Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Festival Preview - Bloodstock 2014 Sophie Lancaster Stage

So, day two of our preview to Bloodstock 2014. Today we are focusing on The Sophie Lancaster Stage, so named after Sophie Lancaster herself.  If you don't know the story behind Sophie - then you should check out The Sophie Lancaster Foundation website.  In short, Sophie was beaten and later died of her injuries because of the way she was dressed.  She and her boyfriend were viciously attacked for being Goths.

Since her death, her mum, family, friends and supporters have been working hard to Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere (S.O.P.H.I.E).  Primarily their work revolves around educating people about the various subcultures that exist in our society and encouraging more understanding and acceptance of those cultures. It is really great work that needs to be shared, embraced and encouraged.

In 2009, Bloodstock renamed their second stage, the Sophie Lancaster stage in tribute and to promote the S.O.P.H.I.E. Campaign.  Throughout the festival the Sophie Lancaster Foundation will be around so head over to their tent if you are there and pick up some great merchandise or chat to the guys about the work they are doing.

So, back to the bands on the Sophie Stage this year.  Well, there are the grand total of three female acts over the course of the festival. Disappointing I am sure you will agree.  However, the three acts we will be welcoming to the stage are pretty epic indeed.



Considered one of the pioneers of Folk Metal and with over 14 years under their belt, UK based Skyclad are a force to be reckoned with. Although changes have been made to the line up over the years, the band still pack a mean folk punch.  Words Upon The Street is from their most recent release: In the ... All Together.


Sister Sin

'Old-School' heavy metal is alive and well in the shape of  Sister Sin. Formed in 2002 and with traditional riffs, brash female vocals and epic guitar solo's this Swedish band are bound to impress. Outrage is taken from their 2010 album True Sounds of The Underground and is very catchy indeed!



Progressive metallers Collibus have been rising through the ranks rapidly; winning the 2013 Parliamentary Rock the House Discretionary Metal Award and making history by becoming the first heavy metal band ever to play a set in the House of Commons.  With a new album and loads of festival appearances 2014 is looking to be an excellent year for this underground Manchester band.

Check out the full line up and more about the Festival here.

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.