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Bloodstock Open Air
The Bloodstock Open Air heavy metal festival was established in 2005 to bring a wider choice of heavy metal bands to the UK and provide a venue for the best established and unsigned metal bands to perform in front of a large an enthusiastic audience of true metal heads.
Bloodstock Open Air features three days of diverse international heavy metal bands across three stages, a large selection of merchandise stalls, metal karaoke, campsite and a wide selection of food, bars and other refreshments.
The Bloodstock Open Air website offers full festival details, ticket information and purchasing, festival merchandise, metal news, competitions including Bloodstock Unsigned, forums, heavy metal galleries and tons more metal mayhem!
The Damnation Festival is a one day music festival currently held annually at Leeds University, Leeds. It will be taking place on the 5 November 2011. The line-up includes: Evile, Godflesh, Devin Townsend Project, Ulver, God is an Astronaut and many more. There will be 3 stages and tickets have gone on sale.
The Download Festival is a three day rock music festival held annually at Donington Park, England (which hosted Monsters of Rock between 1980 and 1996, and 2002 Ozzfest). It usually takes place in June (although in 2003, the first day of the festival took place on the last day of May). The festival is owned and managed by Live Nation.
The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival,and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners and merchandise.
On the 12 July 2011 it was confirmed via Twitter, Facebook and the Download Website that the festival will return in 2012 between the dates of 8-10 June. Limited Early Bird tickets were put on sale on the 15 July. It will mark the festival’s 10th anniversary.
Hammerfest the festival for metal fans run by the people put on Hard Rock Hell and Metal Hammer returns for its fourth year. Hammerfest will take place from Thurday 15th to Saturday 17th March 2012 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Prestatyn, North Wales. Some rumours of bands for 2012 include Skindred, Anthrax, Paradise Lost, Chimaira, Lawnmower Death and Fury UK. Expect an astounding 50 bands over six arenas! Awesome-ness!
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