Babymetal to return to the UK and Europe in April

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Babymetal will undertake their first UK and European dates for three years in April/May, as special guests on Sabaton's arena tour.

"We are extremely happy to welcome Babymetal to our already much anticipated tour in Europe 2023," says Sabaton bass player Pär Sundström. “The energy and power of this band will for sure make each night something special."

The Japanese duo and the Swedish power metal quintet already have some shared history, as Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén guested on the track Oh! MAJINAI on Babymetal's third album, Metal Galaxy. Brodén is enthused about hooking up with the band once more in Europe.

“If there ever was a band that would break all the rules, it’s Babymetal with the power and precision to deliver a full on heavy metal show!” he states. “It’s not our first rodeo together, expect nothing but excellence from Babymetal!”

With Lordi opening the show each night, Sabaton and Babymetal will play:

April 14: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK
April 15: London OVO Arena Wembley, UK
April 16: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
April 18: Glasgow OVO Hydro, UK
April 21: Paris Zenith, FRA
April 22: Frankfurt Festhalle, GER
April 24: Hamburg Barclays Arena, GER
April 25: Esch / Alzette Rockhal, LUX
April 28 Stockholm Avicii Arena, SWE
April 29: Oslo Spektrum, NOR
April 30: Copenhagen – Royal Arena, DEN

May 02:  Hannover ZAG Arena, GER
May 03: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, HOL
May 05: Berlin Mercedes Benz Arena, GER
May 06: Quarterback Immobilien Arena, GER
May 07: Vienna Stadthalle, AUS
May 09: Lodz Atlas Arena, POL
May 10: Ostrava Arena Ostrava, CZE
May 12: Cologne Lanxess Arena, GER
May 13: Antwerp Sportpaleis, BEL
May 15: Munich Olympiahalle, GER
May 18: Tallinn Saku Arena, EST
May 19: Helsinki Ice Hall, FIN
May 20: Kuopio Kuopio Hall, FIN

Babymetal's first new album in four years, The Other One, will arrive in Spring also, on March 24, to be precise. The record will be a concept album.

"The concept album reveals the other side of the Babymetal story that, until now, remains untold," the band explained in a statement accompanying the news. "A total of 10 songs have been discovered within The Other One restoration project, with each song representing a unique theme based on 10 separate parallel worlds that they have discovered."

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.