At last month’s Bloodstock Open Air Festival, organisers revealed the first round of bands for its 2024 event. Amongst the names announced were headliners Architects and Amon Amarth. Now, today the latest crop of bands for next year’s festival have been announced, including Friday night Ronnie James Dio stage headliners – Opeth.
The Swedish progressive band will be playing a very special fan-chosen set in what will be their only UK date of 2024.
“So…back to BLOODSTOCK 2024 for us, it appears! I don’t remember how many times we’ve played the festival, but we do have fond memories from there. ”Filling in” for Heaven and Hell when RJD had passed is one. Fuck! Can’t remember a more emotional event on stage for us, to be honest. Anyhoooo, we’ll be there ‘rocking’ and ‘rolling’ in our own way, playing songs that you’ve chosen (apparently). Please be gentle. Right now I feel pretty far from being a ROCKER, as I’m writing this sat in my (favourite) greasy sweatpants, and my hair is greasier than ever. “I’m working, you see. But I promise I’ll have a look in the mirror before we hit the stage,” commented Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt.
“The band will be tight (that’s also a promise). I’ll sing OK (semi-promise). You’ll recognise the songs (I really have no idea, but you picked them!) and, we’ll be IN. THE. ZONE! All in all, providing the weather’s nice and the beer is cold, the possibilities for a magical night are rather decent. Wouldn’t you say? Hope to see (and hear) you there.”
Another name announced for the main stage on Friday is Hatebreed who will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary.
The other additions are Avant-garde prog extremists Enslaved, Finnish power metallers Beast In Black, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden, and a double dose of Brazilian metal courtesy of Nervosa, and Crypta.
In related news, at the time of writing, 90% of early bird tickets have been sold.
Once the discounted Early Bird allocation has gone, standard weekend tickets will increase in price to £185 (+ bkg fee), so grab yours and save yourself £20.
What is the full Bloodstock 2024 Line-up So Far?
Ronnie Dio James Main Stage Headliners:
Friday – Opeth*
Saturday – Architects*
Sunday – Amon Amarth*
The Sophie Lancaster Stage:
The Night Flight Orchestra
Unleash The Archers
When is Bloodstock 2024?
Bloodstock 2024 is set to take place on 8th-11th August 2024 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
Tickets are available here.