Adam Gregory is the Festival Director of the legendary Rock and Metal festival: Bloodstock Open Air. We caught up with him to find out what song he has on repeat currently, his dream headliner, and the best part of bringing people together through the festival.
- What made you want to start a new festival?
Back in 2000, Monsters of Rock had finished and Download didn’t exist. As my dad and the festival founder had a passion for Metal, both he and some friends just thought it would be cool to start a festival. Bloodstock was born and the first edition took place in 2001.
- What makes Bloodstock different from other festivals in the UK?
Bloodstock differs because of the unique and welcoming vibe. You will be hard-pushed to find any other large gathering that offers so much to its attendees. The warmth you feel when you arrive is why so many people refer to Bloodstock as ‘home’.
- What’s your favourite part of organising Bloodstock festival?
Opening Day! Seeing the droves of fans arriving for a memorable weekend of fun and music, nothing warms the heart more. We carry the hopes and expectations of so many. It’s nerve-racking, yes, but so worth it.
- What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced whilst organising Bloodstock festival?
I like the word ‘challenge’ as it refers to something that can be overcome. We have many at each event, but the most memorable was when the second stage didn’t arrive one year. Let’s just say it was all hands to the pump that day!
- Which artist, dead or alive, would you love to headline Bloodstock festival?
My wish list would include Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. Not everyone’s choices but a couple of pure legends. Would have also been really cool for Ronnie James Dio to have made it to the festival, that’s someone I would welcome for sure.
- If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Very tough question. For me it would have to be AC/DC – Thunderstruck. Really love that one.
- What’s the last song you listened to?
The last song (if you can call it one) was actually Jeff Wayne – War of the Worlds.
- If you could add one thing to Bloodstock to make it legendary, what would it be?
It would need to be ‘The Stage of Legends’. Obviously with the ability to bring them all back to play one last time.
- What songs do you have on repeat right now?
I would say definitely Prevail – Come and Get it, as well as Devilment – Hitchcock Blonde. Loving both of those at the moment.
- What’s the best part of bringing people together through Bloodstock festival?
Family is the best part of bringing people together for Bloodstock. Seeing the same faces each year bring new faces with them, all with that look that says ‘why have I not been here before?’