Fat Friday: Jay-Z, Idlewild, Machine Head, Ronan Keating, Lost Prophets, Athlete on sale tomorrow (4th September 2009)

Posted: 3rd September 2009

Yes people, after a Friday ticket famine over festival season, we can reveal the first Fat-ass Friday of September, and it is a sizeable one, being that it includes tour info for Jay-Z, Idlewild, Machine Head, Ronan Keating, Athlete, Hayseed Dixie, Ian Brown, Dizzee Rascal, Regina Spektor, Machine Head, Q Awards shows for: Biffy Clyro, Lost Prophets, Sonic Youth, White Lies, amongst others.

First-up is Jay-Z who's just announced a special London date at Camden's Roundhouse this month on Thursday 17th, with tickets costing a wallet-busting £50 (ouch!), going on sale at 9AM.

Scottish rockers Idlewild keep it local for a Scottish tour with dates in Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William this November - tickets cost £15 + booking fee and go on sale at 10AM.

Californian metallers Machine Head grace our shores this February (2010) with their first headline tour for a good few years. The quartet will hit Plymouth on 16th, then Brixton Academy, Birmingham, Glasgow and finally Manchester on 26th February. Tickets start at £26 and go on sale at 9AM.

Athlete have added a trio of winter dates which will now see them playing dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London this December, as well as Bristol and Wolverhampton. Tickets for the three new dates go on sale at 9AM, costing £16 for all but the London date, which costs £18.50.

American alternative bluegrass quartet Hayseed Dixie, who launched themselves into the public psyche with 2001 debut 'A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC' have added dates to their 2010 UK tour, which will see them play The Ironworks in Inverness and The O2 Academy in Newcastle in addition to Dublin, Preston, Holmfirth, Brighton and Cambridge in February and March. To keep you on your toes with this one, the Inverness date goes on sale tomorrow at 9AM, with the Newcastle date going on sale on Saturday at midday. Don't ask me why they do this... bit of a laugh, I guess... anyway, tickets start from £14 + booking fee.

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating launches his latest assault on our ears (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) next spring, as he tours his recent album 'Songs for My Mother', dedicated to his late mum, who died over ten years ago. It will be his first solo tour since 2007, and will kick-off at the AECC in Aberdeen on 24th February 2010, calling at the Empire in Liverpool, Cardiff International Arena, Manchester Apollo, oxford's New Theatre, Blackpool Opera House and last-but-not-least the Brighton Centre on 26th March. Yes, that's right: no London dates as-yet! Tickets for the tour start from £30 and go on sale at 9AM.

Kicking-off this year's Q Awards season, there'll be four special shows at the Forum in Kentish Town this October, featuring Biffy Clyro, Lost Prophets, Sonic Youth and White Lies. The first of the dates is White Lies on 19th, then Biffy Clyro on 20th, Lost Prophets on 22nd, with Sonic Youth playing on 23rd October. Tickets cost £25 and go on sale at 9AM.

This is just a snapshot of what's going on sale tomorrow - we didn't even tell you about Regina Spektor who's playing four UK dates this winter - but we'd done that earlier in the day. Nor did we mention Ian Brown's Belfast date at St George's Market on 22nd November. Tickets for that date goes on sale at 9:30AM, by the way - not 9 and not 10, oh no! Tickets for the rest of his tour are already on sale.

Last, but not least, The Pogues embark on their annual winter shindig starting on 9th December at Newcastle's academy, and ending - as tradition dictates - with a double-date at Brixton's Academy on 18th and 19th December. Tickets cost £29.50 for all dates except London, which cost £30 + booking fee and go on sale at 9:30AM.

It's going to be a bit manic tomorrow morning, so expect ticketing madness, and please be patient! All prices + booking fee.

Daniel O'Connell