Mercyful Fate Pulls Out Of Bloodstock Open Air 2021 Amid Pandemic Concerns

The Announcement:
BLOODSTOCK is working to bring you the very best metal party possible this August, but due to the ongoing issues and restrictions surrounding Covid-19, a number of overseas bands are no longer able to be at Catton Park with us this Summer. 🔥 Pioneers of heavy Kreator will replace MERCYFUL FATE as Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage headliner, in a UK festival exclusive!

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Their iconic frontman, King Diamond tells us “Due to the uncertainties of international touring logistics, health, and safety issues, MERCYFUL FATE are unable to perform at this Summer’s BLOODSTOCK. Unfortunately, most of our Summer routing is already postponed or postponing soon. Like many others in our position we’re amending our plans to get back on the road as soon as possible. We’re gutted. However, we are happy to say that we’ve worked with the BLOODSTOCK organizers and report that we will be back to headline the festival in Summer ‘22. Until then, stay heavy and stay safe.”

🔥 Norse shamans Seidrblot & Melodic death bruisers Bloodshot Dawn pick up a main stage slot.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: While I hate to be called a person that looks on the bad side of things (because I am so not that guy), its not really surprising that this kind of cancellation is coming from an artist that has to travel a great distance to be a participant. Now its important to realize that this will work both ways and artists from across the pond will be unable to get here and then event rosters will be lessened and most likely eventually cancelled. With my lifestyle website, “The Chronicles of Piercing Ken”, I am already seeing listings be removed for events scheduled for the fall so I don’t really know how much normal people are realistically expecting to be the case this year. I sure hope to be proven wrong but do stay tuned to either website and our respective calendars for the latest updated listings as we are aware of them. We don’t go to the European festivals out of budgetary concerns but do like to keep our readers in the worldwide space aware of it all. See you next time around my friends.

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