2011: The year's Top 10 ticket must-haves
Goodbye 2010 and hello 2011 - we're already getting quite excited about and with good reason. Festivals have already confirmed a few names, big names are back in the mix and up and coming artists will continue to make their mark on next year's live schedules.
Being nice and all that, we've rounded up some of the hottest tickets you seriously ought to think about purchasing before they're all gone - and there's nothing worse than reading about the event after it's happened, right?
All prices are exclusive of booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images or links, below.
In no particular order then...
The very mention of Jarvis Cocker's much-loved band brings many people into hot sweats and rashes (I'd go and see a doctor if I were you) and the very presence of Pulp at this year's Wireless Festival (as well as the Isle of Wight Festival) has ensured an immediate response. Wireless is £48.50 admission with special guests and other days still to be announced, while the Isle of Wight shindig only has non-camping tickets left at £150 for the weekend. The question is - will they announce any more gigs this year? You never know....
Love 'em or hate 'em, Take That's legacy continues unabated with Robbie Williams back on board, a number one album and a few burnt-out servers left in their wake (after the chaotic ticketing fiasco). The situation with the summer tour is quite simple at the moment - it's sold out. One could say "that's Progress"(well, at least it's the title of the album), but if you are one of the desperate souls who missed out first time, there are some re-sales available for over £100 a pop.
Dave Grohl has promised a full-on return to loud ear-splitting rock-out Foos rather than the poppier version - and you know darn well that their two Milton Keynes gigs in July are going to be the best ever, right? They've sold out already, but if you're going then you can look forward to one of the best bands on the planet - and there's always the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 from 10th June, T in the Park 2011 from 7th July or Ireland's Oxegen 2011, also from 7th.
Having finally been accepted by the mass music-buying/downloading/stealing public, you might be forgiven for thinking that Elbow would fall from grace - no chance. Early indications show that the new album might even outsell their award-winning opus. The newie, "Build A Rocket Boys", is out in March and the new headlining tour starts in Glasgow a week later on 15th. Get 'em while they're hot - £27.50.
The Gallaghers continue their separation with Liam raising the bar with Beady Eye. According to their front-man, Beady Eye "is not some soppy ballady sh*t", the evidence of which has already been provided by the single "Bring The Light". Their tour begins in February and has already sold out, bar a few resales - still, the new album "Different Gear, Still Speeding" is due out on 28th February and they're also playing the Isle Of Wight Festival on 12th June.
Such is the clout that Blink 182 have even after nearly 20 years on the scene, T In The Park has added them to the bill for this year's weekender, alongside Foo Fighters. And like the Foo Fighters, they're also playing this year's Oxegen festival in Ireland. Their arena tour, meanwhile, is all set to kick off in Birmingham on 1st July and tickets are still available for around £32.50 - and by then, a new album should have surfaced.
One could argue that many of today's crop of pop-metal bands wouldn't have existed with Blink 182 and this lot. Helping to celebrate Hard Rock Café's 40th birthday is Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Calling 2011, all part of their arena tour for 2011. Hyde Park will be the place to be on 25th June, as well as Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and Dublin during the rest of June. Tickets are upwards of £50 but selling fast.
Full of sass and bursting with fiery energy and new songs to boot, Polly Jean is all set to make 2011 her own with the album "Let England Shake", due out around the middle of February. Mojo magazine has smothered it with admiration and four stars already and her only two confirmed dates at London's Troxy on 27th/28th Feb sold out ages ago. We'll keep you posted on further gigs - but they'll sell out in seconds as well.
Oi, oi, oi - it's the concluding tour from Mike Skinner, the man who forged a path for cheeky Brit-rappers such as Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and Sway. His last ever live dates begin in Edinburgh on 18th Feb, before continuing to Bristol, Manchester and the like, as well as a massive night at Brixton Academy on 5th March. Newcastle winds the tour up on the 12th. Tickets are still available (£17.50-£20), but don't forget the "Computers and Blues" album on 7th Feb.
The Joy Formidable
And so to our final choice and a band that has hinted at big things all-too-often to be ignored anymore, especially with a recording contract on Atlantic Records producing a hotly-anticipated debut album. "The Big Roar" will finally see the light of day on 24th January, followed by a tour from 1st February onwards, Bournemouth being the first stop. Tickets are only £10 for most of the dates and because of the Borderline warm-up on 29th Jan selling out, their other London night at KOKO on 10th May is selling fast.
Other big hitters
There just wasn't quite enough room to include tours and dates from Rush (their first UK gigs since 2007), Roxy Music (a "For Your Pleasure" 40th-anniversary tour), Plan B (I smell some forthcoming award-winning action for this man), Roger Waters (Rebuilding the "Wall"), Eric Clapton (also rebuilding his working relationship with Steve Winwood), Twin Shadow (George Lewis' alter-ego of 80's-driven beauty) and absolutely anything featuring The Vaccines and Warpaint (try their NME Awards shows!).
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