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.
One of the most exciting bands to be playing across the entire weekend, Deity’s Muse will be on the Sophie Lancaster Stage on the Friday of the festival. The Johannesburg, South Africa-based band are not to be missed.
They play a style melodic alternative rock band with metal and prog influences. The band is an absolute juggernaut live and has featured on every major South African rock music festival. The band has shared stages in their home country opening for revered international acts such as Bring Me The Horizon, Blind Guardian, Unearth, Protest The Hero, Monuments, 36 Crazyfists, Karnivool, and TesseracT.
In July 2017 Deity’s Muse received the ‘Album of the Year’ award for ‘Convergence’ at the annual South African Metal Music Awards ceremony. The band was also featured on Metal Injection’s “10 Great South African Bands You Have To Check Out” list. Following this, Deity’s Muse made their first European music festival appearance, performing at the 2017 edition of the annual Euroblast festival in Germany.
Check out Convergence on Bandcamp below.
They are on tour across the UK just before their Bloodstock appearance. Check out the dates below.
1. Congratulations on your upcoming debut Bloodstock! How are you feeling about it?
Alvin: Over the moon excited to perform at Bloodstock Open Air 2018. The line-up is amazing and having the opportunity to not only share the stage with so many incredible bands but to make new friends on and off the stage at such a prestigious event is mind blasting.
Sashan: It’s an amazing opportunity for four guys living on the tip of Africa. We are truly honoured to have been invited to play Bloodstock and to see our name mentioned among such great bands.
2. What can Bloodstock attendees who know nothing about you expect when you take to the stage?
Alvin: Groove. Lots of groove sprinkled with mind energy. And horrible accents.
3. The South African rock and metal scene is growing in size. We are constantly getting emails about bands coming out of there. Is it alive and well from your perspective?
Sashan: The South African scene is a small but passionate one, in the bigger scheme of things. There’s a drive from the more established acts to pursue playing abroad because good local venues are few and far between. You could go on a countrywide tour and do it over a week and a half from top to bottom. With that being said we have so many talented bands that could be international touring acts and hold their own among those currently do so.
Alvin: Our rock and metal scene is alive and well. So many unbelievably talented rock and metal bands in SA that deserve much more attention. Lack of venues in SA most likely creates an exposure problem but the bands keep pushing and get better and better.
4. Do you get a lot of support from the media in your homeland? Is there much of a rock and metal media presence?
Alvin: Not really. It’s usually events and bands that share each other’s upcoming shows, news and music. This is one part of the scene here in SA that should be given more attention from mainstream media.
5. Are you going to be around all weekend? If so who are you looking forward to seeing?
Sashan: Yes we are! Judas Priest, Gojira, At The Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Devil Driver, Mantar, Voyager and Vola.
Alvin: Yes of course. And I cannot wait to not only perform at Bloodstock Open Air 2018 but to also participate in the full camping experience filled with…..well acting like a teenager again. I really want to see Gojira, Nightwish, Judas Priest, Suicidal Tendencies, Voyager, Bleed from Within, Fozzy and Pallbearer.
6. What’s next on the cards for Deity’s Muse?
Alvin: We are all oozing and itching with ideas for new material so we’ll more than likely take some time off after our UK tour to write some new music.