Did spend some time in the campsite during the day with friends but we don't actually camp at the festival as we prefer to stay in a hotel so my experience will differ to others:
Finally having a decent band to watch on the Thursday night for the first time - Battle Beast were fantastic
Also Blind Guardian, Amon Amarth, Hell, Kreator, Ghost, Skindred, Megadeth. I did watch other bands who were decent enough but these were the highlights for me.
The weather - 3 years in a row - long may it continue!
The comfort of a proper bed, shower and fried breakfast in the hotel
Being able to take drinks in cups into the arena and not being made to take the top off my plastic water bottle (always thought that was a stupid idea - glad it seems to have gone)
More of our friends attending the festival which lead to some fun times hanging out in the campsite during the day
Nightwish announcement for next year!
The choice of food and drink the arena as well as pints of Hobgoblin being under £5
The size of the festival - I did wonder if it being "sold out" this year would lead to it feeling more cramped but thankfully that wasn't the case. Hope it stays the same size though.
Didn't have much interaction with security so can't really comment either way but I didn't see any of them being dicks which is definitely a good point.
Moving the taxi/drop-off point. This made absolutely no sense, particularly since the area that was previously used for this wasn't even being used at all!
The taxi journey on the way back to the hotel on the Sunday night - after agreeing the slightly lower-than-meter price of £20 each way for our journeys, the driver queried this on the way back, saying it should be more. I explained that we had paid £20 each way with no problem on the Friday and on the way in on the Sunday and if he rang the office there should be a record of this. The guy he rang at the office proceeded to lie and claim there was no record of us travelling with them at all that weekend! After insisting that we were only going to pay the price that was agreed (and showing him the text message on my phone which proved we'd traveled in with them earlier that day) he dropped it. Won't be using those bastards again.
Attention-seeking knobs in the campsite who think they're way funnier than they actually are. Really glad I don't have to camp and put up with that (and the noise and everything else that goes with it) all weekend.
Gojira announcement for next year - not saying they don't deserve the slot, I just personally find them very boring.
King 810's inclusion on the line-up & the pathetically childish and laughable bio in the program. Not to mention the deluge of crap metal-core type bands early in the day. Seriously Bloodstock, enough with this shit, yeah?
No more Deli-Kate
We don't camp overnight so I don't really have much to say on this apart from the piss-mud wrestling I did catch a glimpse of on the way out one night - urgh.