BLOODSTOCK has a ton of exciting news this week as the festival gets ever closer! In hugely exciting news, on Friday afternoon over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, we’re bringing you a very, *very* special ‘surprise set’ from an internationally renowned band. We can’t tell you any more, so you’ll just have to come along and see! You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss it!!

In a final bonanza of bands for 2022, BLOODSTOCK can also reveal a whopping 22 more bands to entertain the metal hordes at Catton Park next month. Plus, there’s news on this year’s fancy dress theme, face-painting, exclusive ents for those with Serpents Lair VIP tickets, and there’s still Facebook Lives to come with GWAR and MALEVOLENCE where you can put your question to the bands. 

Unfortunately, ENFORCED, ALL HAIL THE YETI, and SACRED REICH have had to cancel, but BLOODSTOCK has been hard at work to fill their spots and more besides, to round out the 2022 line-up. With the news that SACRED REICH can’t make it, the very capable face-melters SYLOSIS step into the breach, they’re the meat in an impressive LORNA SHORE – JINJER main stage sandwich on Saturday. While you’re waiting for the new album they promised for 2022, have a listen to past glories on Spotify here or last single ‘Immovable Stone’.  

Good news for HEART OF A COWARD fans! With a little bit of juggling going on, the pulverising metalcore massive will be stepping up from the Sophie Lancaster stage to the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday, filling ALL HAIL THE YETI’s spot who sadly had to pull out of their Summer European run. 

Opening the Sophie stage on Saturday are Planet Rock Radio’s competition winners, the hooky modern metal crew SISTER SHOTGUN. Hailing from Birmingham, the band declared, “We are so excited and honoured to be playing Bloodstock. It feels like a really special moment for us as we’ve been coming to the festival for a number of years, so to finally be on that stage performing will be incredible. We absolutely cannot wait!” Check out their single ‘Sacred Heart’ here.

Elder Scrolls fans THUUM will add some sludgy riffs, heavy groove, & epic melodies to the Sophie Lancaster stage on Thursday – meaning that weekend ticket holders will now get six bands of glorious metal entertainment on Thursday evening, not five! Check out their track, ‘Hafgufa’. 

With the very last Metal 2 The Masses finals for 2022 now wrapped up, BLOODSTOCK can also reveal the remaining bands added to the New Blood stage…
On Friday, BLOODSTOCK welcomes the winners from Devon & Cornwall’s final, death/thrashers MECHANIZED, Birmingham’s champions, the satanic doom duo TUMANDUUMBAND, and Stoke runners up, HELLFECKTED, who’ll offload some new age blackened thrash.
Saturday’s last two additions come in the shape of metal bruisers AMBRIUS, who just dropped their debut EP ‘Effigies Of Time’, and the victors from Norway’s final, melo-death thrashers VICTION, inspired by Gojira, Metallica, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, and Sepultura. They add “We are beyond honoured and excited to be able to play at Bloodstock! This has been an incredible journey and we wish to thank everyone involved with Metal 2 The Masses for this opportunity, we promise to deliver an immense show and the best Norway has to offer.”
Nottingham’s victors DRIP FED EMPIRE add genre-bending dystopian tunes (think The Prodigy meets Rammstein) to Sunday’s bill, alongside death-thrash hybrids UNBURIER, who clinched first place at Somerset’s event. BLOODSTOCK got over enthused with so much outstanding developing metal brewing this year, so decided to also add Birmingham runners-up CALLOUS HANDS (providing a relentless slab of fast, heavy and technical groove-laden riffs), old school trad metal devotees DEVASTATOR, PROLAPSE AD (offering a feisty combo of old school thrash, grindcore & death, plus a large dose of comedy swagger), electric hardcore punks DESENSER, and DENALI’s melodic death-doom tapestry to Sunday’s hellacious metal fun.
Over on the Jagermeister stage, BLOODSTOCK’s pleased to say you’ll also be able to catch the eclectic, undefinable ALL HAIL DOG, brutal death metallers VULGAR DISSECTION (for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, and Ingested) and alt merchants of riffs, melody, and groove, SYNCOLIMA on Friday, with Leicester sludge/doom trio BILE CASTER joining the shenanigans on Saturday, and skin-peeling thrashers DETOXEN rounding out Sunday.

BLOODSTOCK’s 2022 Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners are BEHEMOTH, LAMB OF GOD, and MERCYFUL FATE. Also appearing across the weekend are KILLING JOKE, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, AVATAR, VENOM INC, GWAR (in a UK festival exclusive), BURY TOMORROW, SYLOSIS, LIFE OF AGONY, SPIRITWORLD, BELPHEGOR, BUTCHER BABIES, VENOM INC, VIO-LENCE, BLOODYWOOD, JINJER, LORNA SHORE, DOYLE, LOST SOCIETY, SLEEP TOKEN, DARK FUNERAL, EYEHATEGOD, DISCHARGE, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, PARTY CANNON, SOEN, HERIOT, BLOOD YOUTH, INGESTED, HEART OF A COWARD, FEROCIOUS DOG, THUUM, SISTER SHOTGUN, HEATHEN, NEKROGOBLIKON, CATTLE DECAPITATION, ORBIT CULTURE, SAMAEL, CYHRA, NOCTEM, NANOWAR OF STEEL, THROWN INTO EXILE, PUPIL SLICER, CAGE FIGHT, VENDED, ILL NINO, SKARLETT RIOT, DESERT STORM, SORCERER, RED METHOD, BAEST, MOTHER VULTURE, BASEMENT TORTURE KILLINGS, CREPITATION, INHUMAN NATURE, MASTIFF, PELUGION, plus many more. See the full line-up at bloodstock.uk.com.

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.