Welsh favourites The Blackout have made a plethora of announcements today and all of them good! Not only have they announced the followup to Hope, but they’re giving us a pre-party tour to be followed by a set of intimate dates in January to support new album Start The Party.

The 11-track creation from Merthyr Tydfil’s finest will be released January 21st 2013 – but the first single and title track will be available from 29th October. Speaking about the album, which was recorded at the Distillery Studios,  vocalist Sean Smith explains “This album captures our real personality,” says Sean. “That laryiness, the yobbish, laddish, loud, shouting happy gang that’s all about doing what we want and having a good time. We’re like the Beastie Boys meets Andrew W.K. meets Dirty Sanchez.”

A number of formats will be available for purchase with standard physical and digital options as well as a Deluxe physical album with bonus dvd containing development of the album as well as live performances from Leeds and Reading; alternatively an itunes edition comes with 3 bonus cover tracks Boom! Shake The Room, Super Freak and Sorry for Party Rocking; while the HMV pre-order contains 4 holiday postcards and the pre-order is a singed album.

The pre-party tour hits five cities this October, while the headline tour in January will take in alternative locations.

20.10 – The Globe, Cardiff (Part of SWN Festival)
23.10 – Cockpit, Leeds
24.10 – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
25.10 – Acacemy 2, Oxford
29.10 – The Underworld, London

20.01 – King Tuts, Glasgow
21.01 – Academy 2, Newcastle
22.01 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
23.01 – Institute, Birmingham
25.01 – Electric Ballroom, London
26.01 – Ritz, Manchester


It’s very rare to find someone in this day and age who hasn’t succumbed to one little illegal download in their life. Even if it was just a song by a band you were curious about, most people do it and know full well they’re breaking the law.

Most will tell you that times are hard, which yes, they are hard but does this really give us the right to illegally download albums by bands who are working like crazy just to make it somewhere in the world? read more 


Pop punkers Blink-182 are arriving on UK shores this June to make good on their postponed summer 2011 tour. At the loss of Surrey quintet You Me At Six, Four Year Strong are joined on the support bill by fellow US rockers All American Rejects, the lads from The Blackout and Glaswegians Twin Atlantic. Not all of the bands are playing all of the dates, so be sure to check below to see who’s playing your date

The band have also added a new date to the summer line-up at on 7th July at Bournemouth BIC. Tickets for this date will be available from Friday 27th of January through usual ticket outlets and go live from 9:00am.

Full UK Tour Dates and which support acts will be performing:

07.06 – NIA, Birmingham  – All American Rejects and Four Year Strong
08.06 – O2 Arena, London  – All American Rejects and Four Year Strong
09.06 – O2 Arena, London – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
12.06 – The O2, Dublin – All American Rejects and Four Year Strong
13.06 – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – All American Rejects and Four Year Strong
15.06 – Arena, Manchester – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
16.06 – LG Arena, Birmingham  – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
17.06 – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
19.06 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
20.06 – SECC, Glasgow – All American Rejects and Twin Atlantic
07.07 – BIC, Birmingham – All American Rejects and The Blackout
10.07 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff – All American Rejects and The Blackout
11.07 – Capital FM Arena Nottingham – All American Rejects and The Blackout
12.07 – Echo Arena Liverpool  – All American Rejects and The Blackout

For more on what each of the bands on the tour are up to just now check out the following:  

Blink-182’s Behind The Scenes video from making After Midnight
The All American Rejects music video for Someday’s Gone
Twin Atlantic’s  live performance of Free from their incredible sold-out Glasgow Academy gig last December.
The Blackout’s fan made video of  Never By Your Side from Oxford Academy last December
Four Year Strong’s music video for Just Drive 


Sadly due to a recurring back injury frontman Deryck Whibley has been suffering from, Sum 41 have had to pull out of the imminent 2012 Kerrang! Tour sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink.

“I feel really terrible about letting down the fans,” says Deryck. “I injured my back about eight months ago and the doctors are saying that I could be in a wheelchair. So, as much as I wanted to be able to do it, I’ve got to look at reality, and for the first time I’ve got to listen to somebody else and not just myself. We’re all really upset about this; we’ve had such a great relationship with our UK fans. We were really looking forward to thistour.”

But of course, the show(s) must go on, and this morning Kerrang! announced that The Blackout were set to replace them on the tour with the rest of the previously announced bands New Found Glory, letlive and While She Sleeps.

“We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute!” says The Blackout’s co-vocalist Sean Smith. “We’ve played the tour once before [in 2010] and we know what a total laugh it is. But hopefully Sum 41 fans won’t try and murder us! This should be a really, really great tour and we’re all really excited to watch the other bands every night.”

Tickets are still on sale for the tour via all the usual outlets, the full listing of which can be found here.


The issue with The Blackout is that their music doesn’t quite fall into a recognisable niche – their music sounding somewhere between Kids In Glass Houses (though not radio-friendly enough to pass in the mainstream) and Bring Me The Horizon (though not heavy enough to pass with metal fans) – and thusly they’re not given nearly as much credit as they deserve. It’s a real shame, because The Blackout are arguably one of the best live bands in the country today. Read more


For Scottish music fans the end of August is always a difficult time to hear about the abundance of warm up shows for the epic Leeds and Reading Festivals. Every year some of the top billed and favourite acts are known to play ridiculously intimate shows for dedicated fans, and we sob at the thought of pricing a return train ticket to London.

But worry no longer as DF Concerts Rock n Roll Damnation has got you covered!
Announcements so far are as follows:

22.08 New Found Glory,  Garage
24.08 The Blackout, ABC
25.08 Flogging Molly, Garage
25.08 Face to Face, King Tuts
26.08 The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx, Garage

More shows are to be announced with pre-sale starting Wednesday 4th May at 9am, and general sale commencing Friday 6th May at 9am.

Head on over to Rock n Roll Damnation to sign up for more details.


Currently touring the UK in support of their third full-length album ‘Hope’ The Blackout stopped off in Glasgow to play their first show since the records release the day before. Ahead of doors the internet had been well informed (via the trustworthy twenty-first century news service that is Twitter) of Sean Smith’s facial injuries obtained the night before. Battle wounds already in place then, it was time for the sold out Glasgow crowd to feel the heat… read more