Bloodstock is the UK's largest independent metal festival attracting over 10,000 fans each year. Held in Catton Hall, Derbyshire, the site is halfway between Lichfield and Burton on Trent and is well placed for easy travel by road or Rail. Being smaller than festivals like Download or Sonisphere means that the festival site is more compact and the long walks associated with Download in particular arent a problem here. The arena is well laid out with a large open air main stage, and two smaller stages in tents. For several years now, the second stage has been called the Sophie Lancaster stage in support of the Sophie Lancaster foundation.
Bloodstock has a varied line-up but usually includes lots of power metal as well as some death metal, black metal and most other metal or rock genres. The organisers aren't afraid to make controversial choices with the line-up, including having Europe as a headliner a few years ago which was hotly debated but proved popular in the end. After the bands finish each night, a rock/metal disco carries on for several hours for those festival-goers who want to party into the early hours, and a funfair also operates on the site.
Fans of real ale are catered for at Bloodstock which makes a very pleasant change from most festivals where the old beer choice is a single type of lager. A wide range of food stalls means there is plenty of variety of food on offer and there is usually at least one stall catering for vegetarians, vegans and people with various other dietary limitations.
The headliners in 2011 are Motorhead, WASP and Immortal. Other bands on the lineup include Kreator, Morbid angel, Therion, Wolf, Hammerfall, Devin Townsend, and Exodus.
For more information visit the Bloodstock website: www.bloodstock.uk.com