Tour News: The Darkness, Light The Torch, Polaris, Rocklahoma, Rivers of Nihil

Here’s all the latest news on various tours happening throughout the world of rock and metal!

The Darkness/Live In Chelsea

British hard-rock stalwarts, The Darkness, have been announced as special guests for a huge outdoor summer show in West London in the stunning grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which will see the legendary Toto headline what promises to be a night of unadulterated anthems!

Consisting of Justin Hawkins (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Dan Hawkins (guitar, vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums), The Darkness first came to prominence in 2003 with the unprecedented success of their debut album Permission to Land. With hits “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”, “Growing on Me”, and “Get Your Hands off My Woman”, the album went an incredible quadruple platform in the UK selling over 1.3 million albums.

The Live At Chelsea Concert Series returns for its 5th year in 2019, having established itself firmly as a welcome fixture in the summer calendar for many. This is in no small part due to the eclectic range of artists who have been featured previously, including Rufus Wainwright, Simply Red, Ludovico Einaudi, Belle & Sebastian, and the Kaiser Chiefs, amongst many more. As well as this, the warm welcome to audiences from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves into their home of the immaculate grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Toto will headline Live In Chelsea on Thursday 13th June 2019 with support from The Darkness. For more details and tickets please visit the official website.

Light The Torch

Following a monumental tour opening for In Flames across the UK, Light The Torch have confirmed that they will be returning in as little as two weeks for their first ever UK Headline shows. The band formerly known as Devil You Know will be hitting British shores as a headliner for the first time since the release of Revival, their first record under the moniker of Light The Torch. The 4 dates can be seen below:

Frontman Howard Jones comments:

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce our first headlining shows in the UK! Let’s start this relationship the right way and spend some time together! Come to one or even better, all of the shows…this is going to get rowdy!”

  • 25.04 Bristol – Thekla
  • 26.04 London – O2 Academy 2 Islington
  • 27.04 Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
  • 28.04 Leeds – The Key Club


Aussie metalcore breakouts Polaris have announced that they will be returning to Europe for a run of headline and festival dates in Summer 2019. The south-Sydney five piece most recently visited the continent supporting scene titans Architects across a host of monumental shows that included a date at London’s revered Wembley Arena at the start of the year.

Polaris European Summer 2019

  • 28.06 Graefenhainichen, DE – Full Force Festival
  • 29.06 Ysselsteyn, NL – Jera On Air Festival
  • 30.06 London, UK – Boston Music Room
  • 01.07 Köln, DE – De Essigfabrik*
  • 02.07 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage*
  • 04.07 Newark, UK – Tech Fest
  • 06.07 Kapfenberg, AT – Overdrive Festival
  • 08.07 Milan, IT – Dissonance Festival
  • 09.07 Karlsruhe, DE – Stadtmitte**
  • 10.07 Nurnberg, DE – Hirsch**
  • 12.07 Velke Mezirici, CZ – Fajtfest
    *w/ The Amity Affliction
    **w/ Bad Omens + Kingdom Of Giants


Rocklahoma has announced that Korn will replace Ozzy Osbourne as the Saturday, May 25 festival headliner, following last week’s news that Osbourne had to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates.

Korn has sold nearly 40 million albums, collected two Grammys, and toured the world countless times. They continue to push the limits of the alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Rocklahoma will take place on Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Now in its 13th year, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from some of today’s top rock artists, including: Korn, Disturbed, Shinedown, Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, and over 40 others, along with brand new experiences for 2019.

A limited number of weekend and single day general admission tickets are still available at the official tickets website. Military discount tickets are available via GovX. All VIP reserved tickets and VIP packages are SOLD OUT. For more information on Rocklahoma, visit the official website.

Rivers of Nihil

American metallers Rivers of Nihil have just announced their first ever headline tour through Europe, taking place in September and October of 2019. Support comes from Black Crown Initiate, MØL and Orbit Culture.

Comments Rivers of Nihil:

“Touring in the US playing Where Owls Know My Name in its entirety has been an experience like no other. The shows have been absolutely fantastic and we now know that there is no way that we could possibly leave the UK and Europe out of this experience. We are honored to have our very good friends in Black Crown Initiate along with us for the ride as well as MØL and Orbit Culture. This tour is a quick one so definitely don’t sleep on getting tickets. See you all on the flip side.”

Tour Dates:

  • 20.09.19 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia
  • 21.09.19 Germany Leipzig @ Felsenkeller
  • 22.09.19 Germany Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
  • 23.09.19 Czech Rep Prague @ Nova Chmelnice
  • 24.09.19 Austria Vienna @ Arena
  • 25.09.19 Germany München @ Backstage
  • 26.09.19 Italy Milano @ Circolo Svolta
  • 27.09.19 Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
  • 28.09.19 Germany Bochum @ Matrix
  • 29.09.19 UK Birmingham @ Mama Roux
  • 30.09.19 UK Bristol @ The Fleece
  • 01.10.19 UK Manchester @ Rebellion
  • 02.10.19 UK London @ The Dome
  • 03.10.19 France Paris @ Gibus
  • 04.10.19 Netherlands Haarlem @ Patronaat
  • 05.10.19 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix

That’s all for now folks!

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