Bloodstock clock up more bands for 2016

Posted on 1 March 2016
By Khyle Deen
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Headbangers….ready!?! The BLOODSTOCK gladiators have been out marauding and have rounded up five more metal beasts for your entertainment this August.

First up, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY join the Ronnie James Dio main stage bill. Now reunited with Pepper Keenan up front, BLOODSTOCK’s faithful can look forward to a slew of classics from their three-decade-plus career.

Pepper tells us, “It’s been a real pleasure after all this time to get back with the COC lads and start jamming again and creating music. We are having a blast! We’ve have had so much support from all over the globe and landing on a fest like BLOODSTOCK really sums it up. We’re honoured and cannot wait to up the fuckin’ hammers in the middle of nowhere in merry ol’ England! Thank you! Ohh yeah, don’t forget me cider ….!” CoC kicked off 2016 by launching their own ‘Wiseblood’ beer with the Three Floyd’s Brewing Co, announced a US run with Lamb of God & Clutch, and are also hard at work on a brand new album. Get the latest news at

UNEARTH also join the BLOODSTOCK bill for the first time. If you’re fast, you can get clued up on their new material in time for August by picking up current album, ‘Watchers of Rule’ at a discounted price of around a fiver over at their merch store –

Wherever they can, BLOODSTOCK is proud to bring you bands who don’t often grace UK shores, so joining the main stage bill to play their first ever UK show are atmospheric US black metal outfit, GHOST BATH. To hear what’s in store. The band inform us; “Thus begins our inevitable conquest to take over the world, one festival at a time. It is an honour and a pleasure to perform for those who attend Bloodstock and beyond.”

Local heroes, EVIL SCARECROW also make a triumphant return! As serious contenders for the ‘most fun had on stage’ prize, what do they make of their return? “We’re back! Again! We’re like the BLOODSTOCK house band or maybe a bad STD that you can’t get rid of. Either way, we’re hoping to bring our biggest ever show and even some new material. After the historic, record breaking crowd of 2014, we’re looking forward to being back on that stage, although a custom-built, floating glass pyramid ‘Scarecrow Stage’ would have been nice. We’re genuinely overwhelmed and beyond excited to be back partying with our BLOODSTOCK brothers and sisters.” Keep up with Scarecrow’s shenanigans via Facebook:

Also, joining the Sophie stage bill are XII BOAR. A big slab of rock n’ roll-infused, southern-fried metal, this power trio are determined to make sure everyone has a good time. Ric Flair raves, “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing our trademarked XII BOAR grooves to BLOODSTOCK. This year’s line-up is already beyond words and we’re so stoked to be a part of it. Get your dancing shoes on and get down to the super massive XII BOAR sound as we’re assembling the biggest party BLOODSTOCK has ever seen! See you there!”

Already announced for 2016 are our three headliners, TWISTED SISTER (in their last ever UK show), MASTODON and SLAYER, plus special guests BEHEMOTH, GOJIRA and ANTHRAX. Also on the bill are FEAR FACTORY, SYMPHONY X, SATYRICON, PARADISE LOST, DRAGONFORCE, METAL ALLEGIANCE, STUCK MOJO, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM, GOATWHORE and ACID REIGN. Many more are still to be announced.

BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2016. Keep up to date with the very latest info and ticket information on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at and, or via Twitter on @BLOODSTOCKFEST