As we creep into October, BLOODSTOCK is very excited to announce three more bands for 2018!

Joining Friday’s bill in the Ronnie James Dio main stage special guest slot are black metal legends, EMPEROR in a UK exclusive appearance.  Frontman Ihsahn tells us that they’ll be performing a special set based around one of their classic albums.  “We’re finally bringing the 20th Anniversary show for ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’ to the UK!  We’ll be performing the album in its entirety and look forward to celebrating with everyone at BLOODSTOCK!”  Check out a stream of the atmospheric opus here and get excited for next August –

Also stepping into a main stage slot on Sunday are Californian circle pit kings, DEVILDRIVER.  Frontman Dez Fafara tells us “DEVILDRIVER is playing BLOODSTOCK in 2018 and we couldn’t be more fucking ready to bring the heavy and get the whole festival moving!  We are thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see everyone there!  Get ready to get the fuck in the pit!”  Check out the band doing what they do best in the video for the title track of their current studio album, ‘Trust No One’ –

Hotly-tipped, super brutal three-piece, NAILS land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Sunday in a UK exclusive show.  Frontman Todd Jones informs us, “I’ve been following BLOODSTOCK and looking at their advertisements online for the past few years, admiring how great a job the festival does having a great mix of underground bands and some of metal’s biggest and finest.  We’re proud to finally say we’re part of what BLOODSTOCK is doing to fight the good fight!  We’ll see all you motherfuckers at BLOODSTOCK!!!”  Not familiar with NAILS?  Melt your face with 1.31 mins of hardcore intensity via the video for ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’ –

With Friday night headliners, JUDAS PRIEST, Saturday night headliners, GOJIRA and Sunday headliners, NIGHTWISH already announced for next year’s event, 2018 is shaping up to be another stellar year for BLOODSTOCK.

Snap up your VIP tickets now as they’re going fast!  The first wave of Serpents Lair VIP tickets (priced £290) and deluxe VIP packages are in the ticket store now for those who want their VIP spot guaranteed.  Luxpads have already sold out, but a selection of Podpads, Bellepads and Octopads are still available.  A smaller second wave and a limited amount of VIP upgrades will then become available on 16th December at 9am.  Don’t delay if you want to join us in the VIP Serpents Lair, as they’re moving faster than ever before!

Standard weekend tickets are also currently available at ‘early bird’ prices (just £125 for four days of metal fun) so grab yours now at the ticket store if you want to save £20!  In order to keep up with inflation and extra costs in 2018, standard weekend tickets with camping will increase from last year’s £139 to £145 once the ‘early bird’ allocation is gone.  The limited allocation of VIP upgrades (for those who’ve bought early bird tickets) will cost £145.

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 9th-12th August 2018.  Get additional information over at


Its Competition Time Again! Win a copy of the latest Black Stone Cherry Release – ‘Black To Blues’

Yes that’s right! We’ve got another competition for you. Announced on last nights Unchained Rock Show on ARfm.

Those fine Kentucky boys Black Stone Cherry have released a new EP ‘Black To Blues’ of their favourite blues track and recorded them in true Black Stone Cherry Style. Thanks to our friends at Mascot Label Group we have a copy to give away.

As usual it’s a pretty straight forward affair, all you have to do to enter with the chance to win a copy of the Black To Blues CD is answer the following question:

On the new Black Stone Cherry EP, the boys cover the classic ‘Built For Comfort’.

Who wrote the original song?

Send your answer with your postal address via email to;

Black Stone Cherry Comp


Entries close at 9:00pm on Monday 16th October.

Winners will be announced on next weeks Unchained Rock Show 16th October at 9:30pm

Black Stone Cherry pay tribute to their blues roots and heroes on new 6-track EP

Black to Blues is out now on CD, blue vinyl, download and streaming.
In case you didn’t know, Mascot Label Group is home to some of the finest blues icons of this generation, such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Gales, Jonny Lang, Robben Ford, Bernie Marsden, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sonny Landreth and more. Now’s the perfect time to add Black Stone Cherry to this illustrious list!

But before you think “Hey, blues… That’s something my dad listens to…”, these four young guys will prove you wrong.

Black Stone Cherry selected 6 of their favorite tunes by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and Albert King, and reimagined them with the meaty moxie of classic BSC.


Competition Time! Win a copy of the new Black Country Communion album ‘BCCIV’

Yes that’s right there’s still time to enter our competition. We’ve got 2 copies of the new Black Country Communion album ‘BCCIV’ to give away thanks to our friends at Mascot Label Group. So 2 lucky people have the chance to win!!

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, released their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

Just like its three predecessors, “BCCIV” was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.

So here’s what you got to do, as ever here at ARfm, The Unchained Rock Show, it’s a nice and easy question!

What is the name of Derek Sherinians latest band project?

Send your answer with your postal details on an email to: 

Entries close at 9pm on 9th October.

2 winners will be drawn on 9th October live on The Unchained Rock Show at 9:30pm.

So what are you waiting for?


Don’t forget you can catch Black Country Communion Live

Black Country Communion are pleased to announce two exclusive concerts in Europe during January 2018 to support the release of their new album “BCCIV”.

The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Tickets on sale to the general public and can be booked online from and