In the run up to our favourite heavy metal festival, the Fake Geeks team are putting together a collection of content aimed at those that will be joining us at this year’s Bloodstock festival.
In addition to a specially themed podcast (which you can check out here), we will be previewing a selection of bands across all stages and all days.
If you missed our preview of the Ronnie James Dio stage, you can check that out here. Today, we move onto the Sophie Lancaster Stage.
As is now traditional, Bloodstock put on a handful of bands on the Thursday evening to help get everyone in the party spirit. This year, ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell is bringing his band along to give the audience a tour of rock and metal classics from the likes of Motorhead and Thin Lizzy. Also, the bars are all being renamed Lemmy’s Bar in honour of the late singer. Fittingly, Phil will be having the first drink to officially open them.
Friday night will see one of the classic names from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal take to the stage. Expect a set list made of tracks from their classic 1980 album Lightning to the Nations, as well as tasty cuts from their latest, eponymous album.
If thrash metal is your bag, then get down to the Sophie stage late on Saturday night. North Yorkshire’s Acid Reign reformed in 2015 after a 24 year hiatus, and from all reports they sound as good as ever!
Closing out the festival for the Sophie stage are this noisy quartet from Louisiana. Subtly straddling the ever more blurred lines between heavy, thrash and death, Goatwhore are a veritable venn diagram of metal.
If that lot has whet your appetite for bands on the Sophie stage, wrap your ears around this lot below.
Just because this is a heavy metal festival doesn’t mean there isn’t a time or a place for something a little different. Sumer are a very talented post-metal/prog/crossover band from the nation’s capital. If you fancy some interesting music to go with the Thursday evening beers, then head down to the Sophie stage and give these talented guys a whirl.
Bloodstock has got a long standing history of booking quality symphonic acts, including the likes of Nightwish, Within Temptation, Leaves’ Eyes and EnkElination. This year is no different, as Germany band Beyond the Black will sub-headline the Sophie stage. Despite some line-up issues of late (only the singer currently remains), they have assured fans that all tour dates will be honoured on the upcoming tour. Phew!
Last time this Hampshire three-piece played BOA, they slayed the New Blood (now Hobgoblin stage), despite the lead singer/guitarist destroying most of the strings on his axe. Now with an album under their belt (the catchy Pitworthy), they aim to conquer another stage.
In this day and age it can be difficult to stand out, to make yourself seem unique. Well, Saturday has at least two bands that are most certainly unique – and we feature both of them now. First up is this London based trio that infuse heavy psychedelia and stoner rock with some beautiful, powerful soulful vocals.
Sub-headlining on the Saturday are one of the most interesting, talented and outright bonkers bands on the go at the moment. Norway’s Shining fuse jazz with their own take on avant garde, progressive industrial metal.
We here at Fake Geeks HQ do enjoy our stoner rock. Happily for us, Bloodstock has increased the amount of such bands in recent years. Of this year’s contingent, there are guys are some of the absolute best.
How does epic melodic death metal with Japanese folk elements sound to you? Well, that’s exactly how Finnish band Whispered describe themselves. With hints of Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir and others (though definitely incorporating their own sound), Whispered may indeed be one of the most epic sounding bands on the bill.
That concludes our round-up of recommendations for the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Check back soon to see who we think are the can’t miss bands on the Hobgoblin and Jagermeister stages.