Spring 2010 One-offs, including: Ian McNabb, Daniel Johnston, James Walsh, Band of Horses and more
Posted: 24th February 2010
Y'know, in the wacky and busy world of Allgigs, we spend so long trawling through the very best in festivals, tours and theatre-runs for you that it gets all too easy to forget about those special one-off gigs that artists play from time to time. Below is a guide to some of the latest tickets available for the famous, the infamous and the forgotten, yet no less excellent, acts we have on offer.
Ian McNabb Singer-songwriters are two-a-penny these days, but how can you resist some of the most-revered songsmiths from the past 30 years or so? Very much an important figure in the Liverpool music scene of the 80s and 90s is Ian McNabb, the man who gave us The Icicle Works and 'Merseybeast' (see what he did there?). His new album, 'Great Things', is right up there with his best work (review to follow soon) and having seen him at Kilburn's Luminaire recently, I can vouch for the man's sterling efforts. He plays two dates in May, one in York (15th) and one in Liverpool (22nd) - £10.
Daniel Johnston Another real presence on stage and a much-admired songwriter and activist is Daniel Johnston, a huge influence on Kurt Cobain, Lou Barlow, Flaming Lips, Beck and a host of acts on the quirky US-label, Shimmy-Disc. He will play one date in London (the Troxy - Apr 2nd) and another in Dublin (Vicar Street - 3rd), both being rare UK appearances.
James Walsh of the North-West's oft-ignored anthem-rockers, Starsailor, plays a special solo date at the Hard Rock Café in Manchester on March 18th. Apparently writing with 'Luka' composer, Suzanne Vega, Walsh (with help from band-mate Arno Carstens) will perform new and old songs for a charity gig that will also be replayed in London's Hard Rock Café on the 22nd, tickets priced at £20.
Band Of Horses If it's bands past and present that you want, then feast your mince pies on these beauties. Two much-touted and adored bands hit London in April, the first being Band Of Horses who played the Shepherd's Bush Empire a couple of years back to rapturous applause. Think epic Waterboys or Flaming Lips and you are a little nearer to understanding this quality group - tickets go on sale on Friday 26th. This time they hit KOKO on Apr 12th.
Bombay Bicycle Club 12 days later, this time at the HMV Forum, we have Bombay Bicycle Club fresh from their NME Shockwaves shows and riding a wave of adulation it seems. Yeah, they're pretty good and the Forum is the next step up for them, especially at £14. Tickets are on sale tomorrow (24th) at 9am.
Crosby, Stills and Nash The above two bands have surely heard a tune or two from the repertoire of our next two acts playing special dates. Crosby, Stills and Nash have been writing and recording the precursor to Americana for a few decades now and they play one date in Dublin on July 1st (at the city's O2 Academy) for €55. Even minus Neil Young, they are a force to be reckoned with. Their 'CSN' and 'Déjà Vu' sets are certainly worth getting.
Artery Not so well-known, but ever-present in just about every intelligent young indie band around today, is Artery from Sheffield. Never quite elevated any further than the critic's hearts in NME or Sounds, they were more aggressive and darker than the city's Comsat Angels yet more raw and energetic than Cabaret Voltaire. They play a rare date in their home-town on March 20th (£6) - if you can get tickets, book them and go.
The Chameleons Within the same ball-park are the darlings of the 80s Manchester music-scene, The Chameleons. They have been through the mill, personally, musically, spiritually and yet here is the real thing all over again. May 8th at the Bolton Soundhouse - remember the date and make sure you don't miss possibly THE best live band that never had a hit. Their remarkable second album, 'What Does Anything Mean, Basically?', has just been re-issued (review up soon).
Ludovico Einaudi Finally, fancy something a little more sedate? Acclaimed Italian-composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, plays just one gig at the Royal Albert Hall on March 2nd for just £25, a decent price for a man who has written very pretty Nymanesque piano passages for two decades, shifted thousands and thousands of CDs yet still eludes most classical fan's radar. It's not going to be a rock n roll evening, but the man can still be emotive. Enjoy.
- Thu 12th Mar 2020 Ludovico Einaudi Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre) (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Fri 13th Mar 2020 Ludovico Einaudi Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre) (Dublin) Buy Tickets
- Sat 14th Mar 2020 Ian McNabb The Slaughtered Lamb (Clerkenwell) Buy Tickets
- Sat 14th Mar 2020 Ludovico Einaudi O2 Apollo (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Fri 20th Mar 2020 Ian McNabb John Peel Centre for Creative Arts (Suffolk) Buy Tickets
- Sat 21st Mar 2020 Ian McNabb Foxlowe Arts Centre - Leek (Staffordshire) Buy Tickets
- Sat 21st Mar 2020 James Walsh The Brook (Southampton) Buy Tickets
- Fri 3rd Apr 2020 Ian McNabb The Parish (Huddersfield) Buy Tickets
- Thu 21st May 2020 Ian McNabb Alexander's Live (Chester) Buy Tickets
- Fri 22nd May 2020 James Walsh Strings Bar and Venue (Newport [Isle of Wight]) Buy Tickets
- Fri 21st Aug 2020 The Chameleons : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour The Devils Arse/ Peak Cavern (Derbyshire) Buy Tickets
- Sat 5th Sep 2020 The Chameleons O2 Institute (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Sun 6th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Cluny (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Mon 7th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Oran Mor (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Tue 8th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour The Liquid Rooms (Edinburgh) Buy Tickets
- Wed 9th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess, Chameleons Vox Brudenell Social (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Thu 10th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour The Rescue Rooms (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Fri 11th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour The Cambridge Junction (Cambridge) Buy Tickets
- Sat 12th Sep 2020 The Chameleons : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Shepherds Bush) Buy Tickets
- Sun 13th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Concorde 2 (Brighton) Buy Tickets
- Mon 14th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Fiddlers (Bristol) Buy Tickets
- Tue 15th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Portland House (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Thu 17th Sep 2020 The Chameleons, Mark Burgess : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Cavern (Liverpool) Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Sep 2020 Ian McNabb The Junction - Rainford (St. Helens) Buy Tickets
- Fri 2nd Oct 2020 Ian McNabb The Waterloo (Blackpool) Buy Tickets
- Sat 10th Oct 2020 Ian McNabb St Saviour's Community Hall - Retford (Nottinghamshire) Buy Tickets
- Fri 11th Dec 2020 Ian McNabb The Craven Arms (North Yorkshire) Buy Tickets
- Sat 19th Dec 2020 The Chameleons : What Does Anything Mean Basically Tour Manchester Academy (Manchester) Buy Tickets