Bloodstock 2018 Preview

It’s tough trying to explain why you should go to a festival that’s not happened yet – all you can go on is past experiences. If those are anything to go by, however, you should definitely go to Bloodstock 2018.

Some info

It doesn’t feel like one big advert

BOA will never match “Barclaycard presents BST Hyde Park” for sheer marketing audacity. A lot of festivals nowadays are propped up with sponsorship from a dozen or more brands, which is fine, we get it, but sometimes they seem so out of place that it sours the whole experience.

With BOA, everything makes sense and adds to the whole experience. Kraken flavoured ice cream? Obviously. Jagermeister tent. Obviously.

It makes for a more pleasant experience where the music is at the forefront of what the festival is about.

The music is awesome

It’s hard not to get buzzed about Priest, Gojira and Nightwish playing but you have an amazing undercard (like you always do here) that features Empreror,  Cannibal Corpse, At The Gates, Mr. Big, Suicidal Tendencies, Orphaned Land and so much more across the various stages.

The strength lies that when BOA finishes, you’re left wondering “how can the top this year, I mean, without repetition, how they going to produce quality” only for them to answer it, usually during the festival itself like when they announced Gojira last year for this year.

Obviously, with BOA, it’s not about the bands with millions of listens on Spotify, it’s about the underground bands, the new lot that come in via Metal to the Masses. Some gems have climbed their way to the main stage and some have done it within their actual set:

Oh yeah, it also starts Thursday… which is nice.
Bloodstock Lineup

The arena is a breath of fresh air

Even the most die hard DLF fan doesn’t wake up and go “can’t wait for that walk to the arena and the subsequent hikes between stages for the bands that I may possibly miss

With BOA, everything is the perfect distance from each other. Bars, food, camping, stages. It doesn’t feel cramped up and it’s not this massive expanse of land that you have to compensate for like at DLF, Reading or pretty much any other festival.

The only festival where a VIP upgrade is worth it

  • Metres between car, camp and arena
  • Look at the drinks below – they’re not even found their final form
  • Right next to press area so could see your idols
  • Awesome entertainment
  • Take a look at that drink list again

The atmosphere is friendly to the point where you question your own morals

In all our years of going, we’ve never seen any trouble. You don’t hear about any of the stuff you see or read about at other festivals.

People look out after each other. There’s zero discrimination. Everyone is there for a good time without ruining someone else’s time.

Importantly, it’s all anbout the music – a lot of festivals forget that.

Here’s what you need to know

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