Fat Friday 18th Nov 2011: Coldplay, Black Sabbath, Sting, Rihanna, Justice, Barry Manilow, Frankie Boyle and more
This week's on sales are potentially some of the biggest we have had in a while. Leading the pack are the revitalized Coldplay with stadium shows next summer, followed by two festival heavyweights Download and Wireless, both sporting attractive headliners. Next year's NME Awards Shows have plenty of future arena-fillers, while an already-established pair used to huge audiences, Sting and Barry Manilow, will be doing just that next year, while Frankie Boyle's summer tour may be his swansong - don't miss him.
Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless otherwise stated. For ticket availability, click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.
The entire internet will be under the strain when fans clamour for these bad boys on Friday. Four stadium dates begin in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena on 29th May 2012, followed by gigs at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on 1st and 2nd June, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland (7th June) before the final date announced so far at Manchester City's Etihad stadium on 9th June 2012. Prices start at £49.
The rock behemoths that are Black Sabbath (the original line-up, no less) and Metallica are the first headliners out of the sack for next year's Donington Park 10th anniversary. We will have Early Bird weekend tickets for next year's Download at 2011 prices - e.g. £170 for 3-day camping and admission. Day tickets go on sale at a later date.
Wireless Festival 2012
After her incredible residency at the O2 this year, next year's sole UK show (so far) from Rihanna is as big as you can get without Glastonbury on the calendar. Tickets for Wireless will go on general sale at 10am on Friday with prices starting at £52.50 - Rihanna headlines on Sunday, by the way.
NME Awards Show
A veritable musical treasure-trove awaits you in London during February - shows starring Slow Club, Justice (as part of their NME Awards Tour), Band of Skulls, The Big Pink, Little Dragon, The Drums and many more will take place across the capital. Prices vary - NB: Oh Land's show on 23rd is for sale now.
For his Back to Bass UK tour, Sting will present stripped-back versions of songs from his recent box-set, "25 Years". Stops include his home-turf of Gateshead on 5th Feb, before heading off around Europe and returning to Britain on 16th March for Manchester, then Glasgow and Hammersmith on 19th. Tickets are priced from £46.50 (£51.50 for London).
Barry Manilow's much-anticipated UK and Ireland tour will take place in May 2012 and will cover London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and finally Dublin. Demand will be huge with prices starting from £25 and rising up to £100 for top seats in the capital - all due on sale from Thursday at 9am.
These shows really could be his "Last Days of Sodom" so you'll need to be quick for tickets to this 2012 tour taking place right across the UK, including Blackburn, Plymouth, Hammersmith and Glasgow. Ticket prices start at around £25 and go on sale at 10am on Friday.
Julian Clary has a 2012 tour planned. Entitled, "Position Vacant - Apply Within" (you see? He just can't help himself...), this new show sees the love-lorn Julian looking for love. The first confirmed tour-date will take place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 23rd November 2012 with tickets priced at £20. More dates TBA.
With their new singles collection in the shops and with 'some surprises' promised, these three shows in Brighton, London and Bath are set to be ideal, pop scene setters for fans of The Feeling. Tickets are priced £22.50 for London and £20 for both Bath and Brighton.
Roxette have so far announced three arena dates for the summer, beginning at the SECC in Glasgow on 3rd July, followed by the MEN Arena on 4th July and then Birmingham's LG Arena on Friday 6th July 2012. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, meanwhile these cost £35 upwards.
Also on sale this week are various arena shows for grapple-fans of WWE Smackdown, RAW and Wrestlemania (all in April), short tours for OFWGKTA, SBTRKT and Shinedown plus London one-offs for Lambchop, Low and My Life Story.