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2016 preview: Rock and metal UK tours

It’s a busy time to be a rock and metal fan right now, as the new tours for 2016 are coming in thick and fast.

From the legendary likes of Slipknot and Machine Head to the return of The Used and rise of Baroness, there’s plenty to get your rock horns into this year.

Scroll down for some of our top picks and head to Ticketmaster.co.uk/metalguide for full listings and tickets.

Slipknot

The Iowa metallers return to the UK this February for a handful of arena shows that are sure to be up there with Slipknot’s most memorable. Catch them in Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Leeds with the mighty Suicidal Tendencies as support.

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Enter Shikari

We’ve hailed them as ‘one of Britain’s best rock bands‘ and we couldn’t be more confident in Enter Shikari’s ability to blow us away when the tour next month. Bringing The Wonder Years and The King Blues as support means this will be a cross-genre show of the hightest standard.

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The Used

They’re back and they’re playing their first two albums in full. The Utah rockers return for two very special runs in Leeds and London, with two nights in each city. You’ll definitely want to revisit your emo days before these gigs.

Book The Used tickets.

Deftones

It’s sure to be an extremely emotional night when Chino Moreno and co headline The SSE Arena, Wembley on Friday 3 June. Ahead of their appearance at Download Festival 2015, and having taken the difficult decision to reschedule following the traffic Paris Attacks, music will triumph over all else when Deftones step foot on the iconic London stage.

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In This Moment

May marks In This Moment’s UK invasion and it couldn’t come soon enough. The theatrical metallers will be their synonymous stage show to London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Book In The Moment tickets.

Kerrang! Tour 2016 

Sum 41 will head up this year’s Kerrang! Tour with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Roam on support duties. A firm favourite on the annual rock calendar, we can’t wait to see how this trio feed off each other’s live shows.

Book Kerrang! Tour 2016 tickets.

Bring Me The Horizon

The Sheffield metallers are embarking on their biggest tour to date later this year, with new dates already being added due to high demand. Heading out in support of 2015’s That’s The Spirit, 2016 looks set to catapult BMTH to the next level of mainstream success they’ve been hinting at.

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Motionless In White

Fearless Records favourites, Motionless In White, have confirmed their rescheduled UK tour for later this month, bringing New Years Day along as support. The Pennsylvania goths have lined up a string of intimate shows; expect one of the most dramatic rock affairs of the year.

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Evil Scarecrow

What happens when you combine face paint, a heavy dose of parody metal and lyrics about robots? Well, Evil Scarecrow. Catch the Nottingham quintet in the UK this month (and prepare to have a whole lot of fun).

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Baroness

Heavy, melodic and full of heart, Baroness’ 2015 release, Purple, was met by rave reviews from the rock press and we’re expecting just as much excitement for their live shows this February and March. Don’t forget to check out the new album before they tour!

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Sleeping With Sirens

Florida five-piece are bringing their much-loved brand of melodic emo to the UK in February and March, with This Wild Life and Beach Weather as support. Kellin Quinn and co have also been teasing music from their upcoming acoustic album, so fingers crossed we hear some of that live.

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All Time Low

As if an All Time Low arena tour wasn’t exciting enough, their February tour is also facilitating the UK return of Good Charlotte. Need we say more?

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Sabaton and Alestorm

Expect good vibes when these two roll into town together! Combining Sabaton’s Swedish power metal with Alestorm’s Scottish pirate metal can only end in a jolly good time…

Book Sabaton and Alestorm tickets.

Machine Head

An evening with Maching f**king Head comes to the UK in March. Billed as two hours of head-throttling riffs and no support bands, this is the true fans revel in the excellence of their heroes. We can’t wait.

Book Machine Head tickets. 

Head to Ticketmaster.co.uk/metalguide for full listings and tickets. Don’t forget to let us know which metal and rock tours you’re most excited for via @TicketmasterUK.

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