Welcome to this journey through the dynamic history of Bloodstock festival. As one of the premier events in the metal music scene, Bloodstock holds a significant place in the hearts of metalheads worldwide. Over the years, the festival has grown from strength to strength, cementing its status as a powerhouse in the music festival circuit. In this article, we’ll explore the years 2016 to 2020, delving into the lineup, special performances, and the festival’s remarkable growth over time.

Night scene of a gothic couple at Bloodstock 2016 Festival, with concert stage lights in the background.

Bloodstock 2016

Bloodstock 2016 kicked off with an explosive lineup that drew in metal enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Headliners such as Slayer, Mastodon, and Twisted Sister delivered unforgettable performances that left fans in awe. Special events like the “Metal Market” and “Extreme Sports Zone” added to the festival’s vibrant atmosphere. With attendance numbers steadily rising, Bloodstock 2016 saw a significant increase in turnout compared to previous years. The festival’s atmosphere was charged with energy and excitement, as fans came together to celebrate their shared love for heavy music.

A gothic couple at Bloodstock 2017 Festival, man with long hair and leather jacket, woman in latex outfit with corset and fishnets.

Bloodstock 2017

Bloodstock 2017 continued the tradition of excellence with another stellar lineup and memorable performances. Headliners such as Amon Amarth, Megadeth, and Ghost delivered powerhouse shows that captivated audiences and left them craving more. Special events like the “Tattoo Expo” and “Gaming Area” provided entertainment beyond the main stage. With attendance numbers continuing to climb, Bloodstock 2017 solidified its reputation as one of the premier metal festivals in the world. The festival’s atmosphere was electric, with a sense of camaraderie and excitement palpable throughout the grounds.

Two goths at Bloodstock 2018, evening shot with woman in black latex and man with studded leather jacket.

Bloodstock 2018

Bloodstock 2018 was a celebration of all things heavy, with a lineup that showcased the diversity and dynamism of the metal genre. Headliners such as Judas Priest, Gojira, and Nightwish delivered unforgettable performances that left a lasting impression on attendees. Special events like the “Bloodstock Arms Medieval Bar” and “Gothic Wedding Chapel” added to the festival’s unique charm. With attendance numbers reaching record highs, Bloodstock 2018 proved once again that it was a force to be reckoned with in the music festival scene. The atmosphere was charged with adrenaline and excitement, as fans came together to revel in the power of music.

Gothic pair posing at Bloodstock 2019, both in black leather and intricate goth attire.

Bloodstock 2019

Bloodstock 2019 continued the tradition of delivering a stellar lineup that catered to metal fans of all tastes. Headliners such as Sabaton, Parkway Drive, and Scorpions rocked the stage with electrifying performances that left the audience in awe. Special events like the “Viking Strongman” competition and “Horror Movie Marathon” provided entertainment beyond the music. With attendance numbers surpassing previous years, Bloodstock 2019 witnessed a significant increase in turnout, solidifying its position as one of the must-attend events in the metal calendar. The festival’s atmosphere was electric, with a sense of camaraderie and excitement permeating the air as fans united to celebrate their love for heavy music.

A couple in goth fashion at Bloodstock 2020, wearing black leather outfits and boots.

Bloodstock 2020

Bloodstock 2020 faced unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic, but the festival persevered to provide an unforgettable experience for metalheads around the world. Despite lineup changes and safety measures, headliners such as Judas Priest, Behemoth, and Devin Townsend delivered powerful performances that resonated with fans. Special events like the “Virtual Meet and Greet” sessions and “Live Streamed Performances” allowed attendees to connect with their favorite artists in new ways. Although attendance numbers were limited due to health restrictions, Bloodstock 2020 demonstrated resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. The festival’s atmosphere, though different from previous years, still buzzed with excitement and passion as metalheads came together to support the community and celebrate their shared love for music.

Full-body portrait of a gothic duo at Bloodstock Festival, in detailed black leather ensembles.


As we conclude our journey through the years 2016 to 2020 of Bloodstock festival, it’s evident that this event holds a special place in the hearts of metal fans worldwide. From its diverse lineup to its vibrant atmosphere, Bloodstock has consistently delivered unforgettable experiences that unite the metal community. Its significance within the metal scene cannot be overstated, serving as a beacon of creativity, camaraderie, and resilience. For more information on Bloodstock and its rich history, be sure to visit the festival’s official website.

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