Bloodstock Open Air

Bloodstock Open Air
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Main stage
GenreHeavy metal, extreme metal, hard rock
Dates2nd weekend in August
Location(s)Walton-on-Trent, www.bloodstock.uk.com

Bloodstock Open Air is a British heavy metal festival held annually at Catton Hall in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire, since 2005. Bands that have played at the festival over the years include Twisted Sister, Saxon, Mastodon, Gojira, Behemoth, Slayer, Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Venom, Trivium, Rob Zombie, Emperor, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Kreator, Blind Guardian, Amon Amarth, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Immortal, Morbid Angel, Machine Head, Lamb of God, and hundreds of others. Originally on one stage only, the festival expanded to incorporate a second stage in 2006. Known simply as The Unsigned Stage, it was designed to provide a platform for the next generation of metal talent to reach a wider audience. In 2010 it was renamed The New Blood Stage.

2007 saw further expansion with the addition of a third stage, originally called The Lava Stage which in 2009 became the Sophie Lancaster Stage. In 2010 the capacity of this stage was increased and it became the festival's second stage. This second stage is also used by The 4 DJs Of The Apocalypse, who provide DJ sets until the early hours of the morning.

Bloodstock Open Air was conceived as an extension of the original Bloodstock indoor festival which ran from 2001 until 2006 at Derby Assembly Rooms. After an amicable parting in 2006 with his business partner Vince Brotheridge, in 2007 Paul Gregory brought his daughters and son Vicky Hungerford, Rachael Greenfield and Adam Gregory on board as directors. "It was an obvious move for me," he explained, "as all of them had been working on the festival from its inception. They have brought their talents to the fore as the festival’s continued growth is very much due to their commitment."

In 2010, Heaven & Hell was scheduled to headline Bloodstock Open Air, but pulled out due to the death of singer Ronnie James Dio. The main stage at the festival was subsequently renamed as the "Ronnie James Dio stage" in tribute to him.

So far Bloodstock has featured bands from the following countries/dependencies/islands (as of 2019): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Orkney Islands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Shetland Islands, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Lebanon, The Netherlands, USA and Wales. - as stated by website Global Metal Apocalypse

BOA 2019

BOA 2019 is due to take place at Catton Hall between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August 2019.

The currently announced lineup is:

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Sabaton
Powerwolf
Tesseract
Children of Bodom
Soulfly
Metal Church
Death Angel
Xentrix
Incite

Parkway Drive
Anthrax
Cradle of Filth
The Wildhearts
Thy Art Is Murder
Evil Scarecrow
Swallow the Sun
Cancer Bats
Krysthla

Scorpions
Dimmu Borgir
Queensrÿche
Dee Snider
Hypocrisy
Soilwork
Ross the Boss
Aborted
All Hail The Yeti

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Rotting Christ
Ten Ton Slug
Footprints in the Custard
Blind River
Barbarian Hermit

Grand Magus
Raging Speedhorn
Countless Skies
Sulpher
Karybdis
Damnation's Hammer
BongCauldron
Def Con One
Blasphemer
Control the Storm
Zealot Cult

Taake
Skeletal Remains
Generation Kill
3 Headed Snake
Helheim
Dust Bolt
Red Method
Guardians of Time
Lotus Eater
Odd Crew
The Parallax Method

Eluveitie
The Lazys
Bloodred Hourglass
Violblast
Crescent
Resin
Boss Keloid
Wheel
Solitary
Witch Tripper
Harbinger

Hobgoblin New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Anakim
Saurr
Gaia
Widows
MARW
Pravitas
Blind Divide
The Hope Burden
Tomorrow is Lost
Midnight Prophecy
Grand Elder
Death by Ki
Xero

Master's Call
Deformation of Man
Lock Horns
Djinova
Voidlurker
Empire Warning
Voluntas
Grief Ritual
Scars of Remembrance
Inferiem
Reaper X
Goat Monsoon
Stormcast

Damim
Leadrobot
Sethiest
Golden Core
Lost In Lavender Town
Fear Bound
Aesect
Take Refuge
Elyrean
Bastard
Fallen Temples
28 Double
Fractions

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Skypilot
Beggar
Graves
Eyes of the Raven
Sophie Sparham

Black Shuck
Daybreaker
Foul Body Autopsy
Black Falcon
Pemphigoid

Womenowar
Jailbirds
Victus
Jackal's Backbone
Crimson Tusk

VIP Bar Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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