Fat Friday 14th Jan 2011: Brit Awards, Bruno Mars, Ne-Yo, Professor Green, Lamb and more
The first round-up of new tickets in 2011 brings you many pop acts, a few names from the past and the impending big award ceremony in the British musical calendar. It's a jam-packed Friday - don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook (we're very likeable - www.facebook.com/allgigs) and 'follow' us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/allgigs) and/ or subscribe to our newsletter (www.allgigs.co.uk/newsletter.php) for all additional ticket news as it happens (well, as fast as we can type it out!).
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The Brit Awards
The Brit Awards [Brits] 2011
The annual spectacle of talent (or overpaid self-important planks, depending on your point of view), rears its head once more. The Brit Awards launch officially takes place at IndigO2 on 13th Jan, but the big one, THE show itself will take place at the O2 on 15th Feb. Take That and Plan B have been booked to appear so tickets (costing £65) will be in short supply from the 'off'.
We've just written about the "Grenade"-slinger, who looks as though he is about to score another number one single. Chances are the debut album might do the same and to celebrate its imminent release, Mars has announced tickets for the album launch in London on 24th January and a few dates later on in March. Tickets are £16.50 for the launch or £15 for the tour.
The man with 'lucky' emblazoned across his neck (and a raft of hits) has added a Belfast date to his upcoming April tour, for the 10th to be exact. Having just released the fourth and final single from "Alive Til I'm Dead" ("Jungle" came out last week), it will be new album tracks time in Glasgow, Plymouth etc - £24/£25 for tickets.
Mr multi award-winning soul-man Ne-Yo has added a second date (22nd February) to his upcoming UK tour and it's the O2 Arena set to benefit. £42.50 (cough) per ticket ain't cheap, but you know what to expect from the American r 'n' b showman, plus there is support for all dates from Trey Songz, with Chipmunk making a special appearance on the new date.
Formed in the mid 90s, it was always thought Lamb was an act that was either way ahead of its time or a little behind the previous trending trip-hop scene. Either way, their self-titled debut album still holds up and now the pair will soon be returning to venues in 2011 (last year it was a few festivals), with Manchester and London on sale first. The dates in May will cost £17.50/£20.
The caustic comedian with the rapier wit has added two Liverpool dates to his ever-growing 2011 tour, this time for 3rd and 4th September. Expect to pay around £25. Also on the comedy front, Milton Jones also has a few dates on sale around this weekend - Shrewsbury (27th April - on sale Thursday) and Weston (30th April - on sale Monday).
You can bet your buckles on any Bright Eyes gig selling quickly, but the Royal Albert Hall gig in the summer managed it with consummate ease. He will now also play the Scala on 14th February, one of three UK stop-offs, the others being Glasgow (8th) and Nottingham (9th). Tickets are £18.50 and the dates coincide with new album "The People's Key".
There is absolutely no need to make a song and dance about trying to see the Glee Live show in London - the organizers have added a further date at the O2 Arena for Thursday 30th June to satisfy demand. Ticket prices will start at £45, rising to £55 for seats around the stage.
Hailed as a possible 'next big thing' for 2010 and 2011, this young singer and DJ is certainly aiming for the live scene. Her tour kicks off in Oxford on 29th April until the new extra KOKO date on 18th May. Meanwhile many of her UK dates have been upgraded to larger venues - click on her image for all her gigs.
Another much-touted act at the tail-end of last year is Puerto-Rican electro-funk artist, George Lewis Jr, alias 4AD act Twin Shadow. I rated his debut album "Forget" and it seems so did a few venues - they've booked him for gigs! The Lexington date in London has sold out, hence a new Scala gig being added - tickets will cost just £10. His Jan/Feb dates are still up for grabs, mostly under a tenner.
Also on sale
Other tickets worth considering include the true innovators of light-hearted pop-punk/hardcore, The Descendents, who return to London in April, electro mind-mashing rock from Atari Teenage Riot (apt) in London on 12th May and bluesy anthem-rock from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at Shepherd's Bush next October! You won't be surprised to learn that Patti Smith's gig at St Giles sold out in minutes.
Just Added - On Sale Now
Much Ado About Nothing
Actor David Tennant and comedian Catherine Tate have shared the screen before (Doctor Who), but the forthcoming production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's Theatre will be the will be the first time the pair have shared the stage. Running from May to September, tickets are on sale now, priced from £21 to £56 - demand will be massive!
Barry & Stuart
They've previously been nominated for a BAFTA for their blood-lusty take on comedy magic - now you can witness the BBC TV stars as they amaze and baffle with inspiring illusions. They play a four-night residency at the Soho Theatre from 9th to 12th March, with tickets at £10.
Still giving us all "Teenage Kicks" after all these years and still keen to play, bless 'em. This tour will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their formation with a complete recital of The Undertones' debut self-titled album, issued in 1979. They've included some interesting venues in Plymouth, York and Soton as well as newies in Birmingham and Liverpool. Tickets cost from £15.
Intense post-hardcore Christian metal, or whatever you want to tag them with, means Underoath and the American noise-heads return to the UK in April starting with Bristol on 12th April, followed by the usual suspects and ending in Bournemouth on 21st. Tickets cost £13/£15.
Saves the Day
Let's get 'emo' once more with the announcement that New Jersey's bastions of the genre, Saves The Day, are returning to the UK for a London slot at the Electric Ballroom on 26th April. This may all mean new songs but, either way, tickets cost £15.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra
The Ivory-tinkling merchant has just added two castles to his tour (not his property portfolio though), beginning with Ripley Castle on 16th July and Sherborne Castle on 23rd July. With tickets priced at £15, demand is expected to be high for these open-air performances.
On Sale Next Week
This is a tricky one because as well as some new tour dates going on sale Monday, a few have slipped through the net and have already seen the light of day earlier this week, including Richmond, Preston and Buxton (on sale Thursday). Monday's far longer list includes Leicester, Salisbury, Crawley and Derby (don't mention FA Cups!). Tickets range from £17.50 to £21.50 and the tour lasts well into the summer.
The Good Natured
Now here's a kooky idea and no mistake - but it's also a cracker! Songwriters Spark and The Good Natured are taking their music to libraries. You read right - their 'Get It Loud In Libraries' tour will call at six bookish locations during March (presumably not owing overdue fees!), including Bodmin and Worksop, two towns that don't get many live events. Prices are a fiver or less - on sale Tuesday 18th January.