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Rising rockers with friends in the right places
After touring with Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm, 3 Doors Down, Young Guns and Heavens Basement, UK five-piece The Fallen State are headlining across the UK, including a gig at Birmingham's O2 Academy on April 5, 2018.

The Fallen State, Ben Stenning, Jon Price, Dan Oke, Greg Butler, Rich Walker, O2 Academy Birmingham, Nova, The View From Ruin


Founded in the autumn of 2013, the Devon-based band – singer Ben Stenning, guitarists Jon Price and Dan Oke, bassist Greg Butler and drummer Rich Walker – have friends in all the right places. Current single Nova, from The View From Ruin EP, features vocals and guitar from Black Stone Cherry's Chris Robertson. While on tour together, Chris heard The Fallen State playing the track and he liked it so much he asked if he could contribute to the recorded version. The resulting single was aired on BBC Radio and Planet Rock Radio, and broadcast on Kerrang! TV, Scuzz TV and BritRox TV. It subsequently entered the iTunes chart.

The Fallen State, Ben Stenning, Jon Price, Dan Oke, Greg Butler, Rich Walker, O2 Academy Birmingham, Nova, The View From Ruin


Likened to Alter Bridge and Shinedown, the band aims to produce American-style arena rock with an English edge. And it seems to be working. On the back of their five EPs (I, II, III, Crown Your Shadows and The View From Ruin) and prolific touring – last year they headlined British dates and completed a 14-date UK summer tour with Puddle of Mudd and Trapt – they have built up an enthusiastic following. Fans are keenly anticipating the debut album, due for release during 2018.

This year's tour began on March 24 at The Underground in Plymouth. Their impressive performance left the audience wondering how much longer they would be playing Britain's intimate venues. With arenas beckoning, catch them up close while you can.

The Fallen State, Ben Stenning, Jon Price, Dan Oke, Greg Butler, Rich Walker, O2 Academy Birmingham, Nova, The View From Ruin
Venue: O2 Academy, Birmingham


The Fallen State's remaining 2018 UK tour dates:

Apr 1: Jumpin' Jacks, Newcastle;
Apr 3: Factory 251, Manchester;
Apr 4: Bannermans, Edinburgh;
Apr 5: O2 Academy, Birmingham;
Apr 7: The Palladium, Bideford.
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Why? See The Fallen State before they move to arenas.
When: April 5, 2018
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Cost: £9 plus fees
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