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Festival preview: Bloodstock Open Air 2016


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11th  – 14th August
Catton Park, Derbyshire

Ever since it started in 2005, Bloodstock Open Air has become possibly the most extreme metal festival in the UK.

Sure, Download is probably the biggest heavy festival around, but the recent booking of acts like Muse, The Prodigy, Fall Out Boy and Chase & Status have proved controversial among hardcore metalheads.

Meanwhile, Bloodstock 2016 has found itself three headliners that undoubtedly embody the true spirit of metal in all its forms: the 80s hair metal of Twisted Sister, the progressive genre-benders Mastodon and the infamously brutal, thrash-titans Slayer.

The excitement surrounding Bloodstock Open Air’s headliners for 2016 is only added to by the fact that Twisted Sister’s performance is a part of what they’re promoting as the band’s final tour, celebrating 40 years of their biggest hits.

The main body of the festival showcases some of the best and brightest of modern extreme metal.

On the Friday, Evil Scarecrow open up a diverse main-stage bill that includes rap metallers Stuck Mojo, Pepper Keenan’s Corrosion of Conformity, the melancholic Misery Loves Co., old-school British thrashers Venom and the frankly terrifying Polish band Behemoth.

Saturday’s set offers an onslaught of intense death metal with Cambion, Rotting Christ, Paradise Lost and Gojira being joined by industrial legends Fear Factory.

Sunday makes itself the festival’s day of parties and sing-alongs by providing a bill filled with the melodic anthems of DragonForce, Symphony X, Metal Allegiance and Anthrax receiving accompaniment from the ruthless trio of Satyricon, Unearth and Ghost Bath.

With the festival’s second stage being adorned by the likes of Diamond Head, Acid Reign and Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band throughout the weekend, you can almost guarantee that every kind of metal fan will be satiated by Bloodstock’s diverse bill.

Tickets to Bloodstock Open Air and further information on the festival can be found at

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