The annual metal pilgrimage will include headlining sets from Devin Townsend, Judas Priest, and Kreator.
Premiere UK metal festival Bloodstock is moving ahead with plans to celebrate 20 years of decimation, with their 2021 installment slated for August 11th through the 15th at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
The line-up which includes a collection of some of extreme music’s most exciting artists is anchored by headlining performances by Devin Townsend on Friday (August 13th) and the legendary Judas Priest will close out the festivities on Sunday (August 15th).
Amid ongoing Covld-releated restrictions, bands that were initially scheduled to perform have been forced to withdrawal. One of the biggest forced to make the difficult decision was Saturday’s headliner, Mercyful Fate.
The inimitable King Diamond issued the following, “Due to the uncertainties of international touring logistics, health, and safety issues, MERCYFUL FATE are unable to perform at this Summer’s BLOODSTOCK. Unfortunately, most of our Summer routing is already postponed or postponing soon. Like many others in our position we’re amending our plans to get back on the road as soon as possible. We’re gutted. However, we are happy to say that we’ve worked with the BLOODSTOCK organisers and report that we will be back to headline the festival in Summer ‘22. Until then, stay heavy and stay safe.”
Stepping in to helm the headlining duties for Saturday night at Bloodstock, thrash veterans Kreator have been confirmed. Frontman Mille Petrozza says, “We are very excited to headline the BLOODSTOCK festival for the first time! This means a lot to KREATOR since all the previous shows we have played there were exceptional! We promise you the most brutal show BLOODSTOCK has ever seen! Be prepared!”
Also confirmed for the festival include Icelandic folk metal outfit, Seidrblot, Metal 2 the Masses winner Bloodshot Dawn, and the UK thrash attack of Evile, who are preceding to drop their fifth record, ‘Hell Unleashed,’ April 30th via Napalm Records.
he festival will also feature sets from DIMMU BORGIR, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, BURY TOMORROW, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SAXON, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILLITY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, BLOODYWOOD, MEMORIAM, RAMAGE INC., GREEN LUNG, CONJURER, ORANGE GOBLIN, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, SYLOSIS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, WINTERFYLLETH, NEKROGOBLIKON, THE CRAWLING, RAISED BY OWLS, ANAKIM, ACID REIGN, SVALBARD, SOEN, DOG TIRED, BAILER, BLASPHEMER, BLACK TONGUE, LIBERTY LIES, PIST, & SHARKS IN YOUR MOUTH thus far. Updates are happening regularly.
Tickets, merch, and complete information for Bloodstock 2021 can be accessed – HERE