Iron Maiden announces June 16 gig in Sofia

Three years after their scheduled gig in Sofia was cancelled at the last second, British heavy-metal legends Iron Maiden are set to return to Bulgaria with a gig scheduled for June 16 2014, concert organisers Sofia Music Enterprises said on February 10.

The success of last year’s Maiden England Tour has prompted the band to go on the road again, visiting countries that were left out in 2013, as part of a shorter run (by Iron Maiden standards, at least).

“The Maiden England 2013 Tour was incredibly well received everywhere and there is much demand from fans to see more and for the band to visit some places in Europe we couldn’t make it to this year so we thought we should play a few more shows,” manager Rod Smallwood told the band’s website.

“Maiden England is part three in the History Trilogy of the 1980s video/DVD releases so this is likely to be the last time we will tour with a set list based on the ‘80s, and therefore the last time fans will ever hear some of these songs played live.

“With this in mind, for the 2014 dates we plan to change the set list around a little, to make it more equally representative of the whole of the ‘80s period covered by those three DVDs – Early Days, Live After Death and, of course, Maiden England, along with one notable exception from the 90’s, the fans will know which song I’m talking about!” he said.

This will be Iron Maiden’s fourth gig in Sofia and the first since the 2007 Sonisphere Festival in the Bulgarian capital city (the band also visited Sofia in 2004 and 1995).

Tickets for the gig will go on sale on February 14 (members of the Iron Maiden fan club will be able to find them on pre-sale starting February 12) online at and in partner stores, as well as the National Palace of Culture (NDK) and Arena Armeec ticket booths.

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