METAL 2 THE MASSES’ FINALS BEGIN!

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BLOODSTOCK’s 2015 ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour is ready to kick off!  The festival has a long standing reputation for supporting grass roots metal and their annual M2TM programme is at the forefront of that.  Over the past few months, local venues all over the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia have been holding a series of heats.  Hundreds of unsigned or self-released bands have taken part, each one hoping to land a slot in their local final, where ultimately the BLOODSTOCK panel choose the best from each event to win a slot on the Hobgoblin-sponsored New Blood stage at Catton Park in August!  Those finals are about to begin!

2015 has been M2TM’s biggest programme to date, with 22 venues participating.  The brand new BLOODSTOCK van will be ferrying our heavy metal judges round the country, there’ll be festival weekend tickets to win at each final, plus plenty of other goodies, so come down to one of the finals listed below and show your support!

It’s not just UK and Irish acts that BLOODSTOCK gives opportunities to, as bands from across the world can also enter for a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage by uploading a video to https://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/mischeif//competitions/bloodstock.  Winners will be chosen by the BLOODSTOCK panel from submitted videos.  The first batch of lucky bands have been chosen (there’ll be more, so don’t worry if you’ve not uploaded yet).  Friday’s bill will include the Cotswold-based modern metal outfit MUTAGENOCIDE, Canadian progsters DIATESSARON and Welsh brutal groove metallers, PISS VIPER.  Saturday’s bill includes CODEX ALIMENTARIUS’ groove/thrash/classical infusion, progressive tech metallers AKARUSA YAMI and Brit post-proggers, SUMER.  Sunday sees progressive hardcore outfit, TAKEN BY THE TIDE, Luxembourg’s death thrashers SCARRED and Northern Irish hardcore beasts BY ANY MEANS join the bill.

Come join the BLOODSTOCK gang at one of these finals and maybe you’ll win some festival tickets!

Fri 8th May – BELFAST Voodoo Club

Sat 9th May – DUBLIN Fibber McGee’s

Sat 16th May – SANDNES Club Tribute (NORWAY)

Sun 17th May – EXETER Cavern

Sat 23rd May – WOLVERHAMPTON Fixxion Warehouse

Sun 24th May – BRIGHTON Green Door Store

Fri 29th May – GLASGOW Ivory Blacks

Sat 30th May – SELBY The Venue

Sun 31st May – CREWE The Box

Thu 4th Jun – NORWICH The Brickmakers

Fri 5th Jun – LUTON The Castle

Sat 6th Jun – READING Facebar

Sun 7th Jun – LONDON Purple Turtle

Sat 27th Jun – CARDIFF Fuel Club

Sat 27th Jun – LIVERPOOL Crazyhouse

Sun 28th Jun – MANCHESTER Grand Central

Fri 3rd Jul – OXFORD The Bullingdon

Sat 4th Jul – MANSFIELD Intake Club

Sat 4th Jul – CORBY Zombie Hut

Sat 11th Jul – BRISTOL The Fleece

Sat 11th Jul – BURNLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar

Sun 12th Jul – BIRMINGHAM Roadhouse

Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available from Midlands Metalheads here!  VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches.  Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!

All these killer bands are already announced!  Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF.  Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, GODFLESH and ARNOCORPS, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, GODSIZED, plus many more.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at www.facebook.com/bloodstock and www.bloodstock.uk.com.

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