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Bloodstock Open Air – 2023 Guide

Are you visiting the Bloodstock Open Air 2023? Here's a guide with everything you need to know about the event!

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July 31, 2023

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If you are looking forward to going to one of the greatest festivals taking place in the UK, chances are you want to visit the Bloodstock Open Air! There are some weeks left until the 2023 edition, and the hype is growing each day, but surely some people might want to get some help to enjoy this event the most!

So, if you are planning on going, or if you are definitely going to the Bloodstock Open Air 2023 festival, you need to have a proper guide to know everything you need during the festival!

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What’s Bloodstock Open Air?

Since 2005, the Bloodstock Open Air has been taking place each year since then, except for 2020, when the festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic back then. During the first years of the festival, it used to be an indoor event, but that changed to an open-air event due to the high attendance of the event.

The Bloodstock festival is also a great way of remembering rock and metal stars such as Ronnie James Dio, who has had a stage named after him name since his passing in 2010, and the Sophie Lancaster Stage, which has the name of a goth girl who passed away in 2007 and it’s now part of the Bloodstock lineup.

Throughout the years the festival has taken place, some major rock and heavy metal bands have supported the event, such as Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Knocked Loose, Behemoth, Sleep Token, Lamb of God, and many others.

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When is the Bloodstock Open Air 2023 taking place?

The Bloodstock Open Air 2023 will occur during the 2nd week of August. This has been like that since the festival began back in the 2000s. It’s also near the Reading Festival date.

To be more exact, Bloodstock 2023 will take place from the 10th to the 13th of August in the UK. The date hasn’t moved since the Open Air started in 2005 and will remain the same for the following years.

Where is the Bloodstock Open Air 2023 taking place?

Since 2005, the festival has been taking place in the same place after moving from the indoor venue it took place during the previous years.

Same as in past years, the festival will take place in Walton-on-Trent, in Derbyshire. To be more specific, the Bloodstock Open Air 2023 will be held in Catton Hall!

Bloodstock Open Air. Source: Bloodstock Official Website.

Everything you need to attend the Bloodstock Open Air

Traveling to the UK is a whole new experience if you want to assist to the festival. It might sound like something easy to do, but people must checklist different things before traveling there. This is quite important if you are coming from another country, as locals might have enough experience traveling around the UK.

Then, what does someone need when going to the Bloodstock Open Air Festival? Let’s make a checklist and talk about everything that’s required for a successful trip!

  • Tickets for the event: Thankfully, tickets for the festival are still on sale. People can still get the chance to buy a one-ticket bundle for the event or a ticket for a specific day to see the artist they prefer! It will all depend on the attendee, and if you are traveling with a kid, there are also tickets for them if they like to rock too!
  • Traveling from somewhere else? Use Google Maps: Even if you are from the UK, chances are that moving around Derbyshire if you aren’t a local will turn into something complicated to do. You might want to rely on Google Maps if this is the case. It is the best option for people to know where they are and where they need to go!
  • Internet connection is a must: You are attending one of the biggest musical festivals in the UK. Will you miss the chance to show the world what you have in front of you? Chances are that you want to show everyone what you are seeing, so have a clear idea of how you will get mobile internet in the UK! Some of the best options are eSIMs, Pocket WiFis, and roaming.
  • Prepare your luggage in a proper way: The festival lasts for three days. You can camp near the festival if you want to. But be sure you have enough clothes for the trip and the event. It’s a festival in summer, so chances are you want to change your clothes during the event. And, if you are staying for longer, you will need more clothes for the trip too!
  • Make the hotel reservation or Airbnb rental before traveling: For those traveling for longer to the UK, it’s required to have a place to stay. During the event, the camping zone is a great alternative for attendees, but before and after it, having a place to stay is a must.
  • Stay tuned through the event’s social media accounts: Before, during, and after the event, the social media accounts are the go-to option for attendees to take a look at what’s going to happen, what’s happening, and what happened during the event, so make sure you follow them in your favorite social media platform!
Bloodstock Open Air Public. Source: Bloodstock Official Website.

Tips for Bloodstock Open Air 2023 attendees

After you arrive in the UK and you are on your way to Catton Hall, it’s time to be prepared for the time of your life. The Bloodstock Open Air is the biggest festival in the UK, so chances are you don’t want to miss a thing while there.

Therefore, what tips are the best to remember during the event? Let’s see!

  • Take a look at the schedule: The festival brings a lot of huge artists to the same place. This year, the Bloodstock festival is putting together bands like In Flames, Killswitch Engage, Knocked Loose, Megadeth, Meshuggah, Sepultura, Fit for an Autopsy, and many more. The best thing is that the most important bands play on different days, but still, it’s better to know at which stage they are playing and at what time!
  • Not staying in the camping zone? Think about how you will move around: Having the chance to stay in the camping zone in Catton Hall is a great idea for those who are attending the event. On the other hand, if you plan on staying anywhere else, you need two things. One is an idea of how you will move, which surely is by Uber, and the second thing is an internet connection to be capable of using your mobile. You might want to use an eSIM UK to make it easier.
Will Ramos of Lorna Shorne performing on the Bloodstock Open Air. Source: Bloodstock Official Website
  • Don’t forget to eat and drink water: We can go straight to the point here. You are visiting a metal festival, and some people know what that means. There will be a lot to do there, and by a lot, we mean jumping, participating in mosh pits, singing, and that’s just the beginning. So, try to stay hydrated as much as possible, and don’t forget to eat; you don’t want to pass out while your favorite band is on stage!
  • Help others if you can: At metal festivals, people tend to help each other when necessary. If someone falls to the ground during a mosh pit or sees someone that looks sick, help them out and reach out to the event personnel to get help from them.
  • Prepare your budget for the festival: Imagine you are going to a place where most of your favorite bands are playing together. There will be unique merch, that’s for sure. Even some memorabilia from the event will surely be available. So, plan your budget so you don’t miss anything!

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Spending more days in the UK: What to do after the Bloodstock Festival?

If you plan on visiting the UK for longer, chances are you want to have some plans after the event is over, right? Well, there are some things to remember before you take your trip back to your hometown!

  • Visiting other cities in the UK? Ensure you know where you are going: If you are new in the UK, you need guidance. The best guidance you can get, besides a local guide, it’s to have the internet on your mobile and access to apps like Google Maps or something similar that will guide you everywhere you go, especially in cities like London or Manchester.
  • Make sure your luggage is complete: If you are traveling somewhere else besides Derbyshire, you can’t miss your luggage from your sight. It’s a must to keep an eye as much as you can on where you have it, and especially, on the things you have with you. Even though it’s quite clear, don’t trust strangers!

FAQ about the Bloodstock Open Air 2023

Can I assist as a volunteer at the festival?

As a matter of fact, yes. There’s a way for people to assist as volunteers at the festival, which is a great way to save some money while hearing some of their favorite bands live. But it’s important for people to remember the fact that how to get to the festival is on their side, the staff will cover the rest. To apply, people can visit Festaff

Is it cheaper to buy a daily ticket or a package for the whole event?

The whole Bloodstock Open Air 2023 Festival ticket package costs $220.00, which is £172.00. On the other hand, daily tickets cost £79.00, which is $101 per day. So yeah, buying the complete package for the event is better than buying daily tickets!

Are there shuttle bus services available for the Bloodstock Open Air?

Yes. During the event, there will be shuttle bus services for those who want to take the bus to the festival, as well as the service will be available for people who are traveling all the way back to their houses!

Are there food and water stands at the event?

Yes. There’s no need to worry about food and water during the event. Even if you want a beer, there will be many places to buy one, especially when the festival partners are Redbull and Jagermesiter, so don’t worry about this; your back is covered.