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  • HALFORDS PARTNER BLOODSTOCK FOR 2015

    Planning on visiting Bloodstock Open Air this year? Travelling with a tent, as any self-respecting music-lover will confess, can be a major hassle. But help is at hand as Halfords, plans to make the annual summer pilgrimage a little easier by bringing festival-goers an on-site tent and camping accessories collection service for the second year running, widening its offer to several new sites. Whether it’s to experience those once-in-a lifetime musical moments, escape the stresses of life or just hang out with friends, festivals matter and that’s why Halfords is trying to make life easier by bringing its pre-order service to Bloodstock. It means customers can choose from any tent at Halfords, pay in advance and then collect from the on-site store. In keeping with the festival spirit, Halfords will also have a pop-up store at each festival, meaning that customers can pick up those all-important outdoor essentials from cosy sleeping bags to all-important tent pegs. “Whether you’re a glamorous camper, a mud-splattered veteran or a friends group of four, packing for a festival in the UK can be heavy-duty affair. Our pre-order service means we can make your journey easier and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is pitching your tent. Last year the service proved so popular that we even had orders from international festival-goers, so we’ve decided to expand our offering.” The pre-order service allows campers to choose from Halfords wide range of tents and accessories online, pay in advance and select the option to collect on-site at one of five festivals. Customers can place their order via Tent Pre-Order Service from today at http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_14552_productId_1135995_langId_-1_categoryId_173014

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  • WIN THE CHANCE TO SUPPORT DELAIN AND PLAY BLOODSTOCK

    How would you like to play with Delain this October? Metal Hammer has joined forces with symphonic metal big guns Delain to offer your band a money can't buy prize! This October, Delain will be playing four dates across the UK and we're giving your band the opportunity to support them. Stopping off in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London, the band need a different band each night to open the show and IT COULD BE YOU. To be considered for this, all you need to do is send your band's bio and links to your music to DELAINBANDCOMP@factorymusic.co.uk. Easy, huh? The winning bands will be chosen by Delain themselves after the competition has closed on 26th June. But that's not all, one band out of the winning four will be chosen by Delain, Metal Hammer and Bloodstock to play on the New Blood Stage at this year's Bloodstock festival! So what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW!

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  • BLOODSTOCKS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS BEGIN

    BLOODSTOCK’s 2015 ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour is ready to kick off! The festival has a long standing reputation for supporting grass roots metal and their annual M2TM programme is at the forefront of that. Over the past few months, local venues all over the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia have been holding a series of heats. Hundreds of unsigned or self-released bands have taken part, each one hoping to land a slot in their local final, where ultimately the BLOODSTOCK panel choose the best from each event to win a slot on the Hobgoblin-sponsored New Blood stage at Catton Park in August! Those finals are about to begin! 2015 has been M2TM’s biggest programme to date, with 22 venues participating. The brand new BLOODSTOCK van will be ferrying our heavy metal judges round the country, there’ll be festival weekend tickets to win at each final, plus plenty of other goodies, so come down to one of the finals listed below and show your support! It’s not just UK and Irish acts that BLOODSTOCK gives opportunities to, as bands from across the world can also enter for a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage by uploading a video to http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/mischeif//competitions/bloodstock Winners will be chosen by the BLOODSTOCK panel from submitted videos. The first batch of lucky bands have been chosen (there’ll be more, so don’t worry if you’ve not uploaded yet). Friday’s bill will include the Cotswold-based modern metal outfit MUTAGENOCIDE, Canadian progsters DIATESSARON and Welsh brutal groove metallers, PISS VIPER. Saturday’s bill includes CODEX ALIMENTARIUS’ groove/thrash/classical infusion, progressive tech metallers AKARUSA YAMI and Brit post-proggers, SUMER. Sunday sees progressive hardcore outfit, TAKEN BY THE TIDE, Luxembourg’s death thrashers SCARRED and Northern Irish hardcore beasts BY ANY MEANS join the bill. Come join the BLOODSTOCK gang at one of these finals and maybe you’ll win some festival tickets! Fri 8th May - BELFAST Voodoo Club Sat 9th May - DUBLIN Fibber McGee’s Sat 16th May - SANDNES Club Tribute (NORWAY) Sun 17th May - FALMOUTH Rugby Club Sat 23rd May - WOLVERHAMPTON Fixxion Warehouse Sun 24th May - BRIGHTON Green Door Store Fri 29th May - GLASGOW Ivory Blacks Sat 30th May - SELBY The Venue Sun 31st May - CREWE The Box Thu 4th Jun - NORWICH The Brickmakers Fri 5th Jun - LUTON The Castle Sat 6th Jun - READING Facebar Sun 7th Jun - LONDON Purple Turtle Sat 27th Jun - CARDIFF Fuel Club Sat 27th Jun - LIVERPOOL Crazyhouse Sun 28th Jun - MANCHESTER Grand Central Fri 3rd Jul - OXFORD The Bullingdon Sat 4th Jul - NOTTINGHAM Intake Club Sat 4th Jul - CORBY Zombie Hut Sat 11th Jul - BRISTOL The Fleece Sat 11th Jul - BURNLEY Sanctuary Rock Bar Sun 12th Jul - BIRMINGHAM Roadhouse Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956

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  • BLOODSTOCK announce seven more bands for Sophie Stage

    BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe. Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, NE OBLIVISCARIS for their long awaited debut on UK soil. The band proclaim, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous BLOODSTOCK festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!” Get a taste for them in this clip from their Australian tour in November https://youtu.be/WdW88MzfHec . . Also joining Friday’s fray are the London based group SILAS, who describe themselves as a “fusion of genres”. Curious? Head over to the official website at www.silasbanduk.com/ Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. BURGERKILL and JASAD are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans. Check out the video for BURGERKILL’s ‘House of Greed’ at: https://youtu.be/A7RM2W4kQco and then take their Indonesian heavy metal language lesson with Metal Hammer at https://youtu.be/xAEKQO4n8vE . To learn more about JASAD, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Jasadbdm . Also joining Saturday’s Sophie bill are Mancunian metallers, PIST, already flagged up as a Terrorizer ‘Band of the Day’ around the release of their ‘Riffology’ EP. If you’re into stuff like Orange Goblin, Red Fang & Kyuss, you’ll appreciate the PIST sound. Learn more about PIST at http://www.terrorizer.com/news/botd/pist-band-day Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, OL DRAKE to accompany his upcoming solo album, ‘Old Rake’ which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" The album’s lead track, 'Guitarists Playing Guitars' features the likes of Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), James Murphy (Death/Testament/Obituary), Josh Middleton (Sylosis) and Mike Heller (Fear Factory, on drums). Check it out now on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/1YdYUEsRxVB2UGkrqLn4JD . Sunday also sees the return to Catton Park of South Wales metallers, TRIAXIS, who release their third album ‘Zero Hour’ on May 18th via Rocksector Records. Listen to first single ‘Victorious’ and delve deeper at www.triaxis.info

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  • Seven more bands for BLOODSTOCKs Sophie Stage

    Can you feel the festival season creeping up?! Soon, very soon it will be time to pack up your tent and your Viking drinking horn, then you and your mates will be thrashing your way to Catton Park for BLOODSTOCK 2015! With 17 weeks to go, here’s another 7 head-banging additions to the Sophie Lancaster stage. Crash landing into Friday’s Sophie line-up are London-based metallers, I AM I. Fronted by ZP Theart (formerly of Dragonforce), I AM I are currently hard at work on their new album and follow up to their ‘Event Horizon’ debut. Check out their website at www.iamiofficial.com for video updates! Also rocking up the bill are HANG THE BASTARD, the stoner groove road dogs who recently released second album, ‘Sex In the Seventh Circle’ via Century Media and opened for Corrosion of Conformity on their UK tour. Check out the ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ on the YouTube video below: British thrash stalwarts RE-ANIMATOR grab themselves a slot too, after reforming in 2013 after a 20-year break. Wrap your ears round ‘Low Life’ from their ‘Condemned To Eternity’ album on the YouTube video below: Hard rock riff-monsters, FIRE RED EMPRESS also land a spot. You can listen to their recent ‘Paint Me The Devil’ EP over at http://fireredempress.bandcamp.com/album/paint-me-the-devil-ep Last (for this announcement), but not least, Denmark’s HEXIS also bring their unique blend of hardcore and black metal doom to Friday’s line up. Friday is topped out by previously announced headliners, DELAIN! Rock n’ roll tearaways JETTBLACK will be Saturday night’s main support to Sophie stage headliners, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. With their brand new album, ‘Disguises’ out this week, JETTBLACK are coming out all guns blazing with a bunch of fresh tunes! Check out some album clips over at www.jettblackuk.com Irish metal three-piece, DEAD LABEL also join Sunday’s bill on the Sophie stage. Their new album, ‘Throne of Bones’ is set for release soon. Follow their news over at https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel HAVE YOU GOT YOU TICKET TO BLOODSTOCK 2015

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