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Bloodstock Open Air
Location(s) Walton-on-Trent, England
Years active 2005 - present
Founded by Paul Raymond Gregory and Vince Brotheridge
Date(s) 2nd weekend in August
Genre Heavy metal, (sic) all genres of metal are featured. (Citation needed.)
Website www.bloodstock.uk.com

Bloodstock Open Air is a heavy metal festival held annually at Catton Hall in Walton-on-Trent, England, since 2005. Previous line-ups have included bands such as Opeth (2008/2010), Children of Bodom (2005/2010/2014), Nightwish (2008), Testament (2007/2012), Arch Enemy (2007/2009), Europe (2009), Twisted Sister (2010), Motörhead (2011), W.A.S.P. (2011), Alice Cooper (2012), King Diamond (2013), Slayer (2013). Megadeth (2014) and Emperor (2014). Originally on one stage only, the festival expanded to incorporate a second stage in 2006. Known simply as The Unsigned Stage, it was designed to provide a platform for the next generation of metal talent to reach a wider audience. In 2010 it was renamed The New Blood Stage.

2007 saw further expansion with the addition of a third stage, originally called The Lava Stage which in 2009 became the Sophie Lancaster Stage. In 2010 the capacity of this stage was increased and it became the festival's second stage. This second stage is also used by The 4 DJs Of The Apocalypse, who provide DJ sets until the early hours of the morning.

Bloodstock Open Air was conceived as an extension of the original Bloodstock indoor festival which ran from 2001 until 2006 at Derby Assembly Rooms. After an amicable parting in 2006 with his business partner Vince Brotheridge, in 2007 Paul Gregory brought his daughters and son Vicky Hungerford, Rachael Greenfield and Adam Gregory on board as directors. “It was an obvious move for me,” he explained, “as all of them had been working on the festival from its inception. They have brought their talents to the fore as the festival’s continued growth is very much due to their commitment.”

Bloodstock Indoor Festival[edit]

Bloodstock originally began as an indoor festival held in Derby Assembly Rooms which ran 6 years from 2001-2006. In order to associate the festival roots with Derby, where founder Paul Gregory lives, the festival's mascot/logo was based on the tale of The Derby Ram; a beast so large that, when a butcher finally slaughtered it, he drowned in the Ram's blood. A competition was run to name the beast and 'S-tan' was selected, he has appeared on almost all Bloodstock artwork since (only missing from the first 3 BOA festivals when the S-tan snake featured instead). The first year was a one day event headlined by Saxon, whom Paul Gregory had known personally since being commissioned to do the artwork for their 1984 Crusader album. Attendance for the festival topped 700 people and, despite taking an (expected) financial loss, a second festival was arranged for the following year.

2002 saw Bloodstock return with Blind Guardian headlining (again a band Paul Gregory knew through producing their artwork) which was their first UK show. Bringing metal acts to the UK for the first time has become a regular occurrence from Bloodstock and the stronger line-up (which also included Gamma Ray as second billing) doubled the festival's attendance to approximately 1500.

2003 brought the first of many expansions to the festival as it stretched across two days. The first day was headlined by a returning Saxon and the second by Nightwish whom like Blind Guardian the year before were playing their first UK show. Paul & Gregory had gone on tour with Saxon the previous year and it was then that Vince first saw Nightwish which convinced them they should be booked for the Bloodstock festival. This year also featured Edguy's first UK show as they were drafted in to replace HammerFall after guitarist Oscar Dronjak broke his arm in a motorcycle accident only weeks before the show.

2004 saw continued growth in attendance with the festival selling out and brought Gamma Ray back to headline the first day and Children of Bodom headlined the second day.

2005 was the first year which saw both the indoor & outdoor festivals running. HammerFall were booked to play, now with a headline slot on the first day, and Within Temptation headlined the second day.

2006 was the last year an indoor festival was hosted allowing for full focus on the outdoor festival from then on. Primal Fear headlined day one with My Dying Bride headling day two and thus being the last ever band to play at Bloodstock as an indoor festival.

BOA 2005[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2005 was the first outdoor venture for the festival after selling out the indoor festival which had a maximum capacity of 2500. Catton Hall was selected as the venue to allow growth in size (up to 10,000) without losing the festival's established friendly atmosphere and also maintained its link to Derby. The festival featured only one stage which was headlined by Sebastian Bach (Friday) and Children of Bodom (Saturday).

BOA 2005 took place from Friday 24 June to Saturday 25 June and the line up was as follows:-

Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Sebastian Bach
Mostly Autumn
Breed 77
Gotthard
Panic Cell

Children of Bodom
Paradise Lost
Edguy
Masterplan
Evergrey
Humanity
Fourwaykill

BOA 2006[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2006 brought in a second stage called simply "Unsigned Stage" this was to showcase new unsigned acts to a wider audience like the indoor festival did previously to on their second stage. Now backed by Wacken Open Air the festival was able to attract more European metal bands to the line-up which was headlined by Edguy (Friday) & Stratovarius (Saturday). It was the last year which had both the indoor & outdoor festivals running together.

BOA 2006 took place from Friday 14 July to Saturday 15 July and the line up was as follows:-

Main Stage
Friday Saturday

Edguy
Metal Church
Atheist
Nocturnal Rites
Rage
Pyramaze

Stratovarius
Turisas
Bal-Sagoth
Ensiferum
Callenish Circle
Gorilla Monsoon
Season's End
Ashtar
19th Century

Unsigned Stage
Friday Saturday

Evile
Kingsize Blues
Headless Cross
Pitiful Reign
Nephwrack

Deadweight
Sicfelt
State Of Serenity
Nekkrosis
Kyrb Grinder
Spitting Blood
Beyond All Reason
Isaiah
Deadeye
Solace
Luna Pin
Phat Jerusalem
Cycle VI
Black River Project

BOA 2007[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2007 brought further growth for the festival which now ran over three days and included three stages. The additional stage was named the Lava Stage and allowed more established but smaller acts to perform at the festival. Following a stronger marketing campaign which included advertisement within HMV and greater coverage in music media, attendance at the festival more than doubled from the previous year exceeding 5000 people. The festival's website also went through a major overhaul and the opportunity was given to unsigned bands to upload their videos. Following public voting, Costa Rican band Sight Of Emptiness won and were invited to open the main stage on Thursday. The three mainstage headliners were Testament (Thursday), Lacuna Coil (Friday) & In Flames (Saturday).

BOA 2007 took place from Thursday 16 August to Saturday 18 August. The line up was as follows:-

Main Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Testament
Firewind
Head On
Kiuas
Sight of Emptiness
Chris Slade

Lacuna Coil
Dark Tranquillity
Nevermore
Epica
Korpiklaani
Memfis
Wolf
Scar Symmetry
Voodoo Six
Exploder

In Flames
Arch Enemy
Sabbat
Dream Evil
Finntroll
Legion of the Damned
Benediction
Freedom Call
Rise to Addiction
Beyond All Reason

Unsigned Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

stage closed

Hexagram
Idiom
King Lizard
Sinocence
Forever Never
Cerebral Fix
Timefall
Enemo J
The Aftermath
Life Denied
Omen
Mindflow

Terrathorn
Axis of Evil
Exit Ten
Trigger 9
Honey for Christ
Nemhain
Speed Theory
Nephwrack
Sinnergod
The Hollow Earth Theory
The Apostacy
Kobrakai
Hanging Doll

Lava Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday

Beholder

Zenith
Blindsight

Rollin' Thunder
Headrush

BOA 2008[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2008 took place from Friday 15 August to Sunday 17 August. The line up was as follows:-

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Opeth
Helloween
Soulfly
Primal Fear
Destruction
Akercocke
Týr
Praying Mantis
Evile
Saint Deamon

Dimmu Borgir
Iced Earth
Soilwork
Napalm Death
Moonsorrow
Communic
Swallow The Sun
Eluveitie
Rise To Remain
Cloudscape
Evil Scarecrow

Nightwish
At the Gates
Overkill
As I Lay Dying
Kataklysm
Mob Rules
Grand Magus
Alestorm
Crowning Glory
Heaven's Basement

Scuzz Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

From The Ashes
Sorcerer's Spell
The Dead Lay Waiting
Anger Management
Firebrand Super Rock
Son Of Science
Obsessive Compulsive
Hospital Of Death
Broken Faith
A470
Deadfilmstar

The Berzerker
RSJ
Metalloid
Concept Of Time
Hellfighter
Keltic Jihad
The Defiled
Blood Island Raiders
The Dirty Youth
Mantra
Empyreal Destroyer
Witchsorrow
Denounce
9 Days Down

Tesseract
Silent Descent
Musta Talvi
Ted Maul
Raven's Creed
Necrosadistic Goat Torture
Celtic Legacy
Ravenage
Serotonal
De Profundis
Blasphemous Creation
Cursed As Angels

Lava Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Conquest Of Steel
Bungle Jr

The Inbreds
Invasion
Outcryfire
Pro-jekt

Sondura
Fury UK
Seven Years Dead

Liquid Sky
Adam Bomb
Breedapart
Heaven's Gate
Esoterica

BOA 2009[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2009 took place at Catton Hall from Friday 14 August to Sunday 16 August. The line up was as follows:-

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Carcass
Arch Enemy
Saxon
Sodom
Katatonia
Municipal Waste
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Insomnium
Million Dollar Reload
Blitzkrieg

Cradle of Filth
Blind Guardian
Apocalyptica
Kreator
Enslaved
Candlemass
Entombed
The Haunted
Wolf
Battlelore
Uncle Rotter

Europe
Satyricon
Amon Amarth
Moonspell
Turisas
Anathema
Equilibrium
Girlschool
Sabaton
Beholder

Unsigned Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Vallenbrosa
The Green River Project
Gods of Hellfire
Blindfolds Aside
Alternative Carpark
Snakebite
Divine Chaos
Left To Bleed
Bloodshot Dawn
Bisonhammer
Ventflow

The Saw Doctors
Severed Heaven
Hunted
Solsikk
O.M.T
Inner Eden
Sanctorum
Internal Conflict
Switchblade Scream
Niyah Sky
Nefarious
They Will Rise

Nya
Into The Woods
Nightmare World
Biomortal
Sower
Primitive Graven Image
Long Time Dead
Triaxis
Annwn
Agonyst
Eibon la Furies

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Pythia
Malefice
Godsized
Xerath

The Rotted
Abgott
Arthemis
Celesty

Eden's Curse
Tribe
Darkness Dynamite
Anterior

BOA 2010[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2010 celebrated the festival's 10th anniversary, and took place between Friday 13 August and Sunday 15 August. The line up was as follows:-

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Opeth
Meshuggah
Sonata Arctica
Gorgoroth
Cathedral
Ensiferum
Rage
Ross the Boss
Black Spiders
Snakebite

Children of Bodom
Fear Factory
The Devin Townsend Project
Amorphis
Obituary
Edguy
Onslaught
Evile
Leaves' Eyes
Andromeda

Twisted Sister
Cannibal Corpse
Bloodbath
Gojira
Gwar
Korpiklaani
Doro
Holy Moses
Suffocation
Bonded by Blood

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Desecration
Hospital of Death

Powerwolf
Enforcer
Steelwing
Collapse

Sylosis
Benediction
Regardless Of Me
Mordecai

Killing Machine
Winterfylleth
Witchsorrow
The Prophecy
Purified In Blood

New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Arceye
Credit To Dementia
Shrapnel
Splintered Soul
Senturia
Tempestora
Morgue Orgy
Grieve
Betraeus
Lordaeron
Under Blackened Skies

The Whores
Reism
Chaos Asylum
Silas
Flayed Disciple
AGHAST!
Lithurgy
Zocalo
Achren
Echoes Fall
Burn The Hive

Furyon
Core Project
Orestea
Stone Circle
Mutant
Extreme Od
Ishmael
Traces
Hekz
Neonfly
Old Corpse Road

  • Heaven & Hell were booked to headline on Sunday, but pulled out due to Ronnie James Dio's continuing health issues.[1]
    • Shortly after Heaven & Hell pulled out, Dio died. The main stage was later renamed the Ronnie James Dio stage in tribute to him.[2]
    • Twisted Sister's headline slot was moved from Friday to Sunday to replace Heaven & Hell. Opeth were then booked to fill the Friday headline slot.
  • Dream Evil were confirmed for the mainstage on Friday, but were forced to pull out due to "personal commitments".[3]
  • Behemoth were confirmed for the mainstage on Friday, but pulled out due to the hospitalisation of frontman, Adam "Nergal" Darski.[4] Cathedral were announced as their replacements.
  • The Sophie Lancaster stage was increased in size and became Bloodstock's second stage. It now plays host to larger, more well known bands, as well as DJs, karaoke, film showings, competitions and more.

BOA 2011[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2011 took place at Catton Hall between Friday 12 August and Sunday 14 August 2011. This year the festival had over 10,900 visitors. The line up was as follows:-

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

W.A.S.P.
The Devin Townsend Project
Kreator
Coroner
Triptykon
Poisonblack
Forbidden
Wolf
The Defiled

Immortal
Rhapsody of Fire
Therion
Wintersun
Ihsahn
Finntroll
Tarot
Grave Digger
Skeletonwitch

Motörhead
Morbid Angel
At The Gates
Exodus
Hammerfall
Napalm Death
Primordial
1349
Hell

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Steve Hughes
Jason Rouse
Beholder
Revoker
Xerath
Achren

Lawnmower Deth
October File
Byfrost
Arthemis
Romeo Must Die
Cerebral Bore
Imicus
Mortad

Keith Platt
Steve Hill
Angel Witch
The Rotted
Deadly Circus Fire
Hammer of the Gods
Def-Con-One
Blake
Dripback

Steve Hughes
Jason Rouse
Criminal
Amaranthe
Power Quest
Survivors Zero
Hellish Outcast
Nemhain
Evil Scarecrow
Grand Ultra

New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Brezno
Training Icarus
Cryostorm
Decimation
The Furious Horde
Saturnian
Rannoch
Primitai
Entro-P
Inner Fire
Shreddertron
Unknown Fear

Intensive Square
Haerken
Pure Negative
Hostile Rising
Furyborn
Foul Body Autopsy
Impaled Existence
Uburen
Bury The Conscious
Soulsphere
Zombie Militia
Bludvera

Lifer
Achilla
Talanas
Northern Oak
Sanguine
Twilight's Embrace
Sacred Illusion
Akarusa Yami
Spires
Visitor
Wolfcrusher
Candid Iniquity

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Primitai
Alternative Carpark
Rannoch
Spires
Foul Body Autopsy

Northern Oak
Obsessive Compulsive
Guardians of Andromeda
Fantasist
Avenge Thee & Name

The Last In Line
Pig Iron
Inferno
Operation Error
Amaranthe

  • Nevermore were booked for the Ronnie James Dio stage, but were removed from the official line up in July. No official explanation has yet been released.
  • Primevil were booked for the Sophie stage, but were later removed from the official line up. No explanation has yet been released.

BOA 2012[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2012 was scheduled to take place at Catton Hall between Thursday 16 August and Sunday 19 August 2012 (a week later than usual, owing to the festival organisers not wanting the festival to clash with the closing of the 2012 London Olympics); however, the dates were changed to between Thursday 9 August and Sunday 12 August.[5] This change was never officially explained. The line-up was as follows:-

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Behemoth
Dio Disciples
Watain
Sepultura
Iced Earth
Moonsorrow
Grand Magus
Freedom Call
Malefice

Machine Head
Testament
Hatebreed
Sanctuary
Mayhem
Crowbar
Chthonic
I AM I
Benediction

Alice Cooper
Dimmu Borgir
Paradise Lost
Anvil
Evile
The Black Dahlia Murder
Nile
Corrosion of Conformity
Kobra and the Lotus

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Viking Skull
Marionette
Bloodshot Dawn
Saturnian

Dirty Sanchez
Alcest
Eastern Front
Pythia
Death Valley Knights
Derision
Sweet Savage
Primitai
Gonoreas
Commander in Chief

Orange Goblin
Sight of Emptiness
Witchsorrow
Winterfylleth
Furyon
Rising Dream
Infernal Tenebra
Dripback
Savage Messiah
Splintered Soul

Anaal Nathrakh
Headcharger
Demonic Resurrection
Nociferia
Ancient Ascendant
Crimes of Passion
Battalion
Flayed Disciple
Re-Armed

New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Fallen Fate
Infernal Creation
Kataleptic
Scare Tactics
Killer Hurts
Exile The Traitor
My Wooden Pillow
Cambion
Krepuskul
Warhorse
Waking Theo
Control The Storm
InComa

Gone Til Winter
Doomed
Reflection in Exile
Cosmic Vortex Of Doom
Tempus Fusion
Bull Riff Stampede
Wretched Soul
Sublime Eyes
Father
The Conflict Within
Stormborn
Merciless Fail
Apollyon

Airstryke
Blynd
Incinery
Shattered Skies
A Thousand Enemies
Huron
Reign of Fury
Dreamcatcher
Hakin
Sa-da-kO
Aethara
From Ruin
Seprevation

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Absolva
Dave McPherson
Andraste
Dakesis
Skarlett Riot

I AM I
Dreamcatcher
Kyrbgrinder
Triaxis
From Ruin

The Mercy House
Kobra and the Lotus
Orianthi
Splintered Soul
A Thousand Enemies

  • Lock Up were booked to play on the RJD stage on the Friday, but were removed from the lineup. This was later confirmed on the official Bloodstock Twitter page due to logistical problems.
  • Deicide were booked to play on the RJD stage on the Sunday, but ended up cancelling the whole European tour that BOA was a part of. Because of this Evile were moved from the Sophie Lancaster Stage to the Ronnie James Dio Stage to fill the void.

BOA 2013[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2013 took place at Catton Hall between Thursday 8 August and Sunday 11 August.

The line-up was:

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

King Diamond
Accept
Voivod
Municipal Waste
Dark Funeral
Firewind
Ex Deo
Death Angel
Earthtone9

Lamb of God
Avantasia
Sabaton
Gojira
Kataklysm
Hell
3 Inches of Blood
Beholder
Stormbringer

Slayer
Anthrax
DevilDriver
Exodus
Amorphis
Fozzy
Sacred Mother Tongue
Whitechapel
Gama Bomb

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Tragedy
Ravenage
OAF
Bull-Riff Stampede
Motherload

Scar Symmetry
Xentrix
Xerath
Cypher 16
Skiltron
The Prophecy
Shrapnel
Bloodbound
Absolva
The Way Of Purity

Last In Line
Power Quest*
NeonFly
Mael Mordha
Scarab
Betraeus
Vanderbuyst
Sworn Amongst
Unfathomable Ruination

Dying Fetus
Wolfsbane
Belphegor
Breed 77
Gormathon
Evil Scarecrow
Bossk
RSJ
Grifter
States of Panic
Lifer

New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Mair
Craniation
Fahran
Second Rate Angels
Karybdis
Prosperina
Nocturna
Warpath
Left Unscarred
Shoel Afterlife
Rezinwolf
Cruel Humanity
This is Turin

The Infernal Sea
Skreamer
One For Sorrow
Dishonour The Crown
Ten Cent Toy
Internal Conflict
In The Hills
Gehtika
XII Boar
Diesel King
Mask of Judas
Elithia
Fallen Riot

Bludger
Amulet
Merciless Terror
Bound By Exile
Negligence
Eridium
Fury
Line of Fire
NeonHalo
Kremated
Oceanis
Scar City
Black Emerald

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Mitchell Emms
Ravenage
Wraith
Mia Klose
Resin

Incassum
Awake By Design
The Earls of Mars
Balls Deep
Cavorts

Phil Campbell's All Starr Band
Betraeus
Andy James
The Bastard Sons
Operation Error

Pritchard vs Dainton, Andrew O'Neill & Full Contact Medieval Tournament Combat also appeared at the festival.

*Power Quest's final show before disbanding.

BOA 2014[edit]

Bloodstock Open Air 2014 took place at Catton Hall between Thursday 7 August and Sunday 10 August.

The line-up was:

Ronnie James Dio Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Down
Dimmu Borgir
Hatebreed
Triptykon
Prong
Flotsam and Jetsam
Primordial
Entombed A.D.
Bloodshot Dawn

Emperor
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Lacuna Coil
Crowbar
Orphaned Land
Decapitated
Shining
Evil Scarecrow

Megadeth
Amon Amarth
Saxon
Obituary
Avatar
Biohazard
ReVamp
Aborted
Arthemis

Sophie Lancaster Stage
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Jaldaboath
Monument
Incinery
Gehtika
Balls Deep

Rotting Christ
Skyclad
Diabolical
Winterfylleth
Deals Death
Zerozonic
De Profundis
Krokodil
Aghast!
Cambion
Gurt

Hellyeah
Sister Sin
Battleaxe
Blood Red Throne
Obsidian Kingdom
Conquest of Steel
The Mercy House
Old Corpse Road
Profane Omen
The King Is Blind
Babylon Fire

Satan
Graveyard
Collibus
Krow
Stormzone
Stahlsarg
Voices
Morgue Orgy
Haerken
October File
Aaron Keylock

New Blood Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Jackknife Seizure
Jonestown
Angerman
Dog Tired
Hogslayer
Sinpathetic
Alone With Wolves
Oakhaart
Brutai
Abhorrent Decimation
No Sin Evades His Gaze
Convincing Clearity
Goat Leaf

All Consumed
Cacodaemonic
Warcrab
The Canyon Observer
Phantom
Metaprism
Resin
Born Of The Jackal
Synaptik
The Threat
Darkeye
Reprisal
Back Down or Die

The Self Titled
Once Upon
Kill All The Gentlemen
Scordatura
Stoneghost
Today The Sun Dies
Psykosis
Leatherneck
Akbal
Eradikator
Unseen Prophecy
King Goat
Byzanthian Neckbeard

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Aceldama
King Creature
Undersmile
Ten Foot Wizard
Cadence Noir

Alzir
Orphaned Land Acoustic
Massive Wagons
The Darkhorse
The Amorettes

enkElination
Ded Orse
The Heretic Order
Rabid Bitch of the North
Resin Acoustic

Prior to Lamb Of God's set at Bloodstock 2013, Emperor were announced for the 2014 event.
Phil Campbell's All Starr Band were booked to headline Thursday on the Sophie stage but withdrew 2 weeks before the festival due to Phil's Motörhead commitments.
Due to Graveyard's flight being delayed, Graveyard and Avatar swapped slots at last minute.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] HEAVEN AND HELL CANCEL ALL SUMMER APPEARANCES FOR 2010 - Official Bloodstock Announcement
  2. ^ [2] MESHUGGAH CONFIRM ONLY UK APPEARANCE OF 2010 - Official Bloodstock Announcement
  3. ^ [3] SWEDISH SUPERGROUP BLOODBATH CONFIRM FIRST AND ONLY UK APPEARANCE AT BLOODSTOCK 2010 - Official Bloodstock Announcement
  4. ^ [4] BEHEMOTH FORCED TO CANCEL - CATHEDRAL STEP UP TO REPLACE THEM - Official Bloodstock Announcement
  5. ^ [5] BLOODSTOCK 2011 HUGE SUCCESS - 2012 TICKETS ON SALE NOW - Official Bloodstock Announcement