Metallica announce sprawling UK & Europe tour with support from Ghost and Bokassa

The WorldWired tour returns to UK and Europe next year in a sprawling tour that'll hit 20 countries, including performances in stadiums, arenas and even a castle.

                            Metallica announce sprawling UK & Europe tour with support from Ghost and Bokassa

Mid-way through their 'WorldWired' North American tour and just months after wrapping up the European leg, Metallica, who still remain one of the biggest and most electrifying touring live acts in the world, have announced a massive, sprawling tour of the UK and Europe, set to kick off next year.

"We promised we would be back... it’s the return of the European summer vacation," exclaimed Metallica in an announcement on their website. "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 new dates are Metallica’s first in the UK and Europe since the Sept. 2017 to May 2018 indoor run that broke attendance records in 29 venues across the continent. Kicking off May 1, 2019 at Lisbon’s Estadio Restelo, the 25 newly announced WorldWired shows across 20 countries include several cities not visited on those 2017-2018 legs of the tour—including Milan, Zürich, Dublin, Brussels (for the first time since 1988), Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Bucharest and Gothenburg, and first ever appearances in Trondheim Norway, Hämeenlinna, Finland and Tartu Estonia.


Supporting Metallica through the entire trek are Swedish rock band Ghost -- whose highly acclaimed 2018 album 'Prequelle' landed them at the No. 4 spot on Meaww's half-yearly list of The 25 Best Albums of 2018 -- and Norwegian stonercore rockers Bokassa.

As with most of Metallica’s WorldWired shows, every ticket purchased includes a choice of standard physical or standard digital copy of the band’s latest album, 'Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.' And once again, all tickets will include a free MP3 download of the show(s) attended, mixed and mastered by the team behind 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'. The free full-show downloads can be obtained by scanning or entering the barcode from that show’s ticket stub at these locations.

Also making a return to the shows is the 'Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket', with one ticket allowing floor access to any Metallica show on the 2019 UK/Europe tour. Black Ticket holders need only choose the show(s) and make an online reservation no less than 48 hours before the gig for the full access pass. Only 750 of these Black Tickets will be available and fans can visit here for more information.

Fan Club Presales begin tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25. Click here for details—and for a complete list of other presales, click here. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 28 at 10:00 AM local time.

Meanwhile, the next wave of North American "WorldWired" tour stops picks up in mid-October as the band performs scattered dates across the continent over the next handful of months, concluding the run on March 13. They'll have over a month off before they head to Europe and those newly announced dates can be seen below. To view the remaining North American stops, head here. Get a glimpse of Metallica's first run of European dates from earlier this year as they perform the Master of Puppets instrumental cut 'Orion' at Turin, Italy, below.

Find the full schedule for Metallica's 2019 European Tour below and head to the band's official website for more information.

May 01 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Estádio do Restelo
May 03 - Madrid, Spain @ Valdebebas
May 05 - Barcelona, Spain @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 08 - Milan, Italy @ SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund
May 12 - Paris, France @ Stade de France
June 08 - Dublin, Ireland @ Slane Castle
June 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijff Arena

June 13 - Köln, Germany @ RheinEnergieStadion
June 16 - Brussels, Belgium @ Koning Boudewijnstadion
June 18 - Manchester, England @ Etihad Stadium
June 20 - London, England @ Twickenham Stadium
July 06 - Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
July 09 - Göteborg, Sweden @ Ullevi
July 11 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Telia Parken
July 13 - Trondheim, Norway @ Granåsen
July 16 - Hämeenlinna, Finland @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
July 18 - Tartu, Estonia @ Raadi Airfield
July 21 - Moscow, Russia @ Luzhniki Stadium
Aug. 14 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arena Națională
Aug. 16 - Vienna, Austria @ Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Aug. 18 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Airport Letnany
Aug. 21 - Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
Aug. 23 - Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
Aug. 25 - Mannheim, Germany @ Palastzelt Maimarktgelände