The Kerrang! Tour 2012 sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink featuring New Found Glory and The Blackout


04 Feb 12 - 17 Feb 1219:30 - 23:30

US pop punk royalty meet the UK’s finest up-and-comers on a 10-date tour

New Found Glory: pop punk pioneers

The Floridan veterans [pictured] share the headline slot, and are currently enjoying a creative peak in their 15-years-and-counting career, taking the vibrant pop punk sound to innovative new places with the release of their acclaimed seventh album, Radiosurgery. The likes of All Time Low look to them as a key source of inspiration, and they’re one of the most captivating live acts around today. Now relieved of their major label record contract duties and with three gold records behind them, they’re focusing on enjoying themselves and letting their creativity breathe at its own pace.

"Taking in 10 of the UK’s biggest cities, it’s once again a seriously hot ticket."

The Blackout replace Sum 41

Kerrang! regrets to announce that Sum 41 have been forced to pull out of the upcoming Kerrang! Tour Sponsored By Relentless Energy Drink and will be replaced by Welsh stars The Blackout.

Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has been suffering from a back injury and will not be well enough to perform for the duration of the tour. “I feel really terrible about letting down the fans,” says Deryck. “I injured my back and the doctors are saying that I could be in a wheelchair. So, as much as I wanted to be able to do it, I’ve got to look at reality, and for the first time I’ve got to listen to somebody else and not just myself. We’re all really upset about this; we’ve had such a great relationship with our UK fans. We were really looking forward to this tour.”

“We’re delighted to step in for Sum 41 at the last minute!” says The Blackout’s co-vocalist Sean Smith. “We’ve played the tour once before [in 2010] and we know what a total laugh it is. But hopefully Sum 41 fans won’t try to murder us! This should be a really, really great tour and we’re all excited to watch the other bands every night.”

letlive. and While She Sleeps: more for your money

With support from Los Angeles’s ever-rising progressive hardcore five-piece letlive. (one of the most acclaimed live acts around) and up-and-coming Sheffield stars While She Sleeps, The Kerrang! Tour sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink is an unmissable series of gigs. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 29 September at £20 + booking fee from www.aloud.com, with full dates listed below.

The editor speaks

“Everyone at Kerrang! prides themselves on the fact that our tours are always a heap load of fun, but this year’s tour really does offer something for all rock fans,” says James McMahon, editor of Kerrang! “You’ve got punk, you’ve got hardcore, you’ve got metal. It’s a reflection of the broad church you’ll find in the magazine’s pages week in, week out. See you in the pit!”

“Kerrang! is really gutted to lose Sum 41 from what will be an unforgettable tour. Let’s be honest, the news totally blows. However, the tour must go on and we’re chuffed to say we’ve found a more than worthy replacement. We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Blackout have offered to step up to the plate and will be taking to the stage with New Found Glory, letlive. and While She Sleeps in February.” 

The Kerrang! Tour sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink dates:

04 Feb 12             Dublin Academy NEW DATE
05 Feb 12             Dublin Academy SOLD OUT
07 Feb 12             Southampton Guildhall
08 Feb 12             Norwich UEA
10 Feb 12             Bristol O2 Academy
11 Feb 12             Cardiff Uni Great Hall
12 Feb 12             Newcastle O2 Academy
13 Feb 12             Glasgow O2 ABC
15 Feb 12             Manchester Academy
16 Feb 12             Birmingham O2 Academy
17 Feb 12             London Roundhouse


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