Kerrang! have announced a collaboration with House Of Vans to bring a one-of-a-kind, one-stop-shop Metallica spectacle to London to coincide with the band’s Kerrang! Awards nomination and their forthcoming Twickenham show. Titled ‘Hardwired…And Early Dayz’. the extravaganza will include an epic photo exhibition which will not only display never before seen photos from photographer Tom Barnes’s exclusive shoot, but it will also showcase the birth of the band as seen through the pages of Kerrang! in an unparalleled celebration of the period between 1982 and 1989.
The photo exhibition will run from 18 June for a month and gives a never-before-seen insight into not only one of the greatest metal bands of all time, but also the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest rock magazines.
This unique smorgasbord of Metallica goodness also includes the U.K. premiere of Murder In The Front Row, the “uncensored and boisterous” documentary of The Bay Area thrash scene. Exact date has not yet been announced. Fans are advised to keep an eye on Kerrang! socials for the big date reveal.
Additionally, House Of Vans will also be hosting an exclusive Metallica pop-up shop on June 19 and 20 in celebration of Metallica’s “WorldWired” tour, which makes its London stop at Twickenham Stadium on 20 June. Not only can revellers beat the stadium queues, they can also buy exclusive merchandise that isn’t available at the show itself.
Sam Coare, editor of Kerrang!, commented: “Kerrang!’s relationship with Metallica pre-dates even the band, when a young Lars Ulrich would read about his favourite bands in our pages. We’ve been the Bay Area legends’ staunchest supporter since their early demos, and we’re now delighted to be able to commemorate that association with our friends at House Of Vans.
“The aim is to create a gigantic experience that fans of the band can really revel in. From our very own ‘Hardwired… And Early Dayz’ photo exhibition through to the U.K. premiere of Murder In The Front Row, the activities that will be taking place at House Of Vans during the Kerrang! Awards week and beyond are a re-affirmation of Metallica as a true people’s band. The event’s soundtrack will be determined by a fan vote and the whole thing will be fuelled by the band’s very own Enter Night beer. Expect a unique celebration of a unique band.”
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