Thursday, 20 August 2015

Post Bloodstock 2015 Interview with Bloodyard

Here is the next interview in our series of interviews with some of the bands we featured in our Top Picks for Bloodstock 2015 article last week.

Bloodyard are a 4 piece groove/death metal band, based in North-West England, made up of Donna (vocals), Nick (Guitar), Dave (Bass) and Matty (Drums). The band were keen to build a fanbase in the Burnley area and went on to win the Metal to the Masses competition at Sanctuary Bar, Burnley about a month before Bloodstock. Vocalist Donna was keen to express the bands gratitude for the support and new friendships that were made during the competition.

"We really had no expectations on entering the competition - we weren't well known locally there at the time and were keen to build a fanbase there -  so to progress to the final and win whilst making new friends and fans along the was incredible for us. We couldn't be more grateful to the Sanctuary crowd and crew and to Simon for giving us the nod - hopefully we did them all proud!"

I asked Donna how they prepared before their BOA set.
"We've treated it like every gig in all honesty - we had a show in between as part of the Mammothfest tour with Meta-Stasis and Deathwave entertainment, which kept us ticking over and we made sure we didn't party too hearty for the first couple of days of the festival too as our set was the Saturday. I made sure I had plenty of water to hand on the day, with us being at a festival and with the weather as hot as it was, I needed to make sure I was well hydrated."
The Femetalism team made it to the New Blood Stage to see Bloodyard's performance and the tent was pretty full, with a great atmosphere; it was a great performance. I asked Donna how their Bloodstock experience had been.
"We loved every second! With us clashing with Napalm Death, we were over the moon to see so many people there to support us and headbanging along. The crowd were awesome, vocal and involved, we even had a bit of a pit going towards the end of our set! The stage and security crew were brilliant too, they really made us feel welcome. 
The overall Bloodstock experience was outstanding - it's a favourite festival of ours anyway, the atmosphere and mentality of the Bloodstock crowd is second to none - but it's safe to say. we'll never forget this one!  
We tried to catch as many bands as we could. New blood stage- Piss Viper, Left for Red, Kryocell and Amethyst, in particular, as well as some of the bigger bands too, Pro-Pain, Raging Speedhorn, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Rob Zombie, Orange Goblin, BLS, Trivium ... the list goes on!" 

Now Bloodstock is over, the band plan on gigging pretty hard for the rest of the year and have some great ones lined up including supporting Psycroptic in October and their annual Halloween bash.

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.