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UK Festival & Gig Round-Up #9 Featuring Anthrax, Bloodstock Open Air, Myles Kennedy and more

Here’s the latest round-up of all the festival and gig news from across the UK as live events start to return.



As live shows across the UK and Europe slowly start to return, here’s a round-up of some of the new announcements and dates that we have received this week.

Who: Arch Enemy / Behemoth
Where: UK/European Tour
When: September 2022 / October 2022

Latest Update: Behemoth and Arch Enemy’s thunderous European Siege tour has been forced to postpone until October 2022 due to the ongoing global situation. Both bands will have brand new albums arriving, so expect a taste of new music from both artists for these rescheduled dates.

Arch Enemy founder and guitarist, Michael Amott says: “Nobody’s more disappointed than us about this, that’s for damn sure. But it is what it is, and we’re already looking forward to getting back to it in 2022! Stay healthy, stay Metal!”

Behemoth’s frontman and creative visionary Nergal agrees, “As Michael says, it is what it is – we go again for 2022! Behemoth are coming with new music and new stage shenanigans…a spectacle worth waiting for. We’ll see you there!”


Who: Blanket
Where: Album Release Shows
When: November 2021

Latest Update: Due to delays in production, blanket have decided to delay the release of their forthcoming album Modern Escapism until October 8th. To celebrate the release of ‘Modern Escapism’, blanket will perform the album in full in what will be the ideal pictorial accompaniment to experience this record in its most complete and cinematic form. With “Through The Glass”, blanket will curate a visual representation of the main themes encapsulated in the new record, the voyeuristic nature of what modern escapism is. ‘Through The Glass” will now also premiere on October 8th at 7 pm GMT.

The band have also announced two album release shows for November on 17th at Shackwell Arms in London and on the 20th at Night People in Manchester.


Who: The Specials
Where: UK Tour
When: September 2021

Latest Update: With the release of their new album, Protest Songs 1924-2012, 2-tone creators The Specials are heading out on the road for a full UK tour in September. The tour kicks off on August 31st in Bristol taking in nineteen shows finishing up with two nights at the Roundhouse in London and a show at the Troxy in London.


Who: Anthrax
Where: UK / European Tour
When: September – November 2022

Latest Update: Still celebrating their 40-year tenure as one of music’s premier thrash metal bands, Anthrax announces their first European/UK tour since the summer of 2019. Kicking off on September 27th 2022 in Birmingham, UK, the band will play 28 dates in 16 countries, wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on November 5th. Crossover thrash band Municipal Waste will support on all dates.


Who: Foo Fighters
Where: UK Tour
When: June 2022

Latest Update: Foo Fighters have announced 4 UK stadium shows for Summer 2022. These must-see shows will be the band’s first shows in the UK since their headline slot at Reading & Leeds Festival Summer 2019. Foo Fighters made an historic return to the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden, playing the city’s first full capacity show in more than a year. More recently, the band has begun a series of sold-out headline dates and a triumphant headline set closing out this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. The UK shows kick off at in Manchester followed by dates in Birmingham and two dates in London.


Who: Blood Youth
Where: UK Tour
When: February 2022

Latest Update: Following the release of their massive new single “Cells”, Blood Youth have announced details of a February 2022 UK co-headline tour with US metallers Cane Hill. The tour kicks off on February 22 in Glasgow and runs for twenty dates across the UK and Europe winding up in Antwerp on March 13, 2022. The rising UK metal crew also kick off a headline run of dates on September 15th in Hull. The band will be joined on all twelve of these dates by fellow Brits Death Blooms.


Who: Myles Kennedy
Where: UK Tour
When: December 2021

Latest Update: Acclaimed vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators) has announced his return to the UK, with an eight date, full band, headline tour planned for December 2021. The tour kicks off in Bristol on December 3 winding up in Bournemouth on December 14th and is in support of Kennedy’s second solo album, The Ides Of March, was released in May via Napalm Records.


Who: Cradle of Filth
Where: London Roundhouse
When: October 31, 2021

Latest Update: Suffolk hellhounds Cradle Of Filth have announced they will be appearing at one of London’s iconic venues, The Roundhouse, on Sunday 31st October aka All Hallows’ Eve for a very special album release show. The evening’s proceedings will comprise a wicked set of fan-favourites and new songs alike, taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming record, Existence Is Futile, out 22nd October. Supports to be announced in due course.


Who: Bloodstock Open Air
Where: Catton Hall, Swadlincote
When: 11th – 14th August, 2022

Latest Update: Following it’s successful return last weekend, Bloodstock Open Air organisers have confirmed the first seventeen acts for the 2022 weekender including the first two headliners, Lamb of God and Mercyful Fate. Joining the two across four days will be Philip H.Anselmo and the Illegals, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Exodus, Black Dahlia Murder, Gwar, Bury Tomorrow, Sacred Reich, Life of Agony, Butcher Babies, Vio-lence, Bollywood, The Night Flight Orchestra, Static-X and Heathen.


Who: Architects
Where: UK Tour
When: May 2022

Latest Update: Having just performed at a handful of very special, incredibly intimate shows at Pryzm in Kingston (for Banquet Records), in Liverpool (O2 Academy 2) and Leeds (Stylus), Architects have just announced their resheduling of their highly anticipated UK arena tour. The tour dates now kick off in May 2022 starting at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on May 2.


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