Bloodstock Open Air 2012 announce first bands

Bloodstock Open Air has revealed the first two names for next year’s festival.

The first act confirmed for the Ronnie James Dio main stage next year are legendary Canadian comeback kings Anvil. Anvil are true defenders of the faith, having never lost sight of their vision to create uncompromising, dyed in the wool heavy metal. They have been on a rock ‘n’ roll journey for the past 30 years and while few bands can make it to the three year mark, Anvil have closed in on three decades of the most uncompromised and ear pleasing metal known to headbangers.

Ever since the award-winning documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” propelled the Canadian band from their respectable, hard-earned status as a band revered by the likes of Metallica, Motorhead and Guns N’ Roses, Anvil founding members, vocalist/guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner, have made sure that one thing remains constant; their dedication to their music. Their performance at BOA 2012 is bound to be a memorable one in Bloodstock’s history.

Home-grown stoners Orange Goblin are first to be confirmed for the Sophie stage next year. Since the mid-90s, Orange Goblin have upheld the traditions of great British heavy rock and metal, cementing their place in rock history as pioneers alongside the likes of Monser Magnet, Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Clutch. Since their formation in the late night drinking holes of London’s Soho, the band have risen to the very pinnacle of what they do, earning a reputation as an awesome live band that has seen them share the stage all over the world with the likes of Alice Cooper, Heaven & Hell, Sex Pistols, Kreator, Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig, Monster Magnet, Nashville Pussy, Cathedral, Nebula, Unida, Alabama Thunderpussy, Dio, Grand Magus, Witchcraft and many more. Returning to Bloodstock for the first time since the inaugral indoor event in 2011, anyone under the canvas of the Sophie tent while OG are on its stage will be helpless against the sheer power and presence of man mountain/frontman Ben Ward, and will be in for one of the weekend’s highlights.

Bloodstock have released early bird tickets for next year’s fest at rock bottom prices. Four day camping tickets for next year’s event – which takes place 9th – 12th August next year – are available now at for just £90 (plus booking fee) until xmas.

Bloodstock Open Air 2012 takes place at Catton Hall August 9th – 12th

Tickets for the 2012 event are on sale now at

Bloodstock Open Air 2012 9th – 12th August 2012

Line Up So Far:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

Sophie Stage
Orange Goblin


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