Bloodstock. The name says it all. Picture Woodstock but with all black clothing, head banging and plenty of satanic and apocalyptic references. The festival’s name comes from the local myth of the Derby Ram. The ram was so large that when a butcher slaughtered it he drowned in the animal’s blood. Got a feel for the festival’s ambiance now? The U.K.’s main metal music festival, Bloodstock will leave your ears ringing and your desire to mosh pit and headbang fully satisfied.
Bloodstock 2017 Dates and Location
Bloodstock is held at Catton Park in Walton on Trent, Derbyshire, U.K. from Thursday, August 10 to Sunday, August 13, 2017.
The festival has headliners for each of the four days. Thursday starts slow with five bands lined up for one stage. Friday is when the festival opens up the second stage and offers a more extensive lineup.
Thursday, August 10 – Battle Beast, Wind Rose, The Infernal Sea among others.
Friday, August 11 – Amon Amarth and Blind Guardian among others.
Saturday, August 12 – Ghost, Kreator and Hatebreed among others.
Sunday, August 13 – Megadeth, Arch Enemy and Skindred among others.
Check out the full lineup on the official page.
Serpents Lair VIP Camping – $358 – Includes hot showers, private restrooms, VIP bar access with over 100 ales and ciders, priority access to autograph sessions and more for those who want to enjoy some metal in comfort.
Standard Weekend – $188 – Includes access to all shows, camping from midday Thursday to Monday morning.
Child Weekend – $50 – Young metalheads (4-11 years old) get full performance access and camping.
Car Parking – $20 – Parking from midday Thursday to Monday morning.
Campervan Tickets – $82 – Reserved space in the camping area from midday Thursday to Monday morning.
Tickets can be purchased on the official site.
Getting to and From Bloodstock
Shuttle – Bloodstock’s official travel and ticket partner Big Green Coach offers shuttle service from 21 locations within the U.K. All coaches arrive on Thursday, August 10 and depart Monday, August 13. Shuttle tickets sold out last year so purchasing online ahead of time is wise.
Air – East Midlands International Airport is the closest airport, but foreign metalheads will most likely fly into Heathrow International Airport and then take a train north to Walton on Trent.
Train – From Birmingham New Street Station you can take a train to Lichfield City which is a 15-20 minute drive from the festival.
Car – The event’s travel page has directions to the festival.
Where to Stay for Bloodstock
The festival encourages camping and offers tickets for reserved camping space, but in case you aren’t up for the camping scene, we’ve found a couple off-site options that you might prefer.
Airbnb – This bedroom with a private bathroom gets a five-star review and is a 15-minute car ride from the festival. At $49 it’s an economic way to let your ears rest in private in between concerts.
Hotel – The most comfortable option in the area is the four-star Swinfen Hall Hotel. Rooms start at $201 per night. With just 17 rooms in this English country mansion, festival goers searching for a change in scenery in between concerts will find it here.
Bed and Breakfast – This Airbnb is just a few minutes by car from the festival. With great reviews of the accommodations and particularly the breakfast (the host has authored cookbooks) it’s a hard option to turn down. At $90 per night, it won’t break the bank either.