Fat Friday 13th August 2010 starring Robert Plant, Arcade Fire, Alice Cooper, Klaxons, Tricky, Saint Etienne and more
Some very intriguing tickets go on sale this Friday with some huge names joining the line-up. It's enough to make the sun come out. Or Barry Manilow to add another date to his O2 residency anyway - but that's another story. Meanwhile, a few other likely 'suspects' have some beauties on show.
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.
The King of Led Zep has added a date in Belfast to his previously announced October tour - well OK, this is for 2nd November but you get my drift. He's already playing Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and other cities, yet left Northern Ireland out of the equation - this news, therefore, should delight his fans. As previously reported, Plant is back with a new album of Americana roots and his group, Band Of Joy featuring Patty Griffin will appear on this tour.
With a much-anticipated number-one album under their belts, Arcade Fire return to the UK for a series of arena gigs in the winter, preceded by the much-hyped return to Leeds and Reading Festivals. "The Suburbs" outsold Eminem, Plan B and Lady Gaga to sit at the top of the tree and may just stay there if people keep buying it. The tour takes in the O2, LG, CIA, SECC and Central - well, there are more letters there than a Harley Street surgeon - and tickets will fly out.
"School's out for summer!" and how true that is, but the child in Alice Cooper lives on with his forthcoming Halloween Party. Everybody loves dressing up in costumes (especially a few civil servants, allegedly) and our Alice wants all the freaks in London to turn out in numbers at the Roundhouse on 31st Oct / 1st Nov. The auditions for performers and sideshow attractions is over and now it's time to party, though hell and heaven knows what's instore - the squeamish ITV couldn't show much of the audition process when they covered it earlier this week on London News!
The nu-ravers have a new album due out on 23rd August which will give you plenty of time (48 hours) to learn the words and hum along, before Klaxons roll up at Heaven in London for a special post-launch, pre-festival warm up. This is one hot ticket, especially when you consider that the lads are only playing Leeds and Reading in addition to this headliner. Tickets are dirt-cheap at £15 as well - hurry hurry.
They used to call him Tricky kid, according to one of his lyrics, but now the man is back with a vengeance and a brand new album called "Mixed Race". It's out in September, but a single entitled "Murder Weapon", a cover of Echo Minott's dancehall anthem with added Tricky sprinkles sees the light of day on 30th August. You can grab tickets for his exclusive KOKO show on 22nd October right here at 9am. Don't be late.
Another act with just one forthcoming date is Saint Etienne, the breezy retro dance-pop trio who gave us "Nothing Can Stop Us Now" and "He's On The Phone". Sarah, Pete and Bob hit Glasgow on 16th December with tickets costing £16.50, but just prior to this gig, the albums "Good Humor" and "Tales From Turnpike House" get the 'redux' treatment and a reissue in October. The band have been busy trawling through the archives for extra tracks as well as soundtracking a kids' TV programme in the States.
The Birmingham pop-reggae wizards have already announced a UK tour for October/November, running from 25th Oct (Liverpool) to 19th Nov (Southampton) - tickets are selling well. But now the band will be 'signing off' at a different destination - they've added Northern Ireland to the tour with a date in Belfast on the 21st Nov at the Waterfront Hall. Get in quick.
Manchester's much-fancied posters from the 80s (in musical terms) will play eight dates in the autumn, from Liverpool on the 30th September to Bristol on 11th October. Tickets will fly out as soon as people check out the impending new album "Man Alive", due out this month on the 30th. Previous single "MY KZ YR BF" is reissued in two weeks.
And finally, the darling of the dance-floor Sophie Ellis Bextor, returns to the airwaves with a new album in October entitled "Straight To The Heart", with a preview single "Not Giving Up" out on 20th August. She has just announced a tour in December to warm the cockles of your hearts, beginning with Islington's Academy on the 13th and continuing up to Oxford on the 19th. Tickets cost around £19.50.
Peter Andre is back on the road it seems - three new tickets have been added to his already-announced late autumn tour due to public demand. Plymouth (26th Nov), Ipswich (29th) and Cambridge (30th) are now part of his Unconditional Love Songs and more tour (his latest album), as well as brand new material. This will be your last chance to catch Andre before he heads out on arena tours next year. Tickets are from £25.
This November Annie Mac presents MIA as part of the autumn Warehouse Project programme. It will only be the third time this year the rapper has made a UK appearance - the other two being the Underage Festival and last week's Big Chill. You can catch MIA as part of Annie Mac Presents... on Saturday 13th November. Tickets go on sale at Midday on Friday.