9th August 2023 0 By John Deaux

With the sun shining, and dare we say it, the weather forecast looking good, the final site preparations are underway for everyone to blast through the (un)holy gates of BLOODSTOCK from tomorrow! BLOODSTOCK has a final update for you with some last-minute band news and a couple of special events on-site.

Firstly, the festival is very disappointed to share that HELLOWEEN have been forced to pull out of their set on Sunday. The band said, “The heavy storms in Slovenia (our thoughts are with the flood victims) and cloudbursts in Wacken couldn’t harm us – we played all our scheduled shows and celebrated together with our loyal fans. Much more difficult for us is now to inform you that we have to cancel the upcoming festival gigs at the Hellsinki Metal Festival in Finland and Bloodstock Open Air in the UK due to acute laryngitis our singer Michael Kiske is suffering of. We did make this decision with a lot of consideration and with heavy hearts but Michael’s condition unfortunately does not leave us any other choice. Thanks for your understanding.”

BLOODSTOCK has been working extremely hard to pull in a replacement at short notice, and is pleased to share that heavy metal experts KK’S PRIEST will be joining the Ronnie James Dio bill on Sunday. The band’s set will consist of KK Downing’s extensive catalog including Judas Priest classics, KK’s Priest debut album songs, and brand new tracks from their forthcoming album ‘The Sinner Rides Again’, out September 29th via Napalm Records, which include new rifftastic singles “Reap The Whirlwind“, and “One More Shot At Glory“!  The band comments, “KK and the band are extremely delighted to be able to add Bloodstock to our summer 2023 European festival run and we consider it a real bonus to play in front of our English fans. We’re certain it’s going to be a great evening of metal. We’re very much looking forward to it and we’ll see everybody there ready to rock!”  We’re sure BLOODSTOCKers will give them a warm welcome for stepping into the breach so quickly. 

On Sunday at 5 pm, over in the Viking Combat Arena, join Billy Graziadei from Sunday night Sophie stage headliners BIOHAZARD and Matt Altschul from Mile High Gracie Jiu Jitsu for a one-off self-defense seminar! Just head over for the start time!

Speaking of BIOHAZARD, have you come across #Mantorship yet? The band’s Evan Seinfeld will be hosting a Circle Of Brotherhood at BLOODSTOCK – a talk for men offering new perspectives on modern masculinity and male mindfulness. This will be a very small group of men discussing mental health matters with Evan in the RAM Gallery on Sunday at 7:15pm. If you would like to attend please email, places are limited. Your attendance will be completely confidential.

You may have seen BLOODSTOCK’s posts about Thursday and Friday being a ‘Pink For Sylvia’ theme, in memory of Sophie Lancaster’s mother, the founder of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Pink was Sylvia’s favorite colour. If you don’t own anything pink and haven’t had time to shop, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation is making a special t-shirt and tote bag available at BLOODSTOCK, priced £25 and £15 respectively. There’s a limited number in each size, so do head over to their stall ASAP once you’re on-site if you want one. If you’re not at BLOODSTOCK though, for the first time ever, they’ll be making this festival line available on their online store for a limited time only! You can pre-order the tote bag and t-shirt now until Monday 21st August. Once this date has passed, they will come off the site and the order will be put into production. There will be no other stock available, so get your orders in before the 21st if you want one!

BLOODSTOCK is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space where everyone can happily connect through music and where you can freely be yourselves without fear of facing abuse, intolerance, or violence.


Be safe, don’t drink too much, pace yourselves, look after each other. Although the festival adopts a Zero Tolerance policy for illegal substances, with all the measures taken to stop drugs from getting into the festival, such as sniffer dogs at the entrance, amnesty bins, and frequent bag searches, it is still possible that drugs can make their way on to the festival site.   If you or someone you’re with has taken any illegal substances knowingly or not and feel unwell, please seek out the medical welfare tent which is open 24 hours a day and situated in the main arena. Outreach is working with the medical welfare team this year to offer support to those with drug-related issues. Your health and well-being are the festival’s primary concern and doing nothing if you feel unwell could put your life in danger.

Although spiking is incredibly rare at BLOODSTOCK, generally across the UK as a whole, spiking is on the rise. Please, therefore, keep an eye on your drink at all times. Don’t take drinks from strangers and if you start to feel unwell, please seek out the medical welfare tent. 


Have a great festival weekend and just be there to support each other!

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