Desertfest Berlin has announced the first names for its 2023 edition, and is happy to welcome Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Obsessed King Buffalo, Church Of Misery, Dozer, Blood Ceremony, L.A. Witch, Somali Yacht Club, Gnod, Ecstatic Vision, Daily Thompson, Gaupa and Psychlona, with many more acts to be announced soon!
Taking place between May 19 - 21, 2023 will see a venue change from the Arena to Columbiahalle and Columbia Theater, with additional outdoor space & stage. Weekend tickets for Desertfest Berlin 2023 will be on sale this Friday, October 28th at 12PM CET via www.desertfest.de
Slay bells are about to ring, as three-time Grammy-nominated hard rock heavyweights and platinum-selling band Killswitch Engage have announced a trio of holiday season shows.
The band will play at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ on December 28; at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on December 29; and a hometown show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on December 30.
Rivers of Nihil, Unearth, and a third opener to be announced will serve as support at all three shows. Get tickets here.
"It's been a while since we've been able to do a holiday show so let's fix that," says singer Jesse Leach. "We are stoked to announce these three 'holiday-themed' shows, which will surely be fun and maniacal. Expect things to be out of control and crazy! It will be rounded out by the prolific — and a band favourite — with Rivers of Nihil, as well as our old school friends in Unearth. The sets, the stage, and the vibe will be like no other Killswitch show you have seen! This will be a perfect send off for us as we head into the studio for our new record! Let's do this my friends!"
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ON TOUR:
12/28 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom*
12/29 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount*
12/30 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium**
*Rivers of Nihil main support, followed by Unearth and opener
**Unearth main support, followed by Rivers of Nihil and opener
KSE are currently wrapping up a successful Fall 2022 tour with Lamb of God. Before that, the band enjoyed a sold-out North America trek with August Burns Red and Light the Torch.
The band's latest album Atonement is out now via Metal Blade Records.
Swedish metal heroes Sabaton have revealed their special guests for the UK and European leg of their upcoming "TOUR TO END ALL TOURS". Japanese dance metal sensation Babymetal will appear as very special guests, marking their first international shows in over three years. Finnish Eurovision winners Lordi will open all shows.
"We are extremely happy to welcome Babymetal to our already much anticipated tour in Europe 2023," says bass player Pär Sundström. “The energy and power of this band will for sure make each night something special."
“If there ever was a band that would break all the rules, it’s Babymetal with the power and precision to deliver a full on heavy metal show!” echoes frontman Joakim Brodén. “It’s not our first rodeo together, expect nothing but excellence from Babymetal!”
Joakim participated as a guest on “Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén)" on Babymetal’s third album "Metal Galaxy" released October 11th, 2018. He also made a guest appearance at Babymetal’s headline show in October 2018, at Japan's extra show DARK NIGHT CARNIVAL.
SABATON - THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS
Special Guest: BABYMETAL
Tickets for the UK shows will be on sale from 10am Friday 21st October here:
No one would have thought, that they would recover from their singers withdrawal - but German melodic metal act Serious Black presents themselves stronger than ever before. Following their latest, much acclaimed studio album "Vengeance Is Mine", that entered the German album charts at rank 16 in a quite difficult week and also found its way into the international charts, finally, they announced an upcoming headliner tour, kicking off this November!
Says guitarist Dominik:
"We are so much looking forward to enter the stages and rock with you all again! We are proud to present you our new line-up live to perform many songs of our recent album "Vengeance Is Mine" as well as some classics from out the Serious Black band history! Get your tickets now, rock with us and lets spend an amazing evening together!“
Make sure to get your tickets now & don’t miss Serious Black live at the following dates:
*** w. Seven Thorns, Magical Heart & Induction
English thrashers Forged In Black announce new live shows over the festive period
What better way to celebrate the festive period than with some live heavy metal? The inimitable Forged In Black return to live action this December with two killer shows - one a hometown celebration at Chinnery's in Southend and one a NWOBHM extravaganza at The Cart & Horses in Stratford - the birth place of Iron Maiden!
So, on December 9th Forged In Black headline a celebratory show at Chinnery's with support coming from ChemiQueen, Reverent Son and Virgin Witch. Find full details at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/649072680161003
Then on December 17th Forged In Black top the bill at the famous Cart & Horses in Stratford, East London, playing alongside reborn NWOBHM legends Marquis De Sade and Kev Riddles' Baphomet performing a set of classic Angel Witch songs!
Tickets for this special show are available from:
and further event details can be found at the Facebook event page:
Expect to hear a lot more from the band over the coming months as the forge is burning hotter than ever!
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Iron Maiden will be bringing a new tour to Europe in the Summer of 2023 including arena shows in the UK & Ireland. THE FUTURE PAST TOUR will feature previously unperformed songs from the band’s most recent studio album, Senjutsu, along with a focus on 1986’s iconic Somewhere In Time record, plus other classic cuts.
Dates are as below. Tickets go on sale from Friday 14th October at 9am via LiveNation.co.uk. As always there will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden fanclub members.
Says founder member and bassist Steve Harris,
“Following the release of our latest album, Senjutsu, we updated the current Legacy of the Beast Tour a little by opening the show with the first three songs from it, with the Japanese Palace stage set. As it doesn’t make a lot of sense to repeat this for a Senjutsu album tour, we thought about other options and we’ve decided to revisit Somewhere In Time as that tour didn’t feature in the various retrospective history tours we’ve played over the years. They were based on our 80’s concert videos and sadly we did not film that tour (blame the manager!!). We have had lots of requests from fans over the years for many tracks on it so we are now going to play them, plus of course a few others we know you will like! It will also be particularly satisfying to finally get to play some of the more epic tracks on Senjutsu, it's been a long wait! 2023 is going to be an exciting time and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again in the UK, Ireland and around Europe”.
Manager, Rod Smallwood adds
“This combination of the two albums we feel is very exciting. We know fans want to hear those epic cuts on Senjutsu for the first time live and we think that by combining it with an iconic album like Somewhere In Time it will make for another really special tour for fans old and new! Of course, for a new album tour in Europe and the UK we will go back largely to the relative intimacy of arenas and we know fans will be very happy about that too!”
The band are currently in North America in the final stages of their spectacular Legacy Of The Beast World Tour, interrupted for two years by Covid with many shows rescheduled twice. The tour actually started in Tallin, Estonia in May 2018, the first of 139 shows in 33 countries. By the last show in Tampa, Florida on Oct 27 this year the band will have played to over THREE MILLION fans on this epic world tour.
Support on the UK & Ireland tour will be announced at a later date. The shows are:
JUN 24 3 ARENA, DUBLIN IRELAND
JUN 26 OVO HYDRO, GLASGOW SCOTLAND
JUN 28 FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS ENGLAND
JUN 30 AO ARENA, MANCHESTER ENGLAND
JUL 03 MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND
JUL 04 UTILITA ARENA, BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND
JUL 07 O2 ARENA, LONDON ENGLAND
Other European shows also announced today are:
JUN 13 TAURON ARENA, KRAKOW POLAND
JUN 19 HALLENSTADION, ZURICH SWITZERLAND
JUL 11 ZIGGO DOME, AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS
JUL 13 SPORTPALEIS, ANTWERP BELGIUM
JUL 15 THE RETURN OF THE GODS FESTIVAL, MILAN ITALY
A previously announced headline performance at the August 2023 W.O.A Festival in Wacken, Germany sold out in record time.
Further dates for THE FUTURE PAST TOUR will be announced later. Keep up to date here www.ironmaiden.com
As in previous years there will be the opportunity to enjoy the Trooper VIP experience at many of the venues. Watch out for local details.
English metalcore veterans While She Sleeps announce headline show at Alexandra Palace on 23rd September 2023
While She Sleeps revealed to a rapt audience at Alexandra Palace, whilst supporting Parkway Drive on Friday night, that they'd be headlining the very same venue in just under a year's time on 23rd September 2023. At the culmination of the electrifying set, the band's crew rolled out a handmade announcement banner, to an uproarious response. Tickets for the unmissable evening will be on sale this Friday at 10am.
"We’re gunna be a bunch of fucking punx in a palace haha," say While She Sleeps of the event. "This show will be the embodiment of our entire life’s work. Prepare for the biggest Sleeps show imaginable. It’s time for us to take that leap & we’ve never been more ready. For us, headlining our first arena-sized venue is proof that if we can do this, YOU the people have the potential to do anything. We’re here to make our stamp on history, not wait around for permission."
While She Sleeps released a special expanded edition of latest album ‘Sleeps Society’ via Search & Destroy / Spinefarm earlier this year, which included blistering new track 'Eye To Eye', for which the band self-produced and directed the most epic of cinematic music videos.
The original version of ‘Sleeps Society’ was released in April 2021, to critical and fan acclaim. The band chose a non-chart-eligible retailer local to them to push the album, which racked up first week numbers that would have landed them in the Official Charts Top Ten. Co-produced by While She Sleeps guitarist Sean Long and long-time collaborator Carl Bown, ‘Sleeps Society’ was nominated for Best Production at this year’s Heavy Music Awards with the band also nominated in Best Live Artist and Best UK Artist categories, and ultimately winning the inaugural "Innovation" award for their trail-blazing fan-oriented society itself. The album’s single ‘Nervous’, which features Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro on guest vocals, reached the BBC Radio 1 Playlist, provoking discussion around mental health struggles and coping strategies, drawing upon Sean Long’s own experiences with anxiety.
While She Sleeps have been flexing their profound live prowess worldwide this year, appearing at a plethora of European festivals including Hellfest, Graspop and Hurricane & Southside. They also supported Wage War in North America, as well as headlining Australia over the summer and currently touring Europe and the UK with Parkway Drive.
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