Metal Day: Here’s some live alternative highlights to look out for

With Metallica releasing their hotly anticipated Hardwired… To Self Destruct today, plus Anthrax tickets going on sale, and it being Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica’s Kirk Hammet’s birthday, we’ve declared 18 November 2016 Metal Day.

We’re playing fast and loose with the term “metal”, but that doesn’t stop today being one hell of a day in the alternative calendar. Over the course of today we’ll be dropping some exciting quizzes, news, playlists and more.

To kick us off, here’s some of the best and most exciting alternative tours heading our way over the coming months. And as always, check out our regularly updated Metal Guide for more.

For those about to rock, we salute you.

Fresh into the metal announcement pool, Anthrax will be hitting the UK in February, playing some reasonably intimate venues. It all kicks off on 9 February 2017 at the O2 Institute in Birmingham. Tickets are on sale now.

Iron Maiden
Arena veterans and festival headliners Iron Maiden return to the UK in May 2017. It comes off the back of last year’s The Book of Souls, but fans can reasonably expect to hear some serious classics, such as Number Of The Beast and Run To The Hills. Tickets are on sale now.

Download Festival
It wouldn’t be a metal/alternative guide without the behemoth of rock festivals, Download. Having already announced System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith as headliners, the line-up is only set to get even stronger come the next announcement. We can’t wait. Tickets are on sale now.

Avenged Sevenfold
The mighty Avenged Sevenfold have been gaining some serious traction in the alternative world over the last few years, now leading them to huge arena shows across the UK. Kicking off on 10 January 2017, the band will take to Glasgow’s SEE Hyrdo. With their brilliant The Stage now out among the masses, this will be a sight to behold. Expect fire. Tickets are on sale now.

Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osborne is an undisputed king of metal, so one of the last chances to witness him live is not an opportunity to be missed. The carnage begins in Manchester on 22 January 2017, before heading off across the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

Bullet For My Valentine
Not long to go at all until this one. Starting towards the end of November, Bullet For My Valentine will be celebrating the release of their most recent album, Venom, with a UK tour. There’s even some special performances of their breakthrough The Poison record in full. Tickets are on sale now.

Korn & Limp Bizkit
Two behemoths of the alternative world will be heading off together next month. As you’d expect, the nu-metal titans are playing some hefty venues, with KoRn taking top billing on each. Tickets are on sale now.


Led Zeppelin Masters
Who doesn’t love a good tribute act? This homage to one of the best are taking on a considerable UK tour, starting in Manchester on the 18 April 2017. Expect versions of your Led Zeppelin favourites, with tickets on sale now.

Alter Bridge
Fronted by Miles Kennedy, owner of one of the most distinctive voices in rock, Alter Bridge will very soon be playing some big arena across the country. Further honing his skills having played with legendary guitarist Slash, Kennedy and Alter Bridge are a force to behold. Tickets are on sale now.

A Day To Remember
Having broken out on their own terms, A Day To Remember are only growing in strength since the very recent release of Bad Vibrations. They are bringing one hell of a support line-up with them early next year, kicking off in Cardiff on 22 January 2017. Tickets are on sale now.

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