Slipknot announce 2023 European tour

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Slipknot have announced a European tour for summer 2023. The Iowan nine-piece will take critically acclaimed (but, for fans, surprisingly divisive) new album The End, So Far on the road for nine dates across June that'll take in stops in Austria, Czechia, Switzlerand, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Belgium and, finally, two dates in Germany.

Interestingly, there is certainly scope for Slipknot to fit in a headline set at the UK's Download Festival during the tour, given that Download runs from June 8-11 and Slipknot currently have June 9 and June 11 free. Frontman Corey Taylor recently confirmed that he cannot confirm nor deny that Slipknot are headlining Download this year. Take from that what you will.

Either way, Slipknot's currently confirmed European dates for 2023 are as follows:

Slipknot European tour dates 2023

June 7 Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock
June 8 Hradec, Czechia – Rock For People
June 10 Interlaken, Switzerland – Greenfield
June 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
June 14 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
June 16 Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell Festival
June 17 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 20 Hamburg, Germany – Barclays Arena
June 21 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes Benz Arena

Slipknot's Corey Taylor recently spoke to Metal Hammer about The End, So Far and its more experimental nature.

“I’ve been telling people that this is the natural companion piece to Vol. 3 [: (The Subliminal Verses)],” explained Corey. “Because on [2004’s] Vol. 3 we were really starting to come into our own, as far as being confident in our writing and being able to risk not just going full bore, running at you with all the intensity, but being able to expand what we do. Because of what was going on with the band internally, we forgot that we were a band who could go and do that. We touched on it, but we never got back to that concerted, ‘Let’s really push the boundaries of what a band like this can do.’ It felt good to kind of get back to this world building.” 

The End, So Far is out now via Roadrunner.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.