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Deftones announce intimate London gig for next month

The alt-metal icons will play Kentish Town's O2 Forum

By Joe Goggins

Chino Moreno, Deftones frontman, at 2018's Hellfest
Chino Moreno, Deftones frontman, at 2018's Hellfest. (Photo: Selbymay/Wikimedia Commons)

Deftones have announced that they’ll play an intimate London show next month – tickets go on sale on Friday (May 20) at 9am.

The Sacramento alt-rock legends are already in line for a massive main stage slot at Download Festival on June 11, where they’ll sub-headline beneath Biffy Clyro, but have now confirmed that they’ll also play what is, by their standards, an intimate gig at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum two days later, on June 13.

An O2 Priority pre-sale will take place from 9am on Wednesday (May 18); 24 hours later, a Live Nation pre-sale will follow, ahead of Friday’s general sale. The show will be their first UK headline appearance since the departure from the fold of Sergio Vega, the group’s long-time bassist, who joined them in 2009 to replace the late Chi Cheng but walked away from the band in March this year, citing a lack of “a sense of belonging” owing to the group refusing to make him a full-time member. He will return to his other band, Quicksand, as well as working on his own solo material.

Deftones will be joined by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Grandson in Kentish Town; real name Jordan Benjamin, the Fueled by Ramen-signed artist is out in support of his December 2020 debut record, Death of an Optimist. Deftones, meanwhile, are touring behind their own 2020 album, Ohms. Along with Biffy, they’re also joined on the Download lineup by Kiss, Iron Maiden, and System of a Down.

The alt-metal stalwarts have just completed a run of US dates with French heavy metallers Gojira, and setlists from the tour may be instructive as to the kind of material UK fans can expect to hear next month. In addiction to a slew of Ohms tracks, classics like ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, ‘Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)’, and ‘Change (In the House of Flies)’ were also given regular airings. They continue to close their shows with the furious ‘Engine No. 9’, from their 1995 debut album, Adrenaline.

Deftones, June 2022:

11 – Donington, Download Festival
13 – London, O2 Kentish Town Forum