Bloodstock renames stage after Sophie Lancaster

Pythia and Beholder are the first names confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air's Sophie Lancaster Stage.

The third arena, previously known as the Lava Stage, has been renamed in tribute to Lancaster, who was brutally attacked in 2007 because she was dressed in a gothic fashion. The attack eventually led to her death.

Speaking about the renaming of the stage, Bloodstock organiser Paul Gregory said "It is our hope that renaming the stage will help to keep Sophie's memory alive and raise awareness to our society that this kind of brutal behaviour will not be tolerated."

Lancaster's family have set up The Sophie Lancaster Foundation which will provide training to professionals in order to raise awareness of the prejudice and violence faced by people from alternative subcultures.

Sophie's brother, Adam Lancaster said: "What happened horrified more people then we could ever know, not just the attack but the pointlessness of it all.  We thank you for your thoughts and wishes and look forward to being involved with Bloodstock in 2009."

Other bands set for Bloodstock Open Air 2009 includes Wintersun, Turisas, The Haunted and Katatonia. Click HERE for the latest line-up.

The festival will take place Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 14-16 August and tickets are already on sale priced at £99.95 for a weekend camping pass.

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