Bloodstock have added 7 more names to their 2024 festival lineup, including their final Ronnie James Dio main stage headliner.
Opeth will close out the Friday night with a special fan-selected set. The Swedish progressive metal band’s most recent album ‘In Cauda Venenum’ dropped back in 2019.
On the news, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt says “So…back to BLOODSTOCK 2024 for us, it appears! I don’t remember how many times we’ve played the festival, but we do have fond memories from there. ‘Filling in’ for Heaven and Hell when RJD had passed is one. Fuck! Can’t remember a more emotional event on stage for us, to be honest. Anyhoooo, we’ll be there ‘rocking’ and ‘rolling’ in our own way, playing songs that you’ve chosen (apparently). Please be gentle. Right now I feel pretty far from being a ROCKER, as I’m writing this sat in my (favourite) greasy sweatpants, and my hair is greasier than ever. I’m working, you see. But I promise I’ll have a look in the mirror before we hit the stage. The band will be tight (that’s also a promise). I’ll sing OK (semi-promise). You’ll recognise the songs (I really have no idea, but you picked them!) and, we’ll be IN. THE. ZONE! All in all, providing the weather’s nice and the beer is cold, the possibilities for a magical night are rather decent. Wouldn’t you say? Hope to see (and hear) you there.”
Also just added to the lineup are Hatebreed, with a 30th anniversary set, Enslaved, Nervosa, Crypta, Beast In Black and Forbidden.
They will all join previously announced headliners Architects and Amon Amarth as well as Malevolence, Clutch, Flogging Molly and more at the event in Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 8-11 next year.