Legendary Californian speed thrash metal band Slayer has been confirmed to close next year’s Bloodstock Festival in Derbyshire next August. The fearsome foursome will top the bill on Sunday, following fellow headliners Twisted Sister (Friday) and Mastodon (Saturday).
Kerry King and co. made their Bloodstock debut in 2013 just three months after the sad death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Once again the band will feature Exodus men Gary Holt on guitar and Paul Bostaph on drums.
Guitarist King said:
“I’m looking forward to heading back to Bloodstock! Come party with SLAYER and watch us wreck the place!!!”
The band completed a successful UK tour earlier this week with “Big 4” buddies Anthrax, who will fill the special guest slot on Slayer Sunday at Bloodstock 2016.
“Repentless”, the recently released new album, has hit Top 10 charts around the world taking top spot in Germany and reaching number 4 and 11 in the US and the UK respectively. It features the song “Chasing Death”, which King said was about alcoholism – the cause of Hanneman’s premature demise at the age of just 49 in May 2013.
Bloodstock 2016’s line-up also features a rare UK appearance by Venom with Behemoth, Satyricon, Dragonforce, Paradise Lost, Gojira and Rotting Christ also confirmed to play.
Early bird tickets, including camping, are on sale now from £120 plus booking fees.