Regular readers and listeners will be aware that in the last year I’ve been rather ill and recently had some fairly hefty surgery with more promised next year. All of this means that so far 2015 has been a gig-free year for me.
But before the extent of my illness was revealed, Mr Elfie had purchased me a Bloodstock ticket as an early Christmas present. If you think eighteen tablets a day and major surgery four weeks before Bloodstock Open Air was going to stop me going to my very first Bloodstock…well… you’ve not come across me!
Reign Of Fury have had an excellent year since the release of Death Be Thy Shepherd, and their set, which kicked off Bloodstock in an impressive style, proves that the threefold increase in Reign Of Fury t-shirts in my local isn’t due to a fluke. The band tore up the stage, whipping the crowd into a frenzy and leaving us with the promise of an immense weekend to come.
Reign Of Fury were followed by Metaprism and Desecration who I heard from afar and seemed to do a reasonable job.
My second pick of the night were Red Rum who, with a set full of silliness, proved that whilst Pirate Metal is excellent, it is slightly ridiculous. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and the crowd were in fine form with jigs-a-plenty and several crowd surfers (one of whom kindly kicked me in the stomach. Thanks for that). After that I repaired to bed – although it transpires that trying to go to bed early in Midgard is a silly thing, but all in Day 1 of Bloodstock Open Air was a good omen for the rest of the festival.