Bloodstock Open Air: Catton Hall, Derbyshire. August 9th-12th 2012

[wide]Untitled 1 | Bloodstock Open Air: Catton Hall, Derbyshire. August 9th 12th 2012[/wide]THE most METAL festival ever and we’re not talking rock here just pure metal, once again wings its way back to Catton Hall for the eighth year in a row, yes ladies and gents it’s Bloodstock Open Air. Now that Download has been and gone and Sonisphere cancelled, this is the time to kick back and lose control at one of the most unique festivals going.

Originating as a one day event in Derby, Bloodstock has gone from strength to strength for over a decade now, keeping things grounded and most of all independent from commercialisation. It’s one of the friendliest festivals going with a line-up that proves unstoppable from start to finish in true metal fashion.

The three day metalstravaganza boasts Behemoth, Machine Head and Alice Cooper as festival headliners.  Set across three stages there’s something for everyone to throw horns at.

The Ronnie James Dio stage caters for all metal styling’s, whether you’ll prefer to be bludgeoned from the likes of Nile or entranced by the more wistful approach from Moonsorrow.  There’s plenty of variety from the likes of Sepultura, Dio Disciples, Testament, Chthonic, Paradise Lost and The Black Dahlia Murder. Those with a taste for the more obscure will certainly find what they’re after over on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Breakthrough acts have a chance to show what they’re made of on the New Blood Stage.

Our picks for the weekend include:

Iced Earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcyEK-3xV4o

Watain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4ITGqcPLzE&feature=related

Chthonic

Testament

Nile

Paradise Lost

Saturday night you can indulge your LOTR or WOW fantasies by participating in the Goblins, Demons and Trolls themed fancy dress, inspired by Hobgoblin who support the Bloodstock Arms Festival bar.

From the underground to known names BOA showcases niche like versatility in the metal world. It’s not all black and doom but a case of what you see is what you get from the UK and overseas there’s a world of groove in a sea of over and under lords just waiting to get a piece of the action.

More information can be found at http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/