It's been a long time since our last Fat Friday missive - to be honest it's all been relatively quiet on the gig-front, until now that is. Close your laptop for one second and they all come along together like wasps. So, without further ado, let us forage around in the forest of fresh entertainment and reveal our new shoots of ticket-related wonder.
The big attractions this week are the new Autumn dates from the cheeky crooner Michael Buble, old pillow-head Lady GaGa and teeny hot-bods JLS. Buble has responded to public demand for the first phase of his World Tour by adding in some more UK dates, including a lovely pair at the Wembley Arena on the 2nd and 3rd October. £50 will get you in.
Much has been made of the great-crested GaGa's ticket-price hike in the last few days but does anybody care? If you adore her, you'd probably mortgage your pets to see her and if you don't see eye-to-naked-thigh with the diva's electro-disco fretting, then you are probably ready to click on the tickets above and below this entry! Whichever your leanings, you can't deny her world-domination status - three dates in Birmingham (May 28th), London (May 30th) and Manchester (June 2nd) go on sale at 9am.
American punk-rock trio Alkaline Trio return to our shores in May, starting in Birmingham on the 21st and continuing on through to Nottingham on June 2nd via Manchester, London and the usual suspects. Their new album 'This Addiction' is the first on their own label, Heart and Skull (after leaving Epic) and shows a personal side to their song-writing. In addition to the eight new dates, they have also been confirmed to appear at Slam Dunk 2010 - welcome back, lads.
Foals begin a Spring gallop (sorry) across the UK on April 29th at Liverpool's Kazimier, taking in Newcastle, Glasgow and more before ending up in Oxford on May 12th. By then their new album will be out, so expect lots of new songs. £15 approx for tickets. May is certainly a busy time for new albums...
Faithless are also back on the new-release circuit with 'The Dance', released on May 17th. A new brace of dates has also just been announced from May 21st to the 28th to support the set - good to see Doncaster getting a quality gig from Sister Bliss and the boys for a change.
Fancy 'a little time' down the pub with Paul Heaton? Maybe get the drinks in during 'happy hour'? Well, 'everybody's talkin'' about the return of the ex-Housemartins, Beautiful South and Biscuit Boy song-smith. Puns aside, Mr Heaton will play a sixteen-date 'Pedals and Beer Pumps' run from May 5th until the 23rd, from Rochdale to Chorlton and a fair few points in-between.
After what was a pretty manic Friday (12th March), Michael's trio of London dates have now sold-out. The only dates now available with tickets at face value (£50 for UK, 65.70 for Ireland) are: Dublin (Friday and Saturday 24th/ 25th September), Monday 27th September in Sheffield, Thursday 7th October in Manchester and Sunday 10th October in Birmingham.
Both the Manchester and Birmingham date were added yesterday morning - as was the third London date.
With all the hoo-har about inflated ticket prices for Lady GaGa's second 2010 tour, it did not seem to put the Lady GaGa fans off, with them going, well gaga on Friday morning and all dates selling-out. A second London date (31st May) managed to satisfy a few more fans, but that has now also sold-out.
A new date has today been added for Lady GaGa at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 3rd June. Tickets starting at £50 go on sale Friday 19th March at 9AM.