Judas Priest have been unveiled as the blockbuster Sunday night headliners at Bloodstock Open Air 2020.
The legendary band will perform a 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary show when they bring the Ronnie James Dio stage to an emphatic close on Sunday 9th August.
The special performance at the 20th anniversary of Bloodstock comes two years after Judas Priest last triumphed at the Catton Park rock and metal extravaganza.
Enthusing about the headline slot, Judas Priest said: “Horns up Bloodstock - the Priest is back to headline the 20th year of Bloodstock with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary show!! A double barrel, once in a lifetime, blast of metal mania 2020!!”
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford said in his video message: “Judas Priest are absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Bloodstock once again to do something very special.
“It’s Judas Priest’s time to celebrate 50 years of heavy metal. 50 years of British heavy metal. And we’re bringing a spectacular stage show to Bloodstock for all of our beautiful metal maniacs to celebrate united together at Bloodstock 2020. Judas Priest 2020… oh yeah!”
Also confirmed as Bloodstock headliners today are Polish blackened death metal bastions Behemoth. They top the bill on the Saturday night.
Beguiling frontman Nergal comments: “Bloodstock! The hallowed lands of Catton Park will once again host our Fiendish Festivities.
“This is Behemoth’s first UK festival headline and that will be celebrated in the only way we know how; Hell will be raised, blood will be shed, and magick will descend! We shall see you there Legions!”
Judas Priest and Behemoth join the previously confirmed Friday night headliner Devin Townsend plus Diamond Head, Skindred, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Paradise Lost, Life Of Agony, Black Dahlia Murder, Jinjer, Vio-Lence, Sacred Reich, Gloryhammer, Dark Tranquility, Butcher Babies and many more to be announced.
Bloodstock Open Air takes place at Catton Park in Walton-Upon Trent in Derbyshire from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August 2020.
Early bird tickets to Bloodstock are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now!
The Bloodstock Open Air 2020 line-up poster (so far) looks like this: