Irish Metal Transfusion at Bloodstock 2013 Part 1: The First Cut…

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2013

Bloodstock Open Air Festival. You’ll be forgiven for not having heard of it. It’s not exactly Glastonbury. But since its modest beginnings in 2001 as a one-day indoor festival with just over 700 attendees, it has grown to become the UK’s biggest independent metal festival held at the picturesque location of Catton Hall, in Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. This year’s festival took place from August 8th to 11th, and saw more than 100 rock and metal acts, across four stages and over four days, entertain 15,000 metal heads from far and near. We were there. And this is just a taste of what it was all about…

Devil Horns Up

Devil Horns Up

The festival village opens its gates at noon on Thursday, August 8th, and quickly the campsites (Asgard, Hel, Midgard, Valhalla and Ironwood) fill with eager metal fans carrying rucksacks, tents and crates of beer. Unlike this year’s Download festival (another metal festival, held in early June just 20 miles away from Bloodstock), wellington boots are not required. In fact, the weather stays dry and warm for most of the weekend.

Face Paints

Face Paints

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Photography by Olga Kuzmenko. Articles by Alan Daly and Olga Kuzmenko.

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