Tour News: Alien Ant Farm / SOiL, Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR, Witch Tripper, Fathoms

Another bunch of dates to put in your calendar for 2018…

Alien Ant Farm / SOiL

Following on from the release of their Scream: The Essentials album at the end of last year, SOiL are now gearing up for their European tour supporting Alien Ant Farm which kicks off in the UK in February.

Feb 2018:

  • Tues 6th, O2 Academy Bristol
  • Wed 7th, O2 Forum London
  • Thu 8th, The Ritz Manchester
  • Sat 10th, Waterfront, Norwich
  • Sun 11th, O2 Academy Leeds
  • Mon 12th, O2 Institute Birmingham
  • Wed 14th, Academy Dublin
  • Thur 15th, Limelight 2 Belfast
  • Fri 16th, The Garage Glasgow
  • Sat 17th Academy Newcastle
  • Sun 18th, Rock City Nottingham

The band will also be doing their Grip And Grin ‘meet and greets’ for the UK shows, tickets available for this can be purchased from National Acts.

Anneke van Giersbergen’s VUUR

On October 20th Anneke van Giersbergen’s new progressive metal band VUUR released their much-anticipated debut album, In This Moment We Are Free – Cities. The album entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at number 2, Van Giersbergen’s highest-ever chart position.

While currently on tour in Europe as main support to Epica, the band just added a string of headlining tour dates for February 2018, including 5 dates in the UK following on from the one-off London date on the 9th December this year.

Anneke comments:

We are currently on tour with Epica and we are very grateful they provide the opportunity to play large venues straight after the release of our debut album, but we’re equally excited to return to Europe in February 2018 to play these headline shows! The setlist will include most tracks from the VUUR album and my favourites from my heavy back catalogue.

Feb 2018

  • Feb 06, 2018 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
  • Feb 07, 2018 – O2 ABC2, Glasgow UK
  • Feb 08, 2018 – Cluny, Newcastle UK
  • Feb 09, 2018 – Factory, Manchester UK
  • Feb 10, 2018 – Asylum, Birmingham UK

Witch Tripper

After huge year of gigs in 2017 Witch Tripper are coming back just as hard as before.

2018 see them return to the studio on the 16th January to record the follow up to 2016’s self-titled debut album. After nearly 90 gigs last year, the hard work and determination is showing with their future diary, with slots at big underground festivals and high-profile rock and metal weekenders such as:

  • Riffolution Fest – Manchester
  • Siege of Limerick – Ireland
  • HRH Road Trip – Ibiza
  • Breaking Bands Festival – Stoke Prior
  • Wildlife Festival – Lanarkshire – Scotland
  • Amplified Festival – Gloucester

There are so many other dates already confirmed that I can’t be arsed typing them in! Check out the poster to the side (click to make it big enough to read).

Fathoms final UK tour

Brighton bruisers Fathoms have comprehensively toured throughout the UK and Europe, as well as undertaking successful tours in the USA, China, South Korea and Japan. The fivesome’s current and last album, Counter Culture, is bursting from the seams with stocky nu-metal-esque riffs, rap crossovers, immense choruses, and contagious grooves. Their final video, “Slip Away”, can be viewed below. Next month, the UK heavyweights bid farewell, and honour their successes in a final send-off tour for their already hearty fanbase.

The band put out this announcement on their Facebook page:

When we started this band at the end of 2010 we never imagined that our music would make it out of Brighton, UK let alone take us all around the world. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we’ve spent making music and touring, and by the people we have met along the way.

It’s been an amazing experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There’s no issues behind the scenes and we’re all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over. Keep your eyes peeled for our new musical projects which I’m sure will blow everybody away! We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially our fans who have kept us going for so many years. That’s why we’re stoked to announce that we’re doing a farewell tour, hitting all our favourite cities in the country. Come hang out with us one last time and let’s make these last shows some that we’ll never forget!

Dates, February 2018:

  • 6 – London, 229 The Venue
  • 7 – Sheffield, Mulberry
  • 8 – Edinburgh, Opium
  • 9 – Manchester – Satan’s Hollow
  • 10 – Birmingham, The Victoria
  • 11 – Bristol – The Exchange
  • 12 – Bridgewater – The Cobblestones
  • 13 – Nottingham, The Maze
  • 14 – Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms
  • 15 – Cheltenham – 2 Pigs
  • 16 – Brighton, The Green Door Store
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