The Unforgiving Tour
|Tour by Within Temptation|
Promotional artwork for The Unforgiving tour
|Associated album||The Unforgiving|
|Start date||24 July 2011|
|End date||18 October 2013|
|No. of shows||111 (5 cancellations) (scheduled to date)|
|Within Temptation concert chronology|
The Unforgiving World Tour was a concert tour by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation in support of their fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, released by Roadrunner Records on 25 March 2011. To date, it was their seventh major tour and their second to see them playing worldwide.
The tour was scheduled to start immediately following The Unforgiving's release, however, due to Sharon den Adel's third pregnancy, the originally planned dates were rescheduled to begin in August 2011. The band did, however, play 7 days at the Vrienden Van Amstel Dutch Festival in January 2011, although they only performed 3 songs at each show (Ice Queen, Faster and Mother Earth), and also made several promotional appearances on European radio stations. On 10 August 2011, the band presented at the Sziget Festival, but The Unforgiving Tour officially started 12 August, at the Huntenpop Festival, in Ulft. This show as unique as the band performed The Unforgiving in its entirety, whilst enacting the album's concept through a new stage design, including lights, videos and other illusions. During August, the band performed at several Summer Festivals as M'era Luna and Lowlands and started an indoor tour in September, first in the North America and then crossing Europe. On early September, during their passage over Poland the album The Unforgiving reached Gold status there.
Later that month, it was announced that Guitarist Robert Westerholt would step down from touring with the band (with the exception of occasional shows) as there was no-one to look after his and vocalist Sharon den Adel's three children. Westerholt will continue to contribute on production and songwriting and will play guitar in the studio, while Stefan Helleblad will play guitar live.
On February 2012, the band brought the tour to South America, playing shows in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile. Following their March–April theatre tour, entitled Sanctuary, the band resumed The Unforgiving Tour with shows in some of the biggest European festivals in the summer of 2012, such as Sonisphere, Masters of Rock, Rock Werchter, Summerbreeze and Gods of Metal.
On 9 May 2012, the band officially announced a one-off show called "Elements" at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp in celebration of Within Temptation's 15 year anniversary. The band were accompanied by the Il Novecentro Orchestra and other special guests, including ex-band members and former Orphanage vocalist George Oosthoek. The show was sold out with fans from over 50 reported countries in attendance. The show would later appear on the Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert live album.
The tour was well received worldwide. PureGrainAudio, reviewing the band's concert in Baltimore, praised "Sharon’s top-notch vocals and Martijn Spierenburg’s keyboarding," as well as stating that, "aside from musical embellishments, the band came across as really simple and down-to-earth," ultimately deeming it "not just a concert, but an experience." This is Not a Scene, writing about the band's Manchester show, were also positive, commenting that "it was a gig deserving to be sold out and a beautiful night for all to witness." MetalConcerts reviewed their show in São Paulo, stating that "Within Temptation exhaled technique and talent, not to mention the charisma and respect they had with those that were there." 
- Sharon den Adel – vocals
- Robert Westerholt - rhythm guitar (from 10 August to 13 September 2011 and at Elements)
- Stefan Helleblad – rhythm guitar (21 September onwards)
- Ruud Jolie – lead guitar
- Martijn Spierenburg – keyboards
- Jeroen van Veen – bass guitar
- Mike Coolen - drums
- Anneke van Giersbergen - featured vocals on "Fire and Ice" on 24 and 25 November 2011 and on "Somewhere" on 10 July 2012.
- George Oosthoek - featured vocals on "Candles" at Elements
- Ivar de Graaf - acoustic guitar on "Never-Ending Story" and drums on "Summertime Sadness" at Elements
- Martijn Westerholt - keyboards on "Candles" at Elements
- Michiel Papenhove - guitars on "Candles" at Elements
- Isabella Scholten - featured vocals on "Our Farewell" at Elements
- Guild of Stags (12/08/2011, 21/09/2011-29/29/2011)
- 3 (07/09/2011-13/09/2011)
- Triggerfinger (06/10/2011-08/10/2011, 15/10/2011-28/10/2011)
- The Cannibal Queen (10/10/2011, 14/10/2011)
- Kandria (11/10/2011-12/10/2011)
- Anneke Van Giersbergen & Her Band (04/11/2011-25/11/2011)
|10 August 2011||Budapest||Hungary||Sziget Festival|
|12 August 2011||Ulft||Netherlands||Huntenpop Festival|
|13 August 2011||Hildesheim||Germany||M'era Luna Festival|
|14 August 2011||Zofingen||Switzerland||Heitere Open Air|
|20 August 2011||Biddinghuizen||Netherlands||Lowlands|
|25 August 2011||Raalte||Stöppelhaene|
|27 August 2011||Lieshout||Bavaria Open Air|
|28 August 2011||Târgu Mureș||Romania||Peninsula Felsziget|
|7 September 2011||Toronto||Canada||Sound Academy|
|8 September 2011||Montreal||Métropolis|
|9 September 2011||Worcester||United States||Palladium|
|10 September 2011||New York City||Terminal 5|
|12 September 2011||Baltimore||Rams Head Live!|
|13 September 2011||Philadelphia||Electric Factory|
|21 September 2011||Heerhugowaard||Netherlands||Waerdse Tempel|
|23 September 2011||Tilburg||013 Club|
|25 September 2011|
|27 September 2011||Amsterdam||Paradiso Club|
|28 September 2011|
|29 September 2011||Groningen||Oosterpoort|
|6 October 2011||Lille||France||L’aéronef|
|7 October 2011||Nantes||Le Zénith|
|8 October 2011||Lyon||Transbordeur Club|
|10 October 2011||Madrid||Spain||La Riviera|
|11 October 2011||Porto||Portugal||Coliseum|
|12 October 2011||Lisbon||Recreations Coliseum|
|14 October 2011||Barcelona||Spain||Razzmatazz|
|15 October 2011||Toulouse||France||Le Bikini|
|17 October 2011||Milan||Italy||Alcatraz|
|18 October 2011||Zürich||Switzerland||Volkshaus|
|20 October 2011||Vienna||Austria||Gasometer|
|21 October 2011||Prague||Czech Republic||Malá Sportovní Hala|
|22 October 2011||Kraków||Poland||Hala Wisla|
|23 October 2011||Warsaw||Stodola Club|
|25 October 2011||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falconer Theatre|
|26 October 2011||Gothenburg||Sweden||Trädgårn Club|
|27 October 2011||Stockholm||Arena|
|28 October 2011||Oslo||Norway||Sentrum Scene|
|4 November 2011||Esch-sur-Alzette||Luxembourg||Rockhal|
|5 November 2011||Kerkrade||Netherlands||Rodahal|
|6 November 2011||Paris||France||Zénith de Paris|
|8 November 2011||Birmingham||United Kingdom||O2 Academy Birmingham|
|9 November 2011||Manchester||O2 Academy|
|10 November 2011||Glasgow||Barrowland Ballroom|
|11 November 2011||London||O2 Academy Brixton|
|13 November 2011||Brussels||Belgium||Ancienne Belgique|
|15 November 2011||Stuttgart||Germany||Longhorn Club|
|16 November 2011||Cologne||E-Werk|
|17 November 2011|
|19 November 2011||Hamburg||Docks|
|20 November 2011|
|21 November 2011||Berlin||Columbiahalle|
|23 November 2011||Dresden||Schlachthof|
|24 November 2011||Munich||Le Zénith|
|25 November 2011||Neu-Isenburg||Hugenottenhalle|
|26 November 2011||Sursee||Switzerland||Rocksound Festival|
|10 December 2011||Helsinki||Finland||The Circus|
|12 December 2011||Saint Petersburg||Russia||Kosmonavt|
|13 December 2011|
|14 December 2011||Moscow||Club Milk|
|2 February 2012||Mexico City||Mexico||Circo Volador|
|4 February 2012||Quito||Ecuador||TelefériQo|
|7 February 2012||Lima||Peru||Centro de Convenciones Scencia|
|8 February 2012||Santiago||Chile||Teatro Caupolican|
|10 February 2012||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Teatro Flores|
|11 February 2012||São Paulo||Brazil||Espaço Victory|
|12 February 2012||Rio de Janeiro||Circo Voador|
|Summer Festivals 2|
|7 April 2012||Schijndel||Netherlands||Paaspop|
|17 May 2012||Hellendoorn||Dauwpop|
|26 May 2012||Madrid||Spain||Sonisphere Festival|
|1 June 2012||Oosterhout||Netherlands||Parkfeest|
|9 June 2012||Kaarina||Finland||Saaristo Open Air|
|15 June 2012||Gothenburg||Sweden||Metaltown Festival|
|16 June 2012||Clisson||France||Hellfest|
|22 June 2012||Milan||Italy||Gods of Metal|
|23 June 2012||Heerlen||Netherlands||Park City Live|
|28 June 2012||Werchter||Belgium||Rock Werchter|
|30 June 2012||Arras||France||Main Square Festival|
|1 July 2012||Bucharest||Romania||Tuborg GreenFest|
|7 July 2012||Istanbul||Turkey||Tuborg GoldFest|
|8 July 2012||Sofia||Bulgaria||Sofia Rocks|
|12 July 2012||Vizovice||Czech Republic||Masters of Rock|
|20 July 2012||Lichtenvoorde||Netherlands||Zwarte Cross|
|21 July 2012||Jarocin||Poland||Jarocin Festival|
|22 July 2012||Cuxhaven||Germany||Deichbrand|
|5 August 2012||Colmar||France||La Foire aux Vins d’Alsace|
|17 August 2012||Dinkelsbühl||Germany||Summerbreeze|
|19 August 2012||Sachsen||Highfield|
|7 September 2012||Tiel||Netherlands||Appelpop|
|8 September 2012||Kiev||Ukraine||Gasoline Festival|
|13 November 2012||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|Summer Festivals 3|
|27 April 2013||Pijnacker||Netherlands||Oranjefesteen|
|18 May 2013||Kraków||Poland||Czýzynalia|
|13 June 2013||Interlaken||Switzerland||Greenfield Festival|
|14 June 2013||Nickelsdorf||Austria||Nova Rock Festival|
|15 June 2013||Broek op Langedijk||Netherlands||Indian Summer Festival|
|28 June 2013||Spálené Poříčí||Czech Republic||Basinfirefest|
|29 June 2013||Dessel||Belgium||Graspop Metal Meeting|
|30 June 2013||Moscow||Russia||Park Live Festival|
|14 July 2013||Weert||Netherlands||Bospop|
|25 July 2013||Tiene||Belgium||Suikerrock|
|26 July 2013||Oulu||Finland||Qstock|
|2 August 2013||Lierop||Netherlands||Tuinfeest Nirwana|
|9 August 2013||Sibiu||Romania||Artmania Festival|
|10 August 2013||Gävle||Sweden||Getaway Rock Festival|
|23 August 2013||Trondheim||Norway||Trondheim Concerts|
|30 August 2013||Bilbao||Spain||En Vivo|
|8 September 2013||Istanbul||Turkey||Rock’n Coke|
- A^ Cancelled due to heavy weather.
- B^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.
- C^ Cancelled due to heavy weather.
- D^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.
- E^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.
|21 January 2011||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam||Vrienden Van Amstel Live|
|22 January 2011|
|23 January 2011|
|26 January 2011|
|27 January 2011|
|28 January 2011|
|29 January 2011|
|22 September 2011||Utrecht||Stadsschouwburg||Dutch Film Festival|
|17 November 2011||Cologne||Germany||Hard Rock Cafe||Pinktober|
|10 July 2012||Beirut||Lebanon||Forum de Beyroth||Extra club-shows during Summer Festivals|
|18 August 2012||Saarbrücken||Germany||E-Werk|
|8 November 2012||Haarlem||Netherlands||Patronaat||Elements try-out concert|
|9 November 2012|
|29 April 2013||Amsterdam||Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky||Live at Q-hotel|
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- "Vrienden Van Amstel 2011". Retrieved 2011-09-10.
- "Jump FM". Retrieved 2011-09-10.
- "First Challenge Update". Retrieved 2011-09-10.
- "To tour again". Within Temptation. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "Within Temptation - Facebook post". Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- "Robert to focus on song writing and production". Within Temptation. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- "WT is coming to South America". Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Within Temptation To Kick Off 'Sanctuary' Dutch Theatre Tour Tomorrow". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
- "2012 European Festivals". Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Show Review: Within Temptation and 3 @ Rams Head Live (Baltimore, MD) on September 12, 2011". Retrieved 2011-10-13.
- "Within Temptation And Anneke Van Giersbergen At Manchester Academy 09/11/11". Retrieved 2011-11-26.
- "Within Temptation At Espaço VIctory 11/02/02" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- Within Temptation [@WTofficial] (8 June 2012). "Unbelievable but true our show has officially been cancelled. The heavy wind on stage makes it impossible apparently to be on the red stage" (Tweet) – via Twitter.