In 42 days, 10,000 metal fans will be making their way to Catton Park to be part of the yearly heavy metal spectacle that is Bloodstock Open Air (BOA) festival. And if you haven’t got tickets yet - don’t worry! Thanks the lovely lot at BOA, PMT have been given two standard tickets with camping to give away - so you could find yourself right in the thick of it this August!
To enter the competition, all you have to do is sign-up to the PMT mailing list between now and Friday 31st July. And don't forget to tell your friends about the competition on social media too!
For those unaware of the festival, Bloodstock was originally started in 2001 by artist and metal fan Paul Gregory, who began with a much smaller, indoor metal festival headlined by Saxon. The philosophy back then was to create something, “by the fans, for fans”. This tradition has been strictly held ever since by the Gregory family and it has helped to grow this much-loved festival into the Goliath metal weekender that is today.
One of the most unique features of BOA is that unsigned bands are able to play alongside internationally established acts via the regional 'Metal 2 the Masses' campaigns. These competitions offer unsigned bands to compete for a 30 minute slot in front of one the biggest metal audiences in the UK.
This year’s BOA is happening from the 6th to the 9th August. International acts include heavy weights Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Black Label Society, Trivium and the visually stunning Rob Zombie. Other festival highlights include Raging Speedhorn and UK thrash monsters Reign of Fury. And in the spirit of BOA2015, we have created our very own gear line-up to help you get the sound of Bloodstock at home!
Want to sound like Rob Zombie?
John 5's Signature Guitars
This Fender endorsee is a fan of Telecasters through and through. John 5 loves the warm tone of the humbucking pickups that they offer and the squire J5 series comes in two colours. Don’t be fooled by the traditional looks - these guitars kick out a BIG sound!
Want to sound like Trivium?
Matt Heafy's Signature Guitars
Matt is endorsed by Epiphone and requires a guitar that can deliver clear, distorted tones for playing rhythmic chugs and can scream out when playing solo sections just as well. These Epiphone guitars are available in 6 and 7 string versions and they come with EMG high output pickups.
Want to sound like Opeth?
Mikeal Akerfeld's PRS Signature Guitar
Endorsed by PRS, Mikael prefers a versatile guitar that can cope with a lot of musical situations.
This guitar is able to deliver beautifully sublime cleans and a warm distorted tone, just like the band itself. Sound aside, just check out that Opeth logo!
Want to sound like Black Label Society?
Zakk Wylde's Signature Guitar Pedals
Zakk is a complete gear junky and has one of the most elaborate pedal boards in the business. Click on the image of Zakk to check out the fx pedals that help give him his signature sound.
By Ivan Silva
Competition Terms and Conditions
Competition runs from Wednesday 24th June 2015 to Friday 24th July 2015. Any entries submitted after Friday 24th July 2015 09:00am GMT will not be entered into the prize draw. Excludes employees of Professional Music Technology. UK residents only may apply. If selected winners do not reply within 3 days a runner-up will be selected for the prize. Entries sent before and after the competition will be not be counted as valid entries. One entry per person only. Winner will be selected on Friday 24th July 2015 after 9:01am GMT and contacted directly via the email address they submitted to the newsletter sign-up. Prize details: x2 BOA standard tickets = Full Weekend + Camping from Midday Thursday to Monday morning - Access to Arena from 5pm Thursday to Sunday inclusive.
By Ste Simpson