Fat Friday 9th July 2010 - starring Robert Plant, Scissor Sisters, Plan B, Cast (again), Shakira (again) and more

It's probably not the biggest most fulsome Friday we've ever had but there are some pretty big names on this week's selection nonetheless. As the football begins to wind down - will the Spanish pass the Dutchies on the left-hand side? - thoughts are turning to what to see in the autumn. We reckon you might just wonder at a few of these beauties.

All on sale from 9am unless stated - prices + booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below, or scroll down for the full event listing.

Robert Plant - Image: www.robertplant.com
 

Robert Plant

You can't get much more influential than Led Zep can you? The world of rock got a firecracker up its backside when these boys arrived on the scene in the late 60s, and who would have thought their legacy would continue thus far, and not just in rock music. Robert Plant's blues-style was apparent in much of his vocalizing with the band and it's no secret how much he loves his American-roots music. His first new album, "Band Of Joy", gets a release in September and to mark the occasion he will play two dates in London and one each in Cardiff, Birmingham and Dublin. For full details, see the article published earlier - suffice to say you'll need to be quick for these tickets priced around the £50 mark.

Scissor Sisters - Image: www.scissorsisters.com
 

Scissor Sisters

Flamboyant floozies of kitsch-camaraderie, Scissor Sisters know how to put on a show and woop it up big-time. The new album looks set to quell initial fears that they were a one-album band (after the relative drudgery of the second one "Ta-Dah"), spawning a near-Top 10 hit with "Fire With Fire". Indeed "Night Work" has sold well - and so have their subsequent live appearances, not forgetting their Glasto appearance with pop-pixie Kylie. They return to the UK in December (3rd - 15th), covering Birmingham, Manchester, London and more. £30 - £32.50.

Plan B
 

Plan B

Grime-turned-hip hop rapper (and most points in between), Plan B will play eight dates (so far) in 2011 to back up the release of his next studio album (due at the end of this year), giving fans plenty of time to save up for tickets. "The Ballad of Belmarsh" is a possible return to straight hip-hop for the number-one star, although judging by the remixes on his latest single-package on iTunes, it's doubtful he's left his other genres far behind - Chase & Status and Breakage both providing a hint of grimy dubstep in the mixes of "Prayin'". His tour costs £17.50 - £22.50 by the way.

Cast
 

Cast

As previously mentioned, lively Liverpool larrikins Cast return for a 15th anniversary tour during November and December, beginning in Newcastle on the 24th Nov and ending in Bristol on 8th Dec. Two dates in London (3rd / 4th - the latter is an extra date) are all part of the agenda which promises to include some new songs that lead-man John Power has been working on with the band, proving that this is very much a group-project, not a solo Power vehicle. Initially there were just four dates for this tour, but sense has prevailed and a further batch have been confirmed in Leeds, Oxford and Leamington amongst others. £20 each (London £22.50).

Lissie
 

Lissie

This young singer is picking up props from all quarters at the moment, to the extent she will begin a proper headline tour around the UK in October / November, starting with Manchester (27th Oct), Bristol (28th), Norwich (30th), Birmingham (31st) and finally London (1st November). Tickets cost up to £12 and go on sale at 9am. Bear in mind that her upcoming London ICA date has sold out, although there are still some tickets left for the Dublin date on 7th September.

Michelle Shocked - Image: www.michelleshocked.com
 

Michelle Shocked

20 years ago this fine folk-country-rock singer would have made the top of this list, such was her cult-status and influence. The lady is due to play a few UK dates which we will keep you posted on in a separate article. However at least one of her upcoming "Road Works" dates will go on sale in the morning - her Islington Academy slot on 7th November, priced at £17.50 plus usual fees. Expect a career-spanning set, plus new songs written especially for the tour.

And finally

Shakira - Image: www.shakira.com
 

Shakira

Shakira's two dates in Manchester and Glasgow finally go on sale on Friday at 9am, with Dublin, Belfast and the O2 date already up for grabs. Tickets are £40.

Lacuna Coil - Image: www.lacunacoil.it
 

Lacuna Coil

Also, after a short delay, rockers Lacuna Coil's tour also hits the proverbial servers at the same time. Dates in Oxford, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, London and Norwich - we'll keep you posted on the Stoke and Portsmouth nights. For the ones that will be available, expect to pay around £14 - £17.50.

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