Metallica UK and Europe tour 2019: CONFIRMED!
After an explosive 2018 tour, Metallica will be back on the scene in 2019 with more UK and Europe concerts as part of the epic 'WorldWired Tour'.
The world’s number one metal band are currently performing on the US leg of the 'WorldWired Tour', which continues until March 2019.
But after their record-breaking UK and Europe concerts in 2018, the band announced their return for the 'European Summer Vacation 2019' - including gigs at London's Twickenham Stadium and Manchester's Etihad Stadium.
Here’s everything you need to know about Metallica’s 2019 tour plans for the UK and Europe.
Metallica WorldWired Tour 2019 - UK and Europe dates and cities
In 2018, Metallica played a string of concerts in the UK and Europe, including dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham.
But no sooner had they finished did they announce they'd be back for more in 2019.
Here's the complete list of tour dates for the Metallica UK and Europe tour 2019:
- Lisbon, Estadio Do Restolo (Portugal) - May 1
- Madrid, Valdebebas (Spain) - May 3
- Barcelona Estadi Olympic Lluis Companys (Spain) - May 5
- Milan, SNAI San Siro Hippodrome (Italy) - May 8
- Zurich Letzigrund (Switzerland) - May 10
- Paris, Stade De France (France) - May 12
- Dublin, Slane Castle (Ireland) - June 8
- Amsterdam, Johan Cruiff Arena (Netherlands) - June 11
- Cologne, Rheinenergiestadion (Germany) - June 13
- Brussels Koning Boudewijnstadion (Belgium) - June 16
- Manchester Etihad Stadium (UK) - June 18
- London, Twickenham Stadium (UK) - June 20
- Berlin, Olympiastadion (Germany) - July 6
- Gothenburg, Ullevi (Sweden) - July 9
- Copenhagen Telia Parken (Denmark) - July 11
- Trondheim Granasen (Norway) - July 13
- Hämeenlinnam, Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto (Finland) - July 16
- Raadi Airfield (Estonia) - July 18
- Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium (Russia) - July 21
- Bucharest Arena Nationala (Romania) - August 14
- Vienna, Ernst-Happel-Stadion (Austria) - August 16
- Prague Airport Letnany (Czech Republic) - August 18
- Warsaw, PGE Narodowy (Poland) - August 21
- Munich, Olympiastadion (Germany) - August 23
- Mannheim, Maimarktgelande (Germany) . August 25
Tickets go on sale September 28. The band's 2019 UK and Europe dates will be accessible by the new 'Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket' which gets you into any Metallica concert on the tour with 48 hours notice.
Fans will also get a free MP3 download of the concert they attend by scanning their ticket's barcode.
Metallica said of the upcoming UK and Europe tour, "We promised we would be back... it’s the return of the European summer vacation!
"Following the attendance-breaking indoor arena run that ended in May of this year, we are psyched to announce that we will be returning to Europe in May of next year to do an outdoor run of our own shows, primarily in stadiums, but also the occasional park and even a castle thrown in for good measure!
The first date of the tour to be announced was at Dublin's Slane Castle.
An industry insider told the Irish Sun, “Heavy rock has always been the biggest draw for Slane.
“Metallica are the perfect choice for 2019 as they go right back to the heavy rock of Thin Lizzy who headlined the very first Slane in 1981."
Metallica support acts 2019
Metallica have already announced who will be joining them on their 2019 UK and Europe tour.
The first act to open for the 'Master of Puppets' legends will be Grammy Award-winning metallers Ghost.
The Swedish band released new album 'Prequelle' in 2018 and are well-known for their elaborate set designs and costumes that hide their identities. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who produced an EP for the band - is rumoured to have performed with Ghost in disguise.
Metallica will also be supported by Bokassa, a Norweigan group who brand themselves as "the kings of stonercore".
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich called Bokaasa "my new favourite band" in a recent interview.
Metallica’s WorldWired Tour: everything up until now...
The first announcement of Metallica’s 'WorldWired Tour' pretty much broke the Internet back in 2016.
To start with, Metallica only announced 15 shows. Then like some kind of monster, it grew into an enormous series of concerts (currently 159 in total).
The ‘Enter Sandman’ rockers made fans this side of the Atlantic very happy when they confirmed a string of dates across the UK - which included a record-breaking concert at London's The O2 (more below) and Europe.
Predictably, general access tickets sold out in no time prompting many Metallica fans to turn to secondary marketplaces like Stubhub for help.
The band wrote on their website, “WOW! As another amazing run of European shows comes to an end, we are a little speechless (when does that happen?) and stunned by the overwhelming response and outpouring of love you have all shown us!
"Lucky for us, we’ll be back!! And already we cannot wait! Until then, THANK YOU!!”
James Hetfield (vocals/guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar) and Robert Trujillo (bass) have so far been on a three-year trek around the world, supported by the likes of Cage the Elephant, Avenged Sevenfold, Iggy Pop, Rancid and Volbeat.
Throughout the tour, Metallica released a number of videos on their official YouTube channel with full live performances (they even streamed the entire Edmonton show). Some videos have had more than one million views.
Metallica played London's The O2 in October 2017, and smashed the record for most attendees at the venue with an impressive 22,211. The record was previously held by Muse.
It wasn't the only London date in the 'WorldWired Tour'. The band also played an intimate concert at London’s House of Vans for just 600 fans in November 2016. The show is available to buy on CD and special edition vinyl.
— Metallica (@Metallica) 18 November 2016
To show yet more love to UK fans, the band announced there would be a pop-up shop opening in London, with all manner of Metallica merchandise on offer ahead of their appearances at The O2.
— Metallica (@Metallica) 5 October 2017
Considered part of the ‘Worldwired Tour’, Metallica played ‘Moth Into Flame’ (from the new album ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’) live at the 59th annual Grammy Awards alongside Lady Gaga in February 2017, although the performance was marred by technical issues when Hetfield’s mic malfunctioned.
A behind-the-scenes video gives an idea of how the collaboration should have sounded.
Metallica setlist for ‘WorldWired Tour’ 2019 dates
Only one thing is certain about Metallica’s UK concerts - nothing is certain. The band take immense pride in making every show unique and as such, don’t follow a strict setlist for their tour.
While wanting to mix up the setlist for every gig, Metallica are posting the songs they plan to perform on their social media channels to get fans excited.
— Metallica (@Metallica) 2 September 2017
Based on previous concerts, here’s a rough idea of the setlist you can expect for Metallica’s 'WorldWired' tour when it returns to the UK and Ireland in 2019:
- Atlas, Rise!
- For Whom the Bell Tolls
- Ride the Lightning
- The Day That Never Comes
- Now That We’re Dead
- Moth Into Flame
- Wherever I May Roam
- Dream No More
- Creeping Death
- Master of Puppets
- Fade to Black
- Seek & Destroy
- T.V. Eye
- Nothing Else Matters
- Enter Sandman
Metallica’s new album: ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’
Metallica’s tenth studio album immediately topped the charts in the US and sold more than three million copies worldwide.
It was released as a double album, with a deluxe three-disc edition also released featuring live recordings of Metallica’s greatest hits, as well as a few covers.
Here’s the complete tracklist for Metallica’s new album ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’:
- Atlas, Rise!
- Now That We’re Dead
- Moth into Flame
- Am I Savage?
- Halo on Fire
- Dream No More
- Here Comes Revenge
- Murder One
- Spit Out the Bone
Disc 3 (Deluxe edition)
- Lords Of Summer (2016)
- Ronnie Rising Medley
- When a Blind Man Cries
- Remember Tomorrow
- Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music)
- The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)
- Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
The first single to be released from the new album was ‘Hardwired’, which they debuted at their concert in Minneapolis in 2016.
As part of the huge comeback, Metallica teamed up with Spotify to launch a short documentary series about the band’s humble beginnings, Metallica: The Early Year, released in August 2016.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on the Metallica UK tour 2019.