Carlsbro’s return to the mainstream continued to gather pace last weekend when it teamed-up with sister company Studiomaster as an official gear sponsor at the Bloodstock Festival, the UK’s biggest metal festival, a four day, four stage event at Catton Park in Derbyshire, England held from 11 to 14 August.
The Hobgoblin New Blood Stage featured an array of Carlsbro backline, with assorted EVO tube heads and 4×12 cabs for guitars, and Viper heads, with 4×10 and 1×15 cabs, for bass. The Hobgoblin New Blood Stage hosted almost 40 bands over the four day event.
The stage area in the Serpent’s Lair VIP bar was powered by a 4K Studiomaster PA – featuring some of the latest Studiomaster self-powered cabs – while Carlsbro CSD130 electronic drum kits were scattered throughout the bar for VIPs to thrash around on – in silence! These were given away as competition prizes on the final day of the festival.
Backstage at the main Ronnie James Dio Stage, the dressing room area featured “practice stations” – with various Carlsbro amps and electronic drum kits – for bands warming up for, or winding down from, their onstage performance. The Studiomaster/Carlsbro team were also on hand to provide technical support.
Speaking immediately after the event, Studiomaster/Carlsbro General Manager Patrick Almond said, “It’s great to be back at Bloodstock Open Air. We missed it last year, due to our just being too busy to cater for it, but I vowed we wouldn’t miss it this year, or ever again.
“It’s great exposure for our brands. We aim to engage with our customer base beyond the normal retail channels, demonstrating our growing success and the degree to which we are a forward thinking company. It’s a strategy that proved highly successful, once again, at Bloodstock; bringing us into contact with new artists, new customers and new ideas. Adam Gregory (Bloodstock director) and the team did a superb job making this year’s event, bigger and better than before, allowing us the opportunity to gain greater exposure in the lucrative and expanding Metal market.”
This year’s festival headliners on the Ronnie James Dio Stage were Twisted Sister, Mastodon and Slayer. Info: www.studiomaster.com
Picture caption: Kahtet with Carlsbro EVO 3 stack on Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.