The 21 Hottest Live Bands On Earth

PLUS! Slipknot, Soundgarden, Black Veil Brides, blink-182, Ghost, Green Day, Metallica, Frank Iero and LOADS more!

The 21 Hottest Live Bands On Earth

There’s nothing quite like walking away from a gig knowing that you’ve just witnessed something very, very special indeed. Allow us, then, to introduce you to the hottest live acts on the planet right now: 21 emerging talents, breakout bands and superstars of tomorrow who are currently setting venues ablaze on their ascent up the rock ranks. Trust us – you’re going to want to say ‘I was there…’ about these shows in years to come…

Plus: there's an exclusive Soundgarden art print to mark our huge, deep-dive interview with Kim Thayil on the past, present and future of one of the greatest bands ever. It comes courtesy of artist Stephen Bunnell – aka Cryface.

Elsewhere in the mag, well, there's a career-spanning chat with Kim and a new interview with Black Veil Brides man Andy Biersack on the songs that changed his life, while Frank Iero tells us some secrets, and we take a look at pop-punk's comeback in 2019 – lead, of course, by blink-182.

In the reviews section, Iowa's finest, Slipknot, continue to break boundaries on intense, innovative sixth album, and Northlane widen their frontiers on their experimental fifth record. On the live front, Warped Tour celebrates its 25th birthday in scaled-down but typically chaotic fashion.

There are also epic posters of Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive, Green Day, Ghost, Rammstein and Metallica.

All this and more is available in the new issue of Kerrang!, which you can get anywhere in the world through But for UK residents, it hits the shops on Wednesday, July 31 from all good newsagents.

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