Kerrang! delays their return to print, future uncertain

British music magazine Kerrang! took themselves off the shelves with the uncertainty of COVID and we don’t know when they’ll be back.

In April, renowned rock music magazine Kerrang! decided to pause publication due to the uncertainty within the music industry and of sales. Now it looks like their return is uncertain as they delay on plans to publish again this month.

In their statement, Kerrang! wrote that whilst they had hoped to return in July: “This is not possible due to the on-going suspension of live shows and the disruption of the UK newsstand. Both of these factors affect our circulation and advertising revenues. The prospect of a second spike in the virus also make the idea of publishing a weekly magazine seem irresponsible at this stage.”

They say that they aim to return to publication once live music returns but, of course, that is entirely unpredictable and we don’t know when the UK government will allow live music to return. With publishing off the cards for a while though they are doubling down on their website content.

Alongside our daily news coverage and regular feature content, later this month we will add the following:

• An exclusive digital cover story, featuring brand new interviews and photo shoots, published every Wednesday on this site.
• The most in-depth and authoritative reviews on the planet, published throughout the week.
• More brand new interviews with the artists you love, published every week.
• Features on the best new artists you need to know about right now.
• Brand new video programming including our Face-To-Face series (which continues this week with Bury Tomorrow, and more to come).

We also have a raft of new and exciting projects that we will announce in the next two weeks, so do watch this space…

It has been a quiet few months since Kerrang! stopped their presses for the music industry with gigs and festivals cancelled for the foreseeable future and even album releases getting postponed. With nothing happening in the music industry for months there has been no content and music magazines all over the world are facing questions about their future.

For now, if you’re missing a bit of physical Kerrang! you can print and colour in twelve of their iconic magazine covers available as free PDFs over here:

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