Fat Friday 18th Feb 2011: Adele, Fleet Foxes, Glasvegas, Neil Diamond, Chase and Status, JLS and more
With the BRITs out of the way for another year, one of the key performers has announced a new tour later this year - Adele will surely cause a few servers to creak and groan as demand increases. Other notable highlights include BB King, Chase and Status and Fleet Foxes, plus an extra tour-date from Dolly Parton and the line-up of the first Kew the Music 2011 summer dates.
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Sales of "21" will continue to ensure plenty of bums on seats for her April tour and iTunes Festival appearance in July. In addition, she has now announced an autumn tour which will start in Plymouth on 4th September, followed by Bournemouth, Edinburgh and more, as well as two nights in both Wolves and Manchester before hitting London for a trio of dates - Hammersmith on the 19th and 20th, and the Royal Albert Hall on 22nd. Edinburgh and Glasgow (24th and 25th) complete the tour.
As the prospect of a new album from possibly one of the most in-demand festival acts in recent years reaches fever-pitch, Fleet Foxes have teasingly sneaked extra UK dates onto the calendar. Wolverhampton, Belfast, Manchester and Edinburgh are all set to benefit in June, with a third London date also just announced. Tickets will cost around £21.50 (£23.50 for London).
Chase and Status
October sees the breakbeat duo cement their reputation as a solid guarantee for a great night out, with new concerts announced for Birmingham (6th October), Leicester (7th), Swindon (15th) and many more until Manchester on the 22nd. Tickets will cost £17.50 (£19.50 for Brixton on 14th).
After two years of playing Meat in the West End show We Will Rock You (written by Queen's Brian May), Ellis moved on to star in Miss Saigon, Wicked and many more before appearing on "Over The Rainbow". Ellis and May will follow up their recently-announced Royal Albert Hall performance set to take place on 1st May (tickets are still available - £30), with a full national tour entitled "Anthems", featuring Brian May on all dates.
The American singer-songwriter makes a beautiful noise for sure and will make a return to the UK during the summer. So far a quartet of arena concerts has been confirmed for Birmingham (28th June), Glasgow (2nd July), Manchester (4th) and the O2 Arena (9th) and tickets will be in huge demand.
The boy-band's career looks like becoming a rollercoaster - yes, they've confirmed an outdoor date at Alton Towers on 19th June to go with all of the other similar events. The difference with this is it also features McFly, The Saturdays and Eliza Doolittle and costs a whopping £55, but does allow you access to the Alton Towers theme park rides.
Manic Street Preachers
It looks as through the Welsh anthemic-activists are plotting bigger things, judging by the three new dates that have appeared on the schedule this week. Llandudno, Wolverhampton and Cardiff have been confirmed for May and tickets cost £27.50. Keep 'em peeled for more announcements.
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine
The indie-duo's 2011 diary looks like this - Manchester on 18th November and London on the 19th. To prove there is a divide between the cities, the Manchester one is cheaper at £22.50, while the Brixton night is £25 and the dates are called 'The Norf and Sarf'. As a footnote, this will be the first Manchester date for Carter in a good long while.
Hardly the most prolific of bands, yet Glasvegas still have a habit of selling-out venues at the drop of a cap. Several spring dates have been confirmed, most of which are in larger venues and costing £15 - £16. The new brace of concerts starts with Aberdeen on 23rd April and continues via Glasgow, Cardiff and more until Nottingham on 8th May.
It's been a long time since BB King came to town - he has now confirmed a date in Edinburgh on 26th June to go along with his already-available stint at London's Blues Fest appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on the 28th (available for £42.50 upwards). More dates may be announced for the blues-master soon.
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
The set-up is simple - ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman occasionally brings together the sharpest rhythm 'n blues musicians together for a series of concerts. 2011 will see him play dozens of autumn/winter evenings with a so-far un-announced special guest. Initial dates in Leicester, Basingstoke, London's Cadogan Hall and Watford will cost from £28.50.
Crosby & Nash
The legacy left by these two, along with Messrs Stills and Young during their '60s and '70s heyday. They have announced five new UK shows so far (no pun intended), although more may well be added in due course. Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Gateshead are first out of the hat from 30th Sep to 9th Oct - tickets are £55 and go on sale Monday at 9am. A full article about these dates will follow shortly.
The LA-based band return to the UK with yet another tour! Having sold-out the majority of their Jan/ Feb 2011 tour, they're back with a May/ June tour starting in Brighton on 26th May, then Bournemouth and a few more until Manchester on 1st June. Tickets will cost just under a tenner!
The Welsh version of the aggressive metal/rock variant called Attack! Attack! [as opposed to the US band Attack Attack! - Ed] release a new single called "Blood On My Hands" quite soon, meanwhile their diary just got a little weightier with new gigs confirmed for September in Newcastle and Birmingham - tickets are £8.
His ever-expanding Well New Tour has sprouted a whole pile of new venues, including Dartford, Leicester and Carlisle, proving that his popularity has extended beyond London. Tickets cost from £22.50 - £23.50 with demand sure to be 'well crooshal'.
The Airborne Toxic Event
It looks like the LA band's second album is finally approaching and set for release on 25th April. Not without coincidence is their full national tour during the same month taking in Manchester (5th), Glasgow (6th) and a few more until a quartet of London shows, culminating with a KOKO date on the 22nd. £12 - £14.
The acclaimed English tenor recently appeared in the 25th anniversary concert for "Les Miserables" last year at the O2 Arena, and it's this show which forms the basis of his new chart-bothering album, "Bring Him Home" and the similarly-titled UK winter-tour. His first port of call is Bristol on 6th December, followed by London's Royal Festival Hall on the 8th and many more before concluding in Nottingham on the 18th. Tickets are on-sale from 9.30.
Kew The Music
The annual series of summer concerts held in Kew Gardens resumes in July, starting with Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra on the 7th, Natalie Williams (8th), Buena Vista star Omara Portuondo (10th) and The Magnets (11th). Tickets cost £35 - £36.
Other tickets on sale this week include the Crass frontman and activist Steve Ignorant performing at the Shepherd's Bush Empire (19th November - £20), plus new and additional dates from Mike and the Mechanics , Mr Scruff, Willy Mason, The Xcerts, Maximum the Hormone, The Music of Queen: A Rock & Symphonic Spectacular and a much-needed new Belfast date (15th Sep) for Dolly Parton.