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07 April 2023

Turnstile Reschedule Brixton Academy Show; Announce New Manchester Date

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Turnstile’s biggest UK headline show ever has just been rescheduled. In addition, the band have also added a new date for fans up north. The Baltimore hardcore stars were set to headline London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 30 May, but with the venue currently closed following December’s fatal crowd crush, Turnstile have pushed that gig back to 15 August  – with all tickets remaining valid.

They’ve also just added a new date at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, taking place the following night – and both are their “only UK shows this year”, so don’t miss out. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, 5 April from 10am.

Brixton Academy is set to remain closed until April following the fatal crowd crush at an Asake concert at the venue in December – with a number of gigs beyond that now being relocated, including the Turnstile show and a gig from Dublin’s Inhaler.

After the venue’s licence was temporarily suspended until 16 January, Lambeth Council said that they would meet again on that date to discuss the future of the venue. Before the meeting, a spokesperson for Academy Music Group (AMG) – the company that runs the venue – said it would stay closed voluntarily until April while investigations continue. The meeting then saw the announcement that the venue’s licence would be suspended for three months also.

The Baltimore band were recently nominated for three Grammy Awards – Best Rock Performance (Holiday), Best Rock Song (Blackout), and Best Metal Performance (Blackout). Drummer Daniel Fang spoke to Rolling Stone about being nominated in both the metal and rock categories. “I personally like that because, for a lot of us, genre feels like an antiquated term and perspective,” Fang said. “Generally speaking, trying to fit an artist or a song into a genre feels like you’re playing by arbitrary rules. So I think it’s kind of refreshing to be placed in two different genres because that just highlights that you shouldn’t be restricted.”

Frontman Brendan Yates agreed, “Growing up, where we came from and what we’re inspired by, it’s a very wide spectrum of music — including punk and metal and rock and all kinds of things,” he says. “So the fact that it somehow could fit into both feels pretty accurate to us.”

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