Unless you count Reading and Leeds Festival in 2014, it's a while since Blink-182 have taken on the UK fans, but this July the pop punk kings are setting that straight by spending the whole of July touring up and down the country. With some major arenas and stellar venues lined up, fans can expect to be wowed up and down the aisles by the tight new line up, brand spanking new material, and some excellent support acts.
Kicking off the tour
Kicking it off in Cardiff at the majestic Motorpoint arena, it's likely that UK fans will be treated to the same set list the band trialled during their 2016-17 headlining US tour, opening with the anthemic fan favourite 'Feeling This', before railroading into 'What's My Age Again?', 'Family Reuinion', and 'The Rock Show'.
With those live favourites out of the way and the crowd firmly in a punk pop frenzy, we can expect the UK live debut of new tracks from California, including 'Cynical', and the effortlessly boisterous 'Bored To Death' before more of those much loved Blink classics.
From Cardiff, the boys are hitting Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle before heading way up north to Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland, giving fans country wide a taste of California and maybe even tracks from the Deluxe version. We reckon 'Parking Lot' and 'Misery' are sure fire future fan favourites, and with the promise of an acoustic set at some point, perhaps even the deluxe acoustic version of 'Bored To Death' may just find its way into the set list for the UK tour.
After their two day stop in Scotland, Blink head back down to Manchester, Liverpool, and Bournemouth before ending the tour with two nights at London's iconic O2 Arena. With a whopping 12 night stint in the UK, and with Cardiff and Bournemouth already sold out to fans clamouring to see the boys live, it's set to be a UK tour to remember.
First time for Matt Skiba
This will be new Blink-182 member Matt Skiba's first UK tour with the band, but if the US leg of the tour is anything to go by, fans on our side of the pond are likely to be just as thrilled with him filling Tom DeLonge's shoes. During a recent documentary, Mark revealed "...the reception to Matt was amazing, overwhelming. People were chanting his name before we even came out and played." Praise indeed for the Alkaline Trio addition to Blink-182!
And with Travis' fear of flying, how will Blink’s kickass drummer make it from the States to the UK? In a recent interview, Travis allowed a little insight into how he makes it all work... "I take a tour bus everywhere when we're in the States, but if we're going to do a tour of Europe then I take the Queen Mary boat across to the UK. I'm on a bus for six days, travelling from LA to New York, and then I'm spending eleven days on a boat." Now that's what we call dedication!
So the Blink tour tickets are selling fast, but who can we expect to see supporting our favourite pop punk heroes? Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, and The Front Bottoms have been officially confirmed, and for those not in the know, just who the hell are these guys, and how well suited are they to Blink fans?
Hailed as one of the hardest working singer/songwriters in the UK, Frank Turner started his career as a vocalist with post-hardcore band Million Dead, but has since had a successful acoustic folk rock career with his backing band the Sleeping Souls.
With catchy tracks including 'I Still Believe' and 'The Next Storm', Frank Turner took the stage by storm at the Reading and Leeds Festival in 2016. A little like Gaslight Anthem, a little like Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Frank Turner’s brand of energetic, acoustic punky folk music is sure to excite an already excited crowd.
American indie rock band The Front Bottoms have been on the scene for the last ten years, bringing melodic and often irreverent and poetic tracks to a dedicated fanbase. Jangly, anthemic songs and a tangible sense of fun, The Front Bottoms have a sound not unlike early Blink-182.
The quintessential garage band made good, with frontman Brian Sella's vocals strongly resembling Tom DeLonge's, The Front Bottoms are likely to fire up the UK audience with 'Twin Size Mattress', 'You Should Try This At Home', and 'Skeleton'.
With a whole month of gigs to look forward to, confirmed support bands, and some brand new material finally getting its UK live debut, expectations are high. Now all that remains to be seen is if the Blink boys can still raise the roof at some of the UK's biggest, best, and already sold out venues!