AKERCOCKE Dropped from Bloodstock, Whig Politics Suspect to Blame


The band’s first scheduled performance in five years has been cancelled. The band blames politics. But why??

Yesterday afternoon, beloved and newly reformed blackened death metal act Akercocke announced that they would no longer be playing a previously scheduled date at Bloodstock Open Air 2016. According to a post on the band’s Facebook page:


Ooh, industry drama AND political intrigue! Could it be that the organizers of Bloodstock found their staunchly Whig principles butted up against Akercocke’s notoriously pro-Jackson principles? Perhaps Akercocke’s democratic policies ran afoul of Bloodstock organizers’ contemptuous views of “the tyranny of the majority”. Was it Akercocke’s refusal to support Millard Filmore the final straw that got the band booted from Bloodstock? Almost certainly!

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Apparently the band signing on to perform at Damnation Festival, a different UK metal fest set to take place a few short months after Bloodstock Fest, was the source of the rift here. Politics are weird.


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  • Eliza

    “Politics are weird” Absolute truth.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I wish I had a better understanding of British politics. I was listening to this super gonzo power electronics album from some long standing British artists, and a lot of the material was aimed at the system there. I mean, I get the whole “I’m angry at my government” thing but it would be cool to know more about what they’re saying.

    • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

      Whitehouse, I’m guessing?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Consumer Electronics, which is one of the dudes from Whitehouse and his wife!

        Check out the big brain on Brett.

    • Tim Wilsön

      Radiohead is seen as a political band here, so yeah bands don’t make it easy

  • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

    I blame Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) for this whole debacle!

  • Tim Wilsön

    Basically the UK is a fairly small place, and we literally have hundreds and hundreds of festivals. In the even smaller England, in terms of rock/metal we have Bloodstock, Download, Reading, Leeds, Tech-fest, Deserfest, ArcTangent, Camden Rocks, Incineration fest, Temples and many many more. As much as it sucks festival exclusitivity deals are needed for all these festivals to survive; which is why bookers take it so seriously.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Last year, when I attended the APEX fest in NYC, I talked to the guy who put the thing on, and we talked a little about how Gnaw Their Tongues was supposed to be an exclusive APEX appearance and in between GTT’s agreeing to do APEX and the actual event, he also agreed to play MDF (I think it was MDF) so APEX promoter man’s “exclusive” appearance promotion was no longer accurate.

      Exclusivity, man.

      • Tim Wilsön

        It’s like in France this year. The three big metal festival headliners in europe this summer are Rammstein, Sabbath and Maiden. While both festivals have Rammstein, Hellfest (which i’m going to) have Sabbath as an exclusive whereas Download France have Iron Maiden. What this means is that the fests have to settle for a shitty third headliner; Hellfest getting Twisted Sister and Download France getting Korn. It sucks so bad but i can see where they’re coming from

        • Count_Breznak

          Hellfest would be pretty awesome, since it has bands for almost any taste….but thanks to all of the big names it’s bloody expensive. And you normally don’t even care about those, in the frist place.
          Summerbreeze has a similar problem, but on a much smaller scale.

          • Tim Wilsön

            It actually cost me £290 quid flights and a ticket for Hellfest, which I don’t mind considering fests in my country cost 250 ish quid a ticket.. Which is like 320-30 euros I think. The niche stages for each genre make the fest for me, but I would of liked to see Maiden again

          • Count_Breznak

            3-day tickets for a dm/bm/grind festival go for about ~80€ (for example http://www.party-san.de/bands-2016/ ), even with fuel/beer/food I normally stay below 200€.

    • Is Akercocke a big enough draw that it would seriously affect sales? They’ve got all the usual suspects of big bands on the lineup.

      • Tim Wilsön

        It’s a huge overaction on their part, but I can try and guess their reasoning as as: 1.) Bloodstock wanting to be seen as the festival that brings rarer bands to the uk (an image that they are losing as the festival is growing 2) It never sells out, so they can’t afford to lose any of the market 3) It was less successful last year because they tried booking bands like Trivium, Within Temptation etc. and they can’t afford to have another weak year

        • Gotcha. I hope their Twisted Sister gamble works out for them.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Twisted Sister is headlining too many festivals this summer. They’re not good live. I can attest to that having seen them before.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Tim did you and I talk or do you remember Caïna being dropped from a UK fest for previously covering Death in June tracks?

  • too many turtlenecks for the UK

    • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

      And too few Bronson handlebar mustaches. The singer shaving that thing off could only lead to disaster.

  • re: “blackened death metal”
    – top hat metal?
    – goatee metal?

    • you should watch that video for supplemental lols

      • oh yeah… these guys are so adorbs. i mean tough. super serious tough guys, them Akercockes. (but seriously dat “Shelter From the Sand”….)

        • Waynecro

          I give them credit for having a little something for everyone. Their music has elements of death metal, black metal, and progressive metal; one of their album covers has bewbs, another has full lady butt.

          • it’s fantastic butt too.

          • Waynecro

            Satan demands fantastic butts.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Am I imagining it or did Jason Mendonca once pop up in the Metalsucks comments a couple years back when people were bigging up Akercocke, to thank them for being so supportive? I thought that was rather sweet, even if I did just imagine it. I don’t think any brand of Satanism is that big on being randomly polite and friendly just because your work is appreciated.

          • if they’re members of the Anton Szandor brand, i could see them being that sweet

      • the Matrix parking garage metal

    • Joaquin Stick

      Tweed metal.

  • Dubs

    Maybe that Akerstache guy will be free.

  • are we sure this song isnt just a busted Nevermore cover?

  • Stockhausen

    Akercocke has always been staunch in their refusal to support Millard Filmore, I’m not surprised it’s finally catching up with them. Also, what the wtf is happening in that video.

    • Residual self image of metal nerds’ concept of cool n’ badass.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    maybe they can hire Antichrist Imperium to replace them?

  • tertius_decimus

    First world problem. Last couple years here in Ukraine we have almost no festivals at all. Small local sessions with local bands don’t count. Even big one-band concerts became so rare that we got 2 or 3 shows @ 6 months. Usually these are bands like Nightwish which don’t bother me at all.

    • Tertius. I’ve spent the entire week trying to remember that Saturnus song you recommended to me one day.

      I found it!!!


      • tertius_decimus

        What’s your take on it? I’m not sure if seppuku while listening “Forest of Insomnia” or “Descending”.

        • Well, this one is great. The transition in minute 2 is terrific!

          Let me finish this one to check “Descending”.

          • tertius_decimus

            Music for brokenhearted from brokenhearted one. No happy man can write nothing close.

  • I’ve listened 2 minutes of an Akercocke video where a gothic chick made a sexy dance.

    Thanks to this weird band, I was nearly unemployed.

    • tertius_decimus

      Does someone’s look behind your shoulder?

      • The boss sometimes enters the office, jajaja!

        • tertius_decimus

          You may develop feel of suspicion and good reaction while doing inapropriate things at working place. Neat qualities for spies.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Link, how do you feel about the new Katatonia album? I’m liking it quite a bit.


            The drumming is so good and the guitars sounds low, but the melodies are p good. It reminds me of Last Fair Deal Gone Down mixed with Dead End Kings in some places. But, yes, the drumming puts the proggy in the spot.

  • Mother Shabubu

    That promo pic.

    Are they about to play some metal, or search for clues?