Despite being November, the festival-season has started to kick in with the three massive announcements for the Isle of Wight Festival 2011, plus there are loads more new on-sales from all corners of the entertainment globe.
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Isle of Wight Festival 2011
Three of the biggest names in music during the past 20 years have all signed up to appear on (as the PR blurb put it) 'a paradise isle' next summer. Of course, they mean the Isle of Wight and Pulp, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters are all confirmed to wow the crowds from 10th-12th June. Demand will be huge for the whole weekend for this must-have ticket.
The true 'monsters of rock' will be hitting the road next summer, rather than the festivals (although you never know....) with the first stop in Glasgow on 20th July and the last at the O2 Arena in London on 5th August. The latter is considered hallowed-ground by Dickinson and chums - it's near East London at any rate. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10am with prices around £37.50.
February sees the London new-wave trio back on the road with a new album snapping at their heels. Aside from the album-launch at Bush Hall on Monday and an appearance at XFM's Winter Wonderland, not much has been heard of "Ritual", the second album out on 17th Jan. This tour should sell out pretty quickly - tickets are £16 upwards.
A real treat for classical-music and opera fans alike is the return of Placido Domingo next summer. The hugely-successful Spanish tenor will appear at the O2 in London on 29th July, alongside the inimitable Angela Gheorghiu, the Romanian soprano currently performing at the Royal Opera House in "Adriana Lecouvreur". Tickets cost from £45.
He's performed with rock-heavyweights Bad Company and Queen, but has now opted for a bit of near-solo action for a tour next year, starting in Blackpool on 15th April and continuing towards the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham's NIA on 27th/28th respectively, ably supported by Joe Elliot's Down 'n Outz.
Lock up your milkshakes and Haribo, Justin Bieber is coming to a city near(ish) to you in March. The teeny sensation from the States will play two dates in Birmingham, one in Liverpool and Newcastle and two in London and Manchester. We're not kidding when we say that tickets will fly out, priced at £29.50 upwards.
Black Country Communion
As reported earlier this week, the rock musician's rock musician, Glenn Hughes, returns to band duties, this time with a spanking new 'supergroup' formed of Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian. Riffs and rock 'n' roll, heavy-style, is the order of the day and two concerts have so far been unveiled, one in Wolverhampton (29th Dec) and one in London (30th Dec). Tickets are £40.
This British singer may have big innocent eyes and a cutesy smile, but she's just covered Cee-Lo Green's potty-mouthed number-one single "F*** You" for a You Tube exclusive. Her new single "Rollerblades" is jaunty enough and March will see the young singer take to the road for a tour of the UK, starting in Glasgow on the 28th. Tickets are £12.50 upwards.
City and Colour
Formerly the lead-singer with feverish rock outfit Alexisonfire, Dallas Green has adopted the moniker City and Colour and then only gone and booked himself a gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 25th April. Armed with dozens of stock-piled songs, Green will be an interesting proposition in a large auditorium and this looks like a special night - £32.50 for tickets.
Doctor Who Experience
This huge interactive walk-through exhibition starts in February at the Olympia 2 space in West London, with tickets on sale from this Thursday. Prices start from £18 which gets you a complete history of the successful Doctor Who franchise from its early days in the 60's, right up to the present day.
Funeral for a Friend
Other on-sales this week include a pair of HMV Forum exclusives for heavy-metal act Paradise Lost (1st April) and Skindred (7th May), American alt-rock outfit The Decemberists, Welsh metallers Funeral for a Friend (more dates for next Spring) post-rockers iLiKETRAiNS, and your favourite urban posters N-Dubz (a Belfast date on 16th April).