Conjurer, Power Trip and more added to Bloodstock 2018 bill
Bloodstock's bill is still growing as the festival adds yet more bands to their 2018 line up. With just 15 weeks to go, the countdown is on, what’s more, the festivals travel partners, Big Green Coach have just added Cambridge and Norwich to their list of departure cities due to customer demand. More details below, on to the bands below.
Bloodstock are excited to welcome hotly-tipped Texan thrash squad Power Trip to the Saturday main stage bill. Having just wrapped on one of the best metal package tours of recent years with Trivium, Code Orange, and Venom Prison, Power Trip’s incendiary live show is not to be missed. In the wake of scorching reviews for their recent debut album Mire, sludge doom beasts Conjurer join us for a Saturday Sophie Lancaster stage slot.
Also landing a spot on Saturday’s Sophie bill are British thrash/death outfit, Forgotten Remains. The five piece are set to release a new album this year.
Progressive black metal collective, A Forest Of Stars also join the Sophie bill on Saturday. The band, who describe themselves as ‘appointing a fusion of black metal, romanticism, the occult, psychedelia, folk and the improprieties of madness into one unsightly whole’ are hard at work on a new album due later this year.
Grabbing a Sunday Sophie stage spot are hotly tipped trio, Alien Weaponry. Hailing all the way from Waipu, New Zealand, they blend hardcore and thrash influences with their Maori heritage to create a sound uniquely their own. Teenage brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong joined by Ethan Trembath on bass, the trio recently signed to Napalm Records and are readying their debut album, ‘Tū’ for release in June.
Greek thrash beasts Bio-Cancer also grab themselves a slot on Sunday’s Sophie stage. The band are wrapping up the touring cycle for 2015’s Tormenting the Innocent album so catch them while you can!
Metal 2 The Masses, the festivals programme to support grass roots bands reaches its culmination this month with 31 Grand Finals kicking off regionally. The first is in Coventry on the 28th April, then events roll out around the country. M2TM is the biggest initiative in UK & Ireland (not forgetting one-off cities in Norway and Poland) to choose the bands to play on our Newblood Stage. The programme not only supports regional venues, but also gives local bands an opportunity to network and aspire to winning acts that have gone before them. As well as being in with a chance of playing this year’s festival, there’s a bigger national prize pool opportunity where selected winners will be chosen to open Bloodstock’s Sophie Stage in 2019, play a slot at Slovenia’s Metaldays Festival 2019, win recording time at Parlour Studios with Russ Russell, along with a raft of additional sponsor prizes. Attending punters aren’t left out either, as they could walk away with a ticket to this year’s festival or any number of free giveaways on the night. The Finals kick off at venues around the country very soon so be sure to get down and show support.