A Brief History Of The Kerrang! Tour

Kerrang! Tour 2006

Bullet For My Valentine headlined the inaugural Kerrang! Tour in 2006 and were joined by Ohio emo merchants Hawthorne Heights, Michigan metalcore quintet Still Remains and Seattle goth punks Aiden. The tour kicked off in Cardiff on January 15 and ended two weeks later at Brixton Academy. Blood Youth frontman Kaya Tarsus recently told Kerrang! that the Leeds University date was his first big gig. The entire show was rammed and I don’t think I had ever seen a proper moshpit in person before, but I was in the thick of it, going mental,” he recalls. I have this memory of being in the circle pit and not knowing how to get out of it.” Luckily for his future Blood Youth bandmates, he did manage to emerge from the whirling arm vortex. Most likely when the show ended, we’re guessing.

The Kerrang! Tour has played host to some legendary shows over the years. And if you’re as excited as we are about it all, you’ll be counting down the days until the 2017 tour kicks off. To get you in the mood, here, K! writer Simon Young has compiled some standout moments from tours gone by. It includes tour tatts, gouged eyeballs, guest rap spots and all sorts of shenanigans.

What will this year’s lot have in store? You’ll have to pop along to one of the below dates to find out, won’t you?


5: Birmingham, Institute
6: Leeds, University Stylus
7: Glasgow, ABC
8: Manchester, Ritz
9: Newcastle, University
11: Dublin, Academy
12: Cardiff, University Y Plas
13: London, Kentish Town Forum

Ticket are still available from gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk/ticketmaster.ie. They’re priced at £17.50 (or €19.10 for the Dublin show).

Look at that sweet tour poster.

Kerrang Tour Poster

And if for some reason you still need convincing, here’s a taster of the bands playing this year. It’s gonna be a big one.





Posted on November 22nd 2017, 12:09p.m.
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