Fat Friday 22nd Oct 2010: Ray Lamontagne, Taylor Swift, David Guetta, Katy Perry, Russell Howard, The View, Feeder and more
Sheer gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, is on display this week with it turning into a Weighty Week! There's a lot to get through, including a few on sale earlier than Friday - tuck your napkin in and loosen that belt!
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The only person Guetta hasn't collaborated with is me I think, but the Frenchman knows my number. Guetta has announced a UK tour for next Spring starting in Leeds on 28th April and continuing to Manchester (where he is playing on 19th December at the Warehouse Project - sold out), Birmingham, Brighton and finally Brixton on 6th AND 7th May, priced at £25-£28.50.
Have you seen the soon-to-be Mrs Brand yet? Well, if you live in Liverpool and you are desperate to see her during her Spring California Dreams tour, fret no more - she's announced a Liverpool date for 27th March, as well as another London night, this time at Wembley Arena (9th April).
If this was a chart-rundown, Howard would have more entries on it than most other performers we write about. He has now added more towns to his 2011 tour including Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Dundee's finest return with a new album (their third) and a string of dates this side of Christmas, beginning with Leicester on 22nd November and continuing to Gloucester, Oxford and more until Wolverhampton on the 13th December. Keep em peeled for more towns and cities to be added (no London or Scotland as yet). Tickets are around £10.
Armed with a long list of support bands, though not all playing on one night, is Feeder on tour during the autumn. If you've missed out this time round, we're giving you plenty of notice to haggle after these babies - tickets for Feeder's February tour instead. Covering seven stops (so far), the short tour begins in Liverpool on 7th Feb and continues through Leeds, Manchester etc until Portsmouth on 19th. Prices will be around £20.
Lamontagne's band The Pariah Dogs will be joining him in the UK next year for the first full-length tour in support of his new album, "God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise". The confirmed dates start with Birmingham on 20th February and there is a pair of Royal Festival Hall concerts in London on 21st/22nd. Tickets for all ten concerts are priced at £22.50-£25.
Scouting for Girls
The Londoners have recently issued new single "Don't Want To Leave You", but of more importance is the approaching trio of arena-style gigs in April next year. Wembley Arena (8th), Manchester (9th) and Birmingham (10th) will go on sale priced at £23.50-£25 - they may add more dates (no Scotland or Wales yet) so keep em locked on their page!
This young lady seems to have something in common with Scouting For Girls - she's playing the same cities next year! Birmingham (22nd March), Manchester (29th) and the O2 in London (30th) all feature on her scheduled tour-trio with tickets expected to cost £28.50 upwards. Kanye West is NOT supporting, we hear and the tickets go on sale from Thursday.
The Hold Steady
Craig Finn and the boys have announced a UK tour which starts on 4th February in Southampton and continues via Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester, finishing in London on 18th. Tickets for the full schedule below cost around £15 - see our article for full details of what these boys have been up to lately.
The Joy Formidable
Darlings of the current NME set (and exponents of several NME tour performances) is London trio The Joy Formidable, a superlative that seems to be bandied about whenever this lot get a live or single review. Catch them early next year from 1st February (Bournemouth) to 14th (hometown bash at KOKO). Their gig in Cambridge on the 12th Feb, by the way, is available now priced at £10.
Bombay Bicycle Club
And so we come to a few artists who have lined up a few special dates in the capital (with maybe the odd regional addition to boot). Bombay Bicycle Club offers up two separate styles for their London soirees - an acoustic night on the South Bank and an electric one at the Troxy (4th/5th Dec - £16 each).
Having just issued the highly-anticipated album "Metallic Spheres" with David Gilmour, no less, Orb-lord Alex Paterson is ready to perform it without him (unless we hear otherwise). Just two nights confirmed so far, starting with London's Scala on 11th December and Manchester the night after. Prices aren't bad either - £16 for London, less for Manchester.
Gallows have announced their previously ill-fated Christmas show, this time on the 17th Dec at the Electric Ballroom - tickets on sale now, costing £15. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has been charmed by the potentially rewarding acoustics of the Union Chapel - she will play the Islington venue on 22nd February, tickets on sale Thursday. The same venue also hosts this year's Little Noise Sessions during November - Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini, Hurts and co awaiting your purchasing power with baited breath. Idlewild also return to the live scene for some Christmas shows in December, one in London (14th) and one in Manchester (the day before).
Black Label Society
The founder of Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne's right-hand guitar-man Zakk Wylde has hopefully recovered from his health-blip last year - him and the band have announced new dates in the UK, starting in Birmingham on 14th February and continuing to several towns and cities, including Hammersmith on the 21st, before concluding in Bristol on 23rd, with tickets costing around £18.50.
A Day To Remember
Other rock acts worthy of a mention include hardcore band A Day To Remember (30th Jan - 5th Feb, Manchester to Brixton) and US straight-rock outfit Lifehouse who play three dates in February.