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4th June 2012

machine head are sticking our necks on the line again and putting the mortgage on Californian Metallers Machine Head being the as yet unnamed this headliner of the Bloodstock Festival in the UK on Saturday 11th August in a three day festival that will also feature Friday's headliners Behemoth and Alice Cooper who will close the event on the Sunday.

For many months now the Bloodstock Festival has been teasing rock fans that the Saturday headliner will be officially announced at 6.00pm on 6th June which has kept Metal fans worldwide guessing as who it could be. The rumour mill has been running into overdrive with Slayer being the fans' favourite choice (it's International Slayer Day on 6th June), but as they're away on tour in the States at the time this was not to be.

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Here at we have been doing our homework and guessed a month ago it could only realistically be Machine Head as they finish their European Tour a day before at the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic. On the official Bloodstock Festival Facebook page this weekend they have been giving clues, with the last one totally giving the game away.

The clues were: "The band are currently on their fourth line-up (Official)" - Bit of a head scratcher as nine members have been involved in the history of Machine Head but note the 'Official' tag.

"Their first UK appearance was in 1994" - The band toured throughout Europe in 1994 in support of their debut album 'Burn My Eyes' supporting Slayer and ending the tour with their own headline gig at the London Astoria.

"They have released seven studio albums and sold over 2.4 million" - This fact totally gives the game away and this figure can easily be found on Wikipedia.

This will be the first time Machine Head have played a headline appearance at a festival in the UK. So why has it been kept a secret, I hear you all cry?

Well, Machine Head are also playing the Download Festival on Friday 8th June and with most major festivals, bands are under contract not to play other festivals in the same country, at least not before, and that is why Machine Head cannot be officially announced until just two days before Download Festival as to not affect sales at Download.

As Download Festival is almost as good as sold out (only a few day tickets are left for the Friday and Sunday), the cat can now be let out of the bag.

Tickets for Bloodstock Festival (also featuring the magnificent I AM I and Pythia) can be purchased by clicking here


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