KING DIAMOND has been confirmed as the first headliner of next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2013 at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire, England. The Grammy-nominated, Danish metal legend will dazzle eyes and perforate eardrums in the Friday-night top slot.After a six-year touring hiatus, KING DIAMOND triumphantly returned to the stage in 2012 for European festivals Hellfest and Sweden Rock. Friday night's closing performance at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 marks not only their first-ever U.K. festival appearance, but their first U.K. show of any kind in many years and will be their only U.K. date in 2013. Commented KING DIAMOND frontman and namesake: "I'm looking forward so much to this, we all are. Finally back in England! The people at Bloodstock have gone the extra mile to make this possible, and will be expanding the stage to fit our full production. This is gonna be DARK and very HEAVY!" This special headline appearance racks up alongside the previously announced special guests ANTHRAX and ACCEPT, and U.K.-exclusive appearances from FIREWIND and FOZZY. Bloodstock "Early Bird" tickets are available for online purchase now at this location for the frankly bargain price of £100 (plus booking fee) for a four-day weekend pass. Snap 'em up quick, as this limited time offer won't last forever! For more information, visit www.bloodstock.uk.com.