Within Temptation & Opeth Confirmed As First Bands For 2015 Bloodstock Open Air Festival

It seems that festivals are getting earlier and earlier with their announcements for the next instalment of their multi-day rock and metal parties. Beginning the launch of their line-ups for the 2015 festivals are Bloodstock Open Air, who have confirmed one of their headliners plus another huge act as special guests.
 
Filling the first headline slot are Dutch arena filling symphonic metallers Within Temptation. With their newest album Hydra hitting the Top 10 in the UK album charts at the start of 2014 and huge crowds attending their first UK arena tour in April, Within Temptation are an ideal choice to headline BOA 2015. Following up their early year success with a high profile slot at the 2014 Download Festival has just cemented Within Temptation in the upper echeleons of metal festival acts so no-one should be surprised to see them headline Bloodstock. Their singer Sharon den Adel is looking forward to headlining BOA next year:
 
 “We're thrilled to play BLOODSTOCK again!  We had such a great time before and can't wait to take ‘Hydra’ to the stage at Catton Park.  It's a really exciting time for us right now and we're looking forward to bringing the fire!!”
Appearing directly before Within Temptation on Saturday as special guests for the day are Opeth. Having headlined Bloodstock themselves in both 2008 and 2010 this time around the Swedish prog metal favourites, armed with their huge UK chart success of their own in the shape of Pale Communion will be filling the special guest slot. Opeth's fearless leader Mikael Akerfeldt wishes it wasn't so long until Bloodstock:
 
 “We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be back at the BLOODSTOCK festival next year!  I don’t know how many times we’ve played there now, but it’s a real great place, a nice festival run by nice people.  Too bad it’s like….a year or so away!?”

Opeth and Within Temptation are the first two of approximately 100 bands who will appear over four days of Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2015 from Catton Hall in Derbyshire, taking place from August 6th - 9th 2015. Early bird tickets and campervan pitches are already on sale with the early bird standard tickets priced at £120 (plus posting and booking fees) - but only if you are quick to snap them up.

You can obtain your tickets from the Bloodstock ticket shop at Seetickets - http://bloodstock.seetickets.com/event/bloodstock-2015/catton-park/809956. More bands will be confirmed in the coming weeks. In the meantime enjoy Opeth performing a cover of Rainbow's Catch The Rainbow as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio from their last appearance at Bloodstock in 2010.

 

Opeth - Catch The Rainbow, live at Bloodstock 2010

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