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6th July 2017


There's just a mere five weekends to go until Bloodstock 2017 now and you may not know that Bloodstock's online 'click & collect' service allows you to pre-order your 2017 merchadise for on site collection. Festival attendees can snap up their swag now without fear of their size/design being already sold out on the day. Just pre-order anything with a 'click & collect' logo at and collect at the merch stall in the arena at any point over the weekend, knowing your item is guaranteed and paid for. You can pre-order until Monday 7th August.

Plus, if you want to win lots of Bloodstock goodies, plus a chance to meet bands, get your ticket upgraded, watch from the side of the stage, or just snap up some free tickets, you can win every week between now and the festival. There are lots of prizes to be won just by sharing your favourite Bloodstock YouTube video on your social media. Get all the info on how to enter right here.

As for bands, Bloodstock can now reveal that opening the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday will be hotly-tipped Danish rockers Forever Still. Signed to Nuclear Blast for the release of their debut album, 'Tied Down', get familiar with the video for epic single 'Scars' right here.

Bloodstock is also pleased to announce the return of the Jagermeister Stage. Grab your mates and some shots, and get ready to watch all these great bands.

Appearing on Friday, are groove-infused rockers Electric Mother who hail from the Viking isles of Orkney, Nottingham thrash'n'rollers Hung Daddy, underground groove thrashers Trendkill, the aptly-named Biggus Riffus, and Metal warriors Hanowar. Livening up Saturday are Spyderbyte (think AC/DC, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and Motörhead in a blender), thrash Metal Londoners Bangover, Brighton rockers Tales Of Autumn, unique Mancunian progsters Twisted Illusion and classic rock road dogs Departed, who count The Treatment's ex-guitarist amongst their ranks.

Sunday brings prog Metal sludgers Everest Queen from Stevenage, Edinburgh doomsters Atragon, the classic/blues rock sounds of Stoke's Silverchild and a ballsy blues riot from Manchester's Voodoo Blood. If there's any Jagermeister left, Bloodstock may yet add a couple more bands to the fray.

When the Metal finishes in the Hobgoblin New Blood tent each evening, a different set of howls take centre stage with Bloodstock's comedy bill. The laughs continue through the evening and wrap up before the headliners take to the main stage. Friday's gag-filled line up is compere'd by everyone's favourite Ginger Viking comic, Chris Brooker, and welcomes razor-sharp one-liner king Gary Delaney and the award-winning Queen of comic observation, Debra Jane Appleby.

Saturday evening's bill is compere'd by David Jordan who brings his hilarious, edgy musical approach to comedy, plus there's The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, one that has to be seen to be believed and leaves everyone crying with laughter. Also bringing the laughs is award-winning stand-up Quincy. You may recognise him from off the telly. On Sunday, Chris Brooker returns to compere once again and we welcome the dark and deliciously different jokes of Bethany Black and the maddest, silliest, stupidest pairing on the circuit, The Raymond And Mr Timpkins Revue.

Bloodstock 2017 headliners are Amon Amarth, Ghost and Megadeth and the bill also features Blind Guardian, Arch Enemy, Devilment, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated plus many, many more. Tickets are available right here.

And finally for now, Metal 2 The Masses Winners, Coventry's Devil's Playground are set to play the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air aa well as London winners Sentience and Wolverhampton winner Ashen Crown. All three bands will be playing the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival.

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judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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