Fat Friday 21st Jan 2011: Foo Fighters, Shayne Ward, Drive-By Truckers, The Kills, Katzenjammer and more
It's a biggie on Friday, courtesy of one loud rock band. Foo Fighters end their silence with a gig in London (see below). Other than that, it's a mixed week with a few additional tour dates dotted here and there, plus some open-air action from the current lord of rhythm 'n' blues, a certain Mr Holland.
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Foo Fighters have announced a major arena date for next month as part of the NME Awards events. The date is 25th February, the place is Wembley Arena and the whole thing will be tagged the NME Awards Big Gig. Support includes Band of Horses and Cee-Lo Green, tickets cost £40 and demand will be higher than Everest.
The newly-resurgent man-band has been installed as the Saturday headline act for the Music On The Hill 2011 Festival in West Malling, Kent - the Friday will be headlined by Katherine Jenkins (tickets already on sale) . Saturday 25th June is the date to remember with tickets costing £33.50 - capacity is only a few thousand so spaces will soon sell through!
The multi-million selling urban pop star has added a third Belfast date due to huge demand, this time on 29th September. Expect to pay around £39.50. Please note that Sheffield, Nottingham and Liverpool are sold-out but we'll keep 'em peeled for additional dates (if any).
The soul-man has inked a deal with Epic and the fine album "Good Things", originally released in September, is set for another push over here, starting with a quartet of concerts coming up, including Birmingham (26th April), Manchester (27th), London's Scala (1st May) and Brighton (2nd). Tickets cost £13.50 (£16 for London).
The American country rockers have announced tour dates in support of their soon-to-be-issued 8th album, "Go-Go Boots", due out in February. Bristol, Liverpool and Leeds are the first stops in May with other dates sure to be announced in the coming weeks.
Nominated as part of HMV's Next Big Thing, Norway's eccentric nu-folk ensemble will follow up their Camden date on 9th February with a date at London's Scala (28th April) and Glasgow's King Tut's (29th - on sale now).
The Manchester ska-beat 'n' pop quartet return with what could be the makings of a UK tour. Just two dates have been announced so far, one in Manchester and one in London. New material also beckons and tickets cost a very reasonable £8 - £8.50.
Peter Kay's comedy sparring-partner and presenter on ITV's dating show "Take Me Out", Paddy McGuinness, will be out on tour this coming October. So far he has lined up seven arenas for his 'Saturday Night Live' tour, starting with Birmingham on 6th October, followed by Liverpool, Sheffield etc. and finally Manchester on the 29th. Tickets will cost £25. As yet, there are no London dates confirmed, but judging by the two-week gap in the schedule, it's only a matter of time!
Winner of the X Factor in 2005, Shayne Ward, recently released his third album "Obsession" to muted acclaim, compared to his massive-selling debut at least. The title-track will be issued as a single, coinciding with a UK tour in March, including London and Belfast - tickets cost £25 - £26.50.
The Anglo-American duo returns to the UK for the first headline date since 2008, armed with a new upcoming album "Blood Pressures" due in April. They will play London's Heaven on 31st March with tickets costing £12.50. They have a habit of selling tickets fast, by the way.
Claudia Brücken is a stalwart of the electro-pop scene, coming to prominence with the German band Propaganda in the '80s, then Act (with Thomas Leer), before going solo in the early '90s and latterly with OMD singer/ keyboard player Andy Humphreys as OneTwo. March sees a special gig at Scala reuniting Claudia with Propaganda singer Suzanne Freytag, also featuring Andrew Poppy, Andy Bell (Erasure) and Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware. Tickets will cost £20.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra
The man with the most dextrous fingers in the world has started ticking off castles and gardens for his 2011 concerts - he's just pencilled in Ragley Hall in Warwickshire (2nd July) and Powderham Castle in Exeter (30th July). More open-air locations may well be added soon, meanwhile tickets are £15 for each of these and go on sale on Thursday at 9am.
The scary-heads are all set for playing a new Belfast date on 26th April, which may or may not be the first of many to follow. So far it's the only UK date booked for Jedward and tickets will no doubt zip out when they go on sale Saturday at 9am.
Stephen K Amos
And here's another rising star with another additional date, this time at the White Rock Theatre on 19th May. Tickets for this seaside laugh-fest go on sale from Thursday at 10am.
Just Added - On Sale Now
The comedian announced some seriously 'good news' this week with the addition of a second Hammersmith date on 19th June, with tickets on sale for £25. They are flying out already (much like most of his London dates have previously done).
The honourable 'Good Times' master, Norman Jay, will bring the British Soul-II-Soul leader Jazzie B and Ashley Beedle together for a night of anthem after anthem at the IndigO2 on 24th April. Paul 'Trouble' Anderson is also on the bill and tickets cost £18 for the night. Just prior to that, Jazzie B will be taking Soul II Soul to the Roundhouse for a gig on 4th March. Tickets for that gig cost £22.50.
The Swedish songwriter will return to the UK on 11th April with the Gothenburg String Theory. His back catalogue will be given the lush orchestral treatment at the Barbican for a one-off concert. Tickets cost £20 and are expected to fly out!
The '80s glam-rock and metal outfit fronted by Kim Hooker (!) has added two more nights to its UK tour in May, one in Sheffield (18th) and one in Newcastle (19th). Tickets for both cost £12 - on sale now, except Newcastle, which goes on sale Thursday.
The critically-acclaimed album by this Americana and roots outfit, "Here's To Taking It Easy", seemed to slip under many end-of-year radars, yet its mystical sound proved popular with aficionados. Matthew Houck and co will return to the UK for live action, including Bristol on 30th May and Glasgow on 4th June - tickets are only a tenner!
Chapterhouse Theatre Company
Chapterhouse Theatre Company specialize in outdoor performances at beautiful locations throughout the UK and their 2011 programme now has a new production of Sense and Sensibility, Snow White and Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford added to it. Based on a fictional 19th-century town (rather than the Heathrow-blighted suburb), Cranford tells the story of two sisters and their relationship with the townsfolk. Tickets are now on sale, costing £10 - £14 for adults with family tickets available and concessions for under 16's and NUS card holders.