Fat Friday 17th Dec 2010: Adele, Katy B, Cherry Ghost, The Courteeners, Scouting for Girls, Chris de Burgh and more
Lots of big names with nice new shiny tickets, despite the holiday season approaching fast - all the more reason to consider buying them as gifts! Paul McCartney's hurriedly arranged 100 Club gig for Friday sold out in the time it takes to boil an egg, with many resales set to change hands at silly prices, but the events below are priced far more realistically priced. Enjoy!
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.
Adele has announced a new single, a new album and a new tour for which the South Londoner has confirmed April concerts, beginning in Dublin on the 12th, followed by Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton, before coming 'home' to the Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 21st.
Another South Londoner but from the clubbing and dubstep stable, Katy B begins her 2011 assault on the charts with a new single ("Lights On" - out on Monday) and an approaching album. The singer has announced a tour in the Spring, starting with Oxford on 29th April and ending at London's KOKO on 12th May.
Creator of one of the most-revered sit-coms, Seinfeld, has announced a very rare UK show at the O2 Arena on 3rd June but tickets are not cheap - in fact you could be forgiven he's left his phone number on the tickets - £90/£100! Still, it IS his first UK visit since, well, we can't remember to be honest.
Simon Aldred and his band Cherry Ghost have announced a hat-trick of live appearances in the hallowed surroundings of Manchester Cathedral and Islington's Union Chapel as well as the rather nice Oran Mor in Glasgow for March. Tickets are priced at 13.50
Chris de Burgh
The 'Lady In Red' songwriter has just issued his latest album "Moonfleet and other stories", a hark back to his earlier story-telling prog-folk days of the 70s. He has a full UK tour planned for October next year (as well as the already on-sale spring concerts - which are starting to sell-out, in fact) and no doubt much of "Moonfleet" will be aired. Tickets will cost from around £45.
Liam Fray and the boys are keeping it local with their choice of location for this special Forestry Commission Live Music 2011 concert, this time at Delamare Forest in Cheshire. They have been busy releasing new material this year, including the Top 10 album "Falcon" and the recent EP, "Electric Lick". Ticket are £25.
Scouting for Girls
After racking up another successful album with "Everybody Wants To Be On TV", as well as a number one single ("This Ain't a Love Song"), the London boys are ready to hit the live scene next year with a vengeance, starting at the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire as part of the Forestry Commission Live season on 19th June. Tickets are £28.
Jody has a Hitlist
This young Irish power-rock quintet is set to play at a Christmas Amplified evening in Islington this week (Thursday - £6.50), but next year the lads return for a UK tour during the Spring, starting in Newcastle on 25th April. Fair play to them - tickets are only £6.
Bring Me The Horizon
The Sheffield-based quintet has announced an all-star support cast for their UK tour next year, including Architects, Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada. First stop in April is Newcastle on the 23rd and the tour takes them to the end of the month and Brixton (30th). Tickets will cost £15 regionally and £16 for London.
David Coverdale and co return with a series of concerts next Summer, not entirely discounting the possibility of a festival appearance or two as well. The hard-rock creators of "Fool For Your Loving" and "Here I Go Again" will play Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Hammersmith in June with tickets costing £38.50-£39.50.
Planet Earth Live
The O2 Arena is set to host another huge one-off musical spectacular with this fusion of a full orchestral score by George Fenton, operatic vocal accompaniment by Haley Glennie-Smith, The BBC Concert Orchestra and HD-filmed scenes and excerpts from the award-winning "Planet Earth" TV series. A 100-foot screen will ensure that you don't miss a moment on 30th July!
D.R.U.G.S [Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows]
Now here is a case where the D.R.U.G.S. do work - it's a hardcore/metalcore supergroup of sorts, comprised an ex-member of Chiodos and peeps from Matchbook Romance, Story of the Year and more. With their debut set for a February release (and a taster-single doing the rounds, called "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is"), the band will promote this material with a tour of five cities, next March. Tickets start at just £8.
Scotland's demands for even more McFly action will continue with a new date just added for Aberdeen on 25th March - tickets are on sale at 9am on Saturday. Demand across the UK has been pretty high so far for the remaining dates - don't miss out.
Also on sale this week
The raunchy US singer announced further dates this week for her 'Loud' tour, including Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham, as well as further O2 Arena action (taking the London gigs up to three nights). Tickets are on sale at around £40.
The Brixton Academy welcomes the million-selling dance duo, Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss for what some forum members on the Faithless site are citing as a farewell stint. Can't see it myself - recent album "The Dance" is up there with their best and next April sees South London bounce to their infectious beats once more. £32.50 for tickets - keep 'em peeled for more dates throughout the year (hopefully).
The 80s singer and songwriter who brought us "Right Here Waiting" and "Hazard", released his first solo acoustic album this year with "Stories To Tell" and it will be a similar set up for his 2011 tour, which includes a Royal Albert Hall concert on 31st May. Tickets range from £24.50 to £30.
Miss Polly Rae: The Hurly Burly Show
The Garrick Theatre has just announced possibly the first 'proper' full-sized West End burlesque extravaganza, courtesy of one Polly Rae. Not just one show either - a whole run from 3rd March to 1st May! The Hurly Burly Show has previously appeared at the Leicester Square Theatre for a short period earlier in 2010, but now, prepare to be dazzled with the exotic and erotic, plus songs a-plenty for £20.50-£61.
Other gigs and tours on sale this week include Russell Howard (Hammersmith Apollo - 18th June), Milton Jones (huge UK tour during late winter/early spring), Beth Orton (Cardiff and Bournemouth - April), Sodom (Camden Underworld - 6th February) and Sick Puppies (January/ February tour).