‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour

I saw them last year at the London Palladium and they are well worth seeing…

‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s Debut Album

Marking fifty years since the release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album – and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II – Australia’s celebrated live concert event Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters will return to the UK for ten-dates in April 2019 as part of their European tour.

Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and bolstered by the breathtaking might of the thirty-five-piece The Black Dog Orchestra, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters features no fewer than eighteen Led Zeppelin classics.

From the raw, metallic blues of Whole Lotta Love to the epic Stairway to Heaven and the sheer exhilaration of Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters celebrates the timeless musical legacy of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones with a no-holds-barred concert performing the masterpieces of Led Zeppelin.

Having performed numerous sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House and nationwide tours across Australia, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour in 2017 was so successful their 2019 return will preceded by eight dates in mainland Europe for the first time.

Vince Contarino said, “To be able to come back to the UK means the world to us. We were welcomed graciously and treated with the utmost respect when we toured the UK for the first time in 2017, despite being an unknown and unproven act in the UK. To be asked back for an even bigger tour is hugely gratifying. We are feeling the love, and we’re going to be coming back over to give it back by the truckload.”

Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour received glowing praise from both Led Zeppelin fans and the music critics alike – including Dave Lewis the editor of the world-famous Led Zeppelin fanzine Tight But Loose, who said the band’s performance of The Rain Song was “quite simply one of the best performances of a Zep song performed by a band that were not Led Zeppelin I’ve ever witnessed.”

Vince said, “We were taken aback by the reception we received. We loved that the UK audiences are so demonstrative – the energy is amazing. We are also still in disbelief when we look back at the reviews the press gave us throughout the first tour. They were so positive and encouraging. In fact, as the reviews were coming in we just kept trying harder and harder each night, so as to keep the standard up.

With the tour falling in between the anniversaries of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II, released in March and October of 1969, respectively, Vince admits the timing of the tour is a happy coincidence, “It was only when we saw the tour dates that we realised the timing was perfect. Look at it this way, spending time with friends is a blessing and a great thing to do, but if there is a good reason to celebrate, like a birthday or an anniversary, then crack out the champagne and let’s party!”

The ten-date UK tour will begin at Liverpool’s Philharmonic on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, and end at London’s Eventim Apollo on Sunday, 14th April.

Tickets are on sale now, available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Don’t miss this explosive celebration of the music of Led Zeppelin as one of the most ambitious concerts ever to meet the stage returns to the UK. Way, way down inside, you need it!

The full list of European tour dates for Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ is as follows:

March

Sat 23rd            Bergen             Grieghallen     (http://www.grieghallen.no/display.aspx?menuid=&prodid=1173)

Sun 24th           Oslo                 Konserthus     (https://www.oslokonserthus.no/program/led-zeppelin-masters/)

Wed 27th          Utrecht            Tivoli              (https://www.tivolivredenburg.nl/agenda/stairway-to-heaven-led-zeppelin-masters-27-03-2019/)
Thu 28th           Groningen       De Osterpoort (https://www.de-oosterpoort.nl/programma/led-zeppelin-masters/)

Sat 30th            Brussels           Cirque Royal   (https://www.ticketmaster.be/artist/stairway-to-heaven-tickets/492573?language=en-us)

Sun 31st           Eindhoven       Musiekgebouw (https://www.muziekgebouweindhoven.nl/Led_Zeppelin_Masters)

April 2019

Tue 2nd             Liverpool        Philharmonic              0151 709 3789            liverpoolphil.com

Wed 3rd           Cardiff             St Davids                     029 2087 8444            stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

Fri 5th               Newcastle       City Hall                       0844 811 21 21           theatreroyal.co.uk

Sat 6th              Edinburgh       Usher Hall                   0131 228 1155            usherhall.co.uk

Sun 7th            Manchester      Bridgewater                 0161 907 9000            bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Tue 9th             Nottingham     Royal Concert Hall     0115 989 5555            trch.co.uk

Wed 10th         Portsmouth      Guildhall                     023 9387 0200            portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Fri 12th             Southend        Cliffs Pavilion            01702 351 135            southendtheatres.org.uk

Sat 13th            Birmingham    Symphony Hall           0121 780 3333            thsh.co.uk

Sun 14th           London            Eventim Apollo          020 8563 3800            eventimapollo.com

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Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – BARBARA DICKSON

Delighted to have BARBARA DICKSON involved – one of my dad’s favourite artists – who plays a show at Eden Court, Inverness on February 8th. She is touring the UK early next year with a full band – dates below.

BARBARA DICKSON – USA SHOWS 2018 (Acoustic)
Tour dates –

JUL 06 – MARION, VA – Lincoln Theatre – BOOK
2018

JUL 07 – BIG STONE GAP, VA – Goodloe Center – INFO
2018

JUL 08 – WISE, VA – Chapel of All Faiths – INFO
2018

AUG 03 – PETWORTH – Petworth Festival – SOLD OUT
2018

AUG 25 – INNERLEITHEN – Beyond Borders Festival – BOOK
2018

AUG 05 – SELKIRK – Victoria Halls – BOOK
2018

AUG 09 – ABERDEEN – His Majesty’s Theatre – BOOK
2018

AUG 29 – OBAN – Corran Halls – 01631 567333
2018

AUG 31 – PORTREE, SKYE – Aros Centre – BOOK
2018

SEP 01 – ULLAPOOL – MacPhail Centre – BOOK
2018

OCT 07 – DUNDEE – Whitehall Theatre – BOOK
2018

OCT 14 – STIRLING – Albert Halls – BOOK
2018

OCT 21 – INVERNESS – Eden Court Theatre – BOOK
2018

OCT 28 – DUMFRIES – Theatre Royal – BOOK
2018

NOV 11 – EDINBURGH – Usher Hall – BOOK
2018
FEB 01 – EVESHAM – Regal – BOOK
2019

FEB 02 – REDHILL – Harlequin Theatre – BOOK
2019

FEB 03 – BARROW-IN-FURNESS – The Forum – BOOK
2019

FEB 05 – CANNOCK – Prince of Wales Theatre – BOOK
2019

FEB 06 – PERTH – Concert Hall – BOOK
2019

FEB 07 – GLASGOW – Royal Concert Hall – BOOK
2019

FEB 08 – INVERNESS – Eden Court – BOOK
2019

FEB 10 – EDINBURGH – King’s Theatre – BOOK
2019

FEB 11 – GATESHEAD – The Sage – BOOK
2019

FEB 13 – BOLTON – Albert Halls – BOOK
2019

FEB 14 – LYTHAM ST ANNES – Lowther Pavilion – BOOK
2019

FEB 15 – BRADFORD – St George’s Hall – ON SALE SOON
2019

FEB 17 – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall – BOOK
2019

FEB 19 – ISLE OF MAN – Villa Gaiety – BOOK
2019

FEB 21 – BATH – The Forum – BOOK
2019

FEB 22 – LONDON – Union Chapel – BOOK
2019

FEB 23 – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall – BOOK
2019

FEB 24 – HUNSTANTON – Princess Theatre – BOOK
2019

FEB 26 – SHREWBURY – Theatre Severn – BOOK
2019

FEB 27 – MILTON KEYNES – The Stables – BOOK
2019

MAR 01 – DUNSTABLE – Grove Theatre – BOOK
2019

MAR 02 – MAIDSTONE – Hazlitt Theatre – BOOK
2019

MAR 03 – PORTHCAWL – Grand Pavilion – BOOK
2019

MAR 05 – HARLOW – Playhouse – BOOK
2019

MAR 07 – BARNSTAPLE – Queens Theatre – BOOK
2019

MAR 08 – CARMARTHEN – Lyric Theatre – BOOK
2019

MAR 09 – WESTON-SUPER-MARE – Playhouse Theatre – BOOK
2019

MAR 10 – NORWICH – Theatre Royal – BOOK
2019

 

UK Tour Dates For Chicago Bluesman Davy Knowles

Chicago-based blues guitarist Davy Knowles will return to the UK in July for a run of six lives dates, supporting the release of his latest EP, ‘1932’.

Following the release of Davey’s all-acoustic ‘1932’ EP, which was recorded entirely on his  treasured 1932 National Triolian resonator guitar, the Isle of Man-born guitarist’s UK dates begin on Monday, 2nd July, at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst and ends at the Linton Festival, near Ross-on-Wye on Sunday, 8th July.

In between, Davy will play headline dates in St Albans (3rd), Nottingham (6th) and Bristol (7th), plus a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire (4th) as the as special guest of Supersonic Blues Machine.

Having learned to play guitar from listening to guitar legend such as Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Peter Green and John Mayall, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit, Knowles’s professional career started with a bang – arriving in America aged 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album,  and rave reviews at SXSW 2007

From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run at radio with the singles ‘Come Home’ from the debut album Roll Away and ‘Tear Down the Walls’ and ‘Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton-produced follow-up album – both albums Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart.

A relentless four-year touring regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo  and Austin City Limits, and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

Other highlights from this period include playing live to Astronauts on the ISS from mission control in Houston – one of only a handful of artists to be invited to do so – three tours of the UK and Europe and numerous international festivals including Jakarta, Tokyo, and Perth, Australia.

Davy Knowles

In 2011 Knowles’s song Reach Higher was the official anthem for the Youth Commonwealth Games, and in 2012 his ‘birthday’ tribute to Woody Guthrie – a stunning electric version of Pastures of Plenty – was released in aid of WhyHunger?.

In 2014, as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture” Knowles played the International Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, and that same year began filming the documentary Island Bound – tracking the migration of Celtic and European folk music with the early settlers to the British Colonies, with Davy demonstrating how this music was preserved and passed down through generations, evolving into Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Americana –  and ultimately influencing the blues and rock music of today.

From the very start Knowles earned the respect of fans, media and musicians alike. Throughout this musical journey, though, Knowles has kept ‘the blues’ close to his heart. He said, “I love the guitar as an instrument, it’s so versatile and endlessly challenging, but whilst I will try play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it. I enjoy playing the historian, and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music. It’s from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from.”

Davy Knowles’ UK tour dates is as follows:

Mon 2nd July    The Beaverwood Club Chislehurst                              Tickets

Tues 3rd July    St Albans                    The Horn                                 Tickets

Wed 4th July    London                        O2 Shepherds Bush Empire* Tickets

Fri 6th   July      Nottingham                Rock City Basement               Tickets

Sat 7th July      Bristol                          The Thunderbolt                     Tickets

Sun 8th July     Ross-on-Wye  Linton Festival                        Tickets

(*opening for Supersonic Blues Machine)

www.davyknowles.com

@davyknowles

www.facebook.com/DavyKnowles

Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ – Peter Frampton

“My favourite modern Bluesman” – Joe Satriani

“Davy Knowles continues to amaze me – he’s still so young and yet he plays, writes and sings with such maturity.  He’s immersed himself in the styles of many great players and has emerged with his own brand, playing with a smile on his face.  He’s a rare bird, one I will continue to watch and study.” – Bernie Marsden

NINEBARROW newsletter June 2018

We hope this email finds you well and enjoying the start of the festival season wherever you are! 😎 After a pretty epic three months launching and touring the new album, we’ve just got back from a few weeks off, and we’re now raring to hit the road again!

‘The Waters and the Wild’: launched ✅ 

It’s hard to believe that it was back in April we had our launch show at Lighthouse Poole. It really was a special evening – so a huge thank you if you managed to make it down! If you didn’t – we thought you might like to have a little look at one of the songs we played. It’s not off the new album this time…but a new arrangement of an old favourite from our first album: The Sea. 

The show really was a massive success and it’s really inspired us to explore working as a band a little more often. Watch this space…we’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with you! 😉

What did the ‘media’ think?

Launching an album is a really nervous time – it really is. We really like it – but you obviosuly hope everyone else does too!! And we’ve been SO pleased with all of the feedback we’ve had. We even managed to pick up two ★★★★★ reviews in the Morning Star newspaper and also the EFDSS EDS Magazine. Here’s a quick round up of the highlights:

We also managed to reach No. 2 in Amazon’s Folk Album Best Seller Chart last week, which was pretty amazing! If you fancy doing a review of the album on Amazon to help that along – you can do that by clicking here: Leave a review

New Dates Announced

As always, we’re announcing new dates all the time – and it’s been a little while since we sent you any, so there’s absolutely stacks of new ones. Please do check out the gig map and dates down the side of this email (or at the bottom if you’re viewing on mobile). It’d be great to see you out and about at one of them soon!

Until next time – all the best and take care,

Thu 14 Jun 2018
The Apex
Bury Saint Edmunds

Fri 15 Jun 2018
St Edith Hall
Sevenoaks

Sat 16 Jun 2018
All Saints Church
Wokingham

Sat 23 Jun 2018
Dunton Folk Club
Bedford

Fri 29 Jun 2018
Horton & Little Sodbury Village Hall
Bristol

Sat 30 Jun 2018
St Nicholas’ Church
Guildford

Thu 05 Jul 2018
St Andrews Church
Rugby

Fri 06 Jul 2018
Roots Music Club
Doncaster

Sat 07 Jul 2018
Folk at the Hall 2018
Rhyl

Sun 08 Jul 2018
Eglwys St Hywyn
Aberdaron

Fri 20 Jul 2018
West Coker Commemoration Hall
Yeovil

Sat 21 Jul 2018
St Andrew’s Church
Colyton

Fri 27 Jul 2018
Turweston Church
Brackley

Sat 28 Jul 2018
Rhydycroesau Village Hall
Oswestry

Sun 12 Aug 2018
Springhead Trust
Shaftesbury

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2018
Swanage

Sat 25 Aug 2018
Cornwall Folk Festival 2018
Wadebridge

Fri 31 Aug 2018
NINEBARROW AND FRIENDS CONCERT
Lyme Folk Weekend 2018

Sat 01 Sep 2018
The Selsey Centre
Chichester

Fri 07 Sep 2018
Swanage Folk Festival 2018

SKERRYVORE new album ‘Evo’

Highly recommended album and you can read my review here

Skerryvore, one of Scotland’s finest musical exports, are gearing up to release their sixth studio album this weekend.

The multi award-winning eight piece male line-up, firm favourites on the festival scene, will launch Evo at their own signature festival, Oban Live, on Saturday June 9th just days before its official June 11 release on the Tyree Records label.

Skerryvore

Full of their trademark fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana this heady brew of musicians hails from all corners of Scotland, each one bringing something different to the mix. Glasgow-based, Livingston-born lead singer and guitarist Alec Dalglish has penned five new songs that contrast with the belting tunes spread liberally across the 11 track release.

As with the definition of Evo, Skerryvore – named after a remote reef in western Scotland – have stealthily evolved their driving Celt-rock sound over the past 12 years. Formed in 2005 by Isle of Tiree-born Gillespie brothers Daniel (accordion) and Martin (Highland bagpipes), the band now boasts newest member Scott Wood on pipes and whistles, Ayrshire’s Craig Espie (fiddle) and Alan Scobie (keys), Aberdeenshire’s Jodie Bremaneson on bass and West Lothian’s Fraser West (drums).

No blade of grass stands a chance of growing under the feet of this energetic line-up. Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards coveted ‘Live Act of the Year’ (2016 and 2011) their upward trajectory has taken them from a small Hebridean island on a global journey often away from the well-trodden gig circuit for prestigious milestone performances in New York’s Central Park, at the Ryder Cup in Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

Recorded at the renowned Castlesound Studios in East Lothian and Carriage House Studios in Conneticut, Evo is instantly engaging. An expectant drone kicks in for the haunting tour de force opening number – Martin Gillespie’s tongue-in-cheek tune The Exorcists, triggered by the band’s exorcising of spirits of a different kind from promoter Gordon MacKenzie’s Oman home in his absence. Mackenzie remarked: “If you want spirits removed from your house, call in the Skerries!” It segues into Scott Wood’s tune Donnie’s.

Opening at full throttle with that big emphatic sound of thundering drums and pipes, as rich as a Scottish single malt, it lays down the gauntlet for this captivating album that for 45 minutes draws you into another world that is vibrant and emotive in equal measures.

Dalglish’s songs start with At the End of the Line, with its opening keyboard refrain. With his engaging, clear voice he ponders the global touring shuttle “4000 miles in the sky till the wheels hit the ground” and the location of Paradise and concludes it is “where your people are”, totally changing the mood created in the opening number.

And this is what Skerryvore is so good at – migrating from the big blast numbers to the heartfelt reflective tracks.

Dalglish has these songs down to a fine art, from the infectious Hold On to the hopefulness of Waiting on the Sun and the catchy mainstream-nudging love song Take My Hand, released as a single.

Another stand out number is his life-affirming Live Forever, a remixed version of the original song recorded in Conneticut. It provided the soundtrack for Scottish Tourism’s ‘Wild About Argyll’ campaign and hit No 1 in the iTunes World music chart last year, followed by a 70-date Live Forever tour of UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands and USA.

Craig Espie’s Mile High tune set apparently recalls his fainting episode on board a flight home from Spain, with little sympathy from his bandmates. But there’s nothing light-headed about this number which is fast and furious -Mile High Header being followed by the aptly-titled Momentum, with the pipes let loose.

Elsewhere there are covers of the late Aberdeenshire piper-composer Gordon Duncan’s lively and intricate tune Trip to Modera and Glaswegian songwriter Alex Wayt’s rocky song Borderline.

Soraidh Slan, a slow, respectful air composed and performed by Martin Gillespie, is the poignant penultimate track – a farewell to loved ones lost in 2017 before The Rise, also written by Martin, ends on an optimistic, upbeat note with all musicians at full pelt to bring the music full circle.

Skerryvore marked their 10th anniversary in 2016 with a “Decade” concert at Mossfield Stadium, Oban, selling 3,000 tickets in 90 minutes. The capacity was increased and 6,000 visitors enjoyed the event with guests including Dougie MacLean and Ireland’s Sharon Shannon.

Image result for oban Live logoIts success led to the creation of the band’s own annual festival Oban Live that has now attracted over 10,000 festivalgoers and become the biggest live music event in Argyll and Bute. The 2018 event (June 8 & 9) will witness the launch of Evo. http://obanlive.com/

This year sees Skerryvore embarking on another world tour that will include a headline performance at the famous Tonder Festival in Denmark and a date at the Brooklyn Bowl. In the UK they will be appearing at festivals including Shrewsbury, Wychwood and Moonbeams.

Classy and confident, this tight, talented line-up continue to set the bar high. Skerryvore -The Evolution – continues.

http://skerryvore.com/

BERNIE TORME The Final Fling Tour

‘(Bernie) did me a great favour. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing it now. I’d have given up’.
Ozzy Osbourne, 2018

Last orders at the bar…

World-renowned guitar legend Bernie Tormé will be heading out on tour for the final time in the U.K. later this year.

With a new studio album rumoured to be in the offing, the celebrated Irish six-stringer will hit the road for a string of dates in November/December.

A man whose CV is as impressive as his six-string dexterity, Tormé has lent his enviable skills over the years to Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider, Atomic Rooster and many others whilst maintaining an acclaimed solo career alongside.

Prior to the final U.K. tour Tormé and his band will be heading to the prestigious Sweden Rock festival, playing alongside the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Rose Tattoo and a certain Mr. Osbourne…

“Elegantly crafted music based around the man’s electrifying blues, with a kick.”
Classic Rock

Bernie Tormé ‘The Final Fling’ UK 2018

22nd Nov – Facebar, Reading
23rd Nov – Queen Vic, South Shields
24th Nov – Winterstorm Festival, Troon
25th Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
27th Nov – Robin II, Bilston, Wolverhampton
28th Nov – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
30th Nov – The Lounge, London
1st Dec – The Bear, Weston-super-Mare

Guitar legend, blues rock psychedelic shredmeister, glam punk sleaze rock frontman: Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career. Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan. After which, Bernie stepped in for Ozzy Osbourne in the aftermath of guitar legend Randy Rhoads‘ tragic death before going on to front Electric Gypsies and Tormé. Teaming up with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and Iron Maiden’s drummer Clive Burr,

Bernie put together Desperado and later reunited with ex-Gillan colleague, John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy in GMT.

Returning to the stage in 2013, Bernie also began working in his favoured trio format once again, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums; ‘Flowers & Dirt‘ (2014), ‘Blackheart’ (2015) and the 3CD ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (2017) package (comprising a live, an acoustic, and a new electric studio album). All three were crowdfunded, connecting Bernie directly with his fans.

Bernie states: “In the past you were pretty distant and separated from your fans with a record label in between. Making these albums with pledge campaigns has been a great experience. I like having the connection with fans and getting the feedback direct on making an album.”

2018 will see the release of Bernie’s latest, as-yet untitled, studio album.

Bernie Tormé has recorded over 24 albums in his career to date as a solo artist or band member.

AVANTASIA announce 2019 world tour + new studio album Moonglow

After sold-out shows in Europe, Asia and America, the tremendous success of Avantasia‘s ‘Ghostlights World Tour 2016/2017’ culminated in a headline show at Wacken Open Air, which was broadcast live on German national TV. Next year, Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia is getting back on the road to present their new album MOONGLOW, due to be released in January 2019. Their unique concert experience mixing grandiosity, rock and opera has attracted audiences of over 1.2 million people around the globe in the last few years, and is now returning with an even more opulent show in which Tobias Sammet will share the stage with the world’s best rock singers. Tobias Sammet, hailing from Fulda, Germany, created Avantasia in 1999 and celebrated its live debut in 2008. With over 3.5 million records sold, he is one of the most successful musicians in Germany, and has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions), Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer (KISS), Eric Martin (Mr. Big) as well as many other stars from the international music scene. For a long time Tobias Sammet‘s Avantasia was considered an insider’s tip, but since countless headline performances at some of the world’s largest rock festivals (Sweden Rock Festival, Quebec Music Festival, Barcelona Rock, etc.), gold awards and several top 10 entries in the world charts, the upcoming ‘Avantasia – Moonglow World Tour 2019’ can only be considered the biggest rock event of the year!

Tobias Sammet states: “I’ve been trying to calm things down for the last 18 months, but apparently my best way of relaxing is to be creative! During this phase, tons of ideas have been coming to my mind, that literally demanded to be realized in AVANTASIA‘s epic style. I was so convinced of the songs that I realised very quickly; if ever there is to be a new chapter of AVANTASIA, then it has to happen with this material – past all the trends and rules of the music industry, hand-made and personal, with epic 10-minute pieces alongside catchy rock songs! Everything was created for only one reason; to write great music without any businessmen shaping it into bite-sized pieces for the modern entertainment landscape. MOONGLOW will be the most lavish album of my career, the biggest, most colourful thing and the best and most unreasonable luxury, I have ever created in my life. I can‘t wait to release the album in January and then take the MOONGLOW WORLD TOUR on a journey around the globe, where you will witness the biggest show AVANTASIA has ever put on stage!”

Avantasia will be headlining The Forum, London on 16th April 2019.

Tickets go on general sale on Thursday 10th May @ 10am BST at:  www.ticketmaster.co.uk
O2 Pre-Sale commences on Tuesday 8th May @ 10am BST

‘AVANTASIA – MOONGLOW WORLD TOUR 2019’
30.03.  DE       Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
31.03.  IY        Milan – Alcatraz
02.04.  CZ       Prague – Forum Karlín
03.04.  DE       Berlin – Huxleys Neue Welt
05.04.  DE       Ludwigsburg – MHPArena
06.04.  DE       Bamberg – Brose Arena
08.04.  DE       Fulda – Esperantohalle
09.04.  DE       Saarbrücken – Saarlandhalle
10.04.  FR       Paris – Olympia
12.04.  DE       Osnabrück – OsnabrückHalle
13.04.  DE       Hamburg – Mehr! Theater
14.04.  DE       Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-Arena
16.04.  UK      London – The Forum 
18.04.  DE       Offenbach – Stadthalle
19.04.  CH       Pratteln – Z7
20.04.  CH       Pratteln – Z7
24.04.  ES       Bilbao – Santana 27
26.04.  ES       Barcelona – Razzmatazz 1
27.04.  ES       Madrid – Palacio Vistalegre

Watch the new tour trailer here: