Bloodstock Open Air 2014
@ Catton Hall Derbyshire
7th- 10th August 2014
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?
We’re back again this year and despite the rumours of bad weather, the fields are well on their way to being a rich hub of activity with glorious yurts in the distance. The tantalising tents of the Sophie and the New blood stages are set and the crowd gather ready for the metal at Bloodstock’s entrance.
With a short interval of putting up the tent and preparing hugs to everyone in sight, it is time to enter the arena for this year’s Bloodstock, comprising of the usual trinkets of entertainments; Bungees, bumper cars, the impossibly spinning ride ; aptly named- “Tango”, all coupled with the beautiful variety of shops and stalls that were a killer on the wallet for most.
Not forgetting the new art exhibition that hosted a variety of pieces from Bloodstock’s co-founder, who is a renowned fantasy artist ‘Paul Raymond Gregory’.
After a personal kerfuffle with some tent pegs, it is time to watch the evening’s entertainment – Monument [3.5/5]
Fresh from their tour of the UK and having being no stranger to the metal festival vibe, this band have played a string of sets across most of them in the last two years alone.
It’s not too much of surprise the band go down well with the energetic combination of Iron Maiden riffs and classic NWOBHM antics. Constructed of Members Peter Ellis – Vocals ,Lewis Stephens – Lead Guitar, Dan Baune – Lead Guitar ,Chris Dale – Bass Guitar, Matt C – Drums.
Led by former White Wizzard vocalist Peter Ellis, the band wast no time on stage and are clearly out to inject some fun into the crowd. Like all good highs, the band leave the stage with the audience wanting more.
Throughout their set there are some impressive solos and long notes that whirl up to the climatic and frankly brave cover of Deep Purple‘s ‘Black Night’, that was a tribute to the band they drew inspiration from.
It looks as though it is pretty fun to play for this band as well just as it was to be part of the crowd, as they seem genuinely excited to play hard and kick some butt. They ended the fantastic party set with a proud and brilliant track “‘Rock the Night”; the song’s album version featured a guest solo by Ritchie Faulkner of Judas Priest fame.
Jaldaboath [3/5] The Monty Python of Metal are up next for this evenings headline act. With their chaotic combination of stupid humor and metal moments, they broach the stage with an entire band clad in medieval garb that must have soaked into the mentality of the Knights in question. Although the humour does dry thin very quickly it is a stirring of good fun, but then again this kind of debauchery is what you need to open this Thursday evening.
With all members dressed up in costumes, Jaldaboath instantly have a great stage presence. As their set continues it only gets stronger and there is a lot to take in from the all-round amusingly brilliant performance. The final track of their set, “Axe Wielding Nuns” ends up sounding like Sister Act on steroids!
Roland the Farter
Bash the Bishop
Black Metal Beauty
Hark the Herald
Axe Wielding Nuns