Last week's Fat Friday was a fairly weighty beast in itself but this week's is the family bucket meal of Fridays with some finger-lickin' additions to the gig circuit and no mistake. Want to go large, sir or madam? Step this way for the 9am blow-out (unless stated otherwise)...
The juicy tower burgers on our menu today are the meaty Download 2010 (AC/DC, Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures etc.....mmmmm - various prices) on June 11th to 13th, the chunky Ricky Gervais with two new Manchester Apollo dates (Apr 13th and 14th) and two at Cardiff's International Arena (Apr 19th and 20th) at £30
JLS will be pumping their fists and swinging their hips in Liverpool (Dec 2nd), Cardiff (Jan 3rd 2011) and Sheffield (5th) for £25.50 (on sale at 10am) and the Black Eyed Peas with gigs (£49.50) and after-party events (£20) at the Manchester MEN Arena (May 24th), London O2 (28th) and Birmingham NEC (1st June). Cheryl Cole will also perform her first solo set with the BEPs (as we call 'em) at the new O2 date - easy now boys.....
Florence and the Machine
Next up, we have some spicy little hot wings to make your mouth water. Florence and the Machine look set to garner awards, left right and centre this and have more dates freshly prepared to brush up on your Welch. Blackpool (May 7th and 9th - I guess they'll be on the beach on the 8th), Wolverhampton (10th and 11th) and three nights at the Hammersmith Apollo (13th, 14th and 15th) - all from £18.50 upwards.
That cheeky rodent of rascal-house, Deadmau5 will be playing some May nights as well - after rocking Brixton a few days before, he will head up to the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom (May 4th) then Hull's City Hall (5th) and finally Liverpool's Mountford Hall (6th) all for around £20. Sticking with clubbing but this time of an indie-rock-electro-dubstep-and-the-kitchen-sink variety, tickets for the FAC251 club opening night (Feb 5th), plus its related live gigs (White Lies Feb 13th and Twisted Wheel 26th) go on sale at Midday.
And now for something a bit sweeter to finish off the feast, so how about a bit of smooth George Benson? He has seven new dates (with another ladies favourite, Marti Pellow) on sale at 9am, starting at the Birmingham NIA on May 28th and causing female palpitations as far away as London, Brighton and Nottingham for around £45.
A little bit older, a little bit wiser you fancy? Tony Bennett tickets go on sale at the same time for two Royal Albert Hall dates (June 30th and July 1st) as well as Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester. C'mon - you've gotta go get some croonin', especially for around the £40 mark.
Lastly, the musically-impeccable craftsmen from New Zealand, Crowded House will be giving you a bit of 'Woodface', 'Together Alone' and 'Temple Of Low Men' over several dates ranging from Newcastle (May 18th) via Plymouth (June 3rd) to a double-dater at the Hammersmith Apollo (8th and 9th) - £40 or less.
This leaves us with the extra bits you get that may or may not get devoured - the coleslaw of the pig-out, neither hated nor loved emphatically by everyone. 'Metal Machine Music' is certainly befitting of this category, in fact I wonder if its creator, Lou Reed ever sticks it on his stereo at home too often. Whatever, he has not surprisingly added a London date at the Royal Festival Hall for April 19th (£40) to go with his Oxbridge pairing earlier that month.
Warp avant-gardists Broadcast will bring their psychedelic pop electronic to next door's Queen Elizabeth Hall for a one-off night on Apr 21st (£12.50) while 4AD newbies, The National will fill the Royal Albert Hall on May 6th with their hopeful and melodic anthem-rock.
Lastly, my tip for a surprise hit this year, Gil Scott-Heron will be performing songs from his new album at the Royal Festival Hall on April 20th (£25) - oh and don't forget to check his new video as part of our article this week - it's a banger!
After all those tasty morsels, it's time for a snooze. Happy clicking!