Royal Blood

Underplay Tour 2019

Royal Blood have announced details of an August underplay tour ahead of their sets at the Reading and Leeds Festival on bank holiday weekend. The shows represent their first UK gigs in almost two years and offer a rare chance for fans to catch Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher in intimate venues.

Royal Blood’s previous UK and Ireland arena tour included three sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, selling 30,000 tickets in the capital and more than 100,000 in total. A Q live review concluded, “Royal Blood’s show on a night like this is about as thrilling as rock ‘n’ roll gets.”

The dates are:


9th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
10th – Newport, Centre
12th – Dundee, Caird Hall
13th – Nottingham, Rock City
14th – Margate, Winter Gardens

Royal Blood’s two albums to date – their self-titled debut and 2017’s ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ – both went straight to #1, establishing them as one of the world’s most vital bands. Along the way, they emerged as firm festival favourites following triumphant sets at Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The duo’s acclaim has also extended to numerous high profile accolades including the BRIT Award for British Group; Best Live Band and Best New Band at the NME Awards; Best Live Act at the Q Awards; and Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards.

The tour features special guests The Mysterines (Southampton, Newport and Margate) and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Dundee and Nottingham).

Tickets go on sale from 8am on Monday 8th July and will be available from

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to War Child UK. War Child UK, together with its partners, works in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America providing protection, education and standing up for the rights of children caught up in conflict.

Visit Royal Blood official website.


With support from Recall The Remains, King Abyss and Elyrean.
The Hole In The Wall Shrewsbury 21st June 2019.

Tonight see’s my first trip over to The Hole In The Wall in Shrewsbury for a night of mind bending metal, courtesy of Gutlocker, Recall The Remains, King Abyss, Elyrean and Born To Lose Productions. Now this is one very cool venue, with its cavern like room being akin to that of The Flapper in Birmingham and in my mind, this kind of setting definitely makes for a great atmosphere and sound.

With an enthusiastic audience starting to arrive, our first band of the night was Elyrean, who had recently been added to tonight’s line up after Mystiek had sadly had to step down from this event. Elyrean have had an amazing few months recently, with their performances at Wolverhampton’s Metal 2 The Masses resulting in them triumphantly bagging a well deserved slot on The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock this August and that will definitely be one not to miss if you’re going! There is something incredibly right about this band – like they were destined to exist and tonight’s set saw their melodic thrash whip up a storm, with its perfect synchronization sounding just about as good as it gets. The band have a new album set for release later this year so keep checking in with them for more news on that.

Next up on tonight’s bill were the merciless King Abyss, whose aggressive blend of thrash was really quite something to behold! Hailing from Uttoxeter, King Abyss unleashed the kind of fury that was raw, intensely disturbing and had a depth to it which puts fire in the blood – and that was the perfect call to arms for those with a desire to mosh. With the stage and floor barely containing their magnitude, this was an all consuming set from the band and an introduction to this great band that I certainly won’t forget.

With so many great up and coming bands currently igniting the West Midlands metal scene, our next band Recall The Remains are without doubt, a band who burn very bright and one that I always look forward to seeing. Bringing metal and melody succinctly together is a blazing characteristic of this bands sound and whether you crave fast hair raising riffs or metal born melody – these guys have got it covered! Yet again, a fantastic set from the band and a very happy audience.

Our headliners tonight were Gutlocker from Woking in Surrey and having travelled quite a distance to play tonight, they were most definitely ready to blow some cobwebs away. With mosh pits in full flow and the bands personality shining bright, Gutlocker laid down a cyclone of a set and delivered a perfect metal assault upon us all. The band have a new video ready for release and if it half captures as much energy and temperament as they pack into their live performance, then bring it one – its bound to be a good one!

If this is the kind of event that Born To Lose Productions and The Hole In The Wall intend to put on, on a regular basis, then this will be a big boost to the local music scene and I shall certainly look forward to the next one.

To see more photographs from the night, be sure to check out music224 over on Flickr.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.