BLOODSTOCK announce Thursday’s party night

As we rock towards Easter, BLOODSTOCK are busy locking in their first round of promotional club nights and confirming Thursday’s kick-off proceedings on the Sophie Lancaster stage.


Military-clad ARNOCORPS are set to headline the Sophie stage on the traditionally fun-filled Thursday evening, so slap on some camo, be prepared for ‘audience interaction’, and witness their self-described ‘action adventure hardcore rock and roll’.  If you didn’t already know, ARNOCORPS are the world’s only band to feature lyrics based exclusively on Arnold Schwarzenegger films (thankfully, mostly the action classics of the 80’s rather than Kindergarten Cop)!  The band enthuse; “We’re so pumped to be bringing our action adventure, audio assault to the ballsiest of all metal festivals!  As far back as our first UK tour in ‘06, our fans have prayed each and every year for ARNOCORPS to perform at BLOODSTOCK.  Finally Crom has listened!  On Thursday night, all attendees will gain unprecedented muscle mass as they become goddamn heroes and sheroes!!  GO!!!”


The Brits are out in force on Thursday, as thrash metalheads REIGN OF FURY will open the fest.  Also joining are 2014’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ overall victors, the dual-fronted melodic progsters METAPRISM, Welsh death metallers DESECRATION and ‘pirate folk metal’ outfit, RED RUM.  Obviously a rousing party tune – check out Red Rum’s ‘Make Port, Drink Port’ at:


Once the bands have played each day, the after-hours entertainment in the big top Sophie Stage borders on legendary, so be sure to book your extra day off and rock up to Catton Park early on Thursday, pitch your tent and get your beer hat on in time for the evening’s fun.  On Thursday night from 10.30pm, the Warm Up party will be in full swing, running through ‘til 3am.  Come out, get fired up on the best metal from the house DJs, meet your fellow Bloodstockers and make new friends.  Stay tuned for details on Thursday night’s party theme (in case you want to plan a splendid fancy dress outfit) in due course!


2015’s first phase of BLOODSTOCK club nights are also nailed down!  More will be added for June, July and early August, so don’t despair if your nearest rock club isn’t listed yet.  In the meantime, get along to one of the following, check out the tunes from BLOODSTOCK bands old and new, and be in with the chance of winning weekend tickets or related giveaways.  Hilarity is bound to ensue… last year’s club nights included the likes of bucking broncos, endurance tests, and air guitaring in the showdowns to win tickets!!  Check with your local club for further details.  Events for April and May are confirmed as follows:


Thu 2nd April – London Elektrowerkz

Fri 3rd April – Manchester Ruby Lounge

Fri 3rd April – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13

Sat 4th April – Norwich The Waterfront

Sat 4th April – Liverpool The Krazyhouse

Fri 10th April – Bournemouth Sound Circus

Fri 10th April – Ipswich Liquid & Envy

Fri 10th April – Newcastle The Globe

Fri 10th April – Plymouth Misfits

Sat 11th April – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar

Fri 17th April – Nottingham Trent University Student Union

Fri 17th April – Middlesbrough SUMO

Sat 18th April – Coventry The Phoenix

Sat 18th April – Camberley Agincourt

Mon 20th April – Reading Sakura

Fri 24th April – Bristol Bierkeller

Sat 25th April – Cardiff Fuel

Sat 25th April – Sheffield The Corporation

Fri 1st May – Woking Schism

Fri 1st May – Stoke on Trent Bunker 13

Sat 2nd May – Norwich The Waterfront

Sat 2nd May – Edinburgh Studio 24

Fri 8th May – Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge

Fri 8th May – Newcastle The Globe

Fri 8th May – Manchester Alter Ego

Sat 9th May – Birmingham Eddie’s Rock Bar

Thu 14th May – Exeter Walkabout

Fri 15th May – Ipswich Liquid & Envy

Sat 23rd May – Liverpool The Krazyhouse

Fri 29th May – Bristol the Bierkeller

Fri 29th May – Cardiff Fuel

Sat 30th May – Sheffield The Corporation


Seen the new BLOODSTOCK trailer yet?  Wrap your eyes round this little teaser:


Tickets for BLOODSTOCK 2015 are available via the 24hr ticketline at 0871 230 5584 or online at, priced at the very reasonable £135 (plus booking fee) for a four-day Thursday through Sunday weekend ticket with camping.  VIP packages and upgrades are also available, plus pre-booked car parking pitches.  Camper van pitches are now all SOLD OUT!


Did you know that all these killer bands are already announced?!  Friday’s headliner TRIVIUM and special guests SABATON, Saturday’s headliner WITHIN TEMPTATION and special guests OPETH, Sunday’s headliner ROB ZOMBIE and special guests BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, plus CANNIBAL CORPSE, IHSAHN, SEPULTURA, ORANGE GOBLIN, DEATH T.A, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, 1349, NAPALM DEATH, DARK ANGEL, ARMORED SAINT, BELPHEGOR, OVERKILL, ENSIFERUM, AGALLOCH, KORPIKLAANI, PRO-PAIN, ENSLAVED, RAGING SPEEDHORN, XERATH and WOLF.  Plus over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, there’s headliners DELAIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and GODFLESH, LAWNMOWER DETH, MORDRED, ETHEREAL, ONSLAUGHT, OAF, PRITCHARD VS DAINTON, CONAN, PLANET OF ZEUS, BAST, SAILLE, BATALLION, VILLAINY, TREPALIUM, GODSIZED and DESTRAGE.  Plus, there’s still even more bands to be announced in the coming weeks!


BLOODSTOCK will be held at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2015.  Keep up to date with the very latest info on BLOODSTOCK’s official sites at and

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.