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UK Rockers GRIFTER Gearing Up For Bloodstock Performance

| 16 July 2013 | Reply


UK-based dirty rock n’ roll trio GRIFTER have announced a string of live dates leading up to their appearance at this year’s Bloodstock Metal Festival.

The Ripple Music recording artists will be performing on Sunday, August 11th, the same day as Slayer, Anthrax, Gamma Bomb, Exodus, Devil Driver and Amorphis.  Specifically, the boys will be taking the stage to support legendary metallers Wolfsbane, as well as Breed 77 and Gormathon!

Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) is the UK’s biggest independent METAL festival. Held at the picturesque location of Walton on Trent in Derbyshire, B-O-A has won the hearts and minds of fans of heavy ROCK AND METAL by consistently showcasing the strongest metal line up on UK soil. You can expect some 15,000 metal heads descending on Derbyshire in August 2013 for 4 days of unadulterated full on Heavy Metal!!!

BLOODSTOCK boasts over 100 international rock and metal acts across four stages, as well as other attractions including a huge international metal market, late night entertainment in the Sophie Lancaster Tent, fairground rides, ‘The Bloodstock Arms’ festival bar serving real ale, full weekend camping and one of the best atmospheres the festival scene has to offer. Add to this a signing tent where you can meet your favourite bands, and for those of you who need those extra creature comforts – an extra special VIP experience in the Serpents Lair camping and hospitality backstage bar, which offers 80+ different real ales, this really is an unmissable date in the headbangers calendar. Metal brethren at your marks! For more details, visit

Meanwhile, Grifter is finishing recording the follow up to their self-titled 2011 debut, which will appear later in the year on Ripple Music on CD and…VINYL!!!! Guinness splatter vinyl no less!!!

The working title for the album is The Return Of The Bearded Brethren and will feature artwork from up and coming tattoo artist Jamie Campbell. Tracks from the album will include ‘Braggard’s Boast,’ ‘Black Gold,’ ‘It’s Not Me It’s You,’ ‘She Mountain,’ ‘Princess Leia,’ ‘Fire Water,’ ‘Paranoiac Blues,’ ‘The Return Of The Bearded Brethren,’ ‘Bow Down To The Monkey’ and a cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ that has become a popular fixture of the live set.

Grifter’s critically-hailed debut is still available at

GRIFTER Live Dates:

7/26 – Manchester @ Gulliver’s w/ The Bendal Interlude, Widows and Blastronaut

7/27 – Cheltenham @ The 2 Pigs w/ Welcome Back Delta and Smoke Pilot

8/02 – Abertillery @ The Doll’s House w/ Black Light Machine and Static Signals


8/31 – Bournemouth @ The Anvil w/ Alunah, Diesel King and more

11/29 – HARD ROCK HELL w/ Black Star Riders, Airbourne, Nazareth, Paul Dianno, Michael Monroe and more.

Praise for GRIFTER:

Top 20 (#12 & #15) Album of the Year – The Soda Shop

Top 20 (#19) Album of the Year – Heavy Planet

Top 20 (#15) Album of the Year – Captain Beyond Zen

Top 10 of 2011 – The Sleeping Shaman

Top 10 (#5) Album of the Year – Chybucca Sounds

Bands That Caught My Attention (2011) – Steaming Heathen/Grips of Delusion

Best Records of 2011 – Sonic Abuse

Top 20 (#15) Album of the Year – The Obelisk

#4 Album of the year – A Brief History of Metal: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of 2011

“One of the best hard rock albums from top to bottom that I have listened to this year.” –

“This is an excellent album, catchy, groove rich and addictive . . . all (of the tracks) are of the same catchy, infectious quality. Get a copy and by the second listen I guarantee you will be singing along.” [4/5] – Metal

“Just about the best stoner rock band in England right now. Grifter build every one of their songs around monstrously grooving, simple riffs and smooth southern vocals. Something akin to Clutch jamming with Kim Thayil. Several songs, including opener Good Day For Bad News, Preacher And The Devil and Alabama Hotpocket are simply jammed with big riffs, and even when they go for an acoustic blues track to close with Gone Blues they can’t help but groove.” – JukeBox:Metal

For all things GRIFTER, visit the following links:

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