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Europe Begins 'Balls N' Banners' Tour February 17, 2011


Academy Events and the Gig Cartel in association with The Agency Group are announce Europe's Balls N' Banners UK Tour 2011.  Hot off their knockout performances at 2010's iTunes Festival in London and the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth, Sweden's biggest hard rock band will undertake a nationwide UK tour in February 2011 (their first since 2010's Last Look At Eden tour). All tickets are priced £17.50, with the exception of London (£18).

The tour follows 2009's critically acclaimed studio album "Last Look At Eden" which features the singles "New Love In Town" and the majestic title track.

Classic Rock Magazine last year rated "Last Look At Eden" as one of the best hard rock albums of 2009, citing Europe as "One of the few bands around still making consistently thrilling rock records".

Metal Hammer Magazine praised Europe for their outstanding live shows - "Europe's show pulls together all ages and tastes for a feel-good finale that smells like total victory."  click for hi resclick for hi resclick for hi resclick for hi res

Best known for their 1986 smash anthem "The Final Countdown," the Swedish rockers received unanimous praise for a heavier bluesy, hip-shaking metal sound, and recently performed at festivals around the globe during the summer of 2010, including the UK's own iTunes and Sonisphere Festivals.

Europe vocalist Joey Tempest believes that it is the strength of the band's last album that is responsible for their current success - "You can't make this stuff up! Our latest CD "Last Look At Eden" has really turned things around for us."

Continues Tempest, "You have to remember... We're just five punks who grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm listening to British rock. Now here we are playing the iTunes festival and Sonisphere... It's absolutely mind-blowing."

"We're gonna bring something very special when we return to the U.K in February 2011, we're having the time of our lives right now and the audience will experience a Europe-camp that's ON FIRE!"

Regional Tickets: £17.50 Advance
London Tickets: £18.00 Advance

O2 Academy Tickets : 0844 477 2000
Manchester Tickets: 0161 832 1111
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Glasgow O2 ABC
Thursday 17th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 18th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
16 - 18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, B1 1DB

London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 19th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Oxford O2 Academy
Monday 21st February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
190 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 22nd February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe,
Bournemouth, BH1 4BH

Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday 23rd February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA

Manchester Academy 2
Friday 25th February
Box Office: 0161 832 1111
Doors: 7.30pm // Stage: 9pm //
UMSU, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR

Leeds O2 Academy
Saturday 26th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Newcastle O2 Academy
Sunday 27th February
Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW

Europe was formed just north of Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1980's. Originally called "Force", the band initial influences included Thin Lizzy, UFO and MSG.

Europe has, to date, recorded eight studio albums and sold over 15 million records. Their biggest and most well known hit singles include "The Final Countdown", "Rock The Night", "Carrie" and "Superstitious".

After a hiatus in the 1990's, Europe returned in 2004 with the album "Start From The Dark".  Since the new millennium, Europe has released 3 studio albums, 2 live DVD's and toured extensively all around the world. The band are currently touring and promoting their latest release, the 2009 album "Last Look At Eden".

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