Fat Friday 29th Oct 2010: Take That, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Elton John, Iron & Wine, X Factor Live and more
Unless you have been holidaying in the Faroe Islands, you may be aware of a certain announcement that was made by five men on Tuesday and no, we don't mean the lack of British football players in the world's elite, we mean the subject of the first entry in this week's otherwise quiet on-sales article. So without further ado...
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Streamed live on their website and grinning like cats in an Elmlea factory, Take That announced the worst kept secret since their last tour announcement - yep, another tour announcement. But this is a bit special for the fans - Robbie's back and the dates promise a little bit of his solo work, as well as Take That's catalogue and brand new forthcoming album, which is surely going to be the fastest-selling album of 2010. Jingle tills, jingle tills and all that. The provisional 14-date tour goes on sale on Friday at 9am - if you are going to buy tickets, please bear with the internet as it may be a tad busy and might 'fall over' during excessively high traffic (a bit like the M25).
After selling out several nights at the O2 this year, you can bet that Bon Jovi's 2011 dates will fly out just as quickly when they go on sale on Monday. Rather than set up residency in one spot, Jovi's rockers will appear at next summer's Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park (25th June). Besides playing the capital, the legends will also play Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin at around the same part of the month. These nights form part of an 'Open Air' European tour.
On sale from next Friday (5th November) are the two recently-announced Milton Keynes Bowl dates for next July. Our recent article (see the sidebar) gives you the lowdown on special guests (including Biffy Clyro) - with a new album due next year, this might be the only chance to see them play any of it live.
Another huge name pulled from out of the glitzy Stetson is Elton John - the esteemed songwriter has announced a trio of outdoors gigs for next summer (brave move Elt!). Shrewsbury, Northampton and Brighton are the first destinations, sports grounds all. Tickets are on sale from tomorrow (Thursday 28th October) at 9am, priced around £40.
The Irishman announced a shed-load of dates last week and here he is again with another pile of Spring stand-up sessions in slightly smaller towns (and a few other cities) including Chesterfield, Salisbury, Derby and Carlisle. The full list is below (we might have to rename our site All Byrne) and the new tickets are on sale from Friday.
Blink and you would have missed it, but we were offering an Early Birds pre-sale on Wednesday for selected dates on the upcoming 'God Save The Scream' tour by the horror-rock outfit Murderdolls. They've amassed a decent UK following now (as well as Japan, oddly) and their new tour for February should sell well for them. They've picked the right week to go on sale, being Halloween and all that - £15 is the asking price. Remaining dates are on sale from Friday.
Iron & Wine
His beard's as deep as his music and plaintive songwriter Samuel Beam now celebrates a forthcoming album on his new (and very fitting) label 4AD with a few UK dates next year. Dublin is on sale now, but the remaining seven nights go on sale this Friday, priced at £15.
The much-touted and really rather splendid earnest alt-rock of Chapel Club is starting to earn them brownie points and a few decent sized gigs. Their 2011 dates include Nottingham's Bodega (8th Feb), Liverpool's Academy (14th) and London's Heaven (16th) and went on sale on Wednesday (Liverpool on sale Thursday), priced at £8-£10. Expect these to sell quickly.
They hail from the North East (sort of Sunderland way, much like Field Music), so it seems only fitting to see The Futureheads announce a Christmas date near to their home town. They've picked Newcastle's O2 Academy on 23rd December - tickets cost £12.50 for the gig they are calling 'Futurefest'.
X Factor Live
The machine rumbles on like an unattended lawn-mower, cutting through the verdant landscape and leaving its rejected clippings all over the land. For the truly talented hopefuls however, there is fame and fortune and a place on the X Factor tour. A second Belfast date has been added to the 2011 tour, this time for 26th February. Talking of hopefuls, young Olly Murs is also out and about and has added a date beside the sea on 29th April - it remains to be seen whether he will cover the aptly-titled Chas and Dave classic, "Margate" in homage. Also 2009 winner Joe McElderry announced his first solo concert this week.
The ever-popular Willy Russell classic-musical continues its UK tour next year with new destinations in April and May, this time Oxford and York. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday. Don't forget our special offer to see the West End version for up to 50% off - see the "Special Offer" article in the sidebar for details.