One of the bands we’ve been trying to catch for a while now, Bull-Riff Stampede were pretty much top of the list of things to do on a Thursday night in a field in Derbyshire. Another hard working UK band that seem to gig pretty much constantly, they came to Bloodstock on the back of an apparently triumphant appearance at a small European festival..
Think it was called Wacken or something…
Bull-Riff Stampede hit the stage flat out, and when frontman Dave Garnett bellowed “Bloodstock, are you ready ?? WE FUCKING ARE !!!” there wasn’t anyone in the packed tent who doubted him.
You know when you really like a band’s recorded stuff, but live they are at a whole other level ?
Well that… exactly that.
Bloodstock isn’t like any other UK festival. None of the bullshit that permeates the “scene” is tolerated here, and Loud, fast and heavy, Bull-Riff Stampede’s thrashed up heavy metal was just what the Thursday night needed to kick the Bloodstock Open Air party into top gear.
It’s a well worn journalistic cliche (and we avoid cliches like the plague here at CB) that bands just seem to be destined for bigger things. Well out of all the young British bands we saw on the Sophie stage in 2013 it was the Bull-Riff lads who are the ones poised for the next level, and one day in the future to take the walk across the Bloodstock arena to play the main stage.
I’ll be the one in the photo pit, headbanging. Sometimes you just can’t help yourself.