Bloodstock add Ihsahn to line up

With a headline cast boasting Motörhead, W.A.S.P and Immortal, Bloodstock Open Air announces another fantastic act to the bill.

Norwegian musical mastermind Ihsahn makes the first UK festival appearance of his 21 year career at Bloodstock this summer on the Ronnie James Dio stage. Rising to notoriety fronting symphonic Black Metallers Emperor, Ihsahn’s career has been one of constant growth and development, from his early days in the controversial Norwegian Black Metal scene, through the partnership with his wife in the Avante-garde Peccatum, to the solo work that he currently devotes his life to, not to mention guest appearances with the likes of Ulver, Acturus and fellow Bloodstock performer Devin Townsend. The result is a rich and varied musical tapestry, a progressive combination of technical, blackened metal with a heavy classical bent, which is sure to delight the metal masses at Bloodstock Open Air.

“I have strong musical bonds to the UK, both as fan and artist” declares Ihsahn. “I played my first UK show back in 1993 but this will be my first open-air appearance and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bloodstock has also revealed details of it’s affiliate scheme, enabling supporters of the UK’s only true outdoor Metal festival to be rewarded for their efforts. Bloodstock has seen incredible growth in the last few years, which is largely down to word of mouth promotion from satisfied punters. To reward our enthusiastic emissaries, Bloodstock is giving those who help turn people on to BOA the opportunity to earn free tickets and hard cash. If you have a Website, Facebook, MySpace account or any other social networking platform you can now become a Bloodstock affiliate partner. To find out more check out

Bloodstock Open Air 2011 takes place at Catton Hall August 12th – 14th.

Tickets for the 2011 event are on sale now at

Bloodstock Open Air 2011                12th – 14th August 2011
Band Line Up So Far:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

W.A.S.P – Immortal – Motörhead

Devin Townsend – Rhapsody Of Fire  – Morbid Angel – At The Gates – Therion – Coroner – Kreator – Nevermore – Exodus – Triptykon – Hammerfall – Grave Digger – Napalm Death – Tarot – Wolf – Poison Black – 1349 – Ihsahn

Sophie Lancaster Stage

Angelwitch – Criminal – Lawnmower Deth – Arthemis – Power Quest – The Rotted – October File –  Nemhain – Def Con One – Survivors Zero – Byfrost  – Deadly Circus Fire – Primevil



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