After 2021’s most successful event to date and in celebration of Halloween, Bloodstock has announced another batch of bands for the 2022 August weekender including the final headliner.

Polish black/death metal heavyweights Behemoth will be bringing their spectacular prpoduction to Catton Hall for the Friday as the final headliner alongside the previously announced headliners Mercyful Fate and Lamb of God.

Nergal says, “Bloodstock has a very special place in Behemoth’s heart. They are one of the first major European metal festivals who took risks to position Behemoth as a festival headliner; a game-changer for us in the UK! I can’t wait to get back onto the legendary grounds of Catton Park and raise some monumental hell with our legions! Until August!”

Also added to the August bill are Las Vegas ‘death western’ crew, Spiritworld whose Saturday main stage slot is a UK festival exclusive! The band drop their debut Pagan Rhythms album via Century Media on 5th November. In another UK festival exclusive, Sweden’s black metal kings Dark Funeral will join Sunday’s main stage in yet another UK festival exclusive.

On the Sophie Lancaster stage, Austrian diabolics, Belphegor grab a slot on the bill in support of their new album due to arrive in 2022. Frontman Helmuth comments, “Hail! We are proud to announce that Belphegor was again invited to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air in Derbyshire, England in August 2022 and we will shred the Sophie Lancaster stage. Be prepared!”

Elsewhere on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, British metal is represented with Heart of a Coward, Blood Youth, Black Tongue and Heriot all joining the line-up along with Celtic folk-punks Ferocious Dog.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022. For more info, click to www.Bloodstock.uk.com.

Poster for Bloodstock Open Air 2022

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.