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By Stampede Press UK, Jun 21 2017 10:29AM

Bloodstock Festival announces GraViL + watch 'Detonate' new music video

"Pure f**kin’ metal delivered with maximum vitriol. This band rules harder than Josef Stalin." - Dom Lawson

The latest announcement by Bloodstock Open Air this past Tuesday sees the London melodeath group GRAVIL confirmed for the prestigious Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday 14th August. This new addition to the bill once again demonstrates Bloodstock's commitment to championing new bands in the metal community.

"We are honoured to be a part of Bloodstock Open Air 2017" says GraViL vocalist Grant Stacey. "Each year this spiritual home of heavy metal somehow betters the year before. We have each spent a lot of time on the hallowed ground of Catton Park, witnessing stunning new bands, the earth shattering veterans of the main stage and embracing the metal music community that we have come to call our family. Now we are privileged to grace the SOPHIE stage, whose very name represents the strength and pride of our brotherhood. See you there!"

2017 has seen a resurgence for GraViL. Their sophomore album 'No More Forgiveness' was released in May and has being going down a storm with media and the band's fanbase. With various premieres by the likes of Metal Hammer, Scuzz TV, Terrorizer and more, GraViL have now unleashed the music video for elite track 'Detonate'.

This new video clip shows the group in a high-octane performance which also features three versions of the mysterious woman, 'Obliti'... the present broken self, a lost dream of grandeur and the self-loathing dark entity which destroyed it.

"'Detonate' is a personal song drawn from a negative situation", explains Stacey, "The video captures the lyrics perfectly... it tackles loss, taking charge and using the anger, rage and sadness to triumph over the overwhelming paint that the loss entails... hence detonating."

Whilst the song and video reflect important issues in our society, it didn't stop the band from taking time out to have fun on set and inflict 'crabcore' on non-believers.

"On the way to the video shoot we discussed how low our guitarists get to the floor during live shows. Sparx (bass) mentioned it was called crabcore and a confused Charlie (Webster, guitar) refused point blank to believe there was such a thing. Like a red rag to a bull this spurred us onto mischief, leading to the band shouting "crab it" during the performance sections and band members having to get as low as physically possible to the floor without taking the soles of their feet off the ground."

GraViL's new album 'No More Forgiveness' is out now.

GraVIL live:

23rd June - COVENTRY, Arches (w/ Metaprism)

8th July - BURNLEY, Sanctuary Rock Bar (w/ Metaprism, Today, They Are Older)

14th Aug - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Sophie Lancaster Stage)

More dates to be announced.

. GraViL on Facebook

. Bloodstock Festival Official Website

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 11 2017 05:00PM

The UK's number one metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, has confirmed the finals for this year's Metal 2 The Masses. Championing the new blood of heavy metal, M2TM 2017 has been the biggest year yet for this fiercely contested event, which will see winners given the opportunity to play a 30 minute set on the New Blood Stage at BOA '17 PLUS other priceless opportunities for winning bands with the potential to take their music career to the next level.

Metal 2 The Masses Finals:

22nd April COVENTRY Arches Venue

23rd April BRIGHTON The Green Door Store

28th April SWINDON Level III at The Rolleston

29th April SHEFFIELD Mulberry Tavern

12th May BELFAST Limelight Belfast 2

13th May DUBLIN Fibber Magees

19th May GLASGOW Ivory Blacks

20th May INVERNESS Mad Hatters

21st May CARISLE The Brickyard

26th May WOLVERHAMPTON The Giffard Arms

27th May LEICESTER De Montfort Hall

28th May GRAVESEND Red Lion

3rd June SANDES (NORWAY) Tribute

16th June SALTASH Livewire

17th June CARDIFF Fuel Rock Club

23rd July NEWCASTLE Trillians

23rd June BURNSLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar


24th June NOTTINGHAM The Maze

25th June MANCHESTER Rebellion

30th June HITCHIN Club 85

1st July LONDON Scala

2nd July BRISTOL Exchange

7th July OXFORD The Bullingdon

7th July LINCOLNSHIRE Café INDIEpendent

8th July SELBY The Venue Selby

8th July BOURNEMOUTH Anvil Rockbar

8th July NORTHANTS The Prince Of Wales

9th July BIRMINGHAM The Roadhouse

More info:

By Stampede Press UK, Apr 3 2017 06:00AM

British doom pop group announced for Bloodstock Festival ahead of new EP release

"Awesomely dark" - Kerrang! Magazine

"Finally, an alternative rock band you can believe in. Courtesans f**king rule." - Dom Lawson

Rising stars Courtesans have been invited to perform live at the UK’s number one metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, at Catton Park, Derbyshire this Summer. Courtesans play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Sunday, 13th August 2017.

Demonstrating musical diversity and making waves with their forthcoming new EP release, this extraordinary band joins an extraordinary bill which includes Amon Amarth, Ghost, Megadeth, Skindred, Arch Enemy, Hatebreed, Testament, King 810 and many more.

Courtesans vocalist Sinead La Bella says, “To perform at Bloodstock is incredible exciting. It’s a huge honour to play the Sophie Lancaster Stage, her legacy is at the heart of our ethics. We are advocates of equality and have a zero tolerance to any form of prejudice. We hope to raise a few eyebrows and stir some s**t up!"

Ahead of the release of their EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober’, Courtesans are streaming a new track, ‘Knowhere’:

‘Better Safe Than Sober, the new ep by Courtesans, is out now.

Courtesans live:

5th May - BRIGHTON, Green Door Store

3rd June – SHEFFIELD, Mosfest

23rd July - GLOUCESTER, Amplified Festival

13th August – WALTON ON TRENT, Bloodstock Festival

More dates to be confirmed.

. Courtesans on Facebook

. Bloodstock official website

By Stampede Press UK, Mar 4 2017 12:00AM

Bloodstock Festival confirms KREATOR, KING 810, INQUISITION and KING PARROT.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, SCARAB, WINTERSUN and ONI. Many more acts, including Saturday's headliner, are still be announced.

Bloodstock Festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee), plus increasingly limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!

. Buy Tickets

. Bloodstock Festival on Facebook

. Metal 2 The Masses

By Stampede Press UK, Jul 10 2016 12:43PM

British technical/progressive metallers follow Bloodstock Festival main stage slot with Sworn Amongst co-headline UK tour this August.

Since releasing their acclaimed EP 'Virus' and having cut their teeth playing countless live shows, sharing stages with the likes of Scar Symmetry, Xerath, Hacktivist, Skindred, Fozzy, plus festival slots at Bloodstock, Download, Techfest and more, Cambion continue to impress with their own take on high energy, intelligent, technical metal. With a prestigious main stage appearance at Bloodstock Festival 2016, and a co-headline UK tour with Sworn Amongst this August, Cambion live is not to be missed.

The Devon 4 piece are currently in pre-production for their highly anticipated debut album. More news to follow.

Cambion live August 2016:


Cambion / Sworn Amongst Co-Headline UK Tour:

19th Aug - WORKSOP - The Frog - Worksop

20th Aug - BOLTON - Alma Inn


22nd Aug - EXETER - Exeter Cavern

23rd Aug - CAMBRIDGE - The Portland Arms

24th Aug - NORWICH - The Owl Sanctuary

25th Aug - BASINGSTOKE - Sanctuary Live UK

. Official Website

. Cambion on Facebook

By Stampede Press UK, Jun 7 2016 10:17AM

British progressive metaller's BEHOLDER have been confirmed to play Bloodstock this August, promising to deliver a special ‘Reflections’ show, featuring a set based entirely on their critically acclaimed new album.

The new album ‘Reflections’ (released April 2016) has met to high praise from fans and press alike, with Metal Hammer Magazine claiming the album to be "excellently crafted and crushingly performed...this is without a doubt the most cohesive collection of songs that Beholder have put to their name to so far" and Kerrang! Magazine boldly stating that "Beholder meld the labyrinthine and the massive to imposing all hangs together with bloody minded, ass-kicking panache."

Beholder’s slot at Bloodstock Festival promises to be a highlight of this year’s event, with a number of guests joining the band on stage for the show. “Beholder’s return to Bloodstock is going to be something for us and the fans to savour”, says frontman Simon Hall, “The monumental feedback we’ve had for 'Reflections' has spurred us on to deliver a show full of surprises and special guests and we also intend to take every precious moment that we put into that album and honour The Sophie Lancaster Stage with fans, friends and family, on Friday 12th August. We look forward to seeing you all there. Bring it on!”

. Beholder On Facebook

. Bloodstock Festival Official Website

By Stampede Press UK, May 24 2016 05:20AM


Resin Events in association with Firebug & Andy Wright present UPRISING – A full day of metal over three stages featuring a host of the heaviest bands on the touring circuit along with the final of the East Midlands BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL's 'Metal 2 The Masses'.

MOTORHEAD axeman PHIL CAMPBELL will be bringing his All Star Band to headline the event with a barrage of Rock N Roll classics along with Motorhead tracks as we raise our beers to the late great Lemmy Kilminster … anyone remember 2013 when Phil and the band played “Killed By Death” on the Bloodstock Jagermeister Stage?

Hell - With the band's stunning live performance at Bloodstock Festival 2013 being one of the absolute highlights and numerous accolades from the press/media including band and album of the year awards, HELL's special guest slot at Uprising is not to be missed.

Quite possibly the heaviest band on planet earth CONAN will destroy all in their path. With primal monolithic tones guitarist Jon Paul Davis, Bassist Chris Fielding and drummer Rich Lewis will leave the De Montfort Hall in a state of euphoric doom!

Madmen ACID REIGN are back in action! After a lengthy hiatus and after a monumental return in 2015 they’re set to bring their brand of obnoxiously humorous Thrash back to Leicester. Time to get ya Thrash pants back on kids!

BEHOLDER - The British progressive metal legends are about to release their best album to date with 'Reflections' ("Beholder have impressed...excellently crafted and crushingly performed...this is without a doubt the most cohesive collection of songs that they have put to their name to so far" - Metal Hammer) and Uprising is honoured Beholder will be joining the party!

SWAMP DELTA , featuring Robber Byker of Gaye Bikers on Acid and Screaming Delta Anderson, The Porkbeast, Denizen Blink Cyclone and not forgetting Rob Vomit all formerly of Crazyhead, Swamp Delta are a 21st century Urban Bastard Blues Band from South Wigston Swamp Delta Zone. this promises to be something special.

The band that puts the X in Extreme Metal, AGHAST are a four-piece extreme metal band from London, formed after a drinking competition and subsequent visit to the medical tent!

With their full on show this promises to open up the pit and lay down a barrage of force!

Reading based MORASS OF MOLASSES bring a warmth of sludge based swamp blues that’ll render you void of controlling your limbs as you involuntarily bang your head and sway to the hypnotic sounds. Not to be missed.

Leicester based MAGE are local heroes and a true testament to band brotherhood. With 3 full releases to date and an army of support for their stoner/doom sounds they have vowed to remain “Goddamn Heavy” in honour of the recently deceased guitarist Ben Aucott. Blaze up and come worship at the alter of the mighty Mage.

Local metal legends and previous M2tM winners INTERNAL CONFLICT open up the MAINSTAGE after the Metal 2 the Masses final.


Taking place on the mainstage from 2pm, this will see the finalists battle it out for a coveted slot at this years Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Playing on the Hobgoblin Newblood Stage, this offers bands a massive leg up to be seen in front of so many metalheads, to network with media and bands from all over the globe and to reach the next level for the band. Not only that but they get to play with acts such as Slayer, Anthrax, Mastodon, Behemoth, Twisted Sister, Gojira and loads more …

M2TM's Regional Finalists:

Blood Oath

Final Coil


Temple OF Lies



Feeling the energy of later day giants such as Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots – RESIN are a 5 piece that offer this and so much more. With their unique twist on the 90’s grunge vibe their music is perfectly suited to an acoustic setting. Emotive and always looking to expand boundaries Resins headline set promises to be one of the highlights.

James Cull, Rhett Barrow, The Midnight Dogs and Final Coil will also be bringing their acoustic flavours to the stage.

Uprising also offers Burlesque Acts, Comedians, Real Ale Bar, Food Court, Mini Market, Gaming Area and loads more!

Uprising takes place on 4th June at the iconic Leicester De Montfort Hall.

Tickets £17.50 from DMH, Firebug and Resin Events – link :

For updates and more details -

One day of Metal not enough? Try the Firebug Friday Warm Up Show, THE NIGHT BEFORE UPRISING, featuring Bloodstock 2016 mainstagers CAMBION plus special guests, Sophie stage 2016 extreme metallers KRYSTHLA plus KING LEVIATIAN and THE MIRE DEEP.

By Stampede Press UK, Mar 22 2016 11:10AM

One of the best new bands of last year continues to set 2016 on fire!

It's official, Krysthla has been confirmed to play this year's Bloodstock Festival on the prestigious Sophie Lancaster Stage. The five piece wrecking machine from Northamptonshire continue to impress, since releasing their debut album 'A War Of Souls And Desires' last September. Devoured by press and music fans alike, Krysthla's album has seen them break into Amazon's Top Ten chart alongside Iron Maiden and Disturbed, featured instore at HMV as a 'Recommended Buy' and the band was spotlighted by Metal Hammer magazine.

News of Krysthla's slot at this year's Bloodstock follows recent announcements including touring with Decapitated in April and a stunning Mammothfest slot in September, that features Krysthla live with Textures, Heart Of A Coward and The Five Hundred.

Bloodstock Festival 2016 has already confirmed the likes of Slayer, Mastodon, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, Gojira, Witchsorrow, Fear Factory, with more to follow, and with this year's 'Metal 2 The Masses' making waves nationwide and internationally - this year's Bloodstock is set to be the best and biggest yet!

. Official Website

. Krysthla on Facebook

. Bloodstock tickets

By Stampede Press UK, Dec 18 2015 02:29PM

Hobgoblin Beer have announced details of their Bloodstock Festival 'Metal 2 The Masses' video upload competition, with prizes including:

. Play Bloodstock's 'New Blood' Stage in 2016

. 10 lucky bands will have their video aired on Scuzz TV

Even if you're not planning on taking part in Metal 2 The Masses - Hobgoblin are giving away stacks of prizes in return for your votes. All you have to do is vote for your favourite band and be in with a chance of winning:

. VIP weekend tickets to Bloodstock 2016

. Bloodstock festival flags

. Hobgoblin t-shirts

What are you waiting for?

By Stampede Press UK, Nov 6 2015 04:54PM

The UK's premier metal festival has announced details for 'Metal 2 The Masses' 2016

METAL 2 THE MASSES is back; offering venues, promoters and bands a chance to be part of the Bloodstock experience.

Amust4music Ltd, along with Hobgoblin ale, are bringing the biggest initiative possible to track down the best breaking metal bands along with upping the ante on some of the biggest ever prizes up for grabs.

So if you’re in a DIY, self signed or unsigned band and want to try out for Bloodstock Festival 2016; then get in touch with a promoter near you.

Bloodstock takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 11th to 14th August 2016. Already announced for next years festival are Mastodon, Twisted Sister, Behemoth, Gojira, Anthrax, DragonForce, Venom, Paradise Lost, Satyricon and Rotting Christ. For more information, click on the links below.

. M2TM Official Website

. Bloodstock Festival Official Website

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