The Week Ahead from 21st Nov 2011: Ocean Colour Scene, Bryan Adams, Shed Seven, The Ting Tings, The Fisherman's Friends and more
Roll up, folks! The ticket-circus is back in town - just have a look at these fantastic attractions! Bryan Adams is doing it for you, Shed Seven are going for gold and Frank Turner's doing what he does best - singing his heart out. Metal and rock fans are certainly well-catered for - Deep Purple, Alter Bridge, Napalm Death, what more do you want? Wolfsbane? Your prayers are answered.
There are also lots of new shows including family productions of The Gruffalo and Robin Hood.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
Ocean Colour Scene
Stourbridge's finest are back on the road with their Moseley Shoals tour, starting in Yeovil on Thursday and followed by Oxford, Hatfield and more until Dublin on 17th December. Brixton on 10th December is sold out, but the rest are available for £24.50.
That Bryan, eh? He's Waking Up The Neighbours with this latest tour which starts on Thursday in Newcastle. Tickets cost from £37.50 for remaining shows, although Aberdeen, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Brighton and London's O2 have sold out of face-value tickets.
Rick Witter and co continue with their own take on Brit-pop with a greatest hits excursion, which starts in Bournemouth on Saturday night, followed by Bristol, Aberdeen and more until a double-date in their hometown York on 21st and 22nd December, the latter of which is now sold out.
The Ting Tings
Do this duo still have what it takes? Certainly live-wise - they've sold out shows in London and Manchester without too much effort. Remaining shows from Leeds on Monday to Bristol on 1st December, cost from £12.50.
The Fisherman's Friends
Mooring their trawlers and heading out by road for a full UK tour is this increasingly-popular vocal harmony group from deepest Cornwall. They'll be singing in Cheltenham on Tuesday, followed by stops in Salisbury (sold out), Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham (sold out) and Islington. Watch out for their two Minack Theatre shows next spring!
Supported by Against Me! and Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo, Turner will embark on another skip around these isles, concentrating on Bournemouth first on Tuesday, followed by Newport, Birmingham and more until Hammersmith on 27th. All except Brum and Manchester are available - prices start at £16.50.
Another act with a decent support line-up, this time Alter Bridge with Black Stone Cherry and Theory of a Deadman. All shows from next Tuesday's Birmingham stop, up to Wembley on the following Tuesday, are available priced at £24.50 (£26 for London).
After supporting Friendly Fires in Brixton next Saturday, the Swedish outfit head to Manchester the next night for the first show on their tour. Only Glasgow has any face-value tickets left, although you can also catch them on tour in 2012.
Josh T. Pearson
You can see why the Rough Trade shops have just voted Pearson as provider of their Album of the Year - it won't be the last accolade, for sure. Check him out in Manchester on Monday, followed by Glasgow, Leicester, Cardiff and Exeter - shows cost £10-£12.50.
Other noteworthy music-shows next week include the return of Ian Gillan and Roger Glover's Deep Purple (four shows - all available at £45/£50), thrash and metal acts Napalm Death (tour - Liverpool sold out), The Quireboys (tour, all available) and Wolfsbane (tour, all available), plus those "High Voltage" specialists, Electric Six supported by Swound! (tour, all available).
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
The Pajama Men
It's a quiet week for new comedy tours and shows but the surreal world of US duo The Pajama Men is reason enough to wipe away the winter gloom. The tour starts in Birmingham on Sunday, followed by Nottingham, Cardiff and more until London on 10th December. Priced at £15/£16.50.
The Heart of Robin Hood
Stratford-upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre is the setting for the RSC's interpretation of that most English of legends, Robin Hood. It's a family show and prices start at £14, rising to £36. The run continues from Tuesday until 7th January next year.
What do you mean 'there's no such thing as a Gruffalo'? Here he is, appearing at the West End's Lyric Theatre from Wednesday until Thursday 13th December! This charming family show is the perfect pre-festive show - prices start at £13.