Bloodstock Festival is held every August in Derbyshire, England and has been running since 2005. It features international bands from Rock through to Extreme Metal, and they also have a stage for less established bands from the UK.
Bloodstock Open Air Festival Dates
Bloodstock Festival will be held from Thursday August 6th – Sunday August 9th 2020. Bloodstock celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary in 2020 so it is going to be a very special festival.
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Bloodstock Attendance Capacity
The daily capacity at Bloodstock is usually around 15,000 but has been known to reach 18,000. As it isn’t a huge festival, there is much more of a community feel to it and it’s also less tiring than being at some of the bigger festivals as you don’t have to walk so far between the stages and to the campsite.
There are 3 types of Bloodstock tickets that can be purchased.
VIP Camping Including Festival Ticket: There are various VIP packages available offering different standards of accommodation.
Day Ticket: These usually go on sale much closer to the event date
Bloodstock Stages and Line Up
There are 5 stages at Bloodstock.
The Main Stage is the Ronnie James Dio Stage where usually 27 bands will perform across the weekend.
The Second Stage is the Sophie Lancaster Stage where usually 38 bands will perform across the weekend.
The Hobgoblin New Blood Stage hosts the ‘Metal 2 the Masses’ less established bands.
There is also the Jagermeister Stage that hosts lesser known bands and acoustic sets, while the Serpent’s Lair Stage in the VIP area occasionally has bands performing.
Bloodstock 2020 Headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND, JUDAS PRIEST & BEHEMOTH. A number of other bands have also been announced.
The last bands each day tend to finish around midnight.
Tip! There will be band clashes across the stages. Use Clashfinder to help plan your itinerary. Note that the Clashfinder initially is just a guide and will only become accurate once official stage times have been announced.
Camping at Bloodstock Open Air Festival
There are 7 campsites at Bloodstock. ASGARD, HEL, MIDGARD, VALHALLA, IRONWOOD, RAGNAROK and JOTUNHEIM.
Some of them are very close to the main arena. They all have toilet facilities and an Info Hub. Some have showers.
MIDGARD has a Campsite Shop, Food and Drink stalls and shower facilities (for all campers to use). There is a small charge for the showers.
RAGNAROK is for Quiet Camping
NIFLEIM caters for disabled campers and is very close to the main arena
Tip! If you want to take a shower, there tend to be queues in the morning and it could be quite a long wait. However by mid-afternoon the queues have gone down significantly so nipping back later in the day is a good idea. Also, take some flip-flops as the changing area floors can get a bit muddy.
Tip! If you plan to do some cooking, you will unlikely be allowed stoves with flames and gas canisters. Use a Solid Fuel Stove instead.
Tip! The Car Park is 900m/half mile away from the camping site so a Festival Trolley could turn out to be a good investment for transporting all your heavy gear and drink.
Tip! A Camping Chair is recommended when camping so you have somewhere to sit in the mornings and evenings before/after the bands and is essential if the ground is wet. (Camping chairs are allowed in the arena but not after 5pm)
Bloodstock Festival Location and Postcode
The Bloodstock Festival address is: Catton Park, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England.
Travelling to Bloodstock
Travelling to Bloodstock by Car: Approximate mileage to Bloodstock from the following locations is:
Birmingham 20 miles
Nottingham 45 miles
Manchester 85 miles
Bristol 110 miles
London 130 miles
Parking at Bloodstock: There is a large car park at Bloodstock. A Parking Permit is required and can be purchased in advance. 2020 fee for cars is £tbc in advance or £tbc on the day.
Tip! The Car Park is half a mile away from the camping site so be prepared for the walk and consider how you are going to transport all your camping equipment. A Festival Trolley could turn out to be a very good investment and many people use these.
Bloodstock Shuttle Bus: A Festival Shuttle Bus operates between Lichfield City Train station and the festival site. There are no local busses that travel close to the festival site.
Travelling to Bloodstock by Train: Lichfield is the nearest train station being 7 miles from the festival site. The Shuttle Bus can then be used to get to the festival site.
Travelling to Bloodstock by Coach: Big Green Coach pick up from a number of locations across the UK and travel direct to the festival site.
Local Taxi Firms: Bloodstock has agreed preferential rates with two local taxi companies.
New Street Taxis – 01283 535353 and 5 Ten taxis – 01283 510510
Example Prices from festival site (Pick Up/Drop Off point) are: £12-£15 to Burton, £20 to Lichfield, £25-£30 to Derby, £20-£25 to Tamworth, £45 to Birmingham.
Bloodstock Pickup / Drop-Off Point: The Pick Up/Drop Off point is situated at the main car park and sign posted as you approach by road. These are for anyone being collected or dropped off by car, taxi, minibus.
A Disability Shuttle Bus operates between the festival site and Pickup/Drop Off point for those with a disability and are unable to walk the 900m/half mile distance.
Travelling to Bloodstock by Air: Mileage to the festival from the following airports is:
Birmingham Airport – 20 miles
Nottingham Airport – 20 miles
East Midlands Airport – 20 miles
Manchester Airport – 60 miles
Heathrow Airport – 130 miles
Therefore a flight into Birmingham Airport and Taxi to the festival would be the most expedient route. A slightly more cost effective option (but longer duration) from Birmingham Airport would be a Taxi to Lichfield Railway Station and then take the festival shuttle bus to the festival site.
Hotels and Accommodation Local to Bloodstock Festival
Bloodstock is close to a number of local towns that are 6-8 miles from the festival site and they have several alternative forms of accommodation if you prefer not to use the campsite.
You can find a selection of accommodation options near to Bloodstock, Catton Park, DE12 8LN on the interactive map below. You can zoom in/out and drag.
Tip! The hotels do get booked up quickly so if you know you are going to go to the festival, you are advised to then book your hotel ASAP before prices go up and/or they sell out.
Purchasing Food & Drink at Bloodstock
Food: There are plenty of outlets to buy food at Bloodstock Festival. These range from Full English Breakfasts to burgers, noodles, paella and many more options including vegan and vegetarian.
Beer: The festival pub has a large selection of beers and ales, as does ‘Lemmy’s Bar’. There is a late night bar in the Sophie Lancaster tent which stays open to 2am. Chilled beers can be purchased at the Midgard campsite. Beer prices vary at Bloodstock depending on what you have. A standard pint will cost £4.50 – £5.00. Bloodstocks own beer which is 6.66% is £5 per pint.
Bloodstock operate a drinking cup scheme whereby you purchase a cup initially and keep the cup with you during the day.
Payment can be cash or card
Food & Alcohol are not to be taken into main arena
Water: Free drinking water is available from designated water points in the arena and at the campsites.
Tip! To stay hydrated, use your empty beer cup and have a cup of water from the free water taps occasionally.
Tip! Fill up on snack bars at the campsite before going to the arena in the morning
What to Take to Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Wristbands and Entry
The site officially opens for campers at Noon on the Thursday. If you turn up slightly earlier, there is a fair chance you will be allowed in. Queues do develop at the entrance, especially between 12 and 4 so be prepared for this. You could decide to turn up later to miss the queues but the downside is that you might struggle to find a decent spot to pitch your tent.
Wristbands are handed out upon arrival and will differ in colour depending on the camping package or ticket type purchased. Persons under 16 will be provided with a wristband that has a space where the parent can write their mobile phone number.
Bloodstock has merchandise stalls for official merchandise and also a Metal Market full of stalls belonging to various traders.
In the past Bloodstock has predominantly been blessed with good weather. If it does rain, the Sophie Lancaster Stage is in a large tent and will provide shelter. Note that the site is on an old quarry and the drainage is quite good so you don’t end up ankle deep in mud if it rains.
ATMs and Paying for things at Bloodstock
Purchases made at Bloodstock festival can be made by cash and there are ATM machines on site so remember to take a credit/debit card if you think you may need some cash. Note that there is a charge at each machine for a cash withdrawal. Purchases can also be made by debit/credit card.
Mobile Phone Charging: There are facilities available to either charge your phone securely or to purchase a 100% charged portable charger (£5).
Wi-Fi: There is Wi-Fi available at the festival. If you check your Wi-Fi settings there should be something along the lines of BOA-PUBLIC to select. There is a small cost though for the Wi-Fi
Bloodstock Festival App: Each year Bloodstock have available a festival app for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded for free.
Accessibility and Disabled Facilities at Bloodstock
The festival website https://www.bloodstock.uk.com/pages/event-info#page_content_42 has significant information regarding accessibility and disabled facilities at Bloodstock festival.
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