World Cup Weekend Whopper 11th-14th June 2010: Athlete, Less Than Jake, Pixie Lott, Wu-Tang Clan and more
It isn't just Friday with the bulging pockets this week, there are also tickets going on sale across the weekend, hence our zany headline. So as you get prepared for the weeks of football, arguments and news-flashes of England fans being robbed of their dignity (or their Rolex watches), thoughts turn to post-World Cup entertainment in the form of some good old gigs - well, new gigs then. All tickets on sale Friday at 9AM unless otherwise specified.
Deptford's finest returned to the fray with a new EP late last year, entitled "Black Swan" and taken from the album of the same name. In 2010 they have "The Getaway" ready for release in the summer and with it an extensive UK tour. Beginning in Liverpool on 16th November and ending in Birmingham on 4th December, it sees the Mercury-nominated quartet cover most of the UK, with the possibility of further new material being added to hits like "Wires", "El Salvador", "Beautiful" and "Half Light". Tickets are around £16.50 and go on sale at 9.30am, Friday.
Less Than Jake
If the rumours on Wackypedia are anything to go by, it appears this long-running ska-punk-hardcore outfit have started their own label AND bought the rights to their previously issued material - no mean feat when you consider that Capitol, Fat Wreck and Sire have all dabbled with the previous releases. LTJ are working on a new album, but meanwhile have announced a new UK tour, beginning in Oxford on 4th November, taking in 9 more cities before landing in Edinburgh on the 18th. There's a London show at the Forum on the 8th. Tickets will cost £15 (or £16.50 for London) and are on sale from Monday 14th at 9am.
"Turn It Up" urges the blonde-bombshell and who are we to disagree with that advice? Her fifth single from the debut album hasn't quite set the charts alight, but Lott has 'legs' for a while longer with the announcement of a lengthy UK tour which covers Glasgow as a starter (24th November), Hammersmith as a main (7th December) and Manchester as the closing dessert on 18th Dec. 15 other dates make up the tour with tickets costing £25.85 upwards - note the date homecoming date in Brentwood on 28th Nov, this'll fly out! Tickets are on sale Saturday 12th at 9am.
The Staten Island ('Shaolin')-crew are back with a vengeance and a few planned solo albums, supported by just two shows in the UK, the first in Manchester on 3rd August, the second in Brixton on the 4th. The original line-up of RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa and Ghostface Killah have all been busy little solo bees since the last Wu album in 2007 ("8 Diagrams"), but Raekwon, GZA and Method Man have solo work due for release, the most interesting being "Liquid Swords 2" by GZA. It remains to be seen how these shows pan out, but tickets are on sale Friday at 9am, priced at £29.50 / £32.50.
As far away from G-rap as you can possibly get is Suzanne Vega, a soothing singer-songwriter famous for "Tom's Diner", "Luka" and "Blood Makes Noise" (just recently covered by Anna Domino). Very much a product of the 80s, her timeless songs have stayed with her fans for the past 30 years or so and she makes a return to these shores with a new acoustic album resume of earlier works, plus a UK tour in June. Vega has added two new dates which go on sale on Friday, these being in Oxford on 12th July and Bournemouth on the 13th, both costing £18.50.
Feisty-foursome armed with jangly psychedelic-pop tunes sounds good to me and you might just like The Like as well. Five new UK dates have just been announced and go on sale on Friday for Nottingham (5th Sep) to the ICA London (15th Sep) at the bargain-price of just £7.50. I reckon The Like are a name to remember and you can judge for yourself when their second-album "Release Me" hits the shops on Monday. The quartet have just signed with Universal's Downtown offshoot and a single with the same name is released on the same day.
A legend for probably a few reasons he'd like to forget about as well as his landmark musical output, Steve Earle returns to the UK for just one date in Cardiff at the city's St David's Hall on 7th September. Having recently appeared on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's recent "Here Lies Love" project and become a father via his new squeeze, country-singer Alison Moorer, Steve's new-era is shaping up nicely with his last album "Townes", bang on the money. He recently performed some American-folk classics by John Henry for a US radio station so expect a few of these to sneak into the Welsh set. £24.50 is the price and tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am.
And finally ...
Other interesting new-sales come from London-rapper Professor Green, the man who has breathed some life into an old INXS track ("I Need You Tonight") and has a new album "Alive Till I'm Dead" ready to go, featuring Lily Allen. The single reached number 3, so you can bet his new tour will sell keenly. It begins on 8th Oct in Cambridge and ends in London (at KOKO) on the 19th.
Guitarist and songwriter from the 70s, Nils Lofgren, is also playing a concert tour in October from the 12th to 24th with a London date at the tasty Cadogan Hall.
And don't forget Manchester duo Hurts are also out-and-about in October with a tour starting in Brighton, finishing in London and calling at Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol in-between.
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 to Thu 23rd Aug 2018 Suzanne VegaBuy Tickets
- Tue 30th Oct 2018 to Thu 15th Nov 2018 Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead, Suburban LegendsBuy Tickets
- Sat 17th Nov 2018 and Sun 18th Nov 2018 Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Suburban LegendsBuy Tickets
- Tue 20th Nov 2018 Professor GreenElectric (Brixton)Buy Tickets
You may also be interested in
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018 Daniel O'DonnellBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 Sziget Festival, Arctic Monkeys, The War On Drugs, Zara Lars...Obudai Island - Budapest (Hungary)Buy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 Vintage TroubleHangar 34 (Liverpool)Buy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 and Thu 16th Aug 2018 King TuffBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 and Tue 21st Aug 2018 Craig David, Ibiza RocksBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018 Sons of BillBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 Leo SayerEvents Square (Falmouth)Buy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 and Wed 15th Aug 2018 AshBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 WIKIXOYO (Shoreditch)Buy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 and Fri 17th Aug 2018 GabrielleBuy Tickets
- Tue 14th Aug 2018 to Mon 20th Aug 2018 The Tearaways, Clem BurkeBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 to Wed 22nd Aug 2018 Skid Row, ToselandBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 Foxing, Pianos Become the TeethCluny (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 Arctic MonkeysObudai Island - Budapest (Hungary)More Info..
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 and Wed 22nd Aug 2018 Mike DenverBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 and Sat 18th Aug 2018 The KutBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 and Thu 23rd Aug 2018 Richard ThompsonBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 and Sat 25th Aug 2018 DJ Craig CharlesBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018 Kurt TravisBuy Tickets
- Wed 15th Aug 2018 The TearawaysKing Tut's (Glasgow)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Sun Ra ArkestraUnion Chapel (Islington)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 to Wed 22nd Aug 2018 The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn BandBuy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 to Sun 19th Aug 2018 Beautiful DaysBuy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Ibiza Rocks, Rudimental, Mist, James Arthur: Rudimental & FriendsIbiza Rocks Hotel (San Antonio)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Live in the Square, Sister Sledge, DJ Craig CharlesGrosvenor Square (Mayfair)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Rudi's MessageEvents Square (Falmouth)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 to Tue 21st Aug 2018 Sean PaulBuy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 and Fri 17th Aug 2018 Rising AppalachiaBuy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 to Sat 25th Aug 2018 Eliza and the BearBuy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 ComethazineJazz Cafe (Camden)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 TOUTSMcHugh's (Belfast)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Lethal BizzleSWX (Bristol)Buy Tickets
- Thu 16th Aug 2018 Artful DodgerPryzm Cardiff (Cardiff)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 Newmarket Nights, George EzraNewmarket Racecourse (Newmarket)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Paloma FaithPrinces Street Gardens (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 Rize Festival, Liam Gallagher, James Bay, Craig David, Plan ...Hylands Park (Chelmsford)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 and Sat 18th Aug 2018 Christy MooreBuy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 and Sat 18th Aug 2018 Amanda PalmerBuy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 Wiley, Flava DXOYO (Shoreditch)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 Andrew WeatherallThe Hare & Hounds 1/2 (Kings Heath)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 P Money [UK]O2 Academy Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Buy Tickets
- Fri 17th Aug 2018 and Sat 18th Aug 2018 The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Melle MelBuy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Liam Gallagher, Bugzy Malone, Twisted WheelEmirates Old Trafford (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Great Northern Ska FestivalBowlers Exhibition Centre (Manchester)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Dr Hook: 50th AnniversaryChepstow Castle (Monmouthshire)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 to Sat 25th Aug 2018 Simple Minds, The Pretenders, KT Tunstall: Grandslam TourBuy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Paloma FaithMarket Rasen Racecourse (Lincolnshire)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Kasabian, DMA'sPrinces Street Gardens (Edinburgh)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 Rize Festival, Stereophonics, Bastille, Years and Years, Rag...Hylands Park (Chelmsford)Buy Tickets
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 George EzraDon Valley Bowl (Sheffield)More Info..
- Sat 18th Aug 2018 King King, FM, The Brew, Sari Schorr, Xander and the Peace P...Leicester Arena (Leicester)Buy Tickets