Heavy metal titans Judas Priest have been unveiled as the blockbuster third headliner of Bloodstock 2018.
Joining the previously confirmed Gojira and Nightwish, who top the bill on Saturday and Sunday night respectively, Judas Priest will headline the Catton Park metal extravaganza on Friday 10th August.
Enthusing about their inaugural appearance at the festival, Judas Priest said: “We are thrilled, honoured and primed, ready to unleash Priest-style metal fury into the headbanging heart and home of heavy metal at Bloodstock 2018!”
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Speaking to Planet Rock in April at the Hell Bent For Leather art exhibition in London, Rob Halford told Paul Anthony Judas Priest were close to finishing their 18th studio album and are plotting a “big world tour” for 2018.
“I won’t say we’re at the end (of recording) but it feels as though we’re coming to some of the final moments," Rob said.
“It’s great to watch how a record comes together from those early days where there was just me, Glenn (Tipton) and Richie (Faulkner) sitting in the studio with a couple of guitars and just doing what we do – you start the day with nothing and then at the end of day potentially you’ve got a really great, classic Priest song that may live forever.
“We’re hard at it, we’re still doing what we love to do. Priest is a working band more than anything else, it’s that Midlands ethic, the work ethic of anybody that goes to work… I say it’s work because it is work; you work your mind, you’re being creative and now we’re moving through into other stages.
He continued: “We’re preparing for another big world tour, getting stage designs sorted, lighting designs sorted, so this is the beginning of what’s going to be a very exciting 2018 period.”
Watch the full interview here: