The end-of-tour rituals for any band are simple and finite; you must, without fail, prank the other bands you are touring with. Earlier in the evening, We Are The In Crowd had their water bottles filled with vodka and their set interspersed with noises from a porno. After that, The Maine were gate-crashed by the arrival of a picnic blanket, some cheese, wine and half of the tour. The fun, however, has only just begun. Read more…
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:
New gallery of photos of The Maine here
We caught up with Kennedy Brock and Pat Kirch ahead of their band first headlining show in Glasgow to chat about ‘In Darkness and In Light’, how to pass the time on long-haul flights and which films they’d like to have their music feature in…read more
Currently on their first ever headline tour of the UK, The Maine stopped off in Glasgow. We headed down to catch the show…read more.
Arizona favourites The Maine have ventured into the world of film. In Darkness and In Light, a short film about children surviving in a deserted world without technology or order, was designed and scored by the band. The film is related to the band’s most recent album Black and White. The movie and its soundtrack are available for purchace on iTunes. The Maine will return to the UK with NeverShoutNever in March, details of which can be found here. You can see the trailer for In Darkness and In Light here.
SOUNDWAVE is back for 2011 and heavier than ever! The line-up is as epic as one would expect from arguably the biggest alternative festival on the Australian circuit, featuring UK metal gods Iron Maiden headlining. They’ll be joined by an all star line up including The Gaslight Anthem, Slash, The Bronx, New Found Glory, The Ataris, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Maine, Social Distortion, The Blackout and many, many, many more.
Soundwave will be hitting all major cities around Australia:
Brisbane – 26th February
Sydney – Sunday 27th February
Melbourne – Friday 4th March
Adelaide – Saturday 5th March
Perth – Monday 7th March
For more details, tickets and the ever growing list of Sidewave shows, check out www.soundwavefestival.com
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.