Bloodstock Open Air teams up with TotalRock
TotalRock, the UK’s leading online rock radio station became Bloodstock Radio on 1st December 2012. Announcing this pioneering collaboration between two of the leading lights of the UK’s rock and metal scene, Paul Gregory, Bloodstock Festival Director, said “What an exciting development for Bloodstock and its fans. The best metal festival in the country is now the best rock & metal radio station in the country as well! At Bloodstock HQ we are really excited about the possibilities this joint venture offers and, I am sure, it will develop even further”.
TotalRock Programme Controller, Tony Wilson added “The provision of a year-round festival radio station is a ground-breaking move, and one that sees both TotalRock and Bloodstock continue their track records of innovation and support for rock and metal music. Our Award-winning roster of TotalRock DJs will be joined by many of the voices already well known to the BOA community to serve up an unrivalled feast of metal and rock. We shall also continue to provide our up-to-the-minute news service and daily newsletter under the Bloodstock banner.”
Building a radio station around the award winning and fast-rising Bloodstock festival will strengthen the links between the festival and its existing fan community as well as spreading the gospel of metal to countless others in the UK and across the globe. Bloodstock Radio will also be heavily involved in promoting Metal 2 the Masses, the Festival’s annual series of club shows offering unsigned bands to the chance to compete for a place on the bill at Bloodstock Open Air and other European festivals.
BLOODSTOCK festival was established in 2001 as an indoor event and Bloodstock Open Air replaced this in 2005. The festival celebrated its most successful event to-date this year, with headline appearances from rock legend Alice Cooper, Machine Head and Behemoth. The 2013 festival, which runs from August 8th-11th promises great things with performances already locked in from Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, King Diamond, Accept, Firewind, and Fozzy. Further additions to the bill, are to be announced in due course.
TotalRock was launched in 2000 by Radio 1 ‘Friday Rock Show’ creator Tony Wilson, the legendary ‘Voice Of Metal’ Tommy Vance, and the ultimate metal guru, journalist and author, Malcolm Dome. A dozen years later, TotalRock continues to defy the dead hand of corporatisation by exposing the world to brand new bands and keeping the flag flying for the very best of rock and metal’s ear-bleeding heritage.
HOBGOBLIN PRESENTS BLOODSTOCK’S METAL 2 THE MASSES
Hobgoblin is excited to unveil its electrifying new partnership with Bloodstock Open Air Festival. The collaboration sees both parties teaming up to bring METAL 2 THE MASSES at Bloodstock 2013, offering breaking bands the chance to perform on the Newblood Stage.
The road show, aptly titled ‘Hobgoblin presents Bloodstock’s METAL 2 THE MASSES’ will be visiting a host of UK and European venues to seek out the best new acts to grace the stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013. Bands will also be in with a chance of playing a number of established European festivals in 2014, along with a wealth of additional prizes.
In addition to this, as part of its exclusive sponsorship deal, Hobgoblin will be opening up the search worldwide via Wychwood.co.uk, inviting acts to submit their videos online from November 2012. The contest will be mirrored on promotional packs of Hobgoblin from January 2013, where fans can vote for their favourite act, with the winner bagging the coveted slot on the Newblood stage. In exchange for their vote, drinkers also win the chance to take home a whole host of music-related prizes via an ‘instant win’ competition.
Chris Keating, Wychwood’s Marketing Manager said: “Hobgoblin has been the official beer of Bloodstock for the last few years and what better way to intensify the brand’s long running association with music than by sponsoring METAL 2 THE MASSES? This competition will cement Hobgoblin’s place amongst metal fans and will give fans a chance to play what is arguably, the best metal festival in the UK, as well as be seen by some of the biggest names in the industry, which really is a chance of a lifetime.”
Bloodstock’s METAL 2 THE MASSES competition will be open to all genres of rock & metal, so if you’re in a speed, thrash, death, doom, folk, battle, gothic, groove, metalcore, industrial, neo-classical, Nu, post, power, progressive, sludge, stoner, alternative, extreme, symphonic, Viking metal or hard rock act, then get ready to bring the noise!
Adam Gregory says “Here at Bloodstock HQ, we are really excited and proud to have Hobgoblin supporting not just Bloodstock but more importantly our fans and the breaking music scene here in the UK for our genre of music. Our joint collaboration really does go to show how the music scene is developing here in the UK and how important both Bloodstock and Hobgoblin feel supporting this scene really is. 2013 will represent a great year for unsigned music in our country and we are sure we will unearth some more great talent.”
Visit www.wychwood.co.uk or www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2012/masses_venues/intro for further information, alternatively ‘like’ Hobgoblin on Facebook or follow @Hobgoblin_beer on Twitter for giveaways and further information on Metal to the Masses.
To buy tickets to Bloodstock, simply visit: www.bloodstock.uk.com