MINISTRY To Launch Festival Tour In Late July

MINISTRY have announced plans to launch a month-long "festival" tour beginning in late July. Joining them on the bill will be REVOLTING COCKS and OGHR (featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie), along with four or five other bands, all of whom will be "handpicked" by the industrial metal pioneers.

"We plan on coming back to the States on the 15th of July and doing our own fest starting around the 26th or 27th of July and continuing until on or about Sept. 1st," writes MINISTRY frontman Al Jourgensen on the band's official web site. "Ogre is coming out with us as well as the COCKS and hopefully Jello Biafra to crank out some LARD. There will be 4-5 other bands on the bill that I cannot mention until I get absolute confirmation, but you can bet your ass they are all handpicked, all friends, and all will kick some very major ass. It will be worked on by management while we are in Europe and an announcement with rosters and schedules should be forthcoming soon.....so keep your eyes and ears open!!!!!"

Regarding the band's forthcoming European tour, Jourgensen writes, "due to time restraints I can almost guarantee we will not be doing 1 1/2 - 2 hr. sets at the festivals over there. Plus if we are not on at night the visuals and lights are rendered useless. That is why we have scheduled club dates throughout Europe. That will be more similar in scope to the U.S. shows. However, the obvious appeal of these fests is to see a ton of bands at once. We hope you Euro-pissants will try and get to both."

Upcoming MINISTRY tour dates:

May 31 - Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival
Jun. 02 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Jun. 03 - Bielefeld, GER @ PC 69
Jun. 04 - Ludwigsburg, GER @ Rockfabrik
Jun. 06 - Nurburgring, GER @ Rock Am Ring Talent Forum
Jun. 07 - Milan, Italy Gods of Metal
Jun. 08 - Nurnburg, GER @ Rock Am Park Main Stage
Jun. 10 - Geneva, SWI @ L'usine
Jun. 12 - Munich, GER @ Elserhalle
Jun. 13 - Dudingen, SWI @ Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
Jun. 15 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Goffert Park
Jun. 17 - Strasbourg, FRA @ Laiterie
Jun. 18 - Lille, FRA @ Splendid
Jun. 20 - Lyon, FRA @ Transbordeur
Jun. 22 - Vienna, AUT @ Donauinselfest
Jun. 28 - Glasgow, SCO @ QMC
Jun. 29 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Jul. 01 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Jul. 02 - London, UK @ Astoria
Jul. 04 - Paris, FRA @ Elysee Montmartre
Jul. 05 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Jul. 06 - Leipzig, GER @ Full Force
Jul. 09 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Vega
Jul. 10 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Jul. 11 - Avika, SWE @ Avika Festival
Jul. 13 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Metal Festival

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