Christmas Gift Guide: Rock & Metal

Written by Jen Degnan / November 26, 2019

What better way to light up someone's Christmas than surprising them with gig tickets on the big day? 🎵 Here’s some inspo to make sure your loved one will be merrily moshing in 2020 🤘

WHO: Within Temptation & Evanescence
WHERE/WHEN: London, Glasgow, Leeds & Birmingham during 7 April – 1 May
WHY: Watch the former goth in your life try and contain themselves at the prospect of reliving rock belters like ‘Bring Me To Life’ and ‘Faster’ when legendary frontwomen Amy Lee and Sharon del Adel join forces for their highly anticipated co-headline UK tour 🙏

WHO: Nightwish
WHERE/WHEN: Cardiff & London during 16–18 December 2020
WHY: The Finnish symphonic metal band are renowned for putting on an incredible show with highly visual stage designs and plenty of pyrotechnics – a must-see gig for any Nightwish fan.

WHO: Machine Head
WHERE/WHEN: O2 Academy Brixton on Fri 5 June and O2 Academy Birmingham on Sat 6 June
WHY: Because this isn’t just any tour! It’s the Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour! Lifelong fans will be buzzing to experience this milestone show.

WHO: Slipknot
WHERE/WHEN: Catch them live at arenas around the UK in January!
WHY: Like a true metal fan needs a reason to see the legendary band live, but after their sixth studio album of the same name saw Slipknot return to #1, you know the We Are Not Your Kind Tour will be all kinds of epic.

WHO: Parkway Drive
WHERE/WHEN: At The SSE Arena, Wembley on 18th April.
WHY: With their latest album 'Reverence' being described by NME as "a record for arenas", you know this is going to be one hell of a show.

WHO: Steel Panther
WHERE/WHEN: See the band across the UK in Feb 2020
WHY: Have you heard your partner or pal proclaiming “death to all but metal”? Then tickets to see the too-glam-(rock)-to-give-a-damn quartet will be a gift they’ll never forget!

WHO: I Prevail
WHERE/WHEN: The Trauma Tour will head to venues across the UK in March 2020
WHY: I Prevail’s fame was ignited by their cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space (which boasts 57m+ views on YouTube). The hugely successful modern rock band’s sound has evolved since then, with latest album Trauma cited as an eclectic mix of music stylings.

WHO: The Menzingers
WHERE/WHEN: In London and Manchester next February
WHY: The US punk heroes are known for bringing the energy to their live shows, and armed with new, critically-acclaimed album 'Hello Exile', you know these shows are going to be incredible.

WHO: Bowling For Soup
WHERE/WHEN: Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester, London & Brighton in February
WHY: With support coming from Simple Plan and Not Ur Girlfrenz, and punk rock anthems like '1985', 'Girl All The Bad Guys Want' and 'High School Never Ends' galore, this tour will be so much fun you’ll be grabbing a ticket for yourself too!

WHO: Lamb of God
WHERE/WHEN: They’re heading to Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham & London in April!
WHY: This is the iconic band’s first run of headline UK shows in six years! Metalheads won’t want to miss this incredible lineup with Kreator and Power Trip joining Lamb of God’s State Of Unrest Tour.

WHO: Delain
WHERE/WHEN: Catch them in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and London in February!
WHY: The Dutch symphonic band is renowned for its catchy melodic metal sound and they've toured with rock heroes like Nightwish and Within Temptation 🙏

WHO: Beartooth
WHERE/WHEN: See them live in Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London in February.
WHY:  The band have sold out shows across Europe, with their riff-driven third album Disease examining the unshakeable throes of depression.

WHO: The Maine
WHERE/WHEN: They’re playing at venues across the UK in February
WHY: Over their ten year career, the genre-defying band have been classed as alternative, rock, pop and emo among other labels.  They continue to keep fans on their toes and redefine what it means to be a band, even launching their own music festival, 8123 Fest!

WHO: Jimmy Eat World
WHERE/WHEN: O2 Academy Brixton in London on 8th July 2020!
WHY: The Arizona emo heroes have just released their TENTH studio album 'Surviving' and we can't wait to hear it live in London next summer. This ticket is the perfect present for any mosher!

WHO: Anathema
WHERE/WHEN: The London Palladium on Saturday 7th March!
WHY: The Liverpool rockers will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 'We’re Here Because We’re Here' album by playing it in full, as well as performing tracks from their other albums. What a night this is going to be!

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