If last week’s Download Festival announcement wasn’t enough to wet your appetite for 2020’s festival calendar, Britain’s premier metal festival Bloodstock Open Air has finally announced their first headliner.

Having played the festival way back in 2010 and 2011, Canada’s experimental prog-wizard Devin Townsend will headline the Ronnie James Dio main stage at Bloodstock 2020, which will be his only UK show next year. Promising to bring a special super-show bringing together material from his entire career including material from his pre-prog days in industrial thrashers Strapping Young Lad all the way to this year’s solo tour-de-force ‘Empath.’

The man himself had this to say about grabbing the headline slot:

“Ever since I was a kid, being able to headline a festival as fantastic and forward thinking as Bloodstock has been a dream of mine.  As some of you may know, I’ve been working on several live ‘bands’ lately, from acoustic, to prog and orchestral, with some really artistic and improvisational aspects.  However for Bloodstock, my intention is to do something quite different, and consequently kick ass in every possible way. I am putting together a VERY SPECIAL one-off show for Bloodstock, with a heavy band, playing the very best material for an outdoor festival from my entire catalogue, from SYL up to Empath.  I have always felt that if I was given one shot to knock it out of the park, I wouldn’t hesitate. And my friends, this is the shot! I have listened to what people have been asking for from my catalogue, and with a show like this, a production like we are planning, and the players who have agreed to be involved, this will surely be one of the pinnacle moments in my career.”

Joining Devin Townsend on this announcement are Ukraine’s experimental metal mob Jinjer, making their Bloodstock debut on the Ronnie James Dio stage alongside power metal legends Gloryhammer.

Bloodstock is also set to welcome the previously announced Skindred, Black Dahlia Murder, Vio-Lence, Sacred Reich, Dark Tranquillity, and Butcher Babies.

Bloodstock’s remaining two headline acts and many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.

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