Emperor for Bloodstock Open Air 2014

Buy tickets now as first band for next year's metal blowout confirmed

Photographer: Oran TarjanChris Eustace on 12 August 2013

(Updated 12 August)

Organisers revealed that the influential Norwegian black metallers would play next year ahead of Lamb Of God’ s headline set this evening (10 August).

The band originally dissolved in 2001, but reunited from 2005-2007 for festival dates and tours, and will return once again next year, with Bloodstock set to be their only UK performance.

Tickets for the festival will go on general sale to the public on Monday morning (12 August).

A limited run of Early Bird tickets are available now, priced at £115 (plus £7 booking fee) for a full weekend (four nights), with child tickets available at a reduced rate for those 11 and under, priced at £39.

Click here to buy Bloodstock Open Air tickets.

Bloodstock Open Air will return to Catton Hall, Derbyshire on 7-10 August 2014.

The event, Britain's premier independent heavy metal music festival, has been going strong since 2005, birthed out of the smaller, indoor Bloodstock festival, which begaqn in 2001.

Previous headliners of the festival include Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Cradle Of Filth, Twisted Sister, Motorhead, Behemoth, Machine Head and Alice Cooper, while King Diamond topped the bill on the the Friday of this year’s event, which we reviewed here.

Thrash legends Slayer will close the final day of this year’s Bloodstock tomorrow (11 August), with Anthrax, Amporhis, Exodus and Fozzy also among those on the bill.

Selected performances from the weekend are being streamed live online – click here to watch the Bloodstock 2013 live stream.

Check back for further coverage of the festival, and remember to follow Virtual Festivals on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest streaming news and links over the weekend.

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