Having barely recovered from last week's pig-out, this Friday's ticket-frenzy carries on with the indulgent tradition. You'd better loosen the belt for these babies I'm a-tellin' ya! Oh, and don't forget to click on the related articles links for more details about our Fat Friday highlights.
Teenage Cancer Trust
The Teenage Cancer Trust annual extravaganza takes place in March and, with tickets costing from £35 upwards for each featured gig, they are sure to raise a lot of money for the cause without causing a mass re-mortgaging or bunking a freebie on the train ride home. As if you need reminding, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, Suede (first date in 7 years), JLS and Noel Fielding feature in the mix as well as Arctic Monkeys, The Who and The Specials between the 22nd and the 30th. To mis-quote the two comedians on Master-chef, ten years of comedy and music doesn't get much sexier than this!
Jools Holland doesn't hang about does he? His TV programme has been a staple of late-night music schedules since the construction of Big Ben (well, it seems like it - his first guest was Mozart), but the National treasure now has a fully functional UK tour coming up from April to December and featuring the amazingly-formed tonsils of Alison Moyet as support (not forgetting soul-legend Ruby Turner and reggae-blaster Rico as well). The Autumn and Winter dates go on sale this Friday all priced around the £30 to £35 mark.
Scouting For Girls
Young emo-pop scamps, Scouting for Girls, have a further five dates from their upcoming UK and Ireland jaunt up for grabs on the 5th - these include the Nottingham, Bournemouth, Plymouth, London Hammersmith and Brighton performances. They're so lovely, they're so lovely, they're so lovely etc etc (according to their fans anyway) so don't get left behind buying these tickets. I'll be weeding my window-box instead, methinks.
Every week we have a few reformed 'legends' plying their filthy 'live' trade in our faces, and this week is mercifully no exception. The Charlatans one-off Roundhouse gig on May 31st is surely a must for anyone who remembers the good times of XXXL jeans and cheeky biftas behind the office fire escape. This showcase of their debut album, 'Some Friendly', will sell out pretty quick - it's been all over the music press and, hey, it's a quality record (getting a reissue in May by the way). £25 and the gig is yours. Other special one-offs include a show by scratchy angst-punkettes, The Slits, charming your bumflaps off in Islington's Academy on May 12th (£15), and the genial Kinks mainman, Ray Davies, performing his inimitable English pop and blues strum-along anthems in Edinburgh and Southend during May.
Hot tickets finally, and we have Brits Critics Choice, Ellie Goulding doing her thing in Glasgow, Manchester and Shepherd's Bush and many others during June (as well as support to Passion Pit on some dates earlier in the year) - the three cities mentioned above go on sale this Friday. Positively smouldering is Midlake on their return with a new album and a one-off concert in November at the Roundhouse - yes they ARE playing in Shepherd's Bush later this month but you try getting a ticket! Don't miss out this time.
Gogol Bordello, those Gypsy punk-folkers, are back with a short stint over here - their festival appearances were a riot last year so expect a quick sale for these, especially in London (Hammersmith Apollo - May 7th).
Lastly, scoff you may but surfer-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is still courted by the Newquay fraternity, as well as lovers of easy-going acoustic chill-out music. Two arena dates, one in Cardiff (June 29th) and one at the O2 (June 30th), London are set to fly out - better get busy with that mouse!