Bloodstock 2018 – Band Feature/Interview: Dawn of Anubis

This year’s Bloodstock Festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever with a line-up that spans all genres of rock and metal. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, what are you waiting for!? Check out our five reasons why you should go there.

Leicestershire based band Dawn of Anubis will be bringing their brand of heavy metal to the Jagermister Stage on the Sunday of Bloodstock Festival 2018.

Dawn Of Anubis took to the stage at Leicester’s DeMontfort Hall as part of the Metal 2 The Masses competition. While they didn’t win, the judges of the Leicester Metal 2 The Masses final were so impressed with Dawn Of Anubis that they extended a special invite to Dawn Of Anubis to play at the festival!

Vocalist Billy Chamberlain said: “We were taken by surprise as we were led to believe there would be only one spot given to the overall winner on the night and the competition was so strong we knew it would be tight. We cannot believe we have been given such a great opportunity by the Bloodstock team and are really looking forward to being at such a prestigious event, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.”

The band are very well known locally in Leicester for their covers band TBTR but have announced in the wake of the Metal 2 The Masses competition that they will cease for the time being to concentrate on Dawn of Anubis.

A rising star in the metal world, don’t miss their set as it promises to be something very special!

Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Listen to their debut album, The Eye below!


1. Tell us about your journey in this year’s Metal to the Masses competition.

We entered last years M2TM as a 3 piece after one of our members went off to University and we reached the semi-finals. After watching so many great bands we knew we had to up our game. So we bought back the old guitarist and put him on bass. Then added another guitarist and put lead singer Billy solely on vocals.

In this years competition this was immediately met with a lot of positivity from the team at M2TM. We wrote completely new material for this new heavier direction and to coincide with each round we released a video to promote us. This was a feat in itself as each video was made only after qualifying so we didn’t jinx anything. Luckily we have worked closely with Rob from Digital Mechanic over the years and he stepped up to get them done, sometimes working through the night.

Luckily for us it got us noticed and we went through all of the rounds into the final at De Montfort Hall as part of Uprising. We had a goal to get to the final so we were genuinely happy with that. When Rob Bannister said that two bands were going to play at Bloodstock we couldn’t believe it when our names were read out. It was a dream come true.

2. How important of a platform is Bloodstock for yourselves?

We realise how lucky we are to be given this opportunity and are working closely with FatAngel PR to put together a plan for the weekend. It is immensely important to use this as launch pad for us. These chances don’t come along every day for a young band such as ours. We have met some amazing people so far and have been welcomed into this “metal family” and want to make sure we don’t let anyone down.

3/4. What are your thoughts on playing the festival? Have you ever been there before? Are you going to be around the festival all weekend? If so who are you excited to see?

We’ll all be at the festival all weekend and have quite a bit of press interviews planned with Fat Angel. We also want to get to see as many bands as possible, especially the bands who have openly supported us. The likes of Mortishead and King Leviathon who are not only amazing guys but have been generous to offer advice and support.

We’ve never been to BOA and are really looking forward to being there not just as audience members but as performers. We have played lots of festivals especially in our covers band but this is another level for us. To be able to play our own music at such a prestigious event is amazing. We still cant believe we have made it. The atmosphere has been incredible throughout the competition culminating with Uprising and we expect BOA to be everything we dreamed of.

5. What’s next for Sons of Anubis?

Whats next for us…Well we have a very successful covers band that we are winding down towards the end of the year. Including summer contracts with a major holiday company to fulfil and quite a bit of festival work. After that we are busy finishing our second album and getting out there gigging as much as we can to capitalise on playing at Bloodstock. We have been told we can even enter M2TM next year as we didn’t technically win, so that’s a possibility!

We would highly recommend anyone considering entering M2TM to do so. This is only our second year entering and we have made it to Bloodstock. We would never have had such an opportunity as getting to play such a high profile festival and getting to play at DeMontfort Hall. Such an amazing stage for a bunch of 20 year old metal heads and that’s not too shabby!

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