twenty one pilots have announced a full UK tour for next February, including a second date at London’s prestigious O2 Academy Brixton.
Tyler and Josh will be returning to our shores next year for their biggest UK headline run to date, kicking off in Leeds and culminating at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on February 29. Tickets go on sale from the Kerrang! Ticket Store this Friday at 9am.
Before their February tour, twenty one pilots will be hitting the UK in November for a completely sold-out run of shows. Full dates below – these gigs are not to be missed!
See twenty one pilots live at the following:
4 Glasgow O2 ABC
5 Manchester Ritz
6 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
7 Oxford O2 Academy
9 Birmingham Institute
11 Paris Trabendo
13 Utrecht Ronde
15 Hamburg Uebel & Gefahrlich
16 Cologne Essigfabriek
17 Munich Muffathalle
18 Leeds O2 Academy
19 Newcastle O2 Academy
20 Glasgow Barrowland
21 Manchester Academy
23 Birmingham O2 Academy
24 London O2 Academy Brixton
25 London O2 Academy Brixton (Sold out)
27 Nottingham Rock City
28 Bristol O2 Academy
29 Portsmouth Guildhall
Don’t forget to find out where twenty one pilots placed in 22 Artists Shaping The Future Of Rock:
22 Artists Shaping The Future Of Rock
In every single aspect, rock and metal couldn't be in a more exciting place right now. And it's largely thanks to this lot, who are shaping the future of music as we know it. Prepare to have your minds blown by the 22 artists safeguarding and shaping rock's brilliantly bright future...
Chances are, you've already made up your mind about the Japanese metal sensation. Have you seen the pandemonium of their live shows, though? Under the watchful eye of their 'Fox God' (don't ask), Babymetal have opened metal gigs up into a world of huge pits and synchronised dance routines. If it's not for you, then you probably don't like fun all that much.
21. Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor has never been one for constraints, and, even after all this time, the mastermind still won't stop pushing boundaries. The Oscar-winning arena-headlining industrial metal icon has got more projects to his name than we can count - and they all rule. When Trent puts his name to something, it's done right.
There's an awful lot of rad noise coming from Down Under, but we're particularly fond of Sydney's own Hellions. Formed from the ashes of The Bride in 2013, the hardcore trio have re-written the genre's rulebook, blending their sound with elements of My Chemical Romance-esque melody and Dillinger Escape Plan mathy instrumentals. Badass.
19. PPL MVR
We were already sold when we saw these three giant yetis shredding it in PPL MVR's only video - but then we heard the music, and were completely won over. Not much is yet known about this power trio - other than they only communicate in interviews through grunts. The future of rock might be slightly hairier now, but colour us intrigued.
Think you know heavy music? More noise comes from this one-woman project than most other artists in metal. Yes, that's right, Danish musician Amalie Bruun's vast, atmospheric black-metal is both enthralling and wonderfully heavy. Myrkur's self-titled EP, released last year, has whetted our appetite, and we can't wait to hear more from her.
17. Foo Fighters
You've been a band for over 20 years. You've got an epic back-catalogue of albums behind you. So, how do you switch things up? Well, if you're Dave Grohl and co., you reinvent the record completely. In 2014's Sonic Highways, the Foos went above and beyond the call of duty - recording their full-length in eight different cities, and making a documentary out of it at the same time. Other bands: Up your game.
Not only are the European black-metallers one of the heaviest groups on this list - they're also one of the most intelligent, and their 5K-rated Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification) has taken the genre to new heights with extraordinary ease. Acherontas are very special indeed.
15. Nothing More
Frontman Jonny Hawkins is an undeniable star in the making - but there's, uh, more to Nothing More than Jonny. The amazing Texas metallers are on the pulse when it comes to saving our planet and helping the environment - and they keep their carbon footprint to a minimum while out on the road. A savvy band who play amazing music? Bonus!
14. Fearless Vampire Killers
Back off, Mark Zuckerberg - Fearless Vampire Killers have got their own social network. Because who needs Facebook, really? The theatrical rockers took social media to the next level when they unveiled The Obsidian Bond - treating fans to bonus content, contact with the band and more. And that's not something you see every day.
13. In This Moment
There's more to being a great artist than just the music - as In This Moment prove with their epic live show. Giant spider webs? Yep, they've got 'em. Hydraulic guns? Plenty of those, too. Bunny monsters? Obviously! Put Maria Brink at the forefront of all of this, and you're completely captivated. Just awesome.
12. Gerard Way
Always keeping fans on their toes, Gerard has gone from the punk-rock sounds of My Chemical Romance's earlier releases, to grand rock operas and wild futuristic concept albums, to fuzz and Brit-pop in his solo material. We can barely keep up with him - which makes his boldness and creativity all the more impressive.
What? For something really different, Belgium mob Raketkanon (which means Rocketcannon in Dutch) don’t actually deal in regular lyrics and words... Yep, exactly. The group can't bear clichéd lyrics, so they sound like, well, this. We have no idea what's going on, but we dig it.
With their stunning 2013 album, Sunbather, the San Franciscans took their filthy black-metal / shoegaze / post-rock noise to anthemic new heights, bringing heavy music to the masses - and releasing one of the albums of the year at the same time.
9. The Prodigy
It's safe to say that without The Prodigy, a good portion of artists in this list wouldn't be here. Or, at least, they wouldn't be making music as daring as they are now. Liam, Keith and Maxim opened the doors for metal and electro to unite, and have played every festival under the sun - from Download to Creamfields. How many other bands can do that?
8. The One Hundred
What do you get if you combine metal with hip hop, hardcore and electronica? Masters of mash-up, The One Hundred. From frontman Jacob Field's mad rapping skills on the mic, to the London quartet's fresh blend of genre-defying noise, this lot are one of the most exciting bands to come out of the capital in a long time.
7. Bring Me The Horizon
It hasn't been an easy ride for Bring Me The Horizon - pretty much the entire metal world wrote them off when they unleashed Count Your Blessings almost ten years ago. But the Sheffield titans are now as huge as the colossal Linkin Park-sized choruses they penned on the 5K-rated Sempiternal. And there's no sign of stopping them now...
6. Emma Blackery
Music isn't the only string to Emma's bow, and the Essex YouTube sensation has made a very big name for herself in the world of comedy, vlogging and reading, too. With more YouTube subscribers than we can count, and a captivating live show, Emma Blackery has re-written the rulebook of how to 'make it' in today's industry. And we love her for it.
5. Fall Out Boy
Patrick, Pete, Andy and Joe have always been a cut above the rest in terms of song-writing, but their bravery and willing to take risks can't be ignored, either. Sixth album American Beauty/American Psycho took Fall Out Boy's desire to innovate further than ever before. It wasn't for everyone, but it's an inspired and exciting record - and that's the most important thing, right?
This lot have a very modernised nu-metal sound, but combined with singer Tyler Carter's smooth R'n'B vocals, it's taken to whole new level. Their debut self-titled LP had elements of pretty much every single genre in there - including a gospel choir! - but yet it was crafted in such a way that the whole thing just worked.
3. twenty one pilots
With a number one album across the pond, the explosive duo have blown up since the release of their brilliant latest album, Blurryface. 'This is not rap, this is not hip hop,' frontman Tyler Joseph insists on the record's opening track, Heavydirtysoul. We have no idea what genre it is, but it rules either way.
West Yorkshire's finest blew our heads off with their weird and wonderful debut album, The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets, last year. It was brave. It was diverse. It was loud. And it was created by a group of young rockstars in the making. Not to mention, they're really bloody cool, too.
1. Enter Shikari
The St. Albans mob have been pushing the boundaries of rock since their inception over 10 years ago - from their DIY ethic, to their out-of-this-world stage production, and now, their 5K-rated album, The Mindsweep. Put simply, they've nailed every aspect of being a band. And rock is in very good hands with Enter Shikari at the forefront.
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