The Greatest Rock & Metal Bands Touring The UK in 2024

The Greatest Rock & Metal Bands Touring The UK in 2024

From Slipknot to Sex Pistols, Alice Cooper to AC/DC, it's set to be a stunner of a year for rock & metal fans as some insanely huge names have announced UK tours. I mean, we're talking GOAT artists here, offering us a pretty decadent nod to nostalgia along with a heap of new music to boot. Since the dawn of time (circa 1970) what we call modern rock and roll has filtered itself through the vastly eclectic music scene to become a sturdy backbone-esque essential mastery. Guitar bands will always be loved, and a heavy sound brings lost souls and like-minded misfits together. This is why the most iconic rock bands and heavy metal names continue to draw huge crowds year after year. 2024 and into ‘25, we'll see some of the world's best alternative music names on tour. Here's our lowdown of the greatest rock and metal bands playing in the UK this year:

Bullet For My Valentine & Trivium

A doubleheader to kick off the list of all lists with Welsh alternative heroes Bullet for My Valentine announcing a joint headline tour with Trivium in early 2025. While fluidly dabbling in metal, punk, and emo with thrashy anger & melodic depth, the former have produced some huge hitters over the past 25 years, including ‘Tears Don't Fall' and metalcore track ‘All These Things I Hate'. Fans of both BFMV and fellow heavy metal band Trivium are in for something pretty special as these two join forces to play 6 venues across the UK. Dates include Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, & Birmingham, with the final night at London's o2 Arena on Feb 1st.

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Pearl Jam

90s grunge icons Pearl Jam, fronted by Eddie Vedder, head out on a massive world tour following the release of their highly anticipated 12th studio album ‘Dark Matter'. After selling over 85 million albums worldwide, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Their alternative grunge rock sound on tracks such as the anthemic ‘Alive' has enduring longevity worthy only of the world's biggest superstars. Pearl Jam's long-standing fan base are still as loyal as ever in 2024 and they continue to attract new audiences year on year. The band's UK tour dates are as follows.

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Slipknot

25 years on and genre-spanning alt-heroes Slipknot are on the road once more. It's hard to describe a band like this- their image is unique, recognisable, and entirely them. Their sound- something otherworldly. 

There was never a band like Slipknot, and there will never be another. Like a spore out of the Midwest, they've quietly bloomed into the most uncompromising, undeniable, and unique presence on the planet whose influence transcends genres and generations.” - Ticketmaster.

They are back this year with their seventh album “The End, So Far” and UK tour dates in the Winter, kicking off proceedings at Leeds First Direct Arena Dec 14th.

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AC/DC

Australian rockers AC/DC will appear at London's Wembley Stadium for just two dates in July as part of their PWR UP European tour over the summer. A limited number of tickets are left so you'll have to be quick on this one. With no less than eighteen studio albums under their belt, they have cemented themselves as one of the world's greatest rock n roll bands, with Highway to Hell their most iconic album of course. If you're fortunate, you'll catch them in London on July 3rd & 7th at Wembley. Good luck!

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Foo Fighters

Almost ten years on from Dave Grohl's famous leg break, The Foos began their UK tour last week with an incredible performance at Manchester's Emirates Old Trafford Stadium. With a further 6 dates imminent across the country, there are still a few chances for you to see them this side of the pond. The band's current lineup consists of Josh Freese (drums), and Nate Mendel (bass) alongside Grohl following the tragic death of the band's beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins back in 2022. After performing two benefit gigs (in London & Los Angeles) in memory of Taylor, and a surprise set at 2023's Glastonbury Festival, The Foo Fighters announced they would make a return to touring with their UK dates this summer. For limited remaining tickets, check out the following dates.

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Sex Pistols & Frank Turner

OK, so this one's a bit different, but when we heard that Sex Pistols were teaming up with the insanely talented Frank Turner to play a two-night fundraiser at London's Bush Hall, we simply couldn't ignore it. Across the UK over the past couple of years, we've seen a number of grassroots venues close, venues steeped in music history, places we thought we'd never lose. The Music Venues Trust said, Financial stresses led 125 UK venues to abandon live music in 2023, with over half of these closing down completely.” Bush Hall is at risk along with many others and Pistol's Paul Cook wanted to do something about it. After approaching the venue to suggest putting on an event to raise funds to save the struggling site, he decided to bring Frank Turner along for the ride. They will perform the punk band's most iconic record ‘Never Mind the Bollocks' over two dates - 13 & 14 August this year, with all proceeds going back to the venue.

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Alice Cooper

Vincent Damon Furnier, also known as the legendary Alice Cooper announces Too Close For Comfort UK tour. Bringing his shock rock energy to UK shores follows the release of his latest album ‘Road' last year. Cooper began his career in rock and roll back in 1969 and his commitment to the scene has been nothing short of relentless. With over 17 albums to his name and world tours every few years, including the grandest, most theatrical rock escapades, he clearly wants us to remember every show. Previous performances have included an electric chair, parading on stage with a boa constrictor, and a self-beheading. If you go see an Alice Cooper show, have an open mind. 2024 dates commence in Glasgow ( OVO Arena, 14 Oct) with a further 5 dates including London's Eventim Apollo.

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Green Day

In January of this year, commercial punk band Green Day released their long-awaited new album entitled Saviors, with 2024 being the same year that marks 30 years of their legendary record Dookie. Couldn't be a better year for a world tour eh? Their uplifting, in-your-face punk sound first came to us in the late 80s, clearly influenced by the likes of Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Buzzcocks. They immediately had mass appeal, almost bringing punk to younger audiences. They are adored worldwide by not only punk fans but also those in the heavy metal, emo, and dare I say it - even the pop world. Tracks such as ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams', ‘Basket Case' and ‘Good Riddance' became household names among even the lightest of fans. If you want to catch them on tour, you're gonna have to be quick, playing just 5 dates here in the UK, the tour begins on the 21st of this month at Emirates Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester.

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Paul McCartney

OK, Metal fans please ignore, but we couldn't complete this list without today's announcement. Sir Paul McCartney - commercial art form, iconic musician, and worldwide superstar, famous not only for the Beatles but as a solo poet, painter, bass player, songwriter & vocalist will play just four UK dates this winter. McCartney has not played a London venue in 6 years but has just announced two dates at the o2 Arena, and a further two dates at Manchester's Co-op Live respectively. Keep an eye on our social media at @wearegigguide for general sale tickets.

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