The Week Ahead from 15th Nov 2010: Paul Weller, Underworld, a-ha, Laura Marling, The View plus more
There are lots of big names out and about next week, plus there is a major festival (well, sort of) starting next week. A special theatre offer is also up for grabs for a new production that begins from Monday onwards.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below.
The Mercury-nominated Modfather begins a five-night residency in Dublin on Tuesday with tickets still available for €44.20. Weller will then cross the Irish Sea for a string of concerts in the UK, starting with Brighton on the 23rd.
After the critical-acclaim of their recent "Barking" album, comes a short trio of gigs from Saturday onwards in Brixton (£26.50), Manchester and Glasgow (both £22.50). Tickets are still available for all three - don't miss out!
The Norwegian synth-pop trio are calling it a day after 30-odd years in pop-heaven - their farewell tour starts on Monday in Brighton, before nine more emotional nights. Most premier seats are sold through - remaining tickets cost from £28.50.
This English singer-songwriter looks set for far bigger things, especially if she can pretty much sell-out as many tour dates as she has. Next Saturday's Sheffield concert has sold through, in fact only her Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Alexandra Palace concerts are available.
Scotland's popular The View return to the live circuit from Tuesday, starting with Bathgate and continuing to Glasgow on Thursday before heading south of the border. Many dates are sold out though - those that aren't (Leicester etc) cost £10 plus fees.
The Wedding Present
Leeds' indie-rock stalwarts the Weddoes have the biggest tour of the week starting next Thursday in Sheffield - tickets for the Bizarro dates are priced at around £15 and still available (except Cardiff).
De Montfort Hall is the setting for the Welsh-wonder's first tour date on Tuesday next week, before heading off to Basildon, Cambridge etc. Tickets are around £26.50 for these Christmas-flavoured nights.
Wycombe's finest will once again embark on a hard-working touring stint from Tuesday in Gloucester - tickets are £8. Please note that the Tunbridge Wells gig planned for Monday has been shifted to 30th December!
Back in the UK after last year's gigs, Monster Magnet will fire up Cardiff on Thursday, before hitting Sheffield (Sat) and Reading (Sun) up. The stoner-rock outfit's tickets are still available for £16, except the London date on the 26th (£18.50).
Mencap: Little Noise Sessions 2010
London's annual massive fundraiser for the Mencap charity starts on Monday at the Union Chapel in London and what a way to start - Tom Jones! It's sold out of course, as is Paolo Nutini's gig on the following night but Hurts, The Kooks and Ellie Goulding can still be bought - click the image for more details.
Other gigs next week...
Theatre, Arts and Comedy
End of the Rainbow
The best-selling biopic of the musical and film-star Judy Garland (her attempted comeback years) hits the West End from Tuesday next week and to celebrate, the Trafalgar Studios theatre has some special discounted seats on offer. Instead of £39.50, you pay just £29.50 which is a saving of 25%. Click on the Rainbow Offer button, below, to take advantage, but remember this is a limited offer.
The classic Charles Dickens tale plays at Bolton's Octagon Theatre from next Saturday. It's a magical tale created with children in mind and tickets cost from just £11.50 upwards.
White Christmas the Musical
Another regional adaptation, this time from Irving Berlin's much-loved seasonal film-musical. Sunderland's Empire Theatre will present this new version from Friday onwards - tickets cost from £15 upwards.
And while we are on the subject of Christmas, London's Hyde Park will become the proverbial one-stop entertainment wonderland from next Thursday, featuring the ubiquitous ice-rink, a toboggan slide, circus, fairground rides and a huge Christmas gift, food and drinks market. Tickets are primarily for skating, followed by options for the big wheel and the circus.
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden will present this Francesco Cilea opera from Thursday onwards, initially selling out its first three performances. However, there are still a few seats left for remaining performances - if you have £200 spare!
Fela Kuti was a controversial and confrontational African musician and this is his story, told through the medium of dance, music and plenty of theatre. The National Olivier Theatre in London will host this flamboyant production from Wednesday onwards - but many seats have sold out.
Rated by The Observer as one of Britain's funniest female comedians, Yashere begins a four-night residency at London's Soho Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday. She's full on but funny and well worth a ticket - £12.50-£15.
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year
With your host Kevin McCarron, Laughing Horse, The Goat Tavern in Piccadilly and more importantly, you the audience can help propel one comedian to the coveted title by attending the various comedy nights here. The first heat is on Tuesday, tickets are £6 and up to 15 comics attempting to win a tough London crowd over.