Skip links

50 amazing things that will happen in 2016: #31-40

Loads of awesome things will happen in the next twelve months. Here’s some of them.

50 amazing things that will happen in 2016: #31-40
50 amazing things that will happen in 2016
PART 2: #31-40


#31: Nothing’s second album drops this spring

Philly’s Nothing have announced details of their super anticipated second album ‘Tired of Tomorrow’.

The band have returned to Relapse Records, who released their debut ‘Guilty of Everything’, after plans to release the follow-up through Geoff Rickly’s Collect fell through for – y’know – well publicised reasons. They’ve had quite the last six months, including cancelled tours, deaths, a bassist who also is part of the not-exactly-popular-right-now Whirr, and getting a quite literal kicking.

Domenic Palermo, Brandon Setta and Kyle Kimball (for it is they, etc etc) will release ‘Tired of Tomorrow’ in the spring of next year.

Blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba
#32: Blink 182/3rds are in the studio

Yes, that’s what we’re calling the Tom DeLonge-less blink – and it’s a name you’re going to have to get used to (at least until someone makes us stop), as Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker are currently recording with their all-star stand in, Matt Skiba. It’s thought the sessions will form Blink’s seventh full length, with Instagram shots showing Rancid’s Tim Armstrong joining them in the studio for… something. This isn’t the only album news that blink-182 have teased via the image sharing platform, with Travis confirming the new album will be released this year.

#33: Beach Slang and Petal have teamed up for a tour so good we might cry

Beach slang released one of our favourite albums of 2015. Petal released one of our favourite albums of 2015. If Beach Slang were ever to tour the UK with Petal in support, we may have to go lay down in a darkened room out of sheer excitement.

Which is why we’re currently looking so peaky, dearest readers. It’s happening, this month, calling at Norwich, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Bristol, Southampton and Brighton. If you miss out, you’re mad. This could easily be the small venue tour of the year.

#34: Enter Shikari, The Wonder Years and The King Blues are going on tour

Enter Shikari playing their biggest shows yet. The Wonder Years bringing ‘No Closer To Heaven’ to the UK for the

first time. The King Blues reuniting after four years apart. Each band on The Mindsweep Tour has something to prove and – be it taking a step up in the sort of venues Shikari can headline, The Wonder Years stepping out

of their comfort zone and playing to an audience that isn’t typically theirs, or The King Blues showing that their power wasn’t left in 2012 – that’s always going to inspire the best from everyone involved.

The lineup might look eclectic but with the three very different bands sharing the mindset of inspiring a change through music, the tour promises nothing but powerful unity.

#35: Set Your Goals are playing shows

They haven’t been active since 2013, but Set Your Goals are set to at least play two shows in their native California early this year, as well as being announced for this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in the UK. “Last time I talked to everyone about the band we all seemed receptive to the idea of playing shows again when it makes sense,” vocalist Matt Wilson explained. Looks like good sense won through.

#36: AFI will be “active”

Yep. AFI have plans for 2016. Late last year, bassist Hunter Burgan shared an update on his website. “I know that many of you want to know what’s up with AFI,” he said. “I can’t tell you much at the moment, but we have plans for 2016.”

#37: Thrice will drop their first post-reunion new material

Good news everyone, Thrice have shared an oh-so-subtle hint that they’ll be releasing a new album this year. Late in 2015, they posted an image to their social networks proclaiming we’ll be getting a new album before ‘16 is through. They haven’t released an album since 2011’s ‘Major/Minor‘, having gone on hiatus the following year.

#38: Sorority Noise are heading to the UK

Modern Baseball have got two pretty huge UK shows booked in for February 2016. But huge wasn’t enough. No. They needed to become bloody massive. So they’ve called in some Really Very Impressive support. Sorority Noise, who put out one of The Best Albums of 2015 with ‘Joy, Departed‘ will join the band for the shows in London and Manchester.

#39: Slam Dunk 2016 will be 10 years worth of awesome

Ten years is a hell of a long time to keep anything going in ‘this day and age’ (whatever that means – Ed). As Slam Dunk celebrates its tenth anniversary, it’s pulling out all the stops to bring a line-up of both returning and new acts to a bigger crowd than ever before.

It’s hard to remember a time before Slam Dunk became one of the corner-stones of the rock festival circuit, but anyone attending last year’s event will know that this is far from just a big, multi-stage one day showcase. Now, it’s capable of creating those festival moments you only get at the biggest and best events. Last year it was PVRIS, who confirmed their arrival as Biggest Band In The World In Waiting on the Leeds’ leg’s main stage. Which, coincidentally, also has its very own Wetherspoon’s. Seriously.

2016’s edition sees the Midlands leg move to Birmingham’s NEC – meaning the festival will have an Actual Airport – and a stellar cast already announced.

Headlined by Panic! At The Disco, Brendon Urie says “It’s awesome, it’s fucking cool, and I’m very excited. We haven’t actually played it before, but we have friends who have, and have heard it’s awesome! And sure, there’s a little bit of pressure, I’m not gonna lie!”

Festival founder & Director, Ben Ray, says “2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of the first Slam Dunk Festival. I had no idea back then what I thought would be a one off event would still be going now, let alone continued to grow to the size it has become.”

All Time Low
#40: All Time Low are throwing one hell of a tour

After sharing the spotlight with You Me At Six last year, All Time Low are back and they’re selling out UK arenas all on their own. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when All Time Low got this big but, after years of building, they’ve arrived. Odds are, they’ll be out to prove they deserve to stay.

Latest album ‘Future Hearts’ has been going down a storm and has injected even more energy into a band who have once again hit their stride.

ATL will also be bringing Good Charlotte along for their first tour since reuniting. There’s talk of new material, which is very exciting and, alongside the Good Charlotte classics (which still sound like classics), their set will see the band out to prove they haven’t lost anything. Against The Current will be kicking things off every evening but make no mistake, they’re superstars in the making. The Future Hearts Tour sounds like a very nice time from the off.

Return to top of page