Sabaton can now confidently say that they are “big in Japan”, after blowing away audiences with their live shows supporting one of the country’s biggest superstars.
The three-date Dark Night Carnival tour with Japanese sensations Babymetal saw Sabaton playing to huge arena crowds in Kobe and the capital Tokyo.
And the shows quickly established the band as a major talking point in the country, leading to #Sabaton becoming the number two trending topic on Twitter – Japan’s most-loved social network.
Frontman Joakim Brodén said: “We know we can always expect a warm welcome in Japan, and we had an idea that people who listen to Babymetal would enjoy Sabaton, but we could never have been prepared for the scale of the response we got from Japanese metal fans.
“Of course this wasn’t our first time in Japan, but they were the biggest shows we’ve ever played there, so we went out all guns blazing and everything came together perfectly.
“Looking at the number of requests we’ve already had on Twitter, we definitely need to think about including Japan in our next headline tour!”
Explore the photo gallery below for some images from these ground-breaking shows.
Bass player Pär Sundström said: “Yes we can finally confirm all the rumours – we are coming back to Graspop in 2019!
“We have always enjoyed working with this festival. As our career has grown over the years, our shows at Graspop grew bigger and crazier too – so this year we want to see so many metalheads jumping with us that the they’ll feel the earth moving in Brussels.”
Here’s more from Pär on the band’s history with Graspop:
It will be third time lucky for metal fans at Austria’s biggest rock and metal festival, as Sabaton returns to the main stage at Nova Rock in June 2019.
The band will build on their previous performances in 2013 and 2017 with a show that will be even bigger, better and more electrifying for the festival’s 60,000-strong crowd.
Bass player Pär Sundström commented: “It’s our third time at Nova Rock and anyone who was there for our previous performances will be able to see how our show grew in size and ambition between 2013 and 2017.
“This year we’ve challenged ourselves to go one step further, so we’re looking forward to really letting our hair down and making sure everyone has a great time at this show.”
Nova Rock 2019 takes place between 13 and 16 June at Nickelsdorf Pannonina Fields. Tickets are on sale now and are available here.