Opeth Return To Fill Final Headline Slot at Bloodstock

With a line-up boasting headline appearances from Children Of Bodom, Fear Factory, Twisted Sister, plus a special guest slot filled by Meshuggah, Bloodstock can now confirm the final headline slot for Bloodstock Open Air 2010. The Friday night will be closed by Swedish Prog-Metal superstars OPETH, who headlined back in 2008.

“We’re pretty excited about coming back to play the Bloodstock festival with Opeth.” States frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt “Myself and Axe will of course be double-fisting since we gonna cause some havoc with Bloodbath as well. We got asked to play since Heaven & Hell cancelled and even though we obviously feel that we cannot possibly match their magic or fill the void, it will be a like a personal tribute show to the memory of Ronnie Dio. So needless to say I’m honoured to play, it will be intimidating and emotional I believe. We’ll deliver as usual of course but yeah, I will be thinking about Dio, that’s for sure.”

Since 1990, Opeth have dazzled audiences with their unique blend of death metal, prog and folk, earning a diverse fanbase through the use of both electric and acoustic guitars, and clean and growled vocals. Their 2008 headline slot earned the band rave reviews across the music press, for a performance that had the assembled mass of metalheads captivated with their intricate, beautifully executed compositions. With special guests Meshuggah preceding Opeth’s headline slot, we look forward to an awesome close to the first full day of BOA 2010 on Friday 13th August.

Crusader Limited Edition Print

In other news, Bloodstock founder Paul Gregory has released a Ltd Ed print of the Crusader artwork. Crusader was not only the first album cover Paul Raymond Gregory painted for Saxon but his first for any band. 25 years later this historic cover is  released as a fine art limited edition print of 500 copies worldwide. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and accompanied with a letter of authenticity.

Not only in celebration of 40 years of metal and ten years of Bloodstock but in recognition of Paul’s relationship with the band that  Headlined the first Bloodstock and gave him eleven covers, Paul has reduced the price of the edition to just £50.00 to the run up to the festival.

Your chance to save over £150.00 and collect a piece of metal’s history, the artwork was originally painted in 1983 so is a great collectors piece for any rock / metal fan!  The print will be ONLY available at this price between now and 15th August 2010 subject to availability

Print Size 840 x 594 mm

Image size 770 x 465 mm

The Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival 2010 will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 12th – 15th August.

Weekend tickets are on sale now at www.bloodstock.uk.com


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