Fat Friday 17th Sep 2010 featuring: Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Maroon 5, The Icicle Works, The Stranglers and more
Posted: 15th September 2010
ROGER WATERS It's extra dates time for the Pink Floyd legend - the continual selling-out of the new concert-performances of The Wall, including the first time in 30 years that the grand show has played in London. The new additional date for the O2 Arena is 18th May, making it the 6th evening at the Greenwich venue - the other five have all but sold out. Two new dates have also been added for Manchester (28th and 29th June). Tickets will cost £60/£75 plus fees.
ERIC CLAPTON Another formidable contributor to the sale of guitar-strings will also cause a few servers to wobble this Friday. Eric Clapton is set to play Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff and London during May next year, with tickets going on sale for upwards of £50. There are four nights at the Royal Albert Hall to choose from, running from 17th - 21st (not the 19th - but who's to say it soon won't be?).
THE STRANGLERS You say 'potayto', we say 'potarto' as the old show-tune goes and this week rock-punksters The Stranglers and their founding ex-lead-singer, Hugh Cornwell, have both announced UK tours. Taking the band first, The Stranglers begin a sizeable stretch in March, starting with Newcastle on the 4th and ending in Manchester on the 26th. Tickets will cost around the £25 mark.
HUGH CORNWELL Not to be outdone, Hugh Cornwell is also out on the road, although he has opted for the following month starting with Portsmouth on 6th April, followed by several more until Brighton on the 17th rounds it all off - tickets are £18, even London (though the beer will probably be £8 a pint).
MAROON 5 For something a little more poptastic, Maroon 5 return with a new album "Hands All Over" (it's out next Monday) and a swath of UK concerts. Tickets go on sale for their February tour at around £25 plus fees, taking in Bristol, Brixton, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow on the way.
THE ICICLE WORKS The 80s epic-anthem band that brought you "Love Is A Wonderful Colour", "Seven Horses Deep" and "Birds Fly" is set to play a cluster of gigs during the spring next year, with tickets on sale this Friday. We will be publishing further details about the concerts, as soon as Ian McNabb gives the nod. But for now, it looks like a 30th-year anniversary tour is on the cards. Tickets start at £18.50 and I'll see you down the front.
The Waterboys Oh and talking of 'big music' - we will soon have news of an upcoming The Waterboys tour next year as well (Mike Scott and McNabb have recently collaborated on Ian's "New Life" song).....so, keep 'em peeled for further related news!
Jesse Malin New Yorker Jesse Malin was over in these shores in June for an extensive tour, and obviously can't get enough of the place as he's going to some back this December for a short tour which (so far) takes in Sheffield, Leicester, Glasgow and London. Tickets will cost £13.50 for London, £10 elsewhere and go on sale today at 5PM for Glasgow and Friday at 3PM for the rest.
THE GO! TEAM A band you cannot pigeonhole is The Go! Team, a fusion-act of breaks, rock and indie that crossed over with the album "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" back in 2004 (along with its jolly bonkers near-instrumental single "Ladyflash"). The band has announced an extensive tour to support their third, as yet untitled, album due in 2011. Tickets are already available for a concert at London's Heaven (3rd Feb), but the actual longer run of dates starts in Bournemouth on 14th. Tickets are around the £12 mark and are on sale at 9am.
MAMMA MIA! The enormously successful ABBA-flavoured musical moves from the West End to the North West next spring, with a six-week run at Manchester's Palace Theatre. This short run begins on 26th April and continues until 11th June. Prices are TBC, but tickets are up for grabs from 10am. Don't underestimate the potential of a sell-out - this is a big attraction for the city which will be eagerly snapped up.
Bill Bailey A late addition to our round-up of all the on-sale goodness is Mr Bill Bailey, whose 'Dandelion Mind' show hits Wyndham's Theatre from 2nd November for (currently) 21 nights. Tickets go on sale Saturday 18th Sep at 10AM, ranging from £17.50 to £47.50.
Also on sale...
Ani DiFranco Activist, feminist and powerful songwriter Ani DiFranco's stint at Shepherd's Bush on 27th January, goes on sale at 9am as well as the homecoming gig for Sheffield's post-punk art-rockers Artery (20th Nov) and a Newcastle gig for The Wildhearts' guitarist Ginger's solo project (21st Dec).