The Week Ahead from Monday 25th October 2010: Lady GaGa, Magnetic Man, Foals, Alice Cooper , Avenged Sevenfold, Lissie and more
It's pretty heavy on the tour-front from this Monday with lots of anticipated names poking their collective heads above the murky clouds of entertainment. Once again, here are the most notable plus a couple of festivals worth a mention - yes, I said festivals.
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She's back, the woman who was told to put some meat on her bones, so she did just that in the form of a carvery dress. Tuesday sees the start of the Autumnal leg of her Monster Balls (ooer) with Dublin (€54.80) and Belfast (£55-£80) filling the void until her December London dates.
Three of the biggest names in dubstep (Skream, Benga and Artwork) have formed super-group Magnetic Man, enrolled guests Katy B, Ms Dynamite plus more and scored a hit album. The tour starting next Tuesday in Norwich has sold out, though you may wish to consider getting in quick for those December dates.
Riding on the success of "Total Life Forever", Foals begin an autumn jaunt in Leeds on Friday until their sell-out gig in Brixton on 12th November. Click for availability - tickets for all dates (supported by either Toro y Moi, Trophy Wife or Pulled Apart By Horses) cost £14 plus fees.
It's Halloween next weekend and Mr Cooper brings his extreme Halloween ball to the Roundhouse in London on Sunday and Monday, armed with the Jim Rose Circus, Zodiac Mindwarp and fabulous freaks (including those that won the recent competition through audition). Monday tickets are still in limited supply at £34.50.
With the just-as-awesome Stone Sour in support, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this tour, starting on Tuesday in Glasgow, has already sold through - wrong! Well almost wrong - their first Hammersmith date on Saturday has sold out, along with Plymouth, Manchester and Leeds but the rest are around £27.50 plus fees.
Love Amongst Ruin
Rock is also represented by tours from the Placebo-related Love Amongst Ruin (from Friday onwards starting in Southampton - £7 approx) and the technically-advanced metalcore outfit Dillinger Escape Plan (from Wednesday also starting in Southampton - £12.50 upwards).
You might be lucky enough to get into a Lissie concert next week - her tour starts in Glasgow on Tuesday but most remaining gigs have pretty much all gone - still, there's always December for which most tickets are still up for grabs at £12.50.
The Kings of Reggae (well, in Birmingham at any rate) embark on a lengthy touring stint from Monday onwards, starting in Liverpool. It's 30 years since their landmark debut "Signing Off" and this tour will show you what UB40 were about three decades ago. Expect to pay around £35 for admittance though - but at least it was a double album!
Add another decade onto UB40's active career and you're someway near to how long the folk-legend and troubadour, Christy Moore, has been performing. He begins two nights in Liverpool next Friday, before heading off around the big cities, including two nights at London's Royal Festival Hall. £30 gets you in.
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The band with the crazy exclaimed name is back in the UK with a new album entitled "Strange Weather, Isn't It?" - no kidding, Sherlock! They kick off in Manchester on Friday and continue around the country until the following Thursday (4th) in London. Tickets are £13-£15.
It's been a good eight months since the acclaimed "Courage Of Others"album hit the shops, so expect some new songs on this UK visit which begins in Exeter on Sunday and culminates in Cambridge on 10th November. Well worth seeing, tickets are £16 and still available.
Don't forget our terrific competition to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Delphic in Nottingham on 1st November - you can enter here: www.allgigs.co.uk/Competitions.php . Click the and's image (on the right) to gain access to their London date (Manchester has sold out). Nottingham is in short supply so, come on, you've gotta be in it to win it.
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Music Week 2010
What this city needs right now is a good dose of musical entertainment, plus some laughs. So what better way to kick off this month-long festival than with Beardyman on Friday? There are still tickets for the mimicry-master, priced at just £10. Other related festival gigs next week include Hadouken! on Saturday (£12.50 - the Chase and Status gig on Saturday has sold out, by the way), while The Drums, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Efterklang all feature in the early stages too.
Freeze Festival 2010
Battersea Power Station is the setting for the skiing, snowboarding and schmoozing event of the year starting on Friday. As well as out-sized puffa-jackets and the latest in food and drink fashioned for the resort-set, the not-so-exclusive music line-up of Roni Size, Mark Ronson and Hadouken is possibly tempting enough to clamber for the various day or period tickets on-sale now. Starting at £36.
Praying for good weather (although it's probably marqueed) is Somerset's eveing festival of dance and club music, headlined by Andy C, Roni Size, Darren Styles, Hixxy and Jakwob amongst others. It's only £35 for the entire night and tickets are getting snapped up quickly.
Arts and Theatre
Lord of the Dance
He certainly IS the Lord Of The Dance and Michael Flatley returns to the stage for another run (the last?) of this enormously successful Irish dance-piece, lightly steeped in roots and folk-lore. A few nights have now sold-out (Sheffield, Birmingham and Liverpool) but from around £35 upwards, you can still get a seat, starting with the first performance in Belfast on Thursday. The tour ends in Dublin on 13th November.
Sticking with musicals and Legacy Falls tells the story of the bitchy, stroppy and downright hilarious antics of a successful American soap-opera, presented as a musical. But it's time to cut costs and the cast bicker over who's for the chop. Playing at the New Players Theatre London, the run starts on Wednesday for 1 month, priced at £20-£25.
After successfully selling-out many West-End nights, the inimitable Morecambe now moves to the North West's Salford Lowry from Monday onwards. Appearing for just one week and starring the award-nominated Bob Goulding, Morecambe is highly recommended and costs from £22 for seats.
Red, Black and Ignorant
The Edward Bond season continues at the Cock Tavern in Kilburn with his first of the acclaimed 'War Plays'. Starting on Sunday and running until 13th November, the play tells the story of a small child, aborted and burnt to death in the eventual nuclear global warfare, returning from the future to accuse society of his murder. Heavy stuff but an impeccable production is promised - tickets are £10 - £12.
It will soon be the start of the panto season (oh yes it is), that most festive of traditions and first out of the blocks appears to be this popular tale of 'turn again, Whittington' and his faithful cat, playing in a handful of locations from Halloween onwards. Kilmarnock, Stratford-upon-Avon and Bristol are just a few of the towns putting on this show. Click the link for details.
Jim Jefferies ensures that not all is quiet on the comedy front next week, the controversial Australian will play Manchester on Monday at the Comedy Store, Leamington on Wednesday, Hoddesdon on Thursday and Wolverhampton on Friday (tickets are getting snapped up at £15).
'Chatty Man' Alan Carr begins a four-night residency at the Soho Theatre from Monday onwards. Unless you can do the theatre-boss a favour, you might be unlucky in gaining entry (as Alan might well say).