10 Bands to see at Bloodstock 2018 with 100 days to go…
Words: Alan Daly \ Adrian Hextall : Pictures: Olga Kuzmenko \ Zenae Zukowski \ Dave Burke \ Robert Cavuoto \ Reg Richardson
With just 100 days to go to Bloodstock 2018, we’ve compiled a list of ten bands we want to see at the festival this year. Of course with over one hundred bands on the line-up each year, you’ll want to see more than just ten of them, but you could do worse than adding these ones to your list.
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- Judas Priest
It goes without saying that Judas Priest top the list of bands we want to see at Bloodstock 2018. Regardless of your personal favourite act from the veritable smorgasbord of genres on offer at the festival, you can almost be certain that Judas Priest was one of their influences. Or at least an influence of their influences. Having formed almost fifty years ago, not more than 25 miles from Catton Park, it seems fitting (if not long overdue) that these legends take a headline slot on the Ronnie James Dio stage. Expect a grandiose feast for the ears and eyes on Friday night with highlights from their generation-spanning career alongside brand new tracks from Firepower, which was released in March of this year. A heavy metal history class you don’t want to skip.
Yes, we’ve included another headliner on our list of bands we want to see, but Gojira put on an incredibly powerful live performance that few others could rival. We expect the energy levels to be through the proverbial roof for Saturday night’s main stage finale, especially after witnessing their performance in Dublin last Summer. It’s only been two years since the Frenchmen last played at Bloodstock, but this is their first time topping the bill. Even if you’re not a big fan of their studio recordings, you’d be mad to miss out on their live show. We can’t wait to experience it.
- Suicidal Tendencies
Fifteen year old me would never forgive me if I didn’t watch Mike Muir STomping around the STage like an angst-ridden skater teen at every available opportunity. The last time I saw ST at a festival was Download in 2015 and they packed out a sweltering tent while Kiss were still rocking out in the arena. A Friday afternoon slot on the Ronnie James Dio STage may not be as sweaty, but it should get the crowd moving, and singing along to the classics. Just grab yourself a Pepsi (and Jack), and prepare to be inSTitutionalized.
- Wednesday 13
Despite being a fan of this horror metal act for a long time, I’ve never managed to see Wednesday 13 live. I first became aware of him when he teamed up with Joey Jordison to form Murderdolls back when Slipknot were exploding on the nu-metal scene. As a fan of Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, I quickly adopted Wednesday 13 into my playlist, particularly for carefree driving music. Many may deride his style, but as long as you don’t take it too seriously, it should be quite a spectacle.
- Dead Label
I’m may be slightly biased, but this Irish Trio are set to put on a bone crushing performance on the Sophie Stage again this year. Dead Label last graced the same stage in 2015, and have since toured Europe with Fear Factory, played at Download festival and have been getting regular airplay on Scuzz TV. Their most recent single/video ‘Pure Chaos’ was best described by Metal Hammer as “a punishing groove metal monster with a thrash heart and a hardcore soul”. If that doesn’t make you want to see them, nothing will. It’s only a matter of time before these hard-working lads and lassie get snatched up by a major label and make it big. Check them out on Saturday and be able to say “I saw them before they were signed”.
6. Orden Ogan
Since Orden Ogan released “To The End” in 2012, I’ve been hooked on this band. Perfectly crossing anthemic epic metal with some of the catchiest sing along tunes known to man, the band have, with each album, delivered in spades. “Ravenhead” (2015) and current release “Gunmen” (2017) have all upped the ante and the band can only add a healthy dose of sunshine to the stage when they play on Saturday afternoon. Festival appearances around the world have helped the band hone their skills and Bloodstock have a guaranteed winner on their hands with the German outfit.
Seeing Kamelot added to the bill this year made Bloodstock 2018 a must attend festival. Having always struggled with the concept of progressive rock, Kamelot somehow managed to bridge the gap between pure metal and complex arrangements that have made albums like “The Fourth Legacy” and “Karma”. The arrival of “Epica” and the “The Black Halo” saw them look at the battle between good and evil and it seemed like the band would never be able to achieve greater levels of success but they continue to grow. Even the unfortunate departure of vocalist Roy Khan due to illness, which many assumed would herald the end of Kamelot, did not dampen spirits and with Tommy Karevik, the band found someone to keep the flame burning bright. Kamelot now are as relevant as ever and with latest album “The Shadow Theory” released only last month, festival goers are in for a real treat on Friday.
Headlining the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Friday night, Doro almost need no introduction. The lady front and centre is and has been the Queen of Metal for some 30 years now. Her performance is that of someone 20 years younger and with anthems like “All We Are” guaranteed to be played (in some cases 6 or 7 times in one performance) the audience can guarantee a show and a half from the band.
It a dead cert that the stage will be packed to capacity on Friday night. When an act that could easily be playing the main stage and draw the majority of the 20,000 crowd to watch them, it goes to show the strength of the Bloodstock line up that the organisers can afford to take chances and move such high quality acts between the stages.
9. Doomsday Outlaw
Every festival presents the opportunity to find an outsider, an unknown who came become part of the family, a go to band when times require it. Step forward then, Doomsday Outlaw. A band who are to me a complete unknown but one that are making waves in the world already and one that I feel I have to see as soon as possible. An opportunity to see them later in May when they tour with Love\Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl will be taken and then the follow up will be when they open the main stage on the Sunday.
Described as a hard-riffing groove machine in the vein of Black Label Society and early Sabbath the band are said to appeal to Zeppelin, The Faces, Black Stone Cherry and Iron Maiden fans. That covers a fair proportion of the Bloodstock crowd so expect a good reception when they play.
Yes, it’s another headliner but when Al and I agreed to find 5 bands each that we would want to see at Bloodstock this year, for me the festival could have played host to a single band and no other and I would have still attended. That band is Nightwish. Everything about the Finns performance screams “show” to me and knowing what the band are capable of when performing on the big stage in front of thousands of people leaves me in no doubt at all that they are absolutely the right band to close the festival.
The list of classic tracks that Nightwish can perform is endless and as their recent “Decades” release shows, celebrating some 20 years of music, tracks like “Nemo”, “I Wish I Had An Angel”, “The Kinslayer” and personal favourite “Ghost Love Score” will have the crowd bouncing.
As the old school headliners of bands like Sabbath and AC\DC start to bow out, making way for the next generation of global acts, Nightwish stand tall ready to take on the mantle. I’m just glad I’ve been there to see them grow for the last decade or so. This has been worth the wait.
So there you have it, 10 act we at MyGlobalMind want to see and recommend at this years’ Bloodstock Festival. With just 100 days to go until the festival kicks off, the level of anticipation in the office is already through the roof.
The full line up can be found here: