A few live dates to watch out for, as bands continue to pile into the UK…
Crushing the UK and Ireland in November with all but the Belfast date sold out, Machine Head have announced the second round of Euro-dates which will hit in the middle of 2020. The final two dates are on our little green island:
- Fri 5th June – UK, LONDON, Alexandra Palace (pre-sale link)
- Sat 6th June – UK, BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy (pre-sale link)
Tickets are on sale now to fan club members, with general sale kicking off at 10am on September 20th.
Grab ’em while you can as the band play the entire of classic release Burn My Eyes!
In what promises to be one of the biggest tours of next year Evanescence and Within Temptation confirmed they have joined forces for Worlds Collide, a massive co-headline European tour kicking off in Brussels, Belgium on 4th April 2020.
There’s only the one UK date (boo) and it’s no surprise that it’s London. That date is at the O2 Arena on April 7th, 2020.
Fronted by two of the most influential and creative women in the rock world in the form of Amy Lee from Evanescence and Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation, the two bands will be inspiring fans across Europe.
VIP pre-sale begins 9 a.m. BST 17th September followed by general on sale on 20th September. Tickets available from AXS.
Headlined by Leaves’ Eyes (DE) and Sirenia (NO), who are joined by Forever Still (DK), Lost in Grey (FI), Kassogtha (CH) and Asphodelia (IT), the tour will run from late November to early December.
For more than a decade now, Leaves’ Eyes have been setting world history to music and undeniably, by doing so, have raced to the top of the symphonic metal tree. With Sign Of The Dragonhead, their latest epic album and the first release featuring the new vocalist Elina Siirala, the band now further justifies their leading position as a compass in the genre. Again this band prove their amazing talent of capturing sagas and legends of the past and truly making them come alive in the here and now. Welcome the Vikings!
Sirenia was formed by Morten Veland in January 2001. Morten’s musical work was already well known through his work with his former band Tristania, a band he co-founded back in the mid-nineties. Being the main songwriter for this band he was a part of defining the gothic metal sound from a very early time on. Sirenia has released 8 albums, an EP and several singles. Their albums have made it to the charts in 6 countries, receiving great reviews worldwide. Meanwhile their singles have topped radio charts in several countries.
A new spark of hope has started glowing in the darkness of the rock music scene and with their untamed female lead vocals and haunting melodies the new wildfire named Forever Still is starting to spread from Denmark. On March 29th, 2019, Forever Still have released a new album Breathe In Colours via Nuclear Blast and is ready to present it live within the Female Metal Voices Tour.
Lost in Grey are without doubt one of the most promising newcomers within recent years, electrifying their audiences through their suspense-packed story and the terrific sound setting. Inspired by symphonic and folk metal, literature and the world itself, they are promoting their new album The Waste Land released in January.
The Italians from Asphodelia blend symphonic and choral sonorities, electronics and Mediterranean echoes into a solid metal frame with a strongly dark mood. Their lyrics are usually centered on the theme of the afterlife, on the life and death dichotomy, the fleetingness of time and the misery of the human condition. The band is named after the asphodel, typical Mediterranean flower connected to the ancient Greek Underworld.
Every once in a while, a Swiss band comes along ready to innovate and dominate their genre — think Celtic Frost, Coroner, Samael, Eluveitie. This time, the Kassogtha disruptors are hailing from Geneva, with destructive riffs, steamrolling grooves, and sweeping melodies, paired with a female screaming voice that can compete with any growler out there. Just like the aforementioned legends came to dominate their respective genres, ranging from prog thrash to folk metal (or indeed metal itself), Kassogtha are ready to take over modern melodic death metal.
- 26.11 – London (UK) “O2 Islington”
- 27.11 – Southampton (UK) “1865”
- 28.11 – Manchester (UK) “Factory”
- 29.11 – Birmingham (UK) “Asylum”
Gold-selling rock’n’roll band Proud Mary return to London, with a date at O2 Academy2 Islington on Thursday 10 October as part of their autumn UK tour.
Proud Mary were the first band to sign to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash (Sony) record label in the 2000s and they’ve been delivering their unique brand of blues-rock for almost two decades.
Having toured extensively over the last 20 years, including support slots with Oasis, Neil Young, Paul Weller to The Black Crowes, and with four studio albums under their belt, Paul Newsome and Greg Griffin have travelled the world playing songs about their lives and dreams.
Proud Mary’s fifth studio album, Songs From Catalina, has been recorded and mixed and is being released on ltd edition vinyl in early October in support of their autumn UK tour.
- Wednesday 09 October Brighton, The Prince Albert
- Thursday 10 October London, O2 Academy2 Islington
- Friday 11 October Stamford, Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge
- Saturday 12 October Manchester, Academy 3
- Thursday 17 October Worcester, Marrs Bar
- Friday 18 October Chester, The Live Rooms
- Saturday 19 October Edinburgh, The Mash House
- Sunday 20 October Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut