Normally the quiet village of Walton-on-Trent in Derbyshire drops to 11 for a mind-blowing celebration of all things heavy metal.
However, with the coronavirus pandemic making music festivals an impractical prospect, the annual Bloodstock event in Catton Park has gone live.
Organizers partnered with 12 other festivals to form the European Metal Festival Alliance, which kicked off on Friday.
It should work until Sunday.
Heidevolk, Orange Goblin and Sabaton are among the participating artists.
This year, the Bloodstock Festival was set to be the 20th edition, with the first indoor event held in the Derby Assembly Halls in 2001.
The next festival has been designed to run for four days starting August 11, 2021, with Judas Priest, Paradise Lost and Devin Townsend announced as headliners.
Bloodstock director Vicky Hungerford said the approach to what would have been festival weekend left her with “a sense of mourning,” but was happy the virtual alternative gave fans something to look forward to. , with bands giving interviews and performing exclusive sets from around the world.
“We had so many bands that participated, because they are in desperate need of spreading their music and letting people have a good time,” she said.
“For a lot of bands this is the longest time they’ve ever toured – it’s a huge thing for bands not to be on the road doing what they love.”
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