We asked, they wouldn’t tell us. We asked again, they wouldn’t tell us. We kept on asking and ended up with just a deafening silence in return. So, if you wanna know, we don’t know. They won’t tell us.
Guesses are running wild online, though. Some reckon Corey Taylor, since Vended are on the bill, although with their set on Sunday, the secret set on Friday and Slipknot having a gig on Saturday in Finland, the inefficiencies of such travel make it unlikely. Pantera? A wild guess anyway, and Zakk Wylde will be in Florida that day. Bolt Thrower? You’re more likely to see the return of Elvis.
The theory that it’s Machine Head isn’t a bad one – Robb Flynn will be around the UK doing press for their new record this week. Other clue: during the band's 28th anniversary playthrough of Burn My Eyes on YouTube, drummer Chris Kontos says he's, "looking forward to seeing everybody at Bloodstock. We're gonna be over there!" Cat out of bag? Horsing around? Us using shit animal metaphors?
Could it be Amon Amarth? They just released their new album The Great Heathen Army, and after Germany’s Wacken festival announced that a tribute band named ‘Guardians Of Asgard’ would be doing a surprise set of AA tunes last week, absolutely nobody was surprised that it was actually Amon Amarth who turned up.
And then, Nergal from Behemoth will already be onsite. Since his Me And That Man project have played just about every other festival his main band have this summer, it's no stretch at all to wonder if it's that. A decent 'Let's-find-out-who-you-really-are' factor here, but still, we remain scoobied.
So, yeah, we don’t know. And we did ask. But get into the S.O.P.H.I.E. tent early on Friday afternoon anyway. Whoever it is, you won’t want to miss it.