WHAT’S HOT and 5 Gigs I’m Psyched About This Year

Even though we are only in January (does anyone else still keep writing 2016 everywhere or just me?), this year is already shaping up to be pretty promising, music wise. I have a bunch of gigs lined up, but both my insatiable appetite for live music, as well as my job, keep me constantly on the lookout for more, and I can’t wait to check some of these bands out! This year is going to rock! So, without further adieu, let’s check out where I’ll be… and where you should be, too!

 ********************* WHAT’S HOT *********************

Blink 182

Arguably one of the most influential punk bands of our time and up there with the likes of Sum 41 and Greenday, the trio will be embarking on a huge UK tour this year and it promises to be mind-blowing! You can read more about it here.



Whaaaaaaat? Darlings, it’s true, Amy Lee and the gang are back! So far, they have only announced one show in June at the Eventim Apollo in London. Are we to expect more? As a 90’s kid, I grew up with all the classics, Hoobastank, Linkin Park, and Evanescence, and having seen the aforementioned two, I’d love to cross Evanescence off my list!


The Stone Roses

After an interesting advertising campaign involving, er, lemons (more details about this randomness here) The Stone Roses have announced a couple of Arena shows in Leeds. So if you’re fortunate enough to be in the area, go and catch a show!


********************* WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME *********************

1. Apocalyptica at Royal Festival Hall 01.03.2017

If you have ANY doubt at all that classical instruments and music can be the epitome of ultra damn cool, go and see Finnish cello tamers, the mighty Apocalyptica! Bizarrely, I met these guys at a meet and greet in Lebanon years ago, and they were the chillest chaps you’ll ever meet. This show is Apocalyptica plays Metallica, which, being a big ‘Tallica girl myself, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Like, thank you God of Rock for forever blessing me with nice things!

2. All Time Low at Eventim Apollo 10.03.2017… oh, and Brixton Academy 31.03.2017

Okay, I have a confession to make. I bought a ticket to both of All Time Low’s London shows and I have no regrets! These guys make me giddy with happiness and I’m making up for lost time! And okay, technically that makes it an extra gig on the list but whatevs. Anyway, if the live DVDs are anything at all to go by, it’s going to be insane amazing! So if you’re a fellow Hustler, I’ll see you there! Get your tickets here but be fast because there are only a few left!

3. Parkway Drive O2 Academy Brixton 08.04.2017

This might be my heaviest gig ever. Just listening to Ire with headphone makes your face melt, so what on Earth is it going to be like live? Probably a whole other realm of heaviness. Whatever the case, I am SO EXCITED to be going to see these amazing Aussies, and maybe I should wear a helmet or something!

4. You Me At Six at Alexandra Palace 15.04.2017

I figured I should definitely go and see these guys because A) I’m getting more and more into them the more I listen to them (Room To Breathe is so chilling and freaking amazing that I’ve had it on repeat at least a dozen times) and B) With how much hype there is about them in the rock world right now, I’d be silly not to. And after such a lengthy hiatus, and time for the band to recoup, I’m pretty sure these shows will go off with a bang!

5. Bury Tomorrow at O2 Forum, London 22.04.2017

I discovered Bury Tomorrow last year and they were pretty much my first taste of metalcore. I saw them play a short but marvellously energetic, show at Oxford’s street’s HMV in January last year at the release of Earthbound, and since then, this ballsy British band has gone from strength to strength. So naturally I nabbed a ticket for their London show this year. This is a band that truly appreciates their fans and puts their heart and soul into everything they do and I can’t wait to see them again!

********** And who is on the FOXYROCKER WISHLIST for this year, you ask? **********

I would LOVE to see the Hives and Metallica this year. The Hives are rumoured to be the most energetic and fabulous live band of ALL TIME, so naturally, I want a piece of that! I am super bummed out that I missed that blink-it-and-you’ll-miss-it Metallica show last year, but it was on a “chance to win” basis and I just didn’t get lucky. And if My Chemical Romance made a comeback it would be super awesome, too. You know you wanna, chaps!

You can find lots of marvellous music related goodness at GetToTheFront including gig tickets, competitions, and music news.

Oh, and just a heads up, I’ll be posting video clips and photos of my gigging adventures on Instagram – just follow me @foxyrocker88 to stay up to date.

This is a sponsored post but all the love for the bands  and their music is entirely mine.

About Amanda Winchester

Animal Lover, Artist, Author, Eco Warrior
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