In a small bit of consolation for Irish music fans still feeling (and reeling from) the disappointment of Ozzy Osbourne cancelling his upcoming touring schedule, UK heavy metal legends Judas Priest have announced a UK and Ireland tour for next year, which will feature a date at Dublin’s 3Arena on March 15, 2024.
Judas Priest had been scheduled to play as a support act to Osbourne on his European tour, which had a Dublin date factored in.
But now, the band has announced its touring package – with support from Saxon and Uriah Heep, who have recently headlined smaller shows in Dublin.
In a statement the band said this week: “JUDAS PRIEST are excited to announce our first 2024 shows in the U.K. and Ireland. We are thrilled to start this world tour in the renowned traditional homes of heavy metal and can’t wait to see our amazing family of PRIEST maniacs!”
The last time Judas Priest played Ireland was on their ‘Nostradamus’/’Priest Feast’ tour in 2008, with Megadeth and Testament in support.
That tour included dates in Dublin and Belfast. This jaunt stops in Dublin on the Irish leg and includes UK stops in Glasgow, Leeds, Bournemouth and Birmingham before finishing up at London’s Wembley Arena.
What: Judas Priest, Saxon and Uriah Heep
Where: 3Arena, Dublin
When: March 15, 2024