Bloodstock Open Air 2013
@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK
8th – 11th August 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.
Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!
This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.
Our Metal-Rules.com UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.
It’s Thursday afternoon and the excitement kicks in.
We are off to Bloodstock and it feels just like Christmas when we were a lot younger.
It is important that a lot of power metal is being played in the car to get us in the mood for the long journey up there.
After arriving and successfully setting up our home for the next 4 nights (a cheap tent and a blow up mattress, with VIP access…with thanks to the organisers for that), we are finally ready to explore what Bloodstock has to offer for those who have dismissed work on Friday and arrived early.
First band we get to catch on Sophie Lancaster stage is the ever so humorous, yet somehow very serious duet Oaf.
Coming all the way from Brighton and mixing punk, prog and a dose of ‘wrong’ in the best possible way.
To broader public known as the Metal Hammer’s Dom Lawson fronts the band and takes care of all the lead bass parts, while his good friend James Rayment works his magic behind the drum kit and looks exceptionally good in a tweed suit.
The ultimate highlight of their set is the performance of, possibly, their only hit single „Fuck Off Seagull,” which get’s the whole crowd singing along. …or more like shouting: ‘FUCK OFF SEAGULL!’ at the top of their lungs.
What makes Oaf special is that there aren’t many bands out there who would have the balls to make such music and put on a similar performance. Oaf are truly brilliant having the ability to share great sense of humour and laugh at themselves.
What a great way to start Bloodstock 2013! (4/5)
They’re welcomed on stage by an excited, slightly drunk crowd and countless fists pumping in the air.
Their folk/melodic death metal with a good dose of rhythm parts that make you want to swing your imaginary sword seem to please the audience just right. Everyone joins in for some proper Viking festivities, which include headbagning while trying to down a pint of the good old ale.
Ravenage have previously shared the stage with such folk metal legends, like Skyforger, Wolfchant, Grand Magus and many more, so if you’re into metal that suggests a sword, an axe and a shield, check out Ravenage for some true Northern Viking action. (3.5/5)
First of all, Tragedy put themselves as a metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond. Second of all, they make those cheesy disco and pop anthems sound non-less cheesy. They just adjust them for headbanging.
They take the stage geared up in glitter and spandex to bring the audience the metalized versions of many songs, like „That’s the Way (I Like it)” and „Shake Your Booty” by KC and the Sunshine Band. A great crowd appreciation is earned by „Islands in the Stream” by Bee Gees being performed as a mash-up with AC/DC’s „T.N.T.”.
However, the highlight of Tragedy’s performance is the mash-up of „It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls and „Raining Blood” by Slayer. It’s highly appreciated by all the metal heads who’ve had never thought that one day they’ll be moshing to something like this.
Tragedy make the perfect band to headline and close Thursday night at Bloodstock Open Air 2013. That, of course, does not mean that the Thursday night party is over, as everyone leaves for the bar to get another beer. …and another beer. (4.5/5)
Also it’s a great time to check out the many stalls at BOA!