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Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) is the UK’s biggest independent metal festival. Held in the picturesque location of Walton on Trent in Derbyshire, B-O-A consistently showcases the strongest metal line up on UK soil to around 15,000 fans.

BLOODSTOCK boasts over 100 international rock and metal acts across four stages, as well as other attractions including a metal market, late night entertainment in the Sophie Lancaster Tent, fairground rides, ‘Lemmy’s Bar’ serving real ale in the main arena, full weekend camping and one of the best atmospheres the festival scene has to offer.

Add to this a signing tent where you can meet your favourite bands, the Bloodstock Rock Society, and for those of you who need those extra creature comforts – an extra special VIP experience in the Serpents Lair camping and hospitality backstage bar, which offers 100+ different real ales, this really is an unmissable date in the headbangers calendar.

The festival also runs Metal 2 The Masses, a Europe wide “talent search” for the best rock and metal future greats who compete for fan approval to land a slot on the New Blood Stage, which thanks to its upgrade, is proving ever more popular.

Child friendly, and with reasonable food and drink prices means the very low ticket price is excellent value for your purse/wallet/back pocket.



  • Friendliest Metal Festival In The UK
  • Only a few minutes amble between stages
  • VIP Area entertainment
  • Stages run well
  • Decent camping facilities
  • Security are super friendly
  • Very child friendly/Allocated quiet camping
  • 3 covered stages for inclement weather
  • Not overcrowded!


  • It doesn't have Gojira playing a twelve hour set, every day
  • Road signage sometimes lacking

Hugely Enjoyable

Value For Money - 10
Festival Vibe - 10
Toilets - 7
Food/Drink Cost - 7
Security - 8
VIP Facilities - 8
Disabled Facilities - 7.5
Creator and owner of, now OMNIA GRAVIS. Addicted to the metulz, Bloodstock, Dave Grohl, and Gojira. I sleep little. Often a bit sweary. ALL HAIL OWLS.

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