Fresh from unveiling five of the headliners to appear on this year’s Dr. Martens #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour in association with DIY, we’re now proud to unveil the first handful of support acts. With We Are The Ocean, Tonight Alive, Eagulls, Los Campesinos! and Funeral For A Friend already confirmed to take over cities up and down the UK, DIY can now officially announce that Arcane Roots, Only Rivals and Johnny Foreigner will be joining in the chaos too.
“It’s gonna be amazing,” reveals Only Rivals’ frontman Stephen Arkins, who will be playing ahead of previous tour mates Tonight Alive at Newcastle’s Cluny 2. “After the All Time Low tour we weren’t sure when we would see each other so it will be great to reconnect and play together again. They’re a great band and such lovely people.”
Elsewhere, at The Flapper in Birmingham, Johnny Foreigner will be reconnecting with longtime pals, Los Campesinos! “We’ve been good friends with those folks since the days we had to buy our own footwear,” jokes the band’s Alexei Berrow, “but being in a band is the worst for socialising, so it’ll be awesome to hang out again.”
Alongside We Are The Ocean, who’ll be hitting up The Shipping Forecast in Liverpool, will be rock trio Arcane Roots, and they’re already looking forward to catching up with them in such an intimate environment. “We met We Are The Ocean at one of the first festivals we ever played,” explains frontman Andrew Groves, “and became better friends at each event since.
“They also played with us at the Muse stadium dates last summer which was a defining moment for us as a band so we’re excited to see them again and catch up! Smaller venues really give us the chance to really be amongst our fans and rock out with them in the crowd, the energy is amplified so much in a smaller setting that they are always memorable, if not a bit sweaty and bloody!”
The remaining three support bands – as well as details of that all important London date – will be revealed shortly. Keep updated at diymag.com/standforsomethingtour2014 and drmartens.com/standforsomethingtour for all the news and line up announcements.