In just over seven months time, Bloodstock Open Air Festival will return to Catton Hall for the 2022 metal weekender set to be headlined by Lamb of God, Mercyful Fate and Behemoth who will be joined by a massive supporting bill including Testament, Lorna Shore, Hatebreed and many more.

In the first announcement of 2022, organisers have confirmed twelve new acts along with the news that, due to the cancellation of their entire European Tour, Philip H.Anselmo and the Illegals will not be appearing with their Sunday Main Stage slot being filled by grindcore heavyweights Cattle Decapitation.

Eight of the new acts added to the bill will be appearing across the Sophie Lancaster Stage with Swedish rabblerousers Avatar (Friday) heading up the eight which also features Thrown Into Exile(Friday), Pupil Slicer and Cage Fight(Saturday) and Ill Nino, Guilt Trip, Skarlett Riot and Desert Storm appearing on the Sunday.

Over on the Ronnie James Dio main stage, the super-buzzy Des Moines, Iowa upstarts Vended are set to kick off proceedings and blow your Sunday morning wide open. Epic Swedish doomsters Sorcerer and industrial metalheads Red Method are also both added to Friday’s bill, and waking you all up first thing on Saturday, will be Danish death metallers, Baest.

In other news, Bloodstock’s ticket Deposit Scheme is ready for sign-ups! This year, payments are spread across 6 months instead of 5, making it even more manageable to pay for your ticket in instalments. An initial payment of £31.50 is due upon sign up (which you can do at any point before 26th Feb), then five additional payments of £24.16 will debit your bank account on 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, with a final instalment on 29 Jul, which will include any applicable postage and booking fees. Sign up to the scheme here.

Tickets for next years event are selling faster than ever, with all VIP packages, early birds, and campervan tickets already sold out. Weekend camping tickets & child tickets are on sale now at the ticket store.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11th-14th August 2022. For more info, visit

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.