Bloodstock Reveals Bands, Club Nights, and Plans With Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Derbyshire LGBT+

Bloodstock Open Air 2022 has shared a big update. including their plans for their Club Nights, and Plans with Sophie Lancaster Foundation and Derbyshire LGBT+, as well as added 2 more bands to the lineup. Static-X and Tallah have dropped out, replaced by Dark Tranquility and Defects respectively. The comeback of the fest in 2021 was great and you can read our review here. Headliners for BOA 2022 are Lamb Of God, Mercyful Fate and Behemoth. Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022.


Bloodstock is committed to inclusivity and is pleased to announce that Derbyshire LGBT+ and Sophie Lancaster Foundation will both have stalls at the festival this year, where all are welcome to stop by and learn more about the work they do. You can find them in the arena to the left of the main stage, alongside Derbyshire Blood Bikes.

2022 marks the 15th year since Sophie Lancaster’s tragic death. Adam Lancaster, Sophie’s brother and team member at the Foundation, will also give a talk each day of the festival at the Rock Society tent at the back of the main arena. His powerful, intimate account details the true horrors of hate crime and the work the Foundation does to combat prejudice and intolerance in Sophie’s name.

Derbyshire LGBT+ add, “For 39 years Derbyshire LGBT+ has operated as the only charity in Derbyshire committed to the LGBT+ community of Derbyshire; offering support, advocacy, advice and empowerment. We are very proud to announce our attendance at Bloodstock this year, so that we can extend our reach even further and offer these services at an event that promotes inclusivity and acceptance. Our amazing staff and volunteers will be standing by and we encourage people to visit us, find out more and to see what we have to offer. Let’s put the ‘Unity’ in ‘Community’ together!”

Bloodstock’s Metal 2 The Masses, the initiative that supports all genres of grass roots metal and offers a chance to play BOA’s New Blood stage, kicks off their final heats across 25 regions from 1st May. Get on down to your local event and help shape the festival’s line-up! Look out for the winners to be announced in due course, together with some additional bands chosen from CD applications and some of the very best runners-up. Check out the image below for your nearest finals event.

Bloodstock is also thrilled to restart Bloodstock-themed club nights across the country! Local rock pubs and clubs are a key part of what Bloodstock does with the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ scheme, so we’re stoked to support them further by announcing the first wave of club nights for 2022. Get along to your local event, hear a ton of tunes from BOA bands past and present and be in with a chance of winning a pair of standard weekend tickets, a goodie bag or various other giveaways. Dates & times are subject to change, so check locally for latest info. More cities will be announced in Phase 2 which runs through June & July, but meanwhile, head down to the following for some fun!

Friday 15th April – Exeter, Cavern – Altern8

Saturday 16th April – Southampton, The Hobbit

Friday 22nd April – Reading, Face Bar

Saturday 23rd April – Camberley, Agincourt

Friday 29th April – High Wycombe, Crash Rock Club (Bucks SU)

Saturday 30th April – Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill – Devil’s Night

Saturday 30th April – Brighton Above,

Friday 6th May – Plymouth, The Junction

Friday 6th May – Woking, Schism

Friday 13th May – Bristol, The Lanes – PHUCT

Friday 13th May – Exeter, Cavern – Altern8

Friday 13th May – Winchester, The Railway Inn

Saturday 14th May – Manchester, The Bread Shed

Saturday 14th May – Newcastle, Grindhouse

Friday 27th May – London, Elektrowerkz

Saturday 28th May – Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill

If you’ve already got your ticket bagged, are you now thinking about how best to get to Catton Park? Bloodstock is pleased to support two sustainable travel options – Big Green Coach (who’ll drop you & your gear right inside the festival gates for minimal walking, from 33 locations around the UK & you can secure your seat for just a tenner) and Liftshare (a safe way to offer up a spare spot in your car, or nab one in someone else’s & perhaps make new friends to boot). Get more info on both options over at BIG GREEN COACH and LIFTSHARE.

All VIP packages, Early Bird tix, and campervan passes have now sold out. You can still snap up standard weekend camping tickets (just £145 +fees for 4 days of heavy metal fun) plus day & child tix are available now at the ticket store. Mini moshers under age 4 get in free!

Bloodstock’s 2022 Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners are Behemoth, Lamb Of God, And Mercyful Fate. Also appearing across the weekend are Killing Joke, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Exodus, All Hail The Yeti, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar (In A Uk Festival Exclusive), Bury Tomorrow, Sacred Reich, Life Of Agony, Spiritworld, Belphegor, Butcher Babies, Vio-Lence, Bloodywood, Jinjer, Lorna Shore, Doyle, Lost Society, Hatebreed, Sleep Token, Dark Funeral, Eyehategod, Discharge, Static-X, The Night Flight Orchestra, Enforced, Party Cannon, Soen, Heriot, Blood Youth, Black Tongue, Heart Of A Coward, Ferocious Dog, Heathen, Nekrogoblikon, Cattle Decapitation, Orbit Culture, Tallah, Samael, Cyhra, Noctem, And Nanowar Of Steel as well as many more yet to come. Stay tuned for additional 2022 band announcements in due course.

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