Fresh from a recent jaunt across the country with Amon Amarth and Testament, Swedish riff lords Grand Magus have announced a return to the U.K. and Ireland, with headlining dates set for March 2017. The eight date run, which begins in Dublin on 25th, follows on from the band's previously announced appearance at at Hammerfest 2017 in Pwllheli, North Wales.
Says front man Janne ‘JB’ Christoffersson about the dates; "By Odin's beard! The Magus will be returning to the British isles for a headline tour with all that it entails in 2017. We will bring the metal without compromise, forged in iron - crowned in steel!"
Tickets go on sale Friday 11th November. The full list of dates can be viewed below.
Speaking to eonmusic at Download Festival, drummer Ludwig Witt said of the band's 'Viking Metal' tag;
"We played a festival like two years ago, and I saw these patches; you know you can get that say ‘death metal’, ‘speed metal’, ‘heavy metal’ and so forth, and one of them said ‘Viking metal’. I was like; “yeah, we should get one of those!”, and I didn’t, but then we talked about it in the van, and we were saying half-jokingly; “yeah, we should call the next album ‘Viking Metal’, that would be pretty cool!”
Grand Magus 2017 U.K. and Ireland dates:
24 Mar – Hammerfest, Pwllheli
25 Mar – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
26 Mar – Belfast, Limelight 2
28 Mar – Glasgow, Classic Grand
29 Mar – Manchester, Sound Control
30 Mar – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
31 Mar – Southampton, Talking Heads
1 Apr – Cardiff, The Globe
2 Apr – London, Underworld