A WIGAN hard rock band will play for thousands of people when it entertains the headbanging hordes at one of Britain’s biggest metal festivals.
Five-piece Bigfoot secured a slot on the bill at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air (BOA) bash in Derbyshire and will perform on the Jagermeister stage in the main festival arena.
The group’s biggest appearance to date will see them sharing the bill at the three-day festival with some of the biggest names in rock and metal including Rob Zombie, Black Label Society and Swedish group Opeth, who have previously sold out London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.
Bigfoot, made up of vocalist Ant Ellis, guitarists Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall, were spotted by the festival organisers while competing in the Metal to the Masses competition, which gives new and unsigned bands the chance to battle it out for slots on BOA’s New Blood Stage.
Having formed only around a year ago the group cannot wait to showcase their sound, a blend of hard rock, classic rock and old-school metal influenced by the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and Queen, to thousands of fans at the prestigious event.
Guitarist Sam, from Pemberton, said: “We’re so excited. The festival has booked some absolutely huge bands so to see ourselves on the same poster will be weird.
“Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society is one of my favourite guitarists so it’s going to be unreal, especially as we’ve got VIP access. I’m also a massive fan of Rob Zombie.
“It’s a bigger opportunity than if we had got through Metal to the Masses because now we will be playing next to the main stage.
“It’s also worked well for us because the other bands on the New Blood stage are a lot heavier than us.
“We were a bit worried about the competition from day one because we are a hard rock and classic rock band competing for a slot at a metal festival, but one of the organisers came to us and said he wanted to book us.”
The Jagermeister and main stages run alternately, so Bigfoot will perform while one of the higher-profile acts is setting up its equipment on the stage next to them.
The exact details of Bigfoot’s slot are being kept tightly under wraps, though Sam confirmed they will have 30 minutes to impress festival-goers with their music.
Although the group is currently writing new songs for the follow-up to its self-titled debut EP Sam says the band will probably play their best-known and tightest tracks at Bloodstock.
He said: “We will probably stick to what we know best. It’s going to be a new audience for us who probably won’t have heard what we’ve been doing during the past year, and getting a new fanbase is the whole point of going there for us.”
Bigfoot have just returned from playing two gigs on the Greek island of Rhodes and have announced they will warm up for BOA with a headlining hometown gig at The Boulevard on July 25.
A festival spokesman said: “Bloodstock is proud to welcome Wigan-based band Bigfoot to this year’s festival. Every band who plays on either the Hobgoblin New Blood stage or our infamous Jagermeister stage earns the right to do so and should feel proud to showcase their talents in front of thousands of fans.
“Bloodstock prides itself on supporting new emerging bands and is delighted Wigan has proven to be a hotbed of talent.”
To find out more about the band, visit www.facebook.com/bigfootukrock