For their first ever non-festival show in Leeds, Slipknot are heading to First Direct Arena in February 2016, with Suicidal Tendencies in support.

It will, perhaps, be a little strange to see Slipknot back in Leeds, when they play First Direct Arena on Saturday 13th February 2016. The band have played the city twice before, both at Leeds Festival back in 2000 and 2002 – then a scheduled appearance at the festival in 2008 was cancelled when former drummer Joey Jordison broke an ankle.

So it’s been a decade and a half in the making and in that time Slipknot have been on quite the emotional metal rollercoaster. Since the release of their self-titled debut in 1999, they’ve sold over 25 million records across the world, gone through line-up changes, headlined globally renowned festivals and suffered the unfortunate passing of bassist Paul Grey.

They return to Leeds at First Direct Arena with a tribute to Grey, however. Their latest album, released in October 2014, is called ‘.5 The Grey Chapter’ and this UK tour will make up one of the last legs of its airing. The album itself has been widely praised for being more virile and brutal than the last few Slipknot albums, returning them to the sound that first saw them rocket into arenas back at the start of the millennium.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is pretty excited about it all too, “Any time we get the chance to come over to the UK, it’s awesome. Hopefully the fans have as much fun as we do. We’ll be putting together a great set for them, and as we fill out the bill with bands, we hope the excitement gets even bigger.”

It’s not everyday that a band as big or as influential in the metal scene as Slipknot come along – in fact, it’s only the third ever time they’ll have played in Leeds, when they take over First Direct Arena come February. Don’t miss out on a chance to see rock royalty, they don’t come very often.

Slipknot play First Direct Arena at 7pm on Saturday 13th February 2016. Tickets are available.