In just four weeks time, arguably the “most metal” (whatever that means) of the UK summer festival season takes place: Bloodstock Open Air. To get ourselves in the mood for a weekend of wearing denim vests and drinking mead out of horn, we’ve put together a gigantic Sunday Spotify Slaylist, featuring the best of this year’s line-up.
November 7th, 2012
There you go – yet another festival announcement, and yet another headline that pretty much tells the entire story. Lamb of God will be headlining the Saturday night of Bloodstock Open Air 2013, in what’s being billed as their only UK of next year.
Also added to the bill today were Dark Funeral and Amorphis. These three new additions join the previously announced King Diamond, Anthrax, Fozzy, Firewind and Accept over on the bill over at Catton Hall, which in 2013 takes place on the weekend of 08-11 August. Early Bird Weekend Tickets are on sale now for the bargain price of £100, so if you want to save a few quid for one of the many, many beers you can buy at Bloodstock, now would be a good time to cough up some cash.
October 14th, 2012
Earlier this week, Bloodstock Open Air got in on the festival-headliner-announcement game by confirming that King Diamond would be making his UK festival debut as their Friday night headliner for 2013. Now while this is frickin’ awesome all of itself, we were talking about it in the pub over the weekend and realised the sheer lack of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate knowledge in our immediate circle of friends. Dear readers, we’d be lying if we said we were anything less than shocked and ashamed.
October 12th, 2012
Not wanting to be left behind in the big game of announcing-your-2013-headliners-as-early-as-possbile, today Bloodstock Open Air confirmed that King Diamond will be headlining the Friday night of their festival next year. The King join the previously-announced quartet of Anthrax, Fozzy, Firewind and Accept over on the bill over at Catton Hall, which in 2013 takes place on the weekend of 08-11 August. Early Bird Weekend Tickets are on sale now for the bargain price of £100, so if you want to save a few quid for a new Merciful Fate t-shirt in time for next August, now would be a good time to cough up some cash.
September 18th, 2012
Not much to add beyond the obvious – Bloodstock Open Air has today confirmed Accept, Fozzy and Firewind for their 2013 festival. The trio join the previously-announced Anthrax on the bill over at Catton Hall, which in 2013 takes place on the weekend of 08-11 August. Early Bird Weekend Tickets are on sale now for the bargain price of £100, so if you want to save a few quid for Bloodstock’s infamous ale bar, now would be a good time to cough up some cash.
August 31st, 2012
We’ve interviewed British thrash heavyweights Evile loads over the last few years. We chatted to them in a seedy London whiskey bar just before Infected Nations came out. We’ve talked nonsense with them backstage at Sonisphere. We sat on a plush sofa and asked them questions about Five Serpent’s Teeth just before that record came out. However, none of these interviews is quite as cringeworthy as when Hugh drunkenly accosted Ol Drake and Ben Carter from the band backstage at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air. Oh, the things we do for our podcast….
August 22nd, 2012
What is Iron Fist magazine? Well, the short answer is that it’s the brand spanking new metal magazine for die-hard metallers, coming at you from September 2012. The long answer is what you’ll get when you listen to our interview with Louise Brown, head-honcho of Iron Fist (and former editor of Terrorizer to boot), which Hugh semi-drunkenly conducted with her about this new project after cornering her at Bloodstock Open Air 2012..
August 20th, 2012
With Bloodstock Open Air 2012 now over, Hugh Platt and Tom Dare have reconvened in the studio to look back at the highs and lows of Thrash Hits’ Bloodstock experience this year – talking about our high and lows, the winners and losers, and just what Tom was doing with a Hairy Helmet and an Old Growler on the Friday night.
We also took time out to see what nonsense MegaDave has been spouting this week, to discuss Peter Dolving’s revelations about what really went on with his split from The Haunted earlier this year, as well as a check-up on the situation with Baroness, who suffered a truly awful bus crash last week. Get well soon, guys.
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August 18th, 2012
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]
August 15th, 2012
And here it is – our final gallery from Bloodstock Open Air 2012. This year that honour goes to the almighty Anaal Nathrakh – we’ll be publishing a killer interview with Dave Hunt (aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L.) from the band in the very near future, but right now, just go gorge yourselves on Jenn McCambridge’s photos.