THIS promises to be one of the best years for hard rock and heavy metal in Northern Ireland in our long, proud history of hosting shows from bands across the globe. It's going to cost us all a fortune in beer tokens alone.

And, given that so many talented bands exist and play on this tiny patch on land this is going to be a fantastic few months...

Latest announcement is Onslaught 's show on 6th November in the Limelight, which will see the band celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of the seminal album 'The Force'.

Good to see a band keep the faith and return to Belfast once again.

Way back in the mud we saw Alien Ant Farmat Download, and we have to say that we really enjoyed these bonkers pop punks. They play Belfast's Empire on Friday, 21st October, with (Hed)pe, Sumo Cyco, and Kaleido.

Other shows announced include a run of dates in December across Northern Ireland is the return of Ritchie Ramone.

Bands playing here in 2016 also include the following:
  • Danny Vaughn
  • Gama Bomb
  • The Dead Daisies
  • Mastodon
  • Airbourne
  • Diamond Head
  • The Mission
  • Pentagram
  • Buckcherry
  • Attica Rage
  • Saxon
  • Kadavar
  • Dan Reed
  • Ugly Kid Joe
  • Planet of Zeus
  • Beartooth
  • Meshuggah and
  • many, many more.

In fact we can't list them all, nor can we list right now - but we tip our hat to Mark Ashby, who maintains the gig listing at the Facebook group 'NI Rock and Metal Bands' - for those that don't follow all the announcements from promoters, follow this group. It's the one place you can plan your year in music!

Authors: Jonny

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