As most of you know, I amin Oslo these days and have access to a lot of metal festivals. It makes it so hard nowadays for fans to choose what festival to attend, especially when travel is involved.
For the first time, I went to Bloodstock Festival, in the United Kingdom, for the full 3 days and I honestly did not feel like it was any other festival out there..I had the time of my life and had I of been there just as a fan, but not as a fan & journalist, I would have been just as happy since this the best festival and well worth saving for. Everything was reasonably priced , easy to find and most of all there were so many great bands in one weekend!!!!!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bloodstock, it is one of the largest and most popular independently and family run heavy metal festival in the UK.
When I first left for Bloodstock it was so early in the morning that I was so tired by the time I arrived in Birmingham England…I had maybe an hour to get ready. We rushed to the venue and it was pretty well organized since there was a courtesy shuttle bus set up to take me from the parking straight to the media tent (where I got all of the great interviews for everyone to watch on Stay Heavy TV) and I was sort of late for the interview with Devin Townsend, but while I was waiting , I was able to walk around for a few minutes and check out the rest of the festival. There was a nice Jagermeister stand s that was the 1st place I stopped to have a shot & kind of get ready for work :) I also noticed amusement park rides!!! That was definitely something I had to do when I had time.
I went backstage to do the interviews with Ishan, Tom G Warrior & Devin Townsend and saw that there were free tattoos and piercings available for artists and I was offered a free tattoo so I decided I would think about it over night..the interviews went well and even though I was still tired my mood was better when I met the promoter who was completely great, Vicky Gregory. She was completely accommodating and helpful and definitely welcomed the presence of Stay Heavy Tv. It was nice to run into old friends and people I have interviewed; it always makes things more comfortable. I saw a bit of WASP as well.
It was time to get back to the hotel and sleep , but before doing so I tried out some of the food at the festival ..asian noodles and it was delicious!! The food was very reasonably priced as well
I decided to have a quiet night and just sleep since the next day was a long one!!! Saturday is always the busiest day at the festivals.
Saturday morning arrived and after a long night sleep, I decided it was time to wake up and relax for a bit. I stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast about 30 minutes from the venue and it was only 70 reais night to stay there. As soon as I got to the festival, I had time to walk around and speak to a lot of the fans. Many of them came from all over the world and had told me how they liked the way the festival was set up and the fact that it was not really expensive to do stuff there. The stages were spread well apart and that made it easier for fans to fully enjoy the music and not for the music to be mashed together either. I had only about 3 interviews scheduled, but it turned out to be about 8 by the time people found out Stay Heavy Tv was there and that we were doing interviews for Brazilian TV.
I ran into Dave Vincent and had a great interview with him..I was pretty much drunk after the Skeletonwitch guys gave me some alcohol..hehehe. The interviews went real well and then it was time for my tattoo between interviews, Black Tides Tattoo did my tattoo for me (I got a black widow spider tattooed on the back of my neck). It was pretty wasted after that since I had Jagermesieter. As the day went on, I was so excited to see Immortal play. There were many other great bands there , but Immortal is one I can never get enough of. Bloodstock also gave the chance to new bands as well to play the festival without charging them a fee and that is one thing that makes this festival very unique and dedicated to keeping the metal scene alive.
There is a nice signing tent and almost every band had a signing session and it was very well put together there with a visible schedule. SO , not only do fans get to see all of these amazing bands but get to meet them.
The sound was amazingly great and I also liked the fact that I got to see some of my favorite bands such as Finntroll, Therion , Hammerfall & Wintersun play. It was really nice to see sucha great line up there..lets hope Shadowside goes there for 2012!!!
As the night went on, I met so many other bands that I was able to actually hang out with & have a drink with. I also managed to kidnap one of the Therion guys about an hour before they had to leave & got him to go on one of the amusement park rides with me (there were about 6 different ones)..it was fun and at that point, it was time to get a little bit more booze..so I did and next thing you know, I ended up on the bumper cars with the tattoo artist and the Jagermesiter representative.
It was time to eat, and there was good barbeque of ostrich meat patties which was pretty good. I got to hang out with the Wintersun guys and have a shot of Jagermeister (jager always brings people together).
So, finally it was time for Immortal and once again, it was a kick ass show with lots of fog and mayhem on stage!!! The performance and sound were better at Bloodstock that it was at Inferno festival.
Sunday was the saddest day since it was the last day of Bloodstock but on a better note, I got to see an old friend, Lemmy!! We had a small chat and a drink of jack daniels and coke, but most importantly, I was great to see Lemmy kick ass live on stage.
I got a free piercing and during the piercing on my ear I was sitting next to Idar, from 1349, on the piercing table and grabbed onto him since it hurt so bad, but the piercing looks soooooooooo cool!! It was great seeing 1349 at Bloodstock.
The headliners for all 3 days were great: WASP, Immortal and Motorhead!!!
I cannot wait for Bloodstock 2012….I certainly hope to see some of you guys visit Bloodstock.
For more info got to: www.bloodstock.uk.com