By on 14 February 2013


Get ready to windmill your head off!

Get ready to windmill your head off!

Bay Area titans, EXODUS join the main stage ranks at this year’s hottest metal festival.  The Nuclear Blast thrashers are currently set to release their eleventh studio album and are about to embark on a US tour next month in the company of Bloodstock buddies and fellow thrash pioneers, Anthrax.  Frontman Rob Dukes is just a little bit excited.

“We are stoked to be playing Bloodstock again.  Last time we played, our set was unfortunately cut short because of timing issues.  Not this year!  We are going to destroy that place!” 

Also newly confirmed are fellow thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL.  Having celebrated the 25th anniversary of ‘The Ultra Violence’ last year, frontman Mark Osegueda is psyched to return to these shores in 2013.

“I speak for all of us in Death Angel when I say it brings us so much excitement to announce that we are playing this year’s Bloodstock!  This will be Death Angel’s first festival appearance ever in the UK, and we plan on making a statement with this performance to assure that there will be many more to come!   Death Angel’s first show across international waters was in the UK, so the place holds a very special place in our hearts!  Expect a ferocious, high energy set Bloodstock punters!  You have been warned!”

The Bloodstock overlords don’t only love classic Bay Area thrash. Death metal trio DYING FETUS will also be stalking the stage at Bloodstock 2013.  Hailing from Maryland, these US headbangers are not to be missed. Currently touring the US with Bloodstock favourites Hatebreed, the band are  supporting their 2012 album, ‘Reign Supreme’.

For those of you who prefer your metal fresh off the battlefield, Bloodstock are also delighted to welcome Canadian warriors, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD.  Even on the other side of the festival site, you are sure to hear the glass-shattering tones of vocalist, Cam Pipes!  The band are currently hard at work filming a documentary, ‘3 Inches of Blood; Warriors of the Great White North’.  Expect epic scenes!

Also added are Swedish metalheads SCAR SYMMETRY, who will headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night.  Drummer Henrik Ohlsson comments.

“We’re looking forward to Bloodstock!  The last time we played was in 2007 and was an ecstatic experience – a kickass show with an even more kick-ass crowd.  This year I’m sure it will be even better.  The UK has a lot of dedicated Scar Symmetrians and we can’t wait to return with the eerie cosmic death machine that is Scar Symmetry!”

Also added to the Sophie stage line-up are Dirty Sanchez loons, PRITCHARD VS DAINTON, who return this year with an even more outrageous show planned.  Other additions to the Sophie stage include XERATH, BLOODBOUND, VANDERBUYST, SCARAB, and THE PROPHECY.

Want the chance to win some weekend tickets? DEVILDRIVER are running a special Bloodstock Treasure Hunt at each of their upcoming shows in March!  They’ll be hiding a prize package somewhere near the venue in each town.  The parcel will include a voucher for a pair of BOA weekend tickets (with camping), a DevilDriver t-shirt, guitar picks, drumsticks, signed items.  Each day, frontman Dez will Tweet/Instagram some clues for you to find the prize.  Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@evilriver) and Instagram (@dezfafara) so you don’t miss out.  There will be one prize pack per tour town. For those of your yet to grab your tickets, the dates are; London Forum – 7th Mar, Nottingham Rock City – 8th Mar, Manchester Ritz – 9th Mar, Glasgow O2 ABC – 10th Mar).

If you miss out on the DevilDriver prizes, don’t worry, there’s another chance to win by joining the new Bloodstock e-team.  Get involved with helping promote the festival online, and earn points for festival-related prizes!  Full details can be found here.

Bloodstock tickets are on sale now, priced at £125 (plus booking fee) for a weekend pass with camping.  VIP ticket packages and upgrades are also now available.  Look up all the info on Bloodstock 2013 so far, plus check out all kinds of awesome coverage from 2012’s festival at Bloodstock’s official website.

Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire on 8-11th Aug 2013.

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