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8th January 2013

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Opeth will grace North America once again in the spring with a solid amount of tour dates. Beginning on April 18th, Opeth will begin their string of dates, bringing fellow Swedish prog veterans Katatonia along for the entire trek.

Opeth teased their fans shortly before 2012 came to an end with a mystery video that placed the band's trademark 'O' over North America, adding the text 'Spring 2013' before the video fades out. The knee-jerk interpretation from fans went straight to the possibility of a tour from Opeth, and now the tour has been confirmed along with a full list of dates.

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Opeth are also planning some special dates for their lucky New York fans. On April 28 in Clifton Park, N.Y., Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt will host a special evening will perform with Porcupine Tree mastermind and Storm Corrosion collaborator Steven Wilson on top of a full Opeth set. The 'Heritage' prog metal heroes will also present "two rare and intimate evenings" on April 29 in Brooklyn, N.Y. and on May 24 in Los Angeles.

Throughout the tour, Opeth will offer VIP packages containing one concert ticket, a meet and greet with the band, early entry to the venue, and an Opeth fan pack consisting of a VIP t-shirt, an exclusive VIP copy of the band's 2011 album 'Heritage' on 12" double clear vinyl, an Opeth photo book and a commemorative VIP laminate and lanyard.

Additionally, Opeth have been confirmed for the April 20 date of the 2013 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, where they will share the stage alongside Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies and more.

Fan club pre-sales will begin on Jan. 10, followed by public ticket sales on Jan. 11 and 12. Check your local venue for official ticket release dates.

Opeth 2013 North American Tour Dates with Katatonia:

4/18 – Buffalo, N.Y. – The Town Ballroom
4/20 – Worcester, Mass. – New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
4/21 – Quebec City, Quebec City – Capitole
4/23 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Halifax Forum
4/24 – Moncton, New Brunswick – Casino New Brunswick
4/26 – Guelph, Ontario – Guelph Concert Theatre
4/27 – Allentown, Pa. – Crocodile Rock
4/28 – Clifton Park, N.Y. – Upstate Concert Hall (with Steven Wilson)
4/29 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/30 – Norfolk, Va. – NorVa Theatre
5/02 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Culture Room
5/03 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – State Theatre
5/04 – Athens, Ga. – Georgia Theatre
5/05 – Raleigh, N.C. – Lincoln Theatre
5/06 – Asheville, N.C. – The Orange Peel
5/08 – Lexington, Ky. – Buster's Billiards & Backroom
5/09 – Indianapolis, Ind. – The Vogue
5/10 – Flint, Mich. – The Machine Shop
5/11 – Joliet, Ill. – Mojoe's
5/12 – Cleveland, Ohio – House of Blues
5/14 – Fargo, N.D. – The Venue
5/15 – Des Moines, Iowa – Wooly's
5/16 – Sauget, Ill. – Pop's
5/17 – Lincoln, Neb. – Bourbon Theatre
5/18 – Tulsa, Okla. – Cain's Ballroom
5/20 – Boulder, Colo. – Fox Theatre
5/21 – Boulder, Colo. – Fox Theatre
5/23 – Tucson, Ariz. – Rialto Theatre
5/24 – Los Angeles, Calif. – The Roxy
5/25 – Agoura Hills, Calif. – The Canyon Club
5/26 – Santa Cruz, Calif. – The Catalyst



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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