Fat Friday 15th Oct 2010 starring Enrique Iglesias, KT Tunstall, Tinie Tempah, Rob Zombie, White Lies, John Legend, Everything Everything, Katy Perry and Sade
Some big names appear on this week's rotund round-up, including two artists who haven't performed in the UK for over a decade. Perhaps they lost their maps or the old sat-nav was playing up, but take a bow Sade and Rob Zombie because you've found our little island once more. There are also a few one-offs announced by, well, a few one-offs it has to be said - suddenly it's cool to be twisted and eccentric (yes I'm talking to you, Josh Weller).
Tickets will be available here on Friday 15th October at 9AM unless otherwise specified. All prices + booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below.
Hold onto your underwear people, Mr Hero himself is back with the announcement of fresh new dates to get all funny over. Starting with Dublin on 18th March and continuing to Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester, London and Birmingham, this sees Iglesias promote his 2010 album "Euphoria". Not sure why he's forgotten Wales and Scotland in that list but I guess someone will hand him an atlas to rectify the situation - tickets go on sale for between £35 and £75.
The gutsy Scot really loves her "Tiger Suit" (as do quite a few of her fans) and to prove it, KT Tunstall embarks on a UK tour early next year, starting with Newcastle on 24th February and continuing to the usual big towns and cities before settling in London at the HMV Forum on 8th March. Tickets cost £20-£22.50 - don't forget there are still a few tickets left for her upcoming October gigs next week, except Shepherd's Bush which has sold out apart from resales.
Manchester's Everything Everything have been bubbling under for quite a while now, but have gone from simmering to being on fire since the launch of their debut album 'Man Alive'. Now the four piece have announced two special dates in Manchester and London, billed: Man Alive Ensemble, where they will re-work their songs "in the classical style" as a certain Mr Reeves might say, backed by a 13 piece orchestra. Tickets will cost £15 for Manchester, £20 for London.
Playing in February is the man who appears to be elbowing Dizzee Rascal out of the way with his infectious grimy blend of pop attitude. His tour next year begins in Manchester on 19th February and covers the bigger cities before hitting Plymouth on 28th. Prices are around £16.50 but hurry - the remaining dates on his 2010 jaunt are pretty much all sold out.
It's enough to give you the horrors, the thought of Rob Zombie NOT appearing in the UK ever again, but the White Zombie legend will be gracing us with his Hellbilly presence in February (as reported earlier this week). Just six nights have been announced from Brixton to Birmingham and prices start at £26.50. Come on, it's been 12 years since he was last here, something he feels very very guilty about.
The first of our exclusive one-off type gigs is this intimate album-preview by electro-rockers White Lies. Their debut album "To Lose My Life" had many critics spewing out comparable superlatives and mopping their brows in excitement and wonder. Whilst it was a pretty decent album, their second should confirm that the proof is indeed in the proverbial apple-pie. "Ritual" hits the shops in January, but for a small fee (£17.50) you can witness the band as they reveal all. Tickets are on sale at 1pm, by the way.
Rather than traipse across the entire country these days, Polly Jean Harvey and her charges have opted for just a few European dates next year, including this one-off at the Troxy in east London on 27th February. Don't miss the chance to see this national treasure spit bile and emotion as only she can - £30 gets you in.
Talking of treasures, the ever-eccentric and musically-challenging (in a good way) Wire have announced another London show to make up for the sold-out Lexington shows in November, as well as lining up the release of their next album (also due in 2011). The Scala will host this essential outfit's electric performance on 2nd February, priced at £17.50. There is also a new date set up for Nottingham on the 3rd, priced at £14 and on sale now. NB - there are still tickets for their Oxford Jericho date in November.
Back to the Troxy, this time for the US band who brought us their bizarre take on Gloria Gaynor's huge "I Will Survive" as well as "Going The Distance". If you 'get' They Might Be Giants, you'll certainly love to get your chops around some quirky Cake on 18th March for £29.50.
As reported earlier, Mr Legend has hooked up with conscious-rap n soul band The Roots to bring you a must-see evening at the Hammersmith Apollo on 27th November. It really is a "Wake Up!" call as it's the title of their new collaborative covers album released recently (inspired by the Obama presidential campaign).
Mencap: Little Noise Sessions 2010
The Union Chapel teams up with the charity Mencap for the annual Little Sessions fest, starring an array of huge stars giving their time for gratis and giving you a rare opportunity to witness special performances in a grand venue. Tom Jones (who played here recently), Paolo Nutini, Hurts, Rumer and Clare Maguire have been enlisted so far for the concerts that run from 15th - 20th November.
The crazy-haired pop crooner Josh Weller, looking like a mixture of Johnny Depp and Rufus Wainwright with his fingers in a light socket, is a name to watch after a few curious singles in "Pretty Girls" and "We Hate You Christmas" (with the equally kooky-bonkers Paloma Faith). He plays Bush Hall on 2nd December - an almost cast-iron sell-out methinks, especially priced at £8.
This is basically the main band and project for Aussie songwriters Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes, whose side-project Empire Of The Sun has been considerably more successful in the past couple of years. The dance duo have two dates confirmed for December, beginning with XOYO in London on the 13th and followed by Manchester on the 15th. Tickets cost up to £12.50.
From a man who initially took his cue from the late (and already missed) Norman Wisdom, comes the first of his 2011 dates, starting with four nights at Wembley then four nights at the O2 Arena, a couple in Glasgow and Belfast and finally four nights in Manchester, all taking place between 15th September to 12th November 2011, leaving lots of space for possible location additions. Tickets cost around £33.
As mentioned in our article on Monday, Russell Brand's other half Katy Perry is set to show us that California Gurls can electro-pop with the best of them on her 'California Dreams 2011' UK tour. Tickets go on sale Saturday 16th October at 9AM from £26 - £28.50.
The 'smooth operator' herself returns to the UK in May (as well as Dublin - 25th) with a "Soldier Of Love" tour that takes in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Read the full article and then get ready for 9am this Monday 18th October- tickets start at £55.