Bloodstock Open Air have confirmed another four names for their 2012 bill – Dio Disciples – the band consisting of various ex-members of Ronnie James Dio’s backing band, along with a clutch of guest vocalists that includes Tim “I was in Judas Priest and Iced Earth” Owens – join the bill (aptly enough) on the Ronnie James Dio stage, while Pythia, Primitai and Crimes of Passion have all been added to the Sophie Lancaster stage. So far, so-so, right?
Well, what’s more interesting is the information Bloodstock have released about their third – and as yet unnamed – third main stage headliner.
According to their PR people, Bloodstock is unable “due to circumstances beyond their control” to name their Saturday night main stage headliner until 6pm on 06 June 2012 – a mere 2 months before the festival itself. All they’re saying is that the Saturday night at Bloodstock will see the festival’s “most prestigious” headliner to date, doing “something very, very special”, and that this will be the act in question’s first ever UK festival headline slot.
Bloodstock’s principal band booker, Vicky Gregory, released the following statement:
“To say we are excited is an understatement! This is the biggest metal act we have ever had and a band we have wanted to see at Bloodstock for years.. we’re all just gutted we can’t announce them until 6th June at 6pm but it’s definitely worth the wait!”
Hmmm….very interesting. The biggest band that Bloodstock have ever had? Very interesting indeed. Who could it be? We’ve got a good idea, but for once we’re going to play ball and not drop any hints. At least until the end of this week, at any rate. But what conclusions can we draw from what we do know?
Watch what Thrash Hits got up to at Bloodstock Open Air 2011:
Well, this is the first UK headline spot this band will have played, that doesn’t mean it’s their first ever festival headline spot – there are plenty of European jaunts out there that the band could’ve headlined previously. And if this is a band that Bloodstock’s promoters have wanted for years, it narrows down the field somewhat as it makes it more than likely it’s going to be a band with a significant history or legacy behind them.
And while this is nothing more than idle speculation on our part, the fact that they’re not allowed to announce the headliner until a mere two days before this year’s Download Festival might be significant too. There’s a good chance that this band may have been booked in some capacity for Donington, and the larger, more powerful festival has insisted on a non-announcement clause for other UK festivals in this band’s contract until that date. This isn’t something new – similar clauses have been used by many festivals in the past. If the rumour-mill is to be believed, one such clause was supposed to have been applied to Faith No More’s Download booking back in 2009, but the band’s appearances at Reading & Leeds were accidentally let slip by a poster leak, throwing it all out the window. And finally, note that Bloodstock aren’t describing this mystery headliner as an “exclusive” – could they be playing another (albeit non-headlining) UK festival slot at Download first?
Of course, there’s a strong possibility that we’re entirely barking up the wrong tree with all this – Download and Bloodstock don’t have the greatest amount of crossover in the kinds of acts they book, but there is some, especially towards the top-end of the bands Bloodstock books. But it’ll be fun finding out either way, don’t you think? Bring on 06 June 2012.
Joining today’s announcements at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 (which once again takes place at Catton Hall, this year from 09 August 2010 to 12 August 2010) are the previously-announced acts of Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Corrosion of Conformity, Deicide, Sepultura, Testament, Iced Earth, Anaal Nathrakh, Watain, Paradise Lost, Nile, Mayhem, Lock Up, Chthonic, Alcest, Winterfylleth, Demonic Resurrection, Headcharger, Eastern Front, Ancient Ascendant, and Anvil. Weekend Tickets for the festival are on sale now from £115 (plus fees) over on the official Bloodstock website.