Back once again, is the incredible - so goes the Public Enemy rhyme at any rate, but it also applies to our super weekly round-up of The Week Ahead for Monday 20th September onwards. Some excellent crooners and singers on here this week, no big festivals, so without further ado, here we go.
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He just hasn't met you yet, but he soon will. The smooth singer begins an arena tour next Friday in Dublin with a few tickets still up for grabs at between 50 - 166.50, with further dates around the UK that are completely sold out, except for resales. Now that is popular!
In addition to the 'Crazy Love' tour, the album of the same name gets a reissue in late October, along with an earlier single release "Hollywood". Did I suggest 'just in time for Christmas'? Of course.
Nick Cave's powerful blues-rock fusion ensemble return to the UK on Saturday 25th and most dates have sold through already. However, tickets are purchasable for Leeds, Manchester and the Coronet gig in London's Elephant and castle area, averaging around £25 per ticket. The latest album, "Grinderman 2", was released on Monday to critical acclaim.
I Am Kloot
Now over to two acts that were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and Manchester's melancholic rockers, I Am Kloot, were the middle-ground tip for the award. However, style over substance prevailed but the Kloot are nonplussed - the show must, and will, go on. Sunday sees them hit Portsmouth and then on to Brighton etc during next week. Tickets cost £14 approx.
Kit Downes Trio
If you happen to live in Belfast or paying it a visit, you can witness the intricate jazz pianoisms of Kit Downes' Mercury-nominated trio of crack musicians perform at The Sonic Lab on Saturday, with tickets costing £10. Who needs awards anyway?
From The Beautiful South, The Housemartins and now fully solo - yes, Paul Heaton has a new album up his sleeve and is itching to share it with us. From Liverpool on Monday onwards until a little way into December, Heaton will unveil his "Acid Country" album (reviewed earlier this month). He's humorous and hard-bitten and well worth seeing I reckon with his popularity justified with sell-outs in London and Sheffield.
The Razorlight frontman isn't on tour but does have a couple of curious dates coming up, starting with Cambridge Haymakers hosting the first on Thursday. Tickets are just £8 for this intimate event. The second gig is part of the Oxjam concert series, dedicated to raising funds for the Oxfam organisation. We can't tell you where it is because you have to buy a ticket first - but it is in London and it is on 29th September - tickets are £25 and the location is revealed when your ticket are sent out.
From Sunday onwards, Thea Gilmore begins to promote her new album "Murphy's Heart". Exeter is that first stop, followed by stopovers in Bristol, Brighton as well as London's Dingwalls (5th Oct). This pop-country singer received a glowing 4-star review from our David Adair recently, declaring it an album to be proud of. Tickets cost around £13 for most venues.
Legends are legends until they can't sing - but I can't imagine Callier forgetting the words anytime soon. Terry Callier has been honing his smooth soul 'n' blues craft for a few decades now, receiving overdue props for his liaisons with Zero 7 a decade ago. He plays a few concerts from next Sunday in Brighton (Friday's original Exeter gig has been cancelled by the way) right up until the following Saturday in Manchester (2nd Oct). He plays London's Pigalle on 27th (not the 28th, this has been moved) - tickets are £20 upwards.
If the Proms have inspired you to dip into classical, but you're scared to look a dummy by clapping out of turn, try the subtle and populist sound of a serious virtuoso, Andre Rieu. Celebrating the works of Johann Strauss, the king of the violin will waltz you away from reality and into the realms of an imaginary ballroom in an Austrian mansion. He plays one concert in the capital at said venue on Wednesday, with tickets costing from £45 upwards. He moves on to other cities, including Birmingham and Newcastle, during the following week.
La Finta Semplice and La Finta Giardiniera take place in south east London, as the Greenwich Playhouse in hosts two productions of a pair of Mozart operas starting on Tuesday. Running on alternate nights, La Finta Semplice and La Finta Giardiniera are tragic tales of love and desperation, with the former (an operatic farce) beginning at 7.30 on the 21st and the latter (a comic opera) beginning on the following night at the same time. Tickets start at just £10, a real bargain for two earlier examples of Mozart's genius.
The Rambert Dance Company, with accompanying orchestra, returns to its roots in Salford with a programme of contemporary works, headlined by a piece inspired by the award-winning Robin Williams movie of the same name. A dramatic production with energy and passion, "Awakenings" is presented along with two other dramatic pieces from Christopher Bruce and Merce Cunningham. Tickets cost from £13.50 and the trio of evenings begins on Wednesday.
The Armstrong and Miller Show
At the risk of copying the two airmen characters from this most English of comedy duos, "you've gotta check out these bredren, they sho' got funny and ting. Safe?". Their successful TV series now gets the stage translation treatment from Thursday onwards, starting in Bristol and continuing to Wolves, a trio in Birmingham and a six-dater in Wimbledon to round it all off in November. Tickets start at around £25 (where they are still available, that is).
It's difficult to tire of the irascible Sean Lock, a smart and hilarious performer who adds an intelligent and well-argued sprinkle to panel games on TV (esp QI) and his script-work. Now he continues with the acclaimed 'Lockipedia' shows, starting on Saturday in Salford. Lock uses his limited and 'sloppy' knowledge to create a 'very unreliable resource' - and a load of dry laughs, no doubt. Tickets are still available for his other gigs in October at around £17.50.
From the 70s/80s era but still very much a consummate raconteur and all-round good chap, Alexei Sayle has a few dates coming up, beginning with Bridgewater on Thursday. The location hints at the size of town Sayle will be visiting (Morecambe and Bury also crop up next month), giving unlikely locations a chance to see this man still very much in his comic prime. Based on his new book, "Stalin Ate My Homework", the show will feature Sayle describing moments from his childhood as well as host a Q&A. Tickets are just £15.