We are so excited for the return of the UK's ultimate heavy metal weekender, Bloodstock, next month at Derbyshire's Catton Park. While it's undeniably going to be an incredible weekend of music, with the likes of Behemoth, Lamb of God, and Mercyful Fate topping the bill, we're here to tell you about all of the other incredible experiences you can get involved in at this year's Bloodstock.
You see, it's not just about the metal! Bloodstock offers a diverse range of incredible food and drink, on-site entertainment and shopping experiences across the weekend. Plus, we know you've already read all about the curated RAM Gallery, which this year takes on the theme of Iron Maiden! Keep reading to get the full lowdown on all there is to see and do at the greatest heavy metal festival in the UK.
Food & Drink
Bloodstock is very aware of the cost of living squeeze we’re all going through right now, so they're extra pleased to announce that food prices at 2022’s event are frozen at 2021 prices. Not only that, Bloodstock can confirm you’ll be able to buy a pint of beer at the bars on site for £5, paying by cash or card.
So first up, 2022 will be the festival's first year teaming up with Motörhead Beer to bring both cask and keg Road Crew to the festival across all bars! Grab a pint of your choice of cask condition ale, draught keg beer, or the Overkill pilsner. For those camping, you can pre-order your campsite beers and they’ll keep them on ice for you to collect during weekend!
But if beer's not your bag, don't worry. You can also head to a special Jack Daniels bar for all manner of delicious rock ‘n’ roll cocktails, as well as the Red Bull bar. If vodka’s more to your taste, check out Ukrainian vodka brand Nemiroff, also available this year. There'll also be non-alcoholic beer for those after a sober option!
Forget the days of warm packed lunches and multipacks of crisps to get you through the festival weekend: whether you’re vegan, veggie, meat-eating, or seeking something gluten-free, Bloodstock has a wide range of food available on site for you to get your teeth stuck into - sweet or savoury! For those who need a caffeine-blast of proper coffee, Bloodstock's got you covered (and there’s tea, hot chocolate, and all manner of other soft drinks available). There’s also free drinking water at designated water points in the campsites and main arena, so remember to bring a refillable non-glass bottle with you.
As we mentioned, there's so much to do at Bloodstock 2022 outside of watching your favourite metal bands do their thing. If you've got some time to kill between sets, why not indulge in a spot of axe-throwing with your mates or visit Firehound Forge, the local blacksmith stall? There’s also the Nordic Spirit Gaming Arena with modern and retro video games to play. Head over to the Planet Rock Signing Tent to meet some of your metal heroes, and if you're feeling daring take a ride on the new, white knuckle, adrenaline fairground ride, the Airmaxx! The only one in the UK, this visually spectacular ride is not for the faint-hearted, reaching a height of 50m and speeds of 4.5G's! Do you dare?
If you've not already, read all about what you can see at this year's RAM Gallery too!
Wear Pink for Sylvia Lancaster
Bloodstock wants to take a moment across festival to celebrate and elevate the work of an amazing woman. 2022 saw the tragic loss of Sylvia Lancaster OBE, the pioneering fundraiser & educator who established The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, as well as being Sophie's mum and a dear friend of everyone at Bloodstock. In honour of Sylvia, on the Sunday of the festival, Bloodstock request that attendees wear an item of pink in acknowledgement of her phenomenal work, which has been life changing for many in alternative subcultures. Let's see a sea of pink for Sylvia on Sunday! Don't forget to drop by The Sophie Lancaster Foundation stand and donate if you can.
A limited number of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation pink Bloodstock t-shirts will go on sale here, with proceeds going to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. If there's stock remaining, it'll also be available at the festival.
Ever get the dread that you'll turn up to the festival site having forgotten to pack something important? Well leave those fears at home! For any essentials you’ve forgotten, there’s a supermarket in the Midgard campsite at Bloodstock, plus Fat Frank’s Camping Store, where you can even get your air bed inflated for a comfier night’s sleep!
For those looking to do a little heavy metal shopping, browse Bloodstock's market traders; you’ll be able to pick up everything from merch, jewellery and clothing, to homewares, music and accessories. If you don’t have one already, surely a Viking drinking horn is an essential addition too! Plus, don’t forget Bloodstock's very own merch stall for all of your 2022 mementos.
Click below to read the full list of traders at this year's festival!
Stay tuned for more info soon on the final bands appearing at Bloodstock this year, fancy dress themes for those looking to make their outfits just that bit more extravagant, and more.
While VIP and campervan packages are all sold out, there's no excuse to miss out on the fun this year as you can still snap up standard weekend camping tickets today! Day and child tickets are also still available, and headbangers below the age of four can enter the site for free!
Last tickets on sale now for the biggest and best metal weekend of the year, at Derbyshire's Bloodstock Open Air. Buy now!
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