Slayer Hysteria


With Download Festival returning in March next year for Sydney and Melbourne dates, sideshows have been announced for metal lovers across the rest of Australia.

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Starting big, two of thrash metal’s ‘Big Four’, Slayer and Anthrax, will be joined by Polish band Behemoth for shows in Brisbane and Adelaide alongside their appearances at Download. Set to create some absolute metal-driven chaos, Slayer, Anthrax and Behemoth will hit Brisbane on March 7th at Riverstage and Adelaide on 13th at the AEC Arena.

Given Slayer’s announcement early this year that following one final, mammoth world tour the band will be calling it quits, Australian metal fans will need to get in quick to grab a taste of the legendary and influential band. After 37 years, 12 studio releases and countless amounts of shows, Slayer will undoubtedly put on one hell of a show alongside Anthrax and Behemoth.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at 11am Wednesday, November 21st, with Live Nation members being among the first to be able to secure tickets during the pre-sale Tuesday, November 20th.

Also hitting Brisbane is grunge rockers Alice In Chains who, touring in support of their new album Rainier Fog, the bands first in five years, will appear at Eatons Hill Hotel on March 13th.

Tickets for the show go on sale Thursday, November 22nd with the Live Nation pre-sale starting the day before.

Giving more love to Brisbane, Swedish rockers Ghost have announced a special one-off performance during their Download Festival run.

Rocking the Tivoli on Wednesday, March 6th, tickets for Ghost’s sideshow drop Wednesday, November 21st, with pre-sale tickets available beginning Tuesday, November 20th.

Last but not least, Brisbane welcomes another sideshow in the shape of hardcore act Code Orange.

Ready to make Brisbane move, Code Orange will appear at The Zoo on Sunday, March 10th, equipped with old material and their new album Forever. Tickets for Code Orange go on sale Tuesday, November 20th with the Live Nation pre-sales beginning Monday, November 19th.

With Download Festival creeping ever closer, rocking Sydney March 9th and Melbourne March 11th, Brisbane and Adelaide can now sink their teeth into some metal and pick up tickets for the announced shows before it’s too late.

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