Blink-182 named the “most animal-friendly” band of 2016

Youth group Peta2 have bestowed the honour upon the trio

blink-182 have been named the “most animal-friendly” band of 2016.

Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and new guitarist Matt Skiba were given the honour at the Libby Awards, which were announced yesterday (December 14). Organised by the youth animal rights group peta2 – which is PETA’s youth program – the awards seek to celebrate the brands, celebrities, musicians and companies who have shown “their commitment to animals” in 2016.

Beating off competition from the likes of Matt and Kim, Tonight Alive and Farewell My Love, blink were crowned the “most animal-friendly band” of 2016 by the organisation. Bassist Hoppus and guitarist Skiba are noted vegetarians, while drummer Barker is a vegan.

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The band, who released their seventh studio album ‘California’ earlier this year, will tour the UK and the European festival circuit in 2017.

Their festival dates next year include dates at Belgium’s Rock Werchter and Denmark’s Roskilde, while their UK tour will kick off in July. See those tour dates, including two gigs at London’s The O2 to round off the excursion, below.

Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (July 3, 2017)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (July 4)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (July 5)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (July 7)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (July 9)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (July 11)
Manchester, Arena (July 14)
Liverpool, Echo Arena (July 15)
Bournemouth, BIC (July 17)
London, The O2 (July 19-20)