Fat Friday 25th Feb 2011: Queens of the Stone Age, Deadmau5, Duran Duran, Jamie Woon and more
This is a quieter week than most, ticket-wise - much of the news has been dominated by festival line-ups and ticket information, although the return of Queens of the Stone Age is quite a highlight. Lots of big stars have added extra or sole one-off concerts to their schedules - please read on!
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.
Queens of the Stone Age
Celebrating nearly 15 years of making uncompromising heavy-rock, Queens of the Stone Age's first album (self-titled) will be getting a revisit on 7th March. As well as on release, QOTSA will be taking that album out on the road - London's Roundhouse is the first slot on 17th May, followed by Dublin (19th), Glasgow (20th) and Manchester (21st).
This one-off Victoria Park (Hackney) exclusive on 11th June has been arranged by the organizers of the LED Festival, so you know that this should be something very special. Pounding minimal tech-house from the acclaimed Deadmau5 and a great near-central location should be enough to part with £39.
As the '80s retro-machine continues to influence a fair chunk of the charts at the moment, Duran Duran have continued to delight both their original audience and a new one. In addition to their upcoming May tour and iTunes date in July, Le Bon and co have announced a more intimate gig at Shepherd's Bush on 7th March (Monday week) - £45 to get you in!
Manchester's Apollo provides the third (and opening) slot on the blues-masters UK visit during the summer (25th June, to be exact) which has so far seen Edinburgh (26th) and the Royal Albert Hall (28th) sell steadily since going on sale last week. £50.
The Queen of Country's forthcoming late-summer UK tour is proving to be a winner, so much so that a second London O2 date has been added, this time on 8th September (around £55). She has successfully sold out Glasgow (20th Aug, but there are tickets up for 21st) and Cardiff (3rd Sep, but there is another concert on the 4th at £60).
The gently hip-wiggling music and soulful croon of the Woon is making in-roads into a few people's psyche and his newly-announced UK tour should provide him with beer-tokens for a while. His album "Moonwriting" appears in April, although Woon himself won't until the tour in May/June - £11.
Panic! At The Disco
The popular US duo (plus guests) will be back in the UK from 29th April when they hit Norwich, then Manc (30th), Birmingham (3rd May) and Shepherd's Bush (4th) - tickets are £15 - £16.50 and their long-awaited new album is out on 21st March and called "Vices & Virtues"!!
And So I Watch You From Afar
Post-rock, math-rock, call them what you will but this Belfast instrumental band have started to make an impact, not least for their festival appearances last year (Oxegen, Sonisphere etc). They've lined up five gigs in May, including London's Scala on the 3rd and Leeds Brudenell on the 11th. £7.50 - £9.50.
John Butler Trio
Australia's JBT have been rattling around for over a decade with their infectious blend of jam-rock and rootsy blues. They've won a pile of music-awards in their native Oz, suggesting that it might be time to see them live this time round - they play four dates in London, Manchester, Southampton and brilliantly named Newquay beach, Lusty Glaze during July - £18.50 upwards.
It's a busy week for this man - his Great Escape Festival tickets went on sale this week (see our Festival section below) - but his own headlining slots in Gateshead (16th May) and Manchester (19th May) hint at the possibility of a full UK jaunt. These two, both with DM Stith, cost £20.
The Black Lips
With more than a passing nod to extreme performance-artist GG Allin, The Black Lips have provided one or two memorable live spectacles during their ten-year tenure. Vice Magazine loves them, which gives you a rough indication as to what to expect when they appear at the Garage, London on 19th May (£17.50). They also play Leeds on the 22nd (available now - £11).
Hey, hey - it's The Monkees indeed! Originally created for a zany US TV-series in the '60s, and very nearly as big as The Beatles (their intended homage), they proved to be an act with more strings to their bow than originally suggested. Three of the original members are reuniting for a series of 45th-anniversary UK shows, including Manchester on 14th May. £40 - more dates to be announced.
Mercury-nominated eccentricity returns in May with a new Wild Beasts album and what looks like the makings of a UK tour. The Kendal fruit-cakes bring their ace music to Leeds (8th May), London's Wiltons (11th and 12th) and Gloucester (13th) - Leeds and Glou are £13.50 and the capital's Wilton shindigs are £16.50. Demand will be high.
The Danish retro-pop duo return to the UK in June with a gig at the Islington Academy on the 13th. New album "Raven In The Grave" will appear in April, no doubt offering more '60s influenced psych-pop and catchy tunes. Tickets cost £12.85 and on sale from midday Saturday.
Half Man Half Biscuit
This Merseyside act from the '80s heyday of indie-DIY shambolic-pop, will return to the capital on 17th June. Often sardonic, frequently surreal and quietly amusing, HMHB racked up a minor-hit last year with the catchy "Joy Division Oven Gloves". It's been 25 years since debut album "Back In The DHSS" so no doubt the Shepherd's Bush Empire gig will cover that! £20 and on sale from midday on Monday.
One notable on-sale for the world of comedy is this Edinburgh Playhouse date on 16th October. You know what to expect by now - rapier wit, caustic barbs and lots of cuddly puppies and kittens (just kidding). His Laughter Therapy sessions also extend to Coventry (9th Oct) and prices are from £25.
Here's a treat for R&B vocalists - Angie Stone will be taking residency at the Jazz Cafe from 14th - 16th June. You can expect songs from her recent "Unexpected" album as well as from her considerable catalogue (some of it recorded with big stars such as Prince, Stevie ...Wonder and D'Angelo). £37.50.
Bombay Bicycle Club
BBC successfully sold out their last Oxford gig (the Jericho last year), but this O2 Academy concert has a larger capacity - but will probably still come close to selling fast!! Tickets are on sale now for £12.50. NB - the Oran Mor gig on 30th March has sold out.
Acclaimed and adored in equal measure for her easy Yorkshire rootsy vocals, Kate Rusby will be coming to London for the ultimate folky picnic - an Open Air Theatre gig on 17th July for the sum of £32.50. Her April nights in Stockport and Whitley Bay are also on sale now
T in the Park
T in the Park 2011
Possibly sporting the most impressive line-up this side of Glastonbury (well, it's certainly bigger), T in the Park boasts Pulp, Coldplay and Tom Jones amongst its first swathe of performers. Click on the image to see the line-up as well as a scheduled sale of weekend tickets (£185 from Friday).
South West Four
South West Four 2011
With the headliners for Saturday and Sunday in place, now is the time to purchase the full range of tickets for SW4 during the August Bank Holiday. If you want to see Underworld on Sat or Pendulum on Sun (available now), it will cost £45 per day - but a more sensible weekend ticket costs just £85. No-brainer, we think.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape Festival 2011
South Coasters - you can now buy 3-day Earlybirds for £45 OR you can buy a 3-day Earlybird for the Brighton weekender, plus either a DJ Shadow OR Friendly Fires OR Sufjan Stevens Dome ticket for £51. Click on the 'various venues' option from the image to the right for choices!! Separate Dome shows are £15 - £22.50.