2018 Preview – Biggest Festivals

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On the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, rock’s biggest and best come together for a weekend of big guitar riffs and more circle pits than you can count. This year’s line up is so far is looking pretty tasty with Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N Roses and Ozzy Osbourne all set to headline, this is a line up which is tough to beat.

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Isle of Wight Festival

A festival that is all about nostalgia and good times, IoW is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, although with still a ton of bands yet to be announced, the appeal of seeing The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher to name a few is more than a draw for us to be seriously excited about this one.

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Slam Dunk Festival 

A festival that truly celebrates some of the top bands in Pop punk and all the genre’s in between, its a rather inexpensive way to go to a festival this summer and having a cracking time seeing top bands whilst cutting out the camping side which may not appeal to all. Year in, year out Slam Dunk delivers on a cracking line up and with Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World at the top of the bill, this is a day out you don’t want to miss!

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2000 Trees 

The timing for talking about this is quite fortunate, as 2000 Trees is set to be making their first announcement TONIGHT at 7pm on BBC Radio One and their second announcement on Wednesday this week. A festival that has grown in popularity each year, this year will be their 11th year and we can’t wait to see who gets announced, apparently they are a huge American band and that’s about all that’s been revealed…

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Reading and Leeds

A festival that often has a very diverse and mixed line up although they have yet to announce anything be sure to expect a decent amount of rock bands to make an appearance on the bill and hopefully somewhere on the main stage. The Pit stage dedicated to all things rock rarely fails to deliver, but let’s wait and see what they have in store for us this year…

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Camden Rocks Festival

A bit of a different festival here compared to the ones listed above, a one day festival that boasts over 200 bands in 20 different venues around Camden Town in London, full with hidden gems that you may have never heard of as well with having Maximo Park and Twin Atlantic on the bill, this is one that will show off the best of what London has to offer.

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Latitude Festival 

Taking over the Southwold countryside, Latitude is a festival that has something for everyone, from colourful sheep roaming around to comedy tents and a cinema as well as music being performed all over the site. Last year’s festival saw The 1975 and Fleet Foxes headline with Mumford and Sons taking over the day on Saturday, we can only keep our fingers crossed some form of big rock band will be announced for this later in the year.

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Bloodstock Open Air

Metal heads unite! The festival that combines some of the heaviest in heavy metal around in Derbyshire, I can only assume this place is just a 24 hour mosh pit and with Judas Priest, Gojira and Nightwish all announced as headliners for this years showing, it’s going to be one hell of a pit.

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Victorious Festival

Set to take over the grounds of the Southsea Common in Portsmouth, this festival can produce a mixed bag of bands that is put together to suit all tastes and so far the Friday notably has The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Shed Seven all set to perform, this could be a chilled festival to enjoy a bit of soft rock by the seaside too.

 

2018 Preview – Hottest Tours

UK tours are in full swing for some bands and some are now preparing to kick things off as the countdown for festival season slowly dwindles to zero, but until then, some big bands are playing  shows that shouldn’t be missed. To help here is our list of some of the biggest tours to be hitting UK venues that definitely shouldn’t be missed.

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Foo Fighters 

We reported way back when the Foos teased and announced their mini UK tour which will be hitting our arenas in June. If you managed to get tickets for these shows then it’s guaranteed to be a good night, and if you return back home with your voice still in tact then you definitely didn’t sing enough.

Foo Fighters UK dates:

  • June 19th – Manchester Etihad Stadium (Support: Wolf Alice, The Cribs)
  • June 22nd – The London Stadium (Support: Wolf Alice, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes)
  • June 23rd – The London Stadium (Support: The Kills, Slaves)

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Iron Maiden

The Metal legends are back at it again, Maiden will be embarking on a HUGE European tour seeing Ed Force One flying to 24 countries over four months playing 34 shows, kicking off at the end of May in Estonia and ending their mammoth tour on home soil at the O2 Arena in August.

Iron Maiden UK dates (Support: Killswitch Engage)

July

  • 31 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

August

  • 02 SSE Arena, Belfast
  • 04 Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen
  • 06 Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 07 Genting arena, Birmingham
  • 10 O2 Arena, London

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Thirty Seconds to Mars

As we reported on back in October, Thirty Seconds To Mars are back this year after Jared Leto’s latest stint on the big screen, Mars are promising a new album and a massive European tour for 2018 with 5 of the dates on the tour are around the UK. If you look back to the Closer To The Edge video that is example enough to know these guys put on a hell of a show.

March

  • 23 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 24 Manchester Arena, Manchester
  • 25 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  • 27 The O2, London
  • 29 Arena Birmingham, Birmingham

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Stone Sour

Unfortunately only a quick stop over in the UK on their tour but these are 3 shows you would be foolish to miss. Currently touring their latest record ‘Hydrograd’ Stone Sour are on a long run of shows and festivals for the album and if there ever was a sure thing for a gig of the highest quality, then make sure you catch Corey and co in June.

June

  • 17 O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 18 Roundhouse, London
  • 19 Rock City, Nottingham

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Myles Kennedy

The Alter Bridge and Slash vocalist is coming over to the UK to tour his first ever solo record. If you want to know what to expect, search on YouTube the acoustic sets he has done with Slash and just how powerful and impressive his voice is and that’s exactly what will be playing 7 shows over the UK, definitely keep an eye out for this one!

March

  • 17 O2 Institute, Birmingham
  • 18 Nottingham Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
  • 20 Glasgow Garage, Glasgow
  • 21 Manchester Gorilla, Manchester
  • 23 Islington Assembly Hall, London
  • 24 Thekla, Bristol
  • 26 Islington Assembly Hall, London

2018 Preview – Top albums due to come out

Another year is upon us and it’s time to look ahead at some of our favourite bands who will be lighting up 2018 and gracing us with new tunes.

Arctic Monkeys – TBA

Well it has been a while since we have seen anything from the Arctic Monkeys. Going out on hiatus in 2016, the group apparently have been holed up in the studio for the majority of 2017, so we can only hope we can see the fruits of their labors in the year ahead, it’s almost a given now, whatever they produce will reach number 1 in the album charts.

Fall Out Boy – M       a    n            i                           a

May have over done the spaces in the title of this one. Fall Out Boy originally had planned to release the follow up to American Beauty/American Psycho sometime mid last year but as time drew closer to release, they postponed the release by four months to work on some of the tracks. Well M   a    n    i     a should be upon us January 19th so we are hoping we won’t see it set back anymore this time round.

Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger

The minute news broke of a Myles Kennedy solo album, we were sold instantly. The front man for Alter Bridge and often teaming up with the legend Slash, a Myles Kennedy solo project comes with open arms as one of the greatest voices in rock takes to the spotlight by himself, we’re sure it’s going to be a belter.

Don Broco – Technology

We’ve had a pretty good preview of what to expect from Don Broco’s next album. Five singles have been released from their upcoming album: Pretty, Technology, Stay Ignorant, T-Shirt Song and Come Out to LA and all of them have been thoroughly played here at TiN HQ so we are pretty darn excited to hear what else is in store.

Muse – TBA 

Well, lets run through what we know so far about Muse’s eighth studio album. Firstly,  we have been given a single, ‘Dig Down’ which is a weird one which was a grower, the weird whammy synths is what caught us off guard and what we also love. Secondly, the album is due this year and thirdly, we are expecting a second single ‘Thought Contagion’ sometime early Feb, according to Mr Bellamy’s Twitter. That is pretty much all we know so far, but still, we look forward to hearing more.

The Prodigy – TBA

A curve ball inclusion but it’s a necessary one, it looks like the Prodigy are back at it after announcing they would no longer be making studio albums in 2015 after the release of The Day is My Enemy. The band took to Facebook, announcing shows for the end of 2017 and with that saying new beats were being played and a new album will be with us this year.