UK: Studiomaster & Carlsbro returned to Bloodstock from August 11 – 14 as an official equipment sponsor. Studiomaster & Carlsbro kit was in use across the site during the four day, four-stage festival at Catton Park in Derbyshire, having last supplied equipment to the festival as a sponsor in 2014.
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 course of the festival.
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. 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 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.”