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 Wednesday August 11th – Sunday August 15th 2021. Bloodstock celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary in 2021 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 2021 Headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND, JUDAS PRIEST & KREATOR. 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. 2021 fee for cars is £18 in advance.
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.