Pop Punk kings Blink 182 have announced a number of dates for their upcoming tour of the UK. The California band who recently added former Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to the ranks, will play ten arena shows around the country beginning in July next year.
Blink 182 first made an impact in the UK when their third studio album ‘Enema of the State’ debuted at number fifteen in the UK album chart. The band have since had a special affinity with the country, scoring Top 25 hits with their subsequent records. Bassist Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have played several headlining spots at British festivals, and even went as far as naming their side project +44 after the international telephone code for the UK.
Despite the bands substantial popularity, it wasn’t until earlier this year that Blink bagged their first UK number one record, with their phenomenal seventh album ‘California’. As well as being the first record to feature Matt Skiba, ‘California’ was also the first Blink 182 album to be produced by Goldfinger’s John Feldmann, and has proved the band’s most successful record to date.
According to Hoppus, Skiba was the only person the band had in mind to replace long time frontman Tom DeLonge, in a recent interview, Hoppus explained: “The only person we talked about coming and playing our shows was Matt. The reception to Matt was amazing, overwhelming. People were chanting his name before we even came out and played.”
Blink have also revealed that they are currently working on a new EP, which they hope to release around Christmas.
Here is a full of dates for next years UK Tour:
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena – (July 3)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena – (July 4)
Leeds, First Direct Arena – (July 5)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – (July 7)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena – (July 9)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro – (July 11)
Manchester, Arena – (July 14)
Liverpool, Echo Arena – (July 15)
Bournemouth, BIC – (July 17)
London, The O2 – (July 19)