Machine Head just played a secret set at this year’s Bloodstock festival

Machine Head playing live at the Bloodstock festival in 2022
(Image credit: Katja Ogrin)

Machine Head played a surprise set at the UK’s Bloodstock festival.

The Bay Area band performed an unannounced hour-long mid-afternoon set to a packed tent on the Sophie Lancaster Stage today (Friday August 12).

They opened their 10-track set with brand new song Become The Firestorm, which appears on upcoming album Of Kingdom And Crown. The set also included several Machine Head classics, including Imperium, Ten Ton Hammer, I Am Hell, Killers And Kings, Halo and Aesthetics Of Hate, the latter dedicated to late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. They also played The Dagger from the Roadrunner United album, and another new song, Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate, 

The band were peforming as a three-piece, with current guitarist Wacław ‘Vogg’ Kiełtyka absent.

At one point, Robb Flynn joked about playing a tent in the middle of the heatwave currently sweeping the UK: “I’m sweating like a prostitute in a church.”

Flynn also spotted a Ukranian flag in the audience, adding: “Fuck Putin.” The singer paid tribute to UK punk legends Discharge, who were playing immediately afterwards, calling them “one of the most legendary bands of all time.”

Machine Head’s new album Of Kingdom And Crown is released on August 26.

Machine Head Bloodstock 2022 setlist

Become The Firestorm
Ten Ton Hammer
I Am Hell (Sonata In #C)
The Dagger (Roadrunner United cover)
From This Day
Killers &Kings
Aesthetics Of Hate
Choke On The Ashes Of Your Hate

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