As Bloodstock‘s regional finals for their grass-roots-artist-supporting Metal 2 The Masses scheme thunder through local venues around the country this month, the festival has announced the first winners who have won themselves a slot on 2018’s New Blood stage this August.

The winners so far are as follows:

Pelugion (Friday)
A Ritual Spirit (Friday)
Aonia (Saturday)
Negative Thought Process (Saturday)
Oracle (Saturday)
This Place Hell (Sunday)
Sellsword (Sunday)
Obzidian (Sunday)

Organisers have also announced a new batch of bands for the Jagermeister Stage including:

The Heretic Order
Voodoo Sioux
True Believer
Gemma Fox

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018 with Nightwish, Gojira and Judas Priest confirmed as headliners. Get further information over at


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