The Week Ahead from Monday 14th Feb 2011: Tinie Tempah, X Factor Live, James Blunt, The Streets, KT Tunstall, Ray Lamontagne and more
Possibly one of the biggest dates on the UK music calendar takes place on Tuesday - yes it's the BRITs and a fair few previous nominees and winners are on tour from Monday, including Mark Ronson's party at the IndigO2.
Elsewhere and with music being a strong choice for entertainment, 'theatreland' is generally quiet, although some fringe productions and some key operas complete the arts picture.
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Man of the moment and BRIT-nominee in just about every category but Best Female (well, you never know), Tempah has sold out his entire UK tour, starting in Manchester on Saturday with the only concert with tickets at face value being Glasgow on the 22nd. Don't forget about his Teenage Cancer Trust night on 27th March - tickets on sale this Friday.
The BRIT Awards takes place at the O2 on Tuesday and despite featuring a red carpet of talent (that'll be a short rug then - that's enough, Ed), many stars have been involved in charity fundraising and this year is no exception. War Child's infamous post-BRITs party is hosted by Mark Ronson - tickets are on sale now for £15, but for how long they last no-one knows!
Everyone's favourite crooning soldier is back on the road from Thursday onwards, starting his new UK tour in Glasgow. It's big cities all the way until the last night in Portsmouth, although he has been confirmed for GuilFest and Hampton Court later in the summer. Face value tickets for the whole tour, except that first Scottish date, are sold out!
Mike Skinner has posted a cheeky 'closed' sign on the Streets website which seems to have driven home the message that the end is nigh. Face value tickets for three nights are sold-out, including Nottingham, Brighton and Brixton - others are available for £17.50 making this the last call for the Streets, ever.
The Scottish pop-pixie is back with another UK tour which has already seen a few venues sell out already, including Dunfermline (Wednesday), Leamington and Bristol. Remaining concerts are still up for grabs for £20 (or £22.50 for the HMV Forum gig on 8th March). Her recent "Tiger Suit" album continued her Top 5 track-record so expect plenty of related renditions!
X Factor Live
Hopefully this big tour will fare better than Aiden Grimshaw's ill-fated UK tour (announced and cancelled within the same week). He is due to appear alongside Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, Wagner, One Direction etc for the start of this all encompassing tour which begins in Birmingham next weekend. A few nights have sold out (Dublin - 22nd Feb and Aberdeen - 27th/28th Feb), but others are available for £27.50/£32.50.
Kill It Kid
Bath's folky-rocky-bluesy indie posters Kill It Kid have returned from SXSW Texas, armed with some new material no doubt. Their UK tour is the biggest of the week in terms of quantity of dates, starting with Hoxton on Monday, Sheffield on Wednesday and many more until their hometown in March - tickets cost £5/£6.
Reel Big Fish
California's ska-punksters are back from Friday onwards - they begin their UK tour in Nottingham before heading North to Tyneside and Scotland etc. They've sold out Manchester and Birmingham already so get in quick for your local stop-off. £14.50/£16.
It's a great week for guitar rock bands and Dinosaur Pile-up finally return with a corking triple-bill featuring Japanese Voyeurs and The Xcerts. Rather than just play the usual cities, towns like Bedford (opening night Thursday) and Tunbridge Wells (Sunday) feature throughout the tour - nice one lads. £7.50.
Metal's self-proclaimed Hellbilly finally gets his long-awaited UK tour under way from Wednesday onwards, calling at Brixton, Manchester and a few more cities until Birmingham on the 22nd. Back-up comes in the form of the excellent Skindred and Revoker - but all face value tickets are sold out, with just resale tickets available.
Powerful metal-core rockers from the US, Senses Fail, are back for another blast through the regions to give their new album "The Fire" a right going-over. First stop is Folkestone on Wednesday, followed by Islington, Southampton and Exeter and many more. Tickets vary between £8 and £12.50.
Old smoothy-tonsils is back with his band 'The Pariah Dogs', a fact that will have our editor coming over all funny - Tickets are still available for all dates except for Glasgow and Manchester (sold-out), priced from £17.50 upwards with his Royal Festival Hall (with The Secret Sisters in support) nudging the £30 mark. Recent album "God Willin' and the Creek don't Rise" will no doubt feature heavily.
Talking of smooth, Jason Derulo may satiate your need for bright and breezy soul and r 'n b. The chart-star embarks on a UK tour from Bournemouth on Thursday which is one of the few nights that hasn't sold out completely. Tickets cost £24 upwards for Glasgow, Manchester (26th) and Hammersmith.
Metal Hammer Razor Tour
Although there aren't any field-festivals next week (not in this weather), Metal Hammer magazine have very kindly rounded-up Sylosis, Bleed from Within and While She Sleeps for a ten-date UK tour starting in Southampton on Tuesday and continuing on to Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and more until Camden's Underworld on the 25th. And it's no more than a tenner to get in!!
2 Many DJs
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Belgium's premier beat-masters will begin a short jaunt north of the border with club shows in Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen at the weekend. Aberdeen has sold out but the other two are available from £19 upwards.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Side by Side by Sondheim
Chiswick's fringe theatre at the George IV presents an ambitious run-through of several of musical-composer, Stephen Sondheim. The revue includes many familiar songs including "Send In The Clowns" and "Losing My Mind" and is presented by Thumbtacks Theatre. Tickets cost just £10 for the five performances from Tuesday onwards (not Friday)
Goodnight Mister Tom
This charming wartime tale about a young boy who is evacuated to the country, has been adapted from the Michelle Magorian novel by the Lowry Theatre in Salford. There are just five performances (Tues-Sat) at the iconic venue until the play moves on to Kingston's Rose Theatre in April. Tickets cost £16 - £18.
When Harry Met Sally
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! - the most famous quote from this romantic comedy play, adapted from the film and story of the same name, doesn't look as hilarious written down, but the Whitley Bay Playhouse will seek to re-enact Meg Ryan's 'heated' moment with aplomb. Tickets start from £13.
Doctor Who Experience
One of the most successful dramas on TV during the past five decades takes to the streets of Kensington next week - but don't worry the Daleks won't be on the loose but instead under-cover at Olympia 2 for several months throughout the year. Tickets are £19.80 (less for kids and families) and the first admission is at 10am on Thursday.
An adult opera with a difference opens at the Royal Opera House - Covent Garden next Thursday. Anne Nicole deals with the troubled life of a Playboy model, media overkill and an early death. Written by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas, the story is a spicy and contemporary approach to operatic traditions. Runs until 4th March - tickets start from £18.
Not to be outdone by their rivals in Covent Garden, the ENO is set to revive the Lehnoff production of the Wagner opera Parsifal for the last time. For a limited period from Wednesday until 12th March (selected days only), this tale of 'the power of human compassion' as displayed by the title character features an acclaimed cast. Tickets start from £19.
His UK tour 'proper' kicks off in Southend on Wednesday, bringing deadpan mayhem as seen on Shooting Stars. No burgers this time, but instead a cheap pound-shop business and the usual bizarre humour from part of the new show. Tickets cost £15 - £17.50.
Roy Chubby Brown
Despite not being on TV during his 30-year career, as well as being an acquired taste, RCB continues to pack out venues around the country with his caustic wit and massive 'helmet' (you have to be there). Next week sees the Yorkshire comic hit Southampton (Thursday) and Tamworth (Friday) - the latter is sold-out but other regional dates cost around the £20 mark.