With Bloodstock joining forces with twelve of the best independent European metal festivals to create a unique online event, the full & final line up has been revealed for ‘festival weekend’ of 7th, 8th & 9th August and tickets are now on sale (priced at just €6.66) over at www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com.

Across the weekend, you’ll be able to watch ‘never broadcast before’ sets of Sabaton (their 2019 Bloodstock headline show) and Avatar (their 2019 headline Alcatraz Festival show), as well as shows from Tesseract (at Bloodstock 2019), Thy Art Is Murder, Napalm Death, Napalm Death, Grand Magus and Battle Beast (all from Summer Breeze 2019) plus Harakiri From The Sky (from Party.San 2015). Dee Snider also makes an appearance via two previously unreleased live tracks (from Bloodstock 2019) and neo-folk heroes Heilung have recorded an exclusive video especially for the event.

There’s also a wide array of brand new live sets recorded in lockdown, exclusively for the EMFA weekend. Participating bands are Rotting Christ, Butcher Babies, Orange Goblin, Primordial, King 810, Amenra, Parasite Inc., Alien Weaponry, Venom Prison, Heidevolk, Mass Hysteria, Angelus Apatrida, Evergrey, Kampfar, Venom Inc., Unleash The Archers, Legion Of The Damned, Dirty Shirt, Gutalax, Kissin’ Dynamite, Evil Invaders, Ipendejo!, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Cult Of Fire, Lèpoka, Spoil Engine, Svart Crown, Deserted Fear, Dead Lord, Roadkillsoda, Nytt Land, White Walls, and Skyeye.

If you’re unable to watch a band at their “stage time”, don’t worry, as you’ll be able to replay all sets for up to 48 hours afterwards.

Besides live performances, there will be a string of brand new video interviews with our festival regulars past and present, recorded especially for the event. Dee Snider, Biff Byford, Jamey Jasta, Devin Townsend, Winston Mccall, Cristina Scabbia, Wednesday 13, and Phil Rind are all lined-up, alongside others, to talk about how they’ve been keeping busy, new music and how they feel about this summer without festivals.

The EMFA event is a fundraiser for the beleaguered independent metal festival sector, who don’t have the backing of big corporate money for their ongoing survival, so €6.66 (just under 6 quid) buys you a ‘full weekend festival pass.’ In return, you can enjoy three days of exclusive entertainment from 35+ metal bands from various locations around the world, plus other special content, from the comfort of your own sofa. The full day splits and running times for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available now at www.metalfestivalalliance.com.

The European Metal Festival Alliance is a joint venture between BLOODSTOCK and Alcatraz (Belgium), Art Mania (Romania), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Dynamo (Netherlands), Into The Grave (Netherlands), Leyendas De Rock (Spain), Metal Days (Slovenia), Midgardsblot (Norway), Motorcultor (France), Party.San (Germany), Resurrection (Spain), and Summer Breeze (Germany).

For further information and exclusive ‘Rebooting for 2021’ merchandise, head over to www.metalfestivalalliance.com.

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