Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.

SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:

“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISH nevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at or at any other ticket service. Check online and buy your tickets today!

Confirmed dates for the upcoming NIGHTWISH 2016 tour with SONATA ARCTICA and Delain are:

2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA

2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA

2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA

2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH

2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI

2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA

3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA

3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA

3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA

3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT

3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA

3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA

3/13/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO

3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO

3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX

3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA

3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL

3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa, FL