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Seven more Bands and New Gaming Arena Announced for Bloodstock’s 20th Anniversary Weekend

With six months to go Bloodstock organisers have announced seven new bands to the line-up and details of a new gaming area. Read all the latest news here.



With just six months to go until Bloodstock’s 20th anneriversary weekend, organisers have announced seven new additions to the bill along with a new gaming arena debuting at the festival.

First up on the bill are Brit thrash luminaries, Acid Reign who are set for a Friday slot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage! Having returned in 2015 after a 24 year hiatus, frontman H says, “Anyone who witnessed our 2016 show on the Sophie stage knows exactly how much we love playing Bloodstock. There is a lot of excitement in the AR camp right now, we finally got a new album out after all these years (29 to be exact) and now we get to put a Bloodstock sized cherry on the top of that cake. Can’t wait to see you all there!”

Also appearing on Friday’s main stage, are Bristol’s hardcore punk crew Svalbard who released their It’s Hard To Have Hope album through Holy Roar Records in 2018.

Goth-soaked metal newcomers, Idle Hands will open the main stage on Sunday! The Portland-based band are hot off their recent US support slot to the mighty King Diamond and the release of their debut album, Mana via Eisenwald Records.

Tech-metal newcomers Viscera have landed themselves a Sophie stage slot on Saturday. The band, featuring former members of Heart of a Coward, Abhorrent Decimation, Martyr Defiled, Nervecell, and Surfaces, will release their debut album, Obsidian this Spring via Unique Leader Records.

Edinburgh’s riff squad and former Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses alumni, Dog Tired also land a slot on Friday’s Sophie stage. Since landing a slot in the New Blood tent in 2014, the band have been honing their stagecraft, playing with the likes of Skindred and Raging Speedhorn and are back for a slot on the Sophie Stage in 2020.

Finally, Irish rockers Bailer have announced to join Saturday’s Sophie stage line up. Check out their video for “Long Gone” ahead of their set at Bloodstock in August.

This year, Bloodstock has introduced the Nordic Spirit Game Arena, where you can try to beat your mates on a range of games on XBox and PS4 consoles. Prefer your games on your PC? Don’t worry, there’ll be a couple of gaming PCs as well, plus a few arcade machines from Jagermeister and Redbull, for starters. Best of all, play is absolutely free!.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 6th-9th August 2020. Get info on ticket packages and additional information over at

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