Mid-August this year will see thousands of metal fans descend upon the pastoral grounds of Catton Hall for the annual Bloodstock Open Air festival. Since the indefinite suspension of its indoor counterpart and predecessor (regularly held in the Derby Assembly Rooms from 2001 to 2006), the dedicated team of organisers have been able to concentrate their efforts solely on improving and expanding the Open Air extravaganza while pertaining to their ethos of "by fans for the fans". Their aim of establishing a European style metal fest in the UK with a diverse lineup of international bands from metal's many disparate subgenres has been a dream realised and a long-achieved goal. And 2012 is set to be the biggest and best Bloodstock to date with headliners Behemoth, Machine Head and Alice Cooper top-billing a lineup that also includes esteemed acts including the likes of Norwegian black metal hegemonists Dimmu Borgir; thrash legends Testament; South American stalwarts Sepultura; goth metal pioneers Paradise Lost; reactivated thrashers Sanctuary; tech-deathsters Nile; Finnish epic pagan metallers Moonsorrow and...well, the list goes on...feast your eyes upon the lineup of illustrious bands on the poster that follows and click on the banner below for a direct link to purchase your ticket/s to make sure you don't miss what is, indubitably, the UK's most amiable, fun, and best metal fest. The small team of loyal, hardworking individuals who constantly strive to perpetuate Bloodstock's essence of integrity and individuality rather than succumb to the greed-driven corporate monolithism of bigger UK festivals ensures that you won't find a better atmosphere at a UK open air metal festival than that always guaranteed at Bloodstock. Get your tickets now, you won't regret it!
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 - FESTIVAL PREVIEW
Friday 9th August - Sunday 12th August 2012
Catton Hall in Derbyshire, UK
Main stage action at Bloodstock Open Air in 2011
Photograph copyright © 2011 Mark Holmes - www.metal-discovery.com
Preview & Photography by Mark Holmes
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