The Week Ahead from Monday 21st Feb 2011: Foo Fighters, Boyzone, Ne-Yo, Darwin Deez and more
It's another blistering week with huge names performing all around the UK, though many gigs have sold out. Surprisingly, there are still a few Foo Fighters tickets left for Wembley - have you forgotten to book? The arts side is a little quieter than usual but there are two great new fringe shows in London and a huge ice-show to feast your senses on!
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It's the Year of the Foos, official! NME have named Dave Grohl as God-like genius, they've got some major arena action going on in the summer and the new album may well be their best since their last (it normally is). The Wembley show on Friday still has some seats left for £40.
Once the biggest boy-band in the UK and Ireland Boyzone, led by a certain Mr Keating, are back for a swath of arena dates across the UK from Monday onwards, starting in Liverpool. They've sold out Cardiff (22nd) Glasgow (12th March) and Dublin (15th) but all other dates are available, priced from £35.50.
The US entertainer has cut short his UK tour due to recording commitments, yet cunningly has kept the most lucrative dates on the schedule. He's sold out Manchester on Friday and the O2 on Saturday but the remaining survivors of London on Sunday and the following Birmingham night are available for £40/£42.50.
The soul-star with a difference has been confirmed for the Wireless Festival 2011 on Sat 2nd July, but prior to that massive event, she's on tour from Thursday onwards starting in Bristol. All dates for the 'Archandroid' tour, except the Roundhouse on 1st March, are available priced at £15 - £16.50. She's just been nominated for two Grammys!
The Lighthouse Family
Back after a hiatus of seven years (they split in 2004 and reformed in 2010), Lighthouse Family were the proverbial bees-knees when it came to easy-going soft soul-pop, the stuff that hundreds of local radio-stations are made of. All dates from Sunday onwards in Belfast are available at £25 - £26.
Recently confirmed for 2000 Trees Festival 2011 and teaming up with Long Distance Calling for their new tour are alt-instrumental band Maybeshewill. There's an album brewing, but meanwhile catch them in Southampton on Thursday, then Cardiff etc until London on 3rd March. Bargain prices abound, especially at Nottingham (Saturday) for £3!!
New York's darlings of the UK scene alert! Darwin Deez have successfully sold-out a handful of dates on their upcoming tour which starts on Thursday. That first night in Manchester, plus Norwich, Birmingham, London and Brighton have all sold through - the rest cost £10.
Les Savy Fav
From current indie-darlings to those from yesteryear - or are they? The whole hype-machine could well start again when Les Savy Fav start their tour from London's Heaven on Tuesday, before continuing to Cardiff, Manchester etc. Ticket prices range from £12 to £15.60 and all dates still have spaces.
One of the first key performing stars of the West End musical-scene is back with a handful of new large-scale concerts, beginning with Blackpool's Opera House on Friday. Tickets are still available for between £29.50 and £42.50, depending on seats and location.
Rising up from the ashes is Bradford's rock band Terrorvision who seem to have acquired God-like status amongst their legions of fans. A new album, their first in 10 years, is due in the spring but you can catch them live first from Thursday onwards until March. Leeds is not surprisingly sold out, the others are £14 - £17.50
The ex-Icicle Works songwriter brings his wealth of back-catalogue to Scotland for intimate dates in Fife and Kinross from Sunday onwards. Sunday's Lathones night and the 1st March Kinross dates have sold-out - limited tickets for Kinross on 28th Feb are available for £15.
Attila the Stockbroker
A totally different kettle of halibut is the punk-poet and mandolin-maestro from Sussex, Attila The Stockbroker. His endless wander around the UK takes him to Worcester on Thursday and Huddersfield on the following night with tickets costing from just £5 to £8 (and worth every penny).
If powerhouse trance-music does the trick for you, the legend that is Ferry Corsten has a trio of club-nights approaching, starting with one next week in Leeds on Friday night. £17.50 will get you entry, but if you live in London or Edinburgh you might want to consider his March dates in those cities - £15 to £20.
Unfortunately, this is the bad news section of the piece - the face-value-tickets sold out shows corner. Possibly set to score a Top 5 placing with her acclaimed "Let England Shake" (review soon come), Harvey has long sold out her two Troxy nights on Sunday and Monday. Other shows with only resale tickets available are: All Time Low, Sum 41, Julian Cope, Mumford and Sons or the NME Awards Ceremony 2011 either - all snapped up!
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Drowning on Dry Land
The Jermyn Street Theatre will host this classic Alan Ayckbourn comedy play from Tuesday onwards, confirmed for one month until 19th March. For £12 you can see Russell Bentley, Les Dennis and many more familiar faces act out the destruction of a TV celebrity - a very topical subject. All performances are still available.
Disney On Ice: Disneyland Adventure
Just when you thought you'd seen the back of icy conditions, back comes a UK tour of Disney On Ice. Billed as a Disneyland Adventure, there are no prizes for guessing that this is a family extravaganza featuring all your favourite Disney characters. Birmingham is the first port of call from Wednesday onwards - £17 each or £60 for family of four.
Nottdance Festival 2011
Nottingham (and a couple of nearby towns) plays host to the contemporary dance and arts festival from Thursday onwards, starting with Europe in Motion at Lincoln's Drill Hall. Friday sees Leicester joining in while Nottingham itself continues apace with an evening presented by Rajni Shah Projects - various prices from £7.
Gilbert and Sullivan: All at Sixes and Sevens
The King's Head Theatre in London is hosting this rather different take on Gilbert and Sullivan - moreover it's a biographical and witty take on their last meeting together. Naturally it features lots of their songs as well - tickets cost £10 - £12.50
Leoncavallo's tragic opera about a travelling circus is another new addition to the King's Head Theatre's schedule for the next month. Filled with intrigue, jealousy and murder, Pagliacci, produced by Operaupclose, is playing from Thursday until 31st March and tickets cost £15 - £17.50.
Crammed into just 120 minutes is the entire breakdown of 5 decades of Britain's most-loved soap-opera, Coronation Street. All the top moments are given a dusting down in a respectful but hilarious production that will be touring the North from Monday (in Liverpool). £12.50 to £25.
There really is only one comedy night you should consider going to this week and that's this homage to the much-loved Linda Smith who passed away in 2006. Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner...the list goes on. There are a few tickets left for the Kingston Rose Theatre's celebrations on Sunday - £32.50.
London Fashion Weekend
Somerset House will host this year's most coveted annual gathering of top designers, models and trend-setters, starting on Thursday and running through the weekend. Tickets cost a variety of prices, including for example, Silver passes plus catwalk which cost £28.50.