There's nothing like a good curve ball on a line up. A band that makes you screw your face up and go "what, really?". To celebrate all those brave bookings, here are some of the most surprising.
50 CENT WITH FALL OUT BOY
2009 was just all over the place. Lines were blurred and barriers had been kicked down in their droves. Anything went and that's probably how this booking came to be. Asked by Fiddy if he could join the party, FOB added the king of ganster rap to their already stacked bill of Metro Station, Hey Monday and All Time Low. All bets were suddenly off.
NECK DEEP WITH BRING ME THE HORIZON
If you look where these too bands started their journeys, their names would never have been uttered in the same sentence let alone on the same line up. Yet times has dramatically changed and having the two banded together is not as weird. Inclusivity is everything but pop-punk to a mosh crowd was always going to be an odd one.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE WITH LESS THAN JAKE
The nicest ska punk band in the whole entire world with support from one of the most iconic bands ever to exist who sing about death? Yeah you better believe it happened. This line-up also featured Senses Fail, The Academy Is..., Funeral For A Friend and The Bled. If you were there please send us the jar of air you obviously bottled in a bubble wrapped envolope so we can experience it too.
SNOOP DOGG WITH LINKIN PARK
Kings of crossover, LP were putting weird line ups together while you were still in Pampers. Here is a prime example as at the inagural Projekt Revolution tour back in 2002 was opened every night by the man behind such hits as 'Drop It Like It's Hot' and 'Young Wild And Free'. To see that spectacle before Linkin Park smashing through 'Hybrid Theory' must have been a Very Lovely Time.
DJ SPIDER WITH BLINK-182
The last thing you expect when you're heading to a punk-rock show is the opportunity to get totally lit. Yet on their 'Califonia' tour back in 2016 Blink let their friend DJ Spider warm up the crowd with his dark take on dance music. Shots all round.
DRAMA CLUB WITH BLACK VEIL BRIDES
When you're known for playing epic rock and roll for the masses, who do you take out on the road with you? Fist pumping techno influenced acts of course. Back in 2014 BVB let the mysterious and terrifying techno stylings of Drama Club open for them on the UK tour alongside Atilla and Fearless Vampire Killers. It was mental.
KELLY CLARKSON WITH GOOD CHARLOTTE
Because we are so used to them, it's easy to forget that when Good Charlotte released 'The Young And The Hopeless' they were the biggest band in the world. Yes, WORLD. With such success comes some pretty random shows, including a Christmas showcase featuring them, Simple Plan, Vanessa Carlton and the lovely Kelly Clarkson. What a time to be alive that was.