This years Bloodstock Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet with a line-up that spans all genres of rock and metal. It is the “can’t miss” festival of the summer. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, why not? Need a little more convincing? Well, check out our 5 reasons to go to Bloodstock for a little extra encouragement.
One band I am very excited to see play this year are Doomsday Outlaw. The Derby, UK based band have been making a huge name for themselves over the last few years by working hard, touring extensively and making some damn good music. Doomsday Outlaw have been receiving high praise from all corners since releasing their debut album, Suffer More, independently in 2016. They earned themselves a record deal with Frontiers Music soon after and released the follow up in the album Hard Times.
Another really strong album saw the band reviewed favourably from all corners with many people citing them as in the mix for the next big festival headliners. It is hard to disagree with that statement. Doomsday Outlaw play music to headbang to. Hard and heavy, groove laden riffs mixed with a hint of blues and lots of melody reminiscent of bands like Clutch, Black Label Society and a bit of Black Sabbath.
Make sure you catch Doomsday Outlaw on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Sunday for what could be one of the sets of the festival. Find out more about the band at their website, on Facebook and Twitter. You can pick up a copy of Hard Times, and more from the band at their webstore here.
Doomsday Outlaw are back on tour quickly after Bloodstock in support of Graham Bonnet so make sure you check that tour out and you can grab tickets for it from Songkick, here. Otherwise, visit Doomsday Outlaw’s event page on Facebook where you can grab tickets for each show. On to the interview –
How does it feel to be invited to play at Bloodstock Festival?
It’s pretty hard to put certain emotions into words. The best way I can describe it is honoured with masses of pride and outright chuffed to bits. When you have Rachael Greenfield and Vicky Hungerford saying your stuff is awesome and we’d love you to play, how can we not be thrilled?
You mention that you are regular attendees of the festival. what is it about Bloodstock that has you coming back year after year?
Well yes – I’ve been coming since 2005 when it was still indoors – I remember loving Hammerfall. The thing I’ve always found with Bloodstock is that it’s a truly personal occasion. Everything that you see is the hard work and ideas of the Gregory Family and their extended family of Simon Hall and Rob Bannister to name a few. And I can’t fail to mention the quality of the community that forms the crowd. If it’s your first time attending or you’re a BOA veteran you instantly feel part of something great.
Do you plan to be at the festival for the weekend? If so, what bands are you looking forward to seeing?
Hell yes! I’ll be checking out Suicidal Tendencies, the mighty Judas Priest, Gojira, Alestorm and Devil Driver – they’re my must see bands. And looking forward to catching our label-mates, Mr Big too. But as always with Bloodstock, I’ll see as many as possible, and probably discover some new noise to give me a massive grin!
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What can fans expect from you at a live show? If they don’t know you, why should they come and check you out?
We play hard, heavy, bluesy rock n roll. We chuck in a ton of Zeppelin and early Sabbath, and a hint of epic Maiden and sludgey riffs. The main thing is that, when we play live we make sure that what we put into the set is going to move people – snapping necks and stomping feet. And it’s going to be loud. Very loud!
Your second album, Hard Times dropped in May. We really enjoy it and it has garnered a lot of praise from, well, everywhere. Are you happy with how it has been received?
Of course. It’s our first album under a major label (Frontiers Music) and we needed to make sure that it topped ‘Suffer More’ – which we put out ourselves a couple of years ago – and that got a great reception. It’s been great to see so many reviews giving us such strong scores. It really lets us know that we’ve done what we set out to achieve.
How have the last couple years been for you? From the outside, it looks like it’s been a crazy ascension from the release of Suffer More until now.
Since ‘Suffer More’ was released, it’s been pretty much non-stop. We’ve either been in the studio or on the road and I’ve loved every minute of it! Going on tour with Jizzy Pearl in May 2018 was just EPIC! So many memories and great friendships were made. As well as laying waste to audiences all over the UK! What a ride it’s been so far!
With two albums under your belt now, what are your plans for the rest of 2018/early 2019? Any new music plans or tours?
And, all being well, we may be able to get Suffer More out to a wider audience later this year as our independent stock is all sold out now. And we’re already under way writing the next album – but that won’t see the light for a while yet! On the live front, Indy’s hard at work getting us out and about! Straight after Bloodstock, we’re out on the road with Graham Bonnet in August. And we’re just finalising multiple shows and tours for winter and spring – nothing we can talk about yet as the ink’s still drying, but keep an eye out cos we’ll probably be playing near you soon.