The US touring show, Carnival Of Madness is set to make its debut appearance on UK shores in 2016, sponsored by Monster Energy. First established in 2010 in the US, the touring festival has seen the likes of Alter Bridge, Papa Roach, Evanescence and In This Moment on the bill. Finally, it manages to make it to this side of The Pond.
Headliners for the Carnival’s first foray into the UK are Black Stone Cherry, who headlining the Second Stage at this year’s Download at Castle Donington. Special guests have been announced as Shinedown, who will be releasing their fifth studio album via Atlantic Records this Autumn. Rounding out the bill are hot property, Halestorm and as openers, newcomers Highly Suspect.
“We are beyond excited and honoured to return to the UK to headline the UK’s first ever Carnival Of Madness Tour! The UK is a very special place for us, and to be able to return in this way after our first arena tour in 2014 is a testament to where our fans have taken us. We don’t take it for granted! With Highly Suspect, Halestorm, and Shinedown rounding out this incredible bill, you will for sure get your ass kicked like never before! Seriously…we’re comin’ for ya! Much love from your favorite Kentucky gentlemen!” – Black Stone Cherry
Brent Smith, Shinedown’s frontman added, “A huge hello to all our fans in the UK! We’re excited to be coming back as part of Carnival of Madness UK 2016. It’s a tour near and dear to our hearts in the US, and we CAN’T WAIT to share the stage with our close mates from Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm, and Highly Suspect! It’s going to be one hell of a show!!!!”
Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale stated, to round out the squee-fest; “’The Carnival Of Madness’ tours have always been so much more than just a show. It’s an outlet for creativity and energy, something both bands and fans can do together! We’ve enjoyed being a part of this ride for many years, and are thrilled to be coming over alongside our friends in Shinedown, Highly Suspect, and Black Stone Cherry. Carnival… will continue raising the bar in 2016 in the UK! Let’s make “rock show” a verb!”
Dates for the run are as follows:
Thu 28th Jan – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Fri 29th Jan – NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena
Sat 30th Jan – LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Mon 1st Feb – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tue 2nd Feb – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Thu 4th Feb – LONDON SSE Wembley Arena
Fri 5th Feb – LEEDS First Direct Arena
Sat 6th Feb – MANCHESTER Arena
Artist fanclub and O2 pre-sales will go live from 9am on Wednesday 17th June, with a general on sale time of 9am Friday 19th June. Tickets will be available from box offices, all usual agents, and online from www.livenation.co.uk
A limited amount of VIP ‘First Entry’ tickets will also be available for purchase from www.carnivalofmadness.com on Friday 19th June. The bundle will include one general admission ticket, a Carnival of Madness 2016 UK tour t-shirt, a commemorative Carnival of Madness tour laminate, and first entry to the venue.