Nightwish announce one-off Wembley Arena show

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Nightwish have announced that they will play a one-off show at London’s SSE Wembley Arena this year.

The Finnish symphonic metal band will hit the stage on the 19th of December, making history as the first Finnish band to headline the stadium.

“Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history from the downstairs of the legendary Astoria Club in London over ten years ago. This truly is a dream come true for us!” says Tuomas Holopainen, founder member and keyboard player.

The impressive support on the night will come from Arch Enemy and Amorphis, and tickets will be going on sale this Friday at 10am!

Nightwish’s new album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, is due for release on the 30th of March via Nuclear Blast.

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Atreyu announce first UK show for 3 years


Atreyu have announced details of their first UK show since ending their self-imposed three year break.

Mainman Brandon Saller and bandmates will play at The Underworld in Camden on the 29th of April next year. It is thought that their comeback album will be released around the same time.

The band released their first new material in September in song “So Others May Live”, and announced that they had signed a new album deal last month.

Says Saller of Atreyu’s new material: “It’s blistering. It’s a total reincarnation of my band. It’s as heavy as can be and aggressive as can be – definitely a punch in the face for heavy music in general.”

Tickets for the Underworld gig go on sale this Friday 5th December at 10am and are available via Live Nation.

You can listen to “So Others May Live” below:

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Bring Me The Horizon announce intimate gig at Camden’s Underworld


Globe-conquering Sheffield metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon have announced an intimate London show at The Underworld in Camden this Wednesday the 3rd of December.

The gig will act as a warm-up for the band’s headline appearance at Wembley Arena on the 5th of December. The Wembley show will see support sets coming from Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave.

Tickets for the Underworld gig went on sale at 9am this morning (1st of December) following an announcement on the Radio 1 Rock Show on Sunday evening.

The band will release their new single, “Drown”, on the 7th of December, and will begin recording their new album, the follow up to 2013’s Sempiternal, next year.

They recently released a limited edition vinyl box set featuring their debut EP and three of their studio albums.

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Watch! The Defiled are first band to play gig on an iceberg

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Fresh from a couple of late summer gigs, and ahead of a headline tour kicking off in November, UK metal band The Defiled have become the first ever to play a gig on an iceberg.

“I’ve never been surrounded by the prospect of death so much!” says The AvD, Defiled synth stroker. “You can fall in the sea, get hit by some ice, pass out, get eaten by a polar bear, an iceberg cuts your boat in half… Every step of the way our guide had something to say about how we might die at any minute! But they’re such hardy people, everyone has a story about nearly losing their lives, or know someone who lost their life over there.”

Jägermeister approached Tom McShane, a former Marine who works for expedition team Secret Compass, to ask if they could put The Defiled on an iceberg. The answer was, with more than a little trepidation, yes.

“It is an inherently risky concept, it can’t be taken lightly,” says Tom. “There’s a huge amount of planning and resources that go into making this happen. The band were brilliant, they were really up for it. There was a bit of apprehension, it is a dangerous thing we were undertaking, if anything went wrong there could be very severe consequences, but we mitigated the risks as much as possible.”

Continues The AvD: “We’re the first band to play a gig on an iceberg, no-one can take that away from us! Playing the gig was mental. Who does that?! We kept looking at each other going ‘What the hell?!’ I’ve never played a gig in a life preserver and wetsuit before! It’s such a beautiful place but such a mental experience, we got to do things that not many people get to do. I feel blessed, I can’t use any other word really.”

“It’s harder playing a sweaty pub on a tiny stage!” he concludes. “That’s how we started, so a nice big iceberg is a step up from that!”

You can watch a mini-documentary about The Defiled’s glacial experience below:

The Defiled will play:

24th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
25th Glasgow Cathouse
26th Stoke Sugarmill
27th London O2 Academy Islington
28th Brighton Audio
29th Leeds Cockpit

1st Manchester Academy 3
2nd Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
3rd Bristol Thekla
4th Southampton Talking Heads

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Morello and Cornell to play together at charity benefit show

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Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello are to play together at a charity benefit show, the pair have revealed.

The two musicians joined forces when Audioslave formed in 2001 after the break up of legendary bands Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. The group enjoyed a six year, three album run before Cornell left citing “personal and musical differences.” Morello, along with Audioslave bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, returned to Rage Against The Machine, and Cornell regrouped with Soundgarden in 2010.

The two men will reunite on stage in Seattle on the 26th of September at a concert raising funds and awareness of the 15 Now campaign, which aims to raise the US minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Morello will headline the show in his Nightwatchman persona, with Cornell appearing as a guest during the acoustic set.

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