It's a busy old week for touring with a few tasty arts and theatre dates to boot. The traditional run-up to Christmas starts right here with a huge welter of stars and familiar names beginning their autumn jaunts.
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Jools Holland and His Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra
The master of the keys brings his Rhythm n Blues Orchestra to major cities for October and November, starting with Belfast's Waterfront Hall on Friday and continuing to Norwich during the following week. Tickets are still available for much of the tour, which includes Alison Moyet and Ruby Turner as special guests, priced at £27.50.
Gearing themselves up for a longer November jaunt are Klaxons who appear in Bristol on Thursday at the University Anson Rooms. Strangely, tickets are still available at £14 plus fees for the "Surfing The Void" creators. Album track "Twin Flames" is rumoured to be the next physical single, possibly around the time their Nov tour starts.
It looks like their planned second album will finally appear at the end of November having just notched up another Top 30 hit with "Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)". From Wednesday onwards, The Wombats begin a string of dates in Stoke followed by Leeds, Hereford etc until their home-town on 29th October. Tickets have pretty much sold out although Hereford and Liverpool are still up for £13.
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Equipped with a new single in "So Long Goodnight", out next week and taken from their earlier "Blood and Fire" album, the B-Liners are out and about from Thursday onwards starting in Gloucester. Friday looks interesting as well - the first of two Bizarre Balls (fnarr fnarr) is being held in Manchester and the band will be headlining it before continuing off around the country again. Tickets for the tour are around £8, the Ball is £13.50 upwards.
The Twickenham Jets will be releasing the bouncy Hot Chip-esque "Show Me The Night" as a single on 1st November, so you'll probably get to hear it loads on their new tour, starting with the sold-out Manchester Cathedral gig on Friday and continuing to Sheffield on Saturday and ever onwards during the following week. Tickets are around £12.50.
Ireland is genial Lloyd Cole's first stopover on his upcoming tour, beginning with Cork on Thursday, Limerick on Friday and Dublin on Sunday. He will then hit the UK in support of his recently-released excellent bang-on-form album "Broken Record", starting with Glasgow on Tuesday Cole continues onto Stockton etc until London's Union Chapel on 3rd November. Tickets are around £20.
Unfortunately Robert Plant's concerts in Edinburgh on Monday and Gateshead on Wednesday have sold out, but his stopover in Liverpool on Thursday is still available (although tickets are selling quickly now) at £35. After a short break, Plant continues his Band Of Joy tour from Tuesday 26th in Cardiff.
The Psychedelic Furs
One of the 80's most enduring post-punk / rock bands are back in the UK for a short run of dates dedicated to their best-selling album "Talk Talk Talk" (including the hit "Pretty In Pink"). First stop is Frome on Sunday followed by Manchester, Birmingham, London and Glasgow - tickets are £20.
With a return-to-form in the guise of the new album "Mixed Race", Tricky's upcoming short tour is highly-anticipated and selling fast. Monday sees Nottingham as the first port of call, followed by Glasgow, Sheffield, London and Portsmouth - tickets cost around £20.
Other tours beginning this week include One Night Only (from Wednesday in Dublin), The Gaslight Anthem (from Thursday in Hammersmith), Feeder (Thursday in Leeds - sold out, other locations available), Steve Winwood (from Monday at the Roundhouse), Maceo Parker (from Wednesday in London) and the quintet of Q Awards concerts including the sold-out Jamiroquai gig on Wednesday.
When We Are Married
The Garrick Theatre is hosting this run of JB Priestly's acclaimed comedy "When We Are Married" from Tuesday onwards. Starring treasured comic-actors Maureen Lipman and Roy Hudd, this 'farce' is still available to book from £29.50 upwards (although Dress Circle seats seem to have sold out on the opening night)
Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange
A dystopian future, a rampant violent gang and Beethoven's 9th - sounds like a fun night out, one which you can witness at the Lost Theatre in London from Tuesday to Saturday this week. Tickets for this very limited run cost just £10-£13, probably not one for the kids though.
Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures
Manchester's Museum of Museums is set to host a major exhibition of considerable historical and archaeological importance, including a reconstruction of the Pharaoh chambers and thousands of detailed replicas from the Egyptians, plus a dash of modern technology. If you are quick, you can book £5 tickets for the Wednesday preview, an hour-long entry ticket to catch a quick glimpse of the forthcoming event starting on Friday. Normal tickets cost £14 or £7 for kids. The exhibition continues until 27th February.
Acclaimed as one of the 'most innovative and boundary-pushing' dance companies in the world, Rosas presents two contemporary pieces one of which, "Rosas Danst Rosas", is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special trio of performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Coupled with the piano-led classical dance-piece "Zeitung", tickets cost from £10 upwards.
Hull Comedy Festival 2010
Running for two weeks is this North East laughter fest which begins on Thursday with the inimitable Ross Noble, followed by Milton Jones on Saturday, Russell Kane on Sunday, Sarah Millican the following Thursday and Mark Watson on Guy Fawkes. Most tickets are priced at around or just over a tenner although shifting quickly.