Fat Friday 11th Feb 2011: Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Black Eyed Peas, Chemical Brothers, Dolly Parton, Biffy Clyro and more

Posted: 9th February 2011
Sum 41

A truly massive week this week for new on-sales, so many we just couldn't squeeze them all in. Arcade Fire, a bumped-up Wireless line-up, the worthy Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, Arctic Monkeys back on home soil and some of the most important US rock-acts are all part of the tasty menu. 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.

Arcade Fire

After their much-touted London appearance at Hyde Park (30th June) went on sale recently, attention from around the country grew. Now it seems there might be a few more UK dates before the year ends - Manchester (31st Aug) and Edinburgh Castle (1st Sep) go on sale Friday at 10am - £30/£32.50.

Arctic Monkeys

This will sell quickly and no mistake - a pair of homecoming dates for Sheffield's prodigal sons with special guests. The Don Valley Bowl will host one date on 10th June with The Vaccines, Miles Kane and Dead Sons and another on the 11th with Kane, Anna Calvi and Mabel Love. Each concert costs £32.50.

Wireless Festival 2011

Joining Jarvis and co as headliners will be Black Eyed Peas on Friday 1st July and Chemical Brothers on the Saturday. Friday also continues the urban-pop theme with Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Example while Saturday gets deep down and heavy with Chase and Status, Janelle Monáe, Chromeo, The Whip, Aphex Twin and Battles. Tickets are priced at £49.50 for Black-Eyed Peas and £48.50 for Chemical Brothers - admission for Pulp (playing on the Sunday) is still available, also priced at £48.50.

Dolly Parton

In August and September of this year, Parton will embark on a huge world tour to promote her new album, "Better Day", making ten arena-stops around these fair isles, starting with Glasgow on 20th August, followed by the usual calling points, including a return to the O2 arena on 7th September (only one night so far - could be more). The UK leg finishes in Sheffield on 12th September and tickets are around the £50 mark.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Kensington will be the setting for Scottish-rockers Biffy Clyro's first headlining concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 23rd March, in aid of the charity Teenage Cancer Trust. Other big names such as Beady Eye, Editors, John Bishop, organizer Roger Daltrey (performing Tommy) and Tinie Tempah all go on sale on the same day!

Bill Bailey

The comedian with the Dandelion Mind has announced a trio of nights for November, starting with Newcastle on the 2nd, Edinburgh on 16th and Aberdeen on the 18th. These will be modified versions of his best-selling West End show (and Chortle-nominated) Dandelion Mind and prices start at £30.50.


After selling out his mini-tour in Feb/ Mar without too much trouble, Dagenham Dev has announced an extensive headline jaunt across the UK, starting with Oxford on 10th May and ending in Shepherd's Bush on 30th - note that the Devlin tour goes on sale Saturday at 9am. He is also set to appear in Sheffield on 9th Apr with Lethal Bizzle and Tinchy Stryder - these tickets are on sale Friday.

Don McLean

In addition to his forthcoming Hampton Court Palace Festival appearance on 15th June (tickets still available), Don McLean has added Birmingham on the 19th and Liverpool on the 23rd. More dates expected as part of his 'Addicted to Black' tour - meanwhile these two go on sale Monday at 9am priced at £33.50.

Forestry Commission Live Music 2011

In addition to Erasure, Simple Minds, James, The Courteeners (now sold out) and Scouting For Girls, the rocking Status Quo and Texas will join in the forestry-fun during the summer-season. Quo will play Thetford on 9th June and Sharleen's crew hit Westonbirt on 17th July. Tickets will cost £33.50/£34.

Jools Holland and His Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra

Earlier this week we reported on the huge UK tour from Mr Holland, set to take place in the run up to Christmas - he's just added yet another venue to the list, this time in Watford. The town's Colosseum venue will host his show with Shane MacGowan on 16th November and tickets cost £34.50.

Noah and the Whale

Fresh from selling out their upcoming mini-tour of the UK (including a NME Awards Show at KOKO), the breezy posters have added another stream of gigs for May, including Portsmouth (10th) through to Oxford (18th) with a London show in the middle (Roundhouse - 16th). Tickets cost £13 (or £18.50 for the capital slot).

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

After selling out the Electric Ballroom on 15th April, The Trail Of Dead return to the capital on the 19th for a second London show - tickets for Islington go on sale this Friday at 9am, priced at £14. Other regional dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham are still available, meanwhile their long-awaited new album is due around the same time


Highly-regarded and starting to gather up a UK following is Mona. After being nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2011 award and announcing a UK tour (on sale now), the Nashville outfit will also descend on the Electric Ballroom in London on 17th May for a return that will surely sell out, especially at £11.

Neil Finn

The Crowded House front-man has announced solo concerts at Brighton's Komedia and London's Scala in April, fuelling rumours of a UK tour and perhaps some new songs. The concerts are billed as 'An evening with Neil Finn', suggesting something a little more intimate than usual.


After having reunited with their earlier drummer Jay Lane, Primus look set to unleash some new material sometime during 2011. Two UK dates have popped up on their schedule, starting with Manchester's Academy on 12th July and Brixton Academy on the following night. Demand should be high for the tickets (priced from £23).

Social Distortion

What with the partial reformation of Primus, it's a good Friday for influential rock bands hitting the UK. Social Distortion have been around since the late '70s and have just issued the relentless "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes". Their sole date in London, on 7th July, is priced at £22.50.

Sum 41

The still-hugely popular Canadian rock/metal quartet have announced a sole London show for 22nd February - yes that's 11 days away from now. The gig is at the Underworld and costs £20. Expect a showcase for the new album, "Screaming Bloody Murder", due out in March.

Twin Atlantic

The Scottish hard-rockers will be hitting the big cities in May, starting with Newcastle on the 3rd and followed by Manchester, Leeds, Bristol etc until they reach London on the 13th (at King's College Union). Prices range from £7 to £8.50.

New York Dolls, Paul Heaton, Annie Mac Presents..., The Saw Doctors and Sandi Thom also have gigs with tickets goin on sale this Friday.

Happ clicking!

Paul Pledger