Vulvodynia, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Bound In Fear & Bonecarver announced for Unique Legion UK / EU tour
Unique Leader Records is proud to announce the UK / EU Unique Legion tour, featuring Vulvodynia (SA), The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Bonecarver & Bound In Fear.
Tickets on sale Monday 10 AM GMT at: https://www.avocadobooking.com/avocms/item/unique-legion-eu-uk-tour-2023
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:
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.
It’s that time again already, when Bloodstock kicks off its grass roots-supporting ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ scheme, which gives unsigned and DIY bands the chance of being part of the Bloodstock festival experience.
M2TM 2022 was without doubt the biggest Bloodstock New Blood initiative to date and the festival managed to capture the bands, the fans, and grab a chat with a few of the promoters hosting the events, alongside chief M2TM organiser Simon Hall. Check out the ‘Highway To Bloodstock’ video below and get a handle on another phenomenally successful year for the initiative.
Plans are already locked with many local promoters and Bloodstock is set to track down the hottest new metal talent in the land, who’ll grab themselves slots on the New Blood stage across festival weekend in August 2023. 21 regions are secured so far, with more locations expected to be added in due course. See the full list of participating regions to date at the top, and if you’re in a self-released or unsigned band and want to try out for a slot on the Bloodstock bill, get in touch with the event nearest you and get yourselves involved! One winner from each region will secure themselves a slot on the New Blood stage and some of the very best runners-up may also get lucky, space permitting.
Bands should get their applications into their nearest regional promoter ASAP, as heats kick off in the coming weeks. Any local promoters in regions not yet represented can email Simon Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information if they wish to host the scheme in their local area.
Full details of venues and who to contact to enter in each region, can be found here or on Facebook.
Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2023. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Japanese metal band Bridear have just announced their brand new UK tour dates for 2022. Having become the first Japanese band to tour internationally last year, they blew UK & EU audiences away with their 2021 shows. Now, in celebration of their 10th Anniversary, they return this September armed with their brand new album Aegis Of Athena, which was released on May 13th.
The acclaimed five-piece will be performing as follows:
Lead vocalist Kimi comments:-
"The UK is very special to us and we can't wait to return! A lot has happened in the world but we are determined to keep moving forward as we have for 10 years now! 'Raise your voice for us' - we're coming back!”
Haru, the band’s bassist, continues:-
"The new album has songs that will be so much fun live. The shows last year were amazing and this year will be even better, so I hope the UK is ready!”
Tickets will be available from www.bridear.world and at https://www.orionlive.co.uk/upcoming-events
The new album Aegis of Athena is a blistering 11-track sonic assault perfectly blending traditional heavy metal, progressive arrangements, stunning technical prowess and addictive pop-rock hooks. Brimming with big riffs it features feature furious thrash passages, incredible lead lines and irresistible melodic sensibilities, showcasing J-metal like you’ve never heard it before.
Fans can order physical copies of Aegis Of Athena, including a special bundle with CD and t-shirt here: www.setsushop.com
Check out full details here: www.bridear.world
Evanescence will be returning to the UK and Europe during November and December on their rescheduled co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ tour with Within Temptation. Before that, they will be playing some of their own headline shows in June and have just confirmed extra dates in Madrid and Lisbon plus Rock In The City festival in Helsinki.
The band has also just announced a Stateside tour with Korn produced by Live Nation. Accompanied by special guests varying across select dates, the 18-city tour kicks off on August 16th at Ball Arena in Denver, CO making stops across the U.S. in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and more before wrapping up in Ridgefield, WA on September 16th.
“We’re looking forward to going on tour this summer and bringing our friends, Evanescence, out,” said Jonathan Davis of Korn. “Whenever Amy comes to one of our shows, I always love seeing her on the side of the stage watching the whole set and rocking out. We’re gonna have a great time on this tour, and we can’t wait to see you there.”
“I fell hard into Korn’s music in high school. It was an inspiration during the formation of my own band. The chances we’ve had to play together over the years are special, a part of our history. They remain one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen,” said Amy Lee of Evanescence. “It’s an honour and a thrill to go out with our friends again, our first full tour together since ‘07. We’re all really looking forward to this.”
2022 – European dates
* Evanescence only
+ new dates
Tickets for the Worlds Collide tour are here: worldscollidetour.net
Tickets and VIP Packages for the tour with Korn go on sale starting Friday, April 8th at 10 am local time from LiveNation.com
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Within Temptation and Evanescence are happy to announce that the anticipated co-headline ‘Worlds Collide’ European tour will still happen this year. The European arena tour that was originally due to kick off in March 2022, will now move to November and December 2022. All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same.
Both bands stated earlier:-
“As the world is slowly reopening again, we have been feeling optimistic about the tour actually taking place in March and April. However - a lot of countries still have restrictions in place, and we are forced to make a decision right now for logistical reasons. We are aware that many fans are preparing to make their plans to attend the shows, some of which involve travel, and given the uncertainty as to exactly when certain countries will lift their restrictions, we are left with no choice but to reschedule the tour, hopefully for the final time.”
All existing tickets & VIP packages will remain valid for the rescheduled dates and all venues remain the same. For more information, please visit www.worldscollidetour.net
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Finland’s violent pop crew Blind Channel have just announced their Sick & Dangerous Tour 2022, which will see them play throughout Europe next year. After recently announcing to share the stage with Eskimo Callboy in early 2022 the band now makes the next step by hosting their own European headline tour.
Blind Channel comments:
“It’s incredible that we’re able to start preparing for a wide headline tour in Europe. We’re also super excited to play our first shows ever in Russia and to be able to play songs from our fourth album. 2022 will be massive.”
The band also recently released the new single ‘We Are No Saints’. You can watch the video and listen to it HERE.
Tour Dates 2022
Cello metal giants Apocalyptica unite with Epica to entertain audiences all over the continent from Budapest to Barcelona on the Epic Apocalypse Tour. The two will co-headline and will be joined by the exciting, progressive metal band Wheel, who will open each night with their engaging juxtapose of time-defying grooves and deep social exploration.
Eicca Toppinen states that:-
“This is all about adventure, exploration and bringing the dynamic excitement of symphonic metal to yet more fans both old and new. Both ourselves and Epica have the chance to reach each other’s audiences and also continue on our own exciting, and unique journeys. As we’ve said before, Cell-0 is, for us, a return to our roots while exploring new artistic universes within that realm, and this tour will help our horizons expand even further. So come one, come all, because we are going to present a great night of entertainment.”
Simone Simons from Epica is equally excited:-
“To celebrate the upcoming release of our long awaited 8th album, we are going to bring the 'Epic Apocalypse Tour' to Europe together with our friends from the mighty Apocalyptica. It's a great new step as we'll be playing some new, bigger venues which allows us to add some new exciting production to the show as well. We couldn't be more excited to present our new songs and to finally tour with Apocalyptica. See you there!”
With Apocalyptica and Epica guaranteed to push each other to new heights every night - not to mention some exciting new production - the Epic Apocalypse Tour is not one to miss under any circumstances.
EPIC APOCALYPSE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
21st - Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex
22nd - Switzerland, Lausanne, Metropole
23rd - Italy, Milan, Fabrique
25th - Hungary, Budapest, Barba Negra
26th - Czech Republic, Brno, Hala Vodova
27th - Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
29th - Sweden, Stockholm, Berns
30th - Norway, Oslo, Sentrum
31st - Denmark, Copenhagen, Amager Bio
2nd - Germany, Hannover, Capitol
3rd - Germany, Hamburg, Docks
4th - Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
6th - Poland, Warsaw, Progresja
8th - Germany, Leipzig, Haus Auensee
9th - Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
26th - Portugal, Lisbon, Coliseum
28th - Spain, Murcia, Gamma
29th - Spain, Madrid, La Riviera
30th - Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
3rd - France, Paris, Zenith
4th - Belgium, Brussels, AB
5th - UK, London, Roundhouse
7th - UK, Bristol, 02 Academy
8th - UK, Glasgow, Academy
9th - UK, Manchester, Academy
11th - Netherlands, Amsterdam, Afas
12th - Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Dan Atelier
15th - Germany, Cologne, Carlswerk Victoria
16th - Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachtof
17th - Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
General sale will commence on Friday Feb 21st at 9am GMT, 10am CET. Apocalyptica VIP upgrades will also go on sale at the same time. Apocalyptica links for both VIP and regular tickets can be found in the following two locations.
VIP - https://apocalyptica.merchcowboy.com/tickets.html
REGULAR - https://www.apocalyptica.com/#dates
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Top Russian outfit Imperial Age are offering four young UK bands the chance to support them on their upcoming UK tour which kicks off at The Dome in London on April 16, 2020.
If your band wants an opportunity to play up to a sixty minute set at one of the shows below then get entered at the link below.
Imperial Age comment:-
“We have received a lot of requests from a lot of bands all over the world to join us at our UK concerts in April 2020. We have given it a thorough thought and this is what we have come up with this -
These days its very hard for new bands to get themselves heard. Labels don‘t sign new bands, they want them to build up a fanbase first – and even then its extremely hard. Promoters aren't really interested in them either. Usually bands have to pay an arm and a leg for everything, and the conditions aren't good.
We have experienced this ourselves and only huge support from you – our fans, allowed us to start doing music full-time without the help of a record label.
However, Destiny has been very good to us, and a few years ago we were very kindly helped by Christofer Johnsson when he allowed us to join the Therion European tour at a time when we were totally unknown in Europe. So we would like to give back as much as we can.
We want to give new bands an opportunity – so we will be setting up a competition among young UK bands.”
Check out how your band could make this happen here plus terms and conditions: http://www.imperial-age.com/support-competition/
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