The winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Lordi, will be visiting the United Kingdom as part of their European Monstour 2016.
The Finnish hard rock band, who were the first heavy metal act to win the competition, are due to perform at various club locations around the country from the 11-20 November 2016.
The band are most famous for their outlandish stage wear and monster masks, as well as using elaborate pyrotechnics as part of their stage show.
The full tour schedule can be seen here on their website, and the UK dates are as follows:
- 11/11: Basingstoke – Stage
- 13/11: Swansea – The Scene Club
- 14/11: Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
- 15/11: Newcastle – Academy
- 16/11: Doncaster – Diamond
- 18/11: Liverpool – Krazyhouse
- 19/11: Bristol – Bierkeller
- 20/11: London – Academy
Keiran Telfer-Ivett of The Scene Club in Swansea said:
We had been negotiating with agents about bringing another band to The Scene, when we found out they also represented Lordi. They eventually came back to us to say they could bring the band to Swansea, so we were delighted. Swansea has mixed success with getting big names to come to town, but it has a lot of potential, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to do that with Lordi.
Clubs have warned the fans that tickets are likely sell out very quickly, due to Lordi‘s popularity and cult status. Fans have also been rapidly sharing the news on social media.
Lordi made history when they won the song contest in Athens in 2006 with the song Hard rock hallelujah as it was Finland’s first ever victory. To date, Lordi remain both the only Finnish and the only heavy metal act to have won the Eurovision Song Contest.