Fat Friday 3rd Sep 2010 starring Klaxons, Underworld, Leftfield, Flaming Lips, Brandon Flowers, Meat Loaf, KT Tunstall + more
This week's new on-sale tickets released this coming Friday are positively belt-splitting and truly a feast for the ears and eyes, though probably not for your credit card. But hey, you only live once and you wouldn't want to miss out on these little beauties, would you? So, in no particular order of importance (they all are), salivate away.
All on sale Friday from 9am unless otherwise stated and prices quoted exclude booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below, or scroll down for the full event listing.
The new album "Surfing The Void" vaulted to the top of the album-chart last week - well done to the Klaxons, we say. Their autumn tour kicks off in Bristol on 21st October, before resuming in Manchester during November and continuing across the country, including a double-date at London's HMV Forum, until Dublin on 23rd November. Tickets cost around £16.50 - £18.50 (€25 for Dublin).
In what appears to be a 'comeback' for established (and bloody excellent) dance-acts from the 90s, Underworld lead the way with an eagerly-anticipated album ("Barking", 13th Sep) and a cheeky pair of knees-ups in November which includes Brixton Academy on 20th and Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom on the 26th, the former costing £26.50, the latter £22.50. Don't forget that their album launch concert at the HMV Forum on 16th Sep is selling fast, £25 being the admission fee.
The much-anticipated return of 90s club 'n' dub outfit Leftfield, reached fever-pitch at Creamfields last week, according to a few reports. Justifiably so, I shouldn't wonder, and now you have a chance to see the remaining helmsman Neil Barnes, plus guests, perform as headliners across the country during November and early December. Our separate article gives you a bit more background about the gigs, suffice to say these are going to be snapped up very quickly. Lucky cities include Manchester, Bristol, Plymouth and of course London with prices varying from £24 - £27.
The Flaming Lips
News of a very special classic-album concert at Alexandra Palace in July next year filtered through this week. For £40 you can witness the Lips replaying "The Soft Bulletin", the Jr performing their classic "Bug" set and Deerhoof render their "Milk Man" album, all under the same roof on the same night on 1st July 2011.
The Killers frontman is taking a hiatus from his chart-topping band, to become a potentially chart-topping solo-artist. His single "Crossfire" has done him proud, the fans have bought into the idea and now an album and tour beckon. The good news for London disciples of the Flowers is that his intimate Garage and Maida Vale gigs in September, will now be joined in October by a 'public' free-for-all at the Forum on 17th October, as well as a selection of other big-city dates. Tickets are £22.50 - £29.50.
He's loud, he's brash and he's rock 'n' roll personified, plus a deadringer for luurve - yes, Meat Loaf is back on stage with another round of bold-as-brass arena dates in December. With a new album firmly grasped in his mitts, he'll be giving it his all from 29th November in Cardiff, continuing to Bournemouth, Birmingham, London etc until Glasgow on 16th December. Early ticket-purchasers will be entitled to a limited edition version of the new album "Hang Cool Teddy Bear" (extra live tracks).
The spangly Scottish sensation is gearing up for the release of her third studio album, "Tiger Suit", in September with an accompanying tour, sensibly arranged for the following month - well, it makes budgeting a bit easier. So far she has confirmed four gigs in October, beginning with Cambridge on the 19th, Shepherd's Bush (20th), Manchester (21st) and Wolverhampton (24th), priced at £20 - £22.50. No doubt she'll add more concerts in the weeks to come - keep 'em peeled.
He may have forgotten to pack his toothbrush, but Shane MacGowan and co return for a swath of Christmas concerts around the UK during December. The classic "Fairytale Of New York" has re-charted every year since 2005, although originally a huge hit in 1987. Although original vocalist Kirsty MacColl is sadly no longer with us, you can bet this song will feature during the evening's knees-up, along with other Mahone classics in what is billed as a 'Farewell Tour'. Don't miss out - they will play Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield and a double session in London, priced at around £30.
The prolific house (should that be Mau5?) music producer returns from his recent collapse on stage with a series of December dates including stop-overs in Bournemouth, Leeds, Coventry, Glasgow and London, backed-up by special guests that include Calvin Harris, Stanton Warriors and Zane Lowe. Check our full article for details (the guests vary according to venue) - meanwhile, if you want to take the plunge, tickets cost £27.50 - £30.
Those spiky 'herberts' from Manchester, The Courteeners, return to the 'live' spotlight with a series of dates in December, with Miles Kane in support as well as Mercury-nominees I Am Kloot at the Manchester evening which is set to be a monster home-coming for them on the 10th. Other gigs include Leicester, Glasgow, London and Leeds, all costing from £16.50 - £18.50. If you missed them at V, check 'em out on this short tour.
Don't forget that the Q Awards are looming on the horizon and, as is the tradition, Q Magazine have announced a welter of gigs to whet your appetite for the big occasion. Jamiroquai, Chase and Status, Paolo Nutini, Tim Robbins, Mark Ronson, Rose Elinor Dougall and none other than Neil Finn (Crowded House) will appear in various headlining (and support) slots from 20th - 24th Oct at the HMV Forum (except Finn who appears at the Jazz Cafe). These exclusive nights, especially Jamiroquai's, will be in massive demand. Read our full article for details.
Also on-sale Friday
Yes, we just haven't got space for everybody this week, but we do just have a few centimetres to mention The Wombats touring in 2011 from 12th January (Belfast) to 28th (Hammersmith) - these are in addition to their October dates (still available). Also on sale are Band of Horses (2011 tour just announced - see our article), The Saturdays (2011 tour - some dates are on sale from Thursday, but Glasgow, Manchester, Brighton and Hammersmith hit the 'servers' on Friday) and one-off dates from Ash (Shepherd's Bush, 13th Nov), 30 Seconds To Mars (Lincoln - 19th Oct) and folk master-group Show of Hands (St Albans, 3rd Dec).