This week's Fat Friday might well have been the victim of a diet, but it does have some tasty little morsels to savour, many of which border on the unusual or the eclectic.
Together, Boyzone, JLS and Russell Howard are probably going to cause servers across the nation to fall over, but look closer and we see some worthy artists doing their thing later this year. Yep, it's a music fan's week methinks so butter your bread and slip in some tickety goodness.
We've mentioned a few legends this week already - Elvis Costello back on the road for a handful of dates, Squeeze due to play around twenty concerts in the Autumn (including three in London) and the soul stalwarts, Al Green and Earth, Wind and Fire occupying various arenas during the summer.
But did we mention the Canadian rocker, Bryan Adams? [yes we did - Ed] Mock not, this man still pulls 'em in and no mistake and there is more to him than 'Everything I Do' (thank gawd). Anyway, he has seven confirmed UK dates beginning in Bradford on the 13th October then on to Stoke, Birmingham, Ipswich, Manchester, Gateshead and finally Glasgow on the 19th. Tickets are £50 but he is known to play epic sets and, as these are rather more intimate venues than normal, these should be special evenings.
A few one-offs on sale on Friday should also have many people salivating, none more so than the return of German electro-new-beat and disco duo DAF (or Deutsche American Freundschaft as they are known) with a very rare London date on 27th November at the Islington Academy. If you want to hear the link between Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, via Front 242 and just about every techno musician, go and see them.
Echo and the Bunnymen have a homecoming Liverpool date booked for 11th December and make no mistake, this will sell very quickly. Ian McCulloch and the boys will take to the stage at the city's Olympia venue for £25, plus the band also has a Birmingham and Brixton gig during the same month. See below for details (these ones are on sale now).
Other one-offs due on sale on Friday include The XX (Somerset House - 13th July [part of The Summer Series 2010 - Ed]), The Magic Numbers (Norwich - 16th June, new album soon), folk legend Christy Moore (Nottingham - 3rd November) and acclaimed songwriting duo Tegan and Sara (Roundhouse - 24th June).
At the time of writing (Friday 26th Mar @ 9:30), the Bryan Adams dates have now all but sold-out, with just the Stoke, Gateshead and Glasgow dates having tickets.
For the London Somerset House Summer Series, both the Florence and the Machine and The XX dates have now also sold-out.