So here we are, another year has crept upon us, and what a year it’s going to be. With no time to even contemplate what’s in store this year, venues are jammed pack full of tours across the UK, with some of the biggest tours we’ve seen in a long time. It’s not just our home grown talent that’s making stops around the country, in fact, quite the opposite with a huge list of pop punk and alternative bands flying from across the pond to grace us with a visit.

First to arrive are loveable Americans, Four Year Strong, who come to the UK with the first plays of new album, In some way, shape or form which was released last November in the UK. The band will only be here for a week but are still making sure no fan is left playing from Leeds to Portsmouth. Support comes from rising British talent, Don Broco and pop punkers, A Loss for Words. They were meant to be joined by American newcomers, This Time Next Year, however due to financial issues the bands announced before Christmas they would have to pull out and apologise to any UK fan that was going to see them. Expect a whole host of crowd sing-alongs when the Four Year Strong takes to the stage. A tour not to be missed.

Next to come from across the pond are the fan girls favourite, All Time Low, no stranger to the UK, the band are followed by a great support that can rival the All Time Low themselves. We Are The In Crowd are a male and female dual vocal led group, but don’t let that put you off. If anything, they’ve started a new trend for the music scene and front lady, Tay Jardine is waving goodbye to the Paramore stereotype that every female fronted band automatically gains nowadays. The Maine are also flying over to join the tour, a band, who managed to break their way in the UK scene after a successful headline tour early last year. Although All Time Low have shot to fame on this side of the Atlantic, the band have actually been around for quite a few years – so don’t let the cheesy pop punk put you off. I assure you, between songs the guys will provide you with some laughs as, unlike many other ‘we’re good looking and we know it’ bands that seem to be ever increasing in the music world, All Time Low do not release it and if anything would rather be vulgar on stage than make the crowd of adoring fans love them anymore.

Its not just our American friends going on tour this month, Watford boys Lower Than Atlantis are touring all over the UK. Still breaking through the UK scene 2012 will no doubt be the year for these boys. After getting back from the US at the end of last year, they have took a short break before getting back on the road on the 20th. They’ve already managed to sell out the Southampton and London dates so make sure you get yourself a ticket whilst you can.

Coming back to the UK are Brand New, this is a rare opportunity so if you’re a fan, grab a ticket whilst you can because Brand New don’t stick around for long. Frontman Jesse Lacey and the boys come back to our shores this February and there’s no doubt each show will be totally unique. The bands lyrics are enough to send shivers down anybody’s spine so expect something special, and for less than £20 it’s more than worth it.

Finally, this year see’s the return of the annual Kerrang! Tour Sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink, which always has some amazing headliners with rising acts that are sure to impress with past years hosting it to the likes of Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong and Alexisonfire. True to its word, this year has a cracking line-up, with pop punk veterans New Found Glory co-headling with Sum 41, a band who rarely come over to the UK, up and coming screamers, Letlive and British band, While She Sleeps. With such a varied line up you’d be mad to miss it, and the best thing about it? It’s only £20. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to yours before the tour kicks off at the beginning of February.

There you have it, just some of the tours that the UK has to offer in the coming weeks. Make sure you have yours planned out as the majority all fall over the same weeks so you don’t want to be clashing your tours!

Additional UK tours coming your way over the next month:

Panic! At The Disco | Never Shout Never |  Young Guns | Canterbury | Lights

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NEVER SHOUT NEVER TO RETURN TO THE UK IN JAN 2012!

Never Shout Never will issue their new album ‘Time Travel’, his first that was created with a full band which is completed by Caleb Denison (guitar/drums/percussion/vocals), Taylor MacFee (bass/vocal) and Hayden Kaiser (guitar/percussion/vocals). When speaking of the new sound on the album, Christofer explains “I wanted to make this album more of a little concept…I just wanted it to be different than anything that we’ve done; I wanted it to be a little more trippy. I’ve always thought that it would be awesome to travel through time.”

Set for a full release on December 12th, ‘Time Travel’ will initially only be available to order as an exclusive European album edition from UK Undercurrent Store in two bundles on September 26th:

Bundle 1: Combines an instant gratification digital download of the ‘Time Travel’ album, three tracks that will only be available on this release, an exclusive limited edition custom design t-shirt and a ticket for Never Shout Never’s newly confirmed tour. Fans who wear the t-shirt to the gig will also be able to collect a free, personally signed Valentine’s card from the merch desk. Also included is the ‘Time Travel’ music video and an exclusive interview in which the band discuss all of the songs that features on the album. This package costs £19.99 plus the ticket price (the package with a London ticket, for example would be £33.99).

Bundle 2: As above, but without the t-shirt. Priced at £7.99 plus the ticket price (London being £21.99).

20.01 – Academy, Birmingham
21.01- QMU, Glasgow
22.01 – Academy, Manchester
23.01 – Limelight, Belfast
24.01 – Academy, Dublin
25.01 – Metropolitan Uni, Leeds
27.01 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Tickets are on sale from 30th September from the usual outlets priced at £14 (except Belfast which is £10, and Dublin which is €13.65) + booking fees

THE MAINE UK TOUR

After their successful stint in the UK in October with Mayday Parade, The Maine have announced their return to our shores in March 2011 with Never Shout Never as support. Dates are as follows:

16.03 – Brighton, Concorde 2
17.03 – Birmingham, o2 Academy 2
18.03 – Dublin, Academy
19.03 – Belfast, Speakeasy (matinee show)
21.03 – Glasgow, Garage
22.03 – Leeds, Cockpit
23.03 – Manchester, Academy 2
24.03 – London, Koko

Tickets are on sale now from all the usual outlets.