Fat Friday 26th Nov 2010: Beady Eye, Blink 182, Funeral for a Friend, Olly Murs, Mike and the Mechanics, Alan Carr and more
Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless stated. For ticket availability, click on the images below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.
Liam's musical adventures continue with his Beady Eye - the band is due to play a sextet of UK dates next year beginning with Glasgow on 3rd/4th March, followed by Manchester on 6th/7th and finally London's Troxy on 9th/10th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am. Liam and the boys have been hard at it in the studio with Steve Lillywhite - you can expect the new album to appear sometime around the tour.
Bet you've been aching for a bit of Blink 182 action, right? We announced this ahead of most sites earlier this week - it's tour time and Blinkmania will hit Manchester on 8th July, followed by Newcastle (12th), Nottingham (13th), Birmingham (15th) and finally the O2 Arena, London on the 18th. Prices start at £32.50 and tickets go on sale Friday at 9:30am. In a similar vein is Reel Big Fish, who have announced UK dates for next February from Nottingham (18th) to Cardiff (4th March) - tickets will be around £15.
Funeral for a Friend
The band's new album is untitled as yet, but the tour is confirmed and ready to start in Aberystwyth on 16th March. Support for the tour comes from Londoners Rise to Remain. Tickets are priced at around £15 (£12.50/ £13 for some). It's certainly a varied tour with small venues en route (Durham, Saltash(!) and High Wycombe), so make sure you get in quick for those tickets.
Noah and the Whale
The fey but successful posters are back in the UK next year with a new album entitled "Last Night On Earth" and a selection of dates, starting in London on 17th February and finishing in Bristol on 4th March. Don't forget their cheeky 'New to Q' gig in Bush Hall on 26th January - tickets on sale now for a tenner!! They'll also be appearing in an upcoming NME Awards Show (scroll down).
Mike and the Mechanics
Mike and the Mechanics are to embark on a full UK tour next year, complete with two new members in place, Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. The tour is called "Hit The Road" which, not surprisingly, echoes the title of the new album - it's called "The Road" and is due for release in April 2011, around the time of the tour which starts in Hull on the 27th April. Journey have just added a Belfast to their tour with Styx and Foreigner - 12th June is the new date.
"Moving Pictures" is perhaps the most commercially successful set from the Canadians and the accomplished rock-trio will be performing it in its complete form during the tour. Each night runs for 3 hours (!) and stops in Dublin, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and finally London at the O2. The tour runs from 12th to 25th May and is sure to sell out. Saxon have also announced a full-on rock spectacular for April, from Nottingham to Shepherd's Bush and featuring Wolfsbane in support. Tickets are £16.50.
The singer-songwriter is set to play a 13 date tour following a series of searing club gigs this month and a run of dates as special guest to The Courteeners in December. Miles also plays two standalone gigs in January before setting off on the open road, including a show at the Xfm Xposure Live All Dayer at the Barfly on January 22nd and an appearance on the NME Awards Tour in London.
NME Awards Show
It will soon be that time again when readers and critics vote for their faves for the NME Awards - this year the accompanying gigs, hosted at several London venues, look pretty special. Our full article will give you the low-down, but highlights in February include Los Campesinos! (2nd), Mystery Jets (9th), Edwyn Collins (16th), Caribou and Les Savy Fav (separately on 22nd).
Every new album needs promoting so, aside from the obligatory appearance on Titchmarsh and the One Show, Murs will also be stepping out with a full show next year, starting with Margate on 29th April (this night is on sale now, priced at £26.50 plus fees), followed by a further seventeen nights from Ipswich (30th) all the way to Hammersmith (24th May).
Sticking with pop, The Feeling have a pile of 2011 dates sneaking into the schedule as well in support of their forthcoming new album (possibly entitled "Search Every Corner", the name of this tour). It's £12 for tickets, with the majority of venues chosen for their slightly more intimate surroundings.
Just two dates on offer from the 'Spexy beast' himself, but the Wembley Arena slot on 22nd September and O2 Arena appearance on 5th November might be the first hints of many concerts, given his popularity. Tickets are £30.
When he's not presenting, appearing on TV or, erm, texting, he's touring and he's now just added a number of "Off on Tour We Go" arena dates for November next year, with new dates in Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena (9th Nov), the Cardiff International Arena (11th Nov), Aberdeen's AECC (14th Nov), Belfast's Odyssey (21st Nov) and the O2 Arena in London (29th Nov). Tickets go on sale at 9am for the Aberdeen and Newcastle dates and 10am for the rest, costing £25.
Bolton's finest is back yet again, this time with six additional dates to the Tour With a Title We Can't be Bothered to Type Out Again. The lucky cities this time are: Newcastle (12th/13th Feb), Sheffield (29th/ 30th Jan) and Nottingham (4th/ 5th Feb). Tickets for this single date go on sale at 11am on Friday, priced at £35. This will sell out VERY quickly.
Elvis Presley in Concert 2011
It's always a bit freaky seeing CGI-projected deceased pop-stars on TV or stage (I'm thinking Bing in a current TV advert here), but now you can see a projected image of The King's key performances from the early 70's, alongside a 16-piece orchestra and many of his former band-musicians. You can catch a taste of the production on 12th March 2011 (on sale now - £26.50), but now further 2012 tickets are up for grabs.
The high-school pupils of William McKinley are so full of Glee that they want to repeat their successful US tour - with a whole new production just for Europe! The dates confirmed so far are on 22nd June in Manchester, 25th-26th June at the London O2 Arena and 2nd-3rd July in Dublin. Tickets cost from around £45, rising to £55 depending on seats.
X Factor Live
Recent evictions (ejections?) from the X Factor seem to be causing quite a stir, with the seemingly "good" singers being booted off before the "bad" [what about the ugly? - Ed the Clint Eastwood fan]. No matter - you can catch most of them on the X Factor Live tour - which has just been expanded with new dates in Birmingham (20th Feb), Aberdeen (2nd Mar), Glasgow (6th), Liverpool (9th), Manchester (13th), London (20th), Newcastle (25th), Aberdeen (29th), Glasgow (1st April) and Cardiff (9th).
The Harlem Globetrotters
The infamous American basketball supreme-champions return for their almost-annual jaunt to the UK, with another clutch of hoop-shooting and basket-rattling family-friendly exhibition matches and shows at selected arenas - inspirational skills, believe me. Tickets start at £12.50.
Disney Presents the Lion King
One of the most successful family shows on the West End has announced an extension to its current season. The Lion King, which I heartily recommend seeing, will now continue until 2nd October 2011 and the new tickets from 26th July onwards will go on sale from 10am on Friday.
Also on-sale this week
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
This legendary US oddball-rock outfit continue to astonish and amaze - the new album "Tao Of The Dead" is out in February, supported by a few UK dates in London, Manchester and Birmingham between 15th-18th April. Also playing on each of the nights will be New Yorkers Rival Schools. Tickets have just gone on sale, priced at £14. Also just available are some Rock Sound Exposure gigs for Dinosaur Pile-up (with Japanese Voyeurs and The Xcerts), US post-rock specialists Explosions in the Sky and Devon's folk star Seth Lakeman with stripped-back trio.