The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Years & Years, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cardigans, Snow Patrol, Bluesfest, Counting Crows, The War On Drugs, Boyzone, Death Cab For Cutie, Pusha T and more…

YEARS & YEARS

Years & Years will follow up the release of ‘Palo Santo’ on July 6 with dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London between November 28 and December 5. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

The Smashing Pumpkins will bring the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour to the SSE Arena Wembley in London on October 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Olivia Bee).

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THE CARDIGANS

The Cardigans will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their fourth album, ‘Gran Turismo’, by playing it in full at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham, and the Eventim Apollo in London between December 3 and 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Derrick Santini).

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SNOW PATROL

Snow Patrol, who put out ‘Wildness’ last month, will now call at Bournemouth International Centre on January 27 and the SSE Arena Wembley on February 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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BLUESFEST with Counting Crows

Counting Crows will perform at BluesFest at London’s O2 Arena on October 28, where they will be supported by Alison Krauss. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 22.

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THE WAR ON DRUGS

The band, who released ‘A Deeper Understanding’ last summer, will return to play their only UK headline show this year at London’s O2 Arena on December 13 with special guests Slowdive. Tickets go on sale at 10am on June 22.

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BOYZONE

The pop group will bring their Thank You And Goodnight – The Farewell tour to arenas in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, London, Birmingham, and Bournemouth between January 23 and February 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

The band, who are set to release ‘Thank You For Today’ on August 17, will head to Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and London, where they will play the Eventim Apollo, between January 24 and February 1. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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PUSHA T

Pusha T will bring his Daytona tour to London’s O2 Forum on December 12, with tickets set to go on sale at 10am on June 22.

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Also announced this week

Courtney Barnett, Collabro, The Beach Boys, Villagers, Thunderpussy, Fizzy Blood, Roger Hodgson, Dream Wife, Dashboard Confessional, Kina Grannis, Turnstile, Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, Serpentwithfeet, Bad Touch, Soulfly, Conan, A Place To Bury Strangers, 10 Years, Sigrid, Gaz Coombes, Boy Pablo, The Voidz, Gabrielle, Ocean Alley, Grace Carter, Amorphis, Soilwork, Enslaved, High On Fire, Mono, The Growlers, Gang of Four, The LaFontaines, Dan and Shay, Kojey Radical, The Midnight, Delta Sleep, A Pale Horse Named Death, Becky Hill and more.

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Video Of The Week: The Dirty Nil – Bathed In Light

The Dirty Nil have released a video for Bathed in Light.

The track serves as the first single from the Canadian punk ‘n’ roll trio’s new album, ‘Master Volume’, which is out through Dine Alone Records on September 14.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Collabro

COLLABRO

The vocal group will kick off their Road To The Royal Albert Hall tour on February 10 at Customs House in South Shields, culminating with a massive show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 20. The tour shares its name with their upcoming fourth studio album, which is set to arrive on August 31, four years since the release of their debut LP, ‘Stars’.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on June 21, prior to general sale at 10am on June 22.

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Tour Of The Week: Nicki Minaj And Future

Nicki Minaj and Future have announced their NICKIHNDRXX tour. Nicki Minaj and Future tickets are on sale now, priced from £40.00/£50.00 plus fees.

The pair have shows confirmed at London’s O2 Arena on March 11, Birmingham Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena, and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, before winding up at the Manchester Arena on March 18.

Minaj is set to release her new album, ‘Queen’, in August.

Nicki Minaj Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon March 11 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Thu March 14 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Fri March 15 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Sun March 17 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Mon March 18 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DREAM BIG

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big will tour the UK beginning this autumn.  Audiences can expect to see characters from MoanaAladdin and Tangled, as well as Frozen and Beauty and the Beast at arenas in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and London’s O2 Arena between September 21 and January 6, 2019.

Pre-sale opens at 9am on June 22, use the password TMDOI to access them.  General sale begins at 9am on June 29.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Nicki Minaj And Future, Shawn Mendes, Ben Howard, Interpol, Cypress Hill, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Black Stone Cherry, Don Broco, You Me At Six, Parkway Drive, Interpol and more…

NICKI MINAJ and FUTURE

Nicki Minaj and Future have announced their NICKIHNDRXX tour, with shows confirmed at London’s O2 Arena on March 11, Birmingham Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena, and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, before winding up at the Manchester Arena on March 18. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 15.

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SHAWN MENDES

Shawn Mendes, who recently released his self-titled third LP, will play a third show at London’s O2 Arena on April 19. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 15.

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BEN HOWARD

The singer-songwriter, who recently released ‘Noonday Dream’, will call at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on December 8 before playing two nights apiece at Manchester’s O2 Apollo and then London’s O2 Academy Brixton in the new year. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 15.

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INTERPOL

Following last week’s announcement of their new album, ‘Marauder’, which is out on August 24 via Matador Records, the band have confirmed stops at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 14, Manchester’s O2 Apollo on November 16 and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on November 18 plus shows on the continent. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 15.

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CYPRESS HILL

The rap legends will bring their Elephants on Acid run to Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham and London during November and December. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 15.

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5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

The pop-rock quartet, who are set to release ‘Youngblood’ on June 22, will bring their Meet You There tour to the O2 Academy Glasgow, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Brixton in London, O2 Academy Birmingham and O2 Academy Sheffield between October 23 and November 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 15.

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BLACK STONE CHERRY

The Kentucky band, who released ‘Family Tree‘ in April, will be joined by the Cadillac Three and Monster Truck at arenas in Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and London, where they will play the SSE Arena Wembley, between December 6 and 14. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 15 (Photo: Harry Reese).

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DON BROCO

The band, who released ‘Technology’ earlier this year, will be joined by Neck Deep and Issues at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse for two nights before heading to Plymouth Pavilions, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Usher Hall in Edinburgh and Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena. They will finish the run with their biggest London show to date at the SSE Arena Wembley on February 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 15.

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YOU ME AT SIX

You Me At Six will be joined by Marmozets and the Xcerts at shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, London and Cardiff between November 22 and December 1. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on June 15.

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PARKWAY DRIVE

The Australian metallers, who recently put out ‘Reverence’ and played Download last weekend, will play huge shows in Manchester, Nottingham and Cardiff before taking over London’s Alexandra Palace. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 15.

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Also announced this week

Corrosion of Conformity, Orange Goblin, Zeal & Ardor, Less Than Jake, CKY, Reel Big Fish, Soulfly, Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Fields of Nephilim, Bury Tomorrow, Lykke Li, Maribou State, Sunset Sons, Daughtry, Bad Sounds, Boston Manor, Greta Van Fleet, Diversity, Courtney Marie Andrews, Collabro, Seth Lakeman, A, TesseracT, Vennart, Ady Suleiman, The Blinders, Halo Maud, Gaz Coombes, Lee Scratch Perry, We Are Scientists, With Confidence, Why Don’t We, David Byrne, Yung Lean, Morgan James, Talos, Voivod, Jess Williamson, The Pineapple Thief, Therapy?, Led Zeppelin Masters, Stick To Your Guns, Fizzy Bloody, No Hot Ashes, Jeff Rosenstock, Estrons, Muncie Girls, Menace Beach, Hellions, The Bluetones, Husky Loops, Flasher and more.

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Tour Of The Week: Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol have lined up December arena shows in Newcastle, Belfast and Dublin, followed by stops in Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow in January 2019. Snow Patrol tickets are on sale now, priced from £45.00 plus fees.

The band are touring behind their seventh studio album, ‘Wildness’, which arrived in May. The record is their first album with Johnny McDaid as a full member of the band, after his involvement as a guest musician and songwriter on ‘Fallen Empires’ and its accompanying tour.

Snow Patrol Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Sat June 09 2018 – GLASGOW King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Wed December 05 2018 – NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
Fri December 07 2018 – BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast
Sat December 08 2018 – BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast
Tue December 11 2018 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Fri January 25 2019 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Sat January 26 2019 – LONDON O2 Arena
Tue January 29 2019 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Wed January 30 2019 – MANCHESTER Arena
Thu January 31 2019 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Snow Patrol, Mariah Carey, Rick Astley, Jessie J, Janelle Monáe, Lily Allen, Anna Calvi, Idles, Nothing But Thieves, Blue Planet II Live In Concert and more…

SNOW PATROL

Snow Patrol, who recently put out ‘Wildness’, will hit the road in December for arena shows in Newcastle, Belfast and Dublin, followed by stops in Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow in January 2019. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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MARIAH CAREY

The vocalist will bring her All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour to Nottingham, Leeds and London in December, with sets also planned in Stavanger, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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RICK ASTLEY

The pop vocalist will hit the road for shows in October and November, with stops lined up in Hull, Gateshead, Plymouth, Cardiff, Brighton, Southend, Cambridge, London, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. Tickets are on sale at 9.30am on June 8, while Astley’s new LP, ‘Beautiful Life’, is set to follow on July 20 through BMG.

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JESSIE J

Jessie J will tour the UK this November in support of her latest album, ‘R,O.S.E.’, including Leicester, Bournmeouth, Sheffield, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Liverpool, Glasgow and London, where she’ll play the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 8.

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JANELLE MONÀE

Following up the recent release of ‘Dirty Computer’, Monáe has confirmed in September stops at Manchester Academy and London’s Roundhouse. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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LILY ALLEN

With her new record, ‘No Shame’, out this week, Lily Allen has inked in December stops in Dublin, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 8

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ANNA CALVI

The singer-songwriter will support her upcoming album ‘Hunter’, her first LP since 2013’s ‘One Breath’, with shows in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Hove and Bristol between September 27 and October 6. She also plays a show at the Roundhouse in London on February 7, 2019. Tickets for all dates go on sale at 10am on June 8.

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IDLES

Following the release of their second album, ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, the Bristol post-punks embark on their first world tour this autumn, including their biggest London headline show yet at the O2 Forum on October 18. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 8.

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES

The band, who released ‘Broken Machine’ last year, are set to play Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and the Alexandra Palace in London in November, alongside stops in Manchester, Glasgow, and Birmingham. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 8.

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BLUE PLANET II LIVE IN CONCERT

The BBC television series, which is presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be transformed into a stage show and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra at venues in Bournemouth, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield between March 13 and 28. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 8.

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Also announced this week

My Bloody Valentine, Fever Ray, Dan Owen, Mahalia, Alex Clare, Saxon, The Dead South, Pale Waves, Paul Young, Black Peaks, Chelsea Grin, Crossfaith, The Amity Affliction, Girli, Roam, Jo Passed, Hogjaw, Nils Frahm, Funeral Shakes, Frown Upon, Rex Orange County, Estere, Richie Hawtin, Slowthai, Harlem Globetrotters, Public Service Broadcasting, Oscar Jerome, WSTR, Joshua Hedley, Wand, Rufus Du Sol, Kranium, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bad Sounds, Chase Rice, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Duane Eddy, Rat Boy, Julian Clary, Katherine Ryan, Jay Prince, Airways, Wardruna, Findlay, Bernhoft, Bo Ningen, Half Waif, Mikaela Davis, Ross From Friends, Daughtry, The Parlotones and more.

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Horns At The Ready: The Download 2018 Preview

Download festival will make its grand return to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington this weekend. Clearly there is something about standing in the sunshine* and watching the hardest hitting bands that rock, metal and punk have to offer that brings out an overwhelming desire to become one with the dirt in people.

With over 100,000 people expected, Download organisers have cranked things up to 11 for 2018’s edition. Avenged Sevenfold, arguably the biggest band of their generation, return to top Friday’s line up, while two titans of the festival’s Monsters of Rock days – Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne – will headline the Saturday and Sunday night respectively.

Naturally, some will already be muttering ‘worst line up ever’ to themselves, but here we go with our pick of the bands that will tread the boards across the weekend. Horns at the ready.

(*doubtless it will be pissing down with rain)

Cancer Bats – Avalanche Stage, Friday

Everyone’s favourite Canadian hardcore punks recently kickstarted the newest chapter of their career in sonic carnage with the sudden release of ‘The Spark That Moves’, their best album in a decade. Reinvigorated and raising a middle finger to any doubters who thought their spark had gone out, they return to these shores just months after a run of London dates celebrating the 10th anniversary of their second album ‘Hail Destroyer’.

The Bronx – Avalanche Stage, Friday

The Los Angeles party starters will wreak havoc upon anyone in earshot during their second to last slot on Friday night. Their fifth studio album and most visceral to date, ‘V’, made a huge impact with fans last year and with 16 years of experience battering the ear canals you can expect to see some of the most gnarly circle pits of the weekend.

Marmozets – Avalanche Stage, Friday

This Yorkshire outfit are one of a handful of young British bands making a giant leap forward in 2018. Having made their debut at Donington in 2014, there are few groups on the line up more deserving of a slot on the Main Stage. Riding the success of this year’s statement of intent, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, their second LP on Roadrunner Records, Becca Macintyre’s trademark screams, distorted guitars and a smattering of blastbeats will get you talking about their pop-tinged anthems for the rest of the weekend.

Employed To Serve – Avalanche Stage, Friday

The British extreme metal scene has been well and truly spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting releases in recent years. This Woking hardcore quintet are leading the charge and will make their Download debut, capping an incredible 12 months since they unleashed their brutal 2017 sophomore record, ‘The Warmth of a Dying Sun’.

Napalm Death – Dogtooth Stage, Friday

To the untrained ear a set from the godfathers of grindcore can be quite the oppressive experience. Whether you’re a dedicated follower or an inquisitive first-timer, their short and not so sweet set is going to be something to remember. Their intense and angry music, accompanied by frontman Barney Greenway’s sociopolitical lyrics, make them one of the most brutal and relevant bands on the bill even though they formed over 30 years ago.

Knocked Loose – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday

The Kentucky natives have become one of the most talked about hardcore bands around since the release of their 2016 full length ‘Laugh Tracks’ and you can’t help but feel they’re on the edge of something huge. That’s why they’re here at Download, right? Numbers such as Deadringer and Counting Worms will tick all the boxes if you’re into bands who go in, smash faces and leave.

Shvpes – Dogtooth Stage, Saturday

The band’s vocalist Griffin Dickinson might be descended from Rock Royalty (his dad’s a certain singer from Iron Maiden) but the buzz around these Birmingham sonic alchemists hasn’t come from simply trading off famous parentage. This year’s debut ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’ has marked them out to be real contenders and with their upcoming trio of EPs giving them an opportunity to grow creatively, Shvpes’ future looks set to be something really special.

Rolo Tomassi – Avalanche Stage, Saturday

Since returning to Holy Roar Records, this creative force from Sheffield have continued to refine their sound into a heavier and darker beast. ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ is one of the best albums of the year so far and has gained them a significant increase in recognition. The band have come a long way since their debut at Download a decade ago and their set on the smallest stage could deliver the biggest slap in the face of the weekend.

Parkway Drive – Zippo Encore Stage, Saturday

Byron Bay’s merchants of mosh are no strangers to ripping apart Donington and are already tipped to deliver THE performance of the weekend. Returning to headline the second stage, having previously performed in 2009, 2013 and 2015, their no bells and whistles approach dropped jaws on their recent sixth full length, ‘Reverence’.

Greta Van Fleet – Zippo Encore Stage, Sunday

You’re going to need something pretty special to pull you out of a four-day hangover and you’ll struggle to find a more talented, rising young band than these Michigan-based throwback phenoms. They’re uncannily reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin but even with their roots planted deep in rock ‘n’ roll’s deepest traditions, their enthusiasm on stage, massive hooks and wailing vocals have made them a genuinely exciting prospect. Their debut album will arrive later this year.

All Them Witches – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday

Having emerged from the Nashville underground scene in 2012, the psych-rock band spun many a head with the spacey, hard-rock sounds on last year’s ‘Sleeping Through the War’. Their music is bluesy, trippy, littered with fuzzed-up riffs and will make for a welcome change to hurtling around in circle pits all weekend.

Hatebreed – Main Stage, Sunday

Led by hardcore godfather Jamey Jasta, Hatebreed last destroyed Donington nine years ago, which is madness when you consider the increased hardcore representation at the festival in recent years. They’ve spent the last two years celebrating the 20th and 15th anniversaries of ‘Satisfaction is the Death of Desire’ and ‘Perseverance’, so naturally you can expect a jolly good throwdown.

Zeal and Ardor – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday

If you think you’ve heard everything modern music has to offer, you might want to catch up with Manuel Gagneux. The brainchild behind this one-man project fuses black metal, delta blues, jazz, hip-hop beats, spiritual chants, soul and gospel to create a truly unique sound that will send the purists into meltdown. But who’s here to put a limit on imagination and combinations anyway?

Baroness – Dogtooth Stage, Sunday

Beautiful, brutal and heavy as balls. You should never miss a chance to see these Georgia sludgelords. Having brought us some of the 21st century’s finest albums, including the progressive-metal masterpiece ‘Purple’ in 2015, they’re back to get spacey at Donington.

Puppy – Avalanche Stage, Sunday

Rising from the ashes of vocalist and guitarist Jock Norton and drummer Billy Howard’s previous band, Polterghost, Puppy have earned a rep as an alt-rock trio who can win over any metal crowd with their heavy yet melodic riffs and grungy tunes. Their Download set is going to be the first chance people will have to hear songs off their upcoming album and if you like what you hear, you’ll be pleased to know they’re touring the UK in August with Grove Street Families.

Milk Teeth – Avalanche Stage, Sunday

Having toured for most of 2018 off the back of last year’s EP pairing of ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’, their rise continues with a step up to the Avalanche Stage for their second visit to Download. Not the heaviest band of the weekend but they sure know how to get a riot going with their grunge and punk ragers such as Owning Your Okayness, Brickwork and Nearby Catfight.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Julian Clary

JULIAN CLARY

The entertainer will return to stages for a new 2019 tour, titled Born To Mince, starting at the Capitol in Horsham on March 13 and currently wrapping up at the London Palladium on June 8.

Pre-sale is open now, prior to general sale at 10am on June 7.

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