Fat Friday 4th March 2011: V Festival 2011, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, They Might Be Giants, Korn and more
We have another bumper crop of goodies coming up, including this year's V Festival (plus other festival announcements) and new dates from Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed and Public Image Limited amongst others!
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.
V Festival 2011
The biggest news of the week was the unveiling of V's line-up. Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Rihanna and Plan B head up the weekend of 20th - 21st August which also includes Pendulum, Duran Duran and The Script. Tickets cost from £175 down to £83.50.
The ex-Roxy Music singer and songwriter is lining up plenty of appearances for the rest of the year, not least with two Forestry Commission concerts in Gloucestershire and Suffolk. 15th and 16th July are the dates to remember - tickets cost £36.50. Ferry is also appearing at the Kew The Music Festival (see below).
This special night at the Hammersmith Apollo on 4th July, has been billed as an evening of Reed's solo material. Rest assured it won't be a full rendition of "Metal Machine Music", not when special guests have been promised! Tickets cost from £38.50.
Public Image Ltd. [PiL]
For those who can't stump up £449 for the award-winning Mr Rotten's Scrapbook, how about a bit of PiL action at Coventry's Kasbah (31st May - £15) and Cardiff's Millennium Hall (2nd June - £25)? Is this the start of a UK tour, we wonder....? Lydon has recently hinted at new material - it's also 25 years since "Album" was issued!
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
Curiously, the ex-Beatle seems to be remembered more for being the voice of the Thomas the Tank Engine, more than his varied solo work. You can hear this and Beatles classics from Starr and his ever-changing body of musicians on tour during June, including Hampton Court (17th) and Liverpool (18th).
They Might Be Giants
They put a little "Birdhouse In Your Soul" in '92, but haven't really ceased 'trading', as it were - they're still revered back home, although this KOKO date on 15th July should get snapped up pretty darned quick. Tickets will cost £19.50 and you can expect a few new songs in the mix.
Powerful and never less-than-loud, Korn will be blazing a trail north of the border in Glasgow on 8th June. With a new album being recorded and finished off, you can bet that further dates will be added to support it. Other tickets on sale Friday include dates from Florrie, The Antlers and Ben Howard.
Ocean Colour Scene
The Midlands band were rarely out of the chart 20 years ago - for their Christmas Tour they will be performing their key album "Molesey Shoals" and other hits. The Brixton date on 10th December is already on sale (£25), but the remaining preceding gigs are on sale from 9am Monday.
The Duke Spirit
Liela Moss and her boys are back on the road later in the spring - they've just added two more concerts to their UK tour. Previously-announced Cambridge and Liverpool are on sale now, while Nottingham and Bristol go on sale 9am Monday.
The Sussex hit-makers are about to 'Set Your World On Fire' with a new single on 28th March AND a special date at London's Heaven on 13th April for just £15. It's been a while since the boys released an album - the untitled third set will appear later in the spring.
Springbok Nude Girls
Possibly a new name to many of you, though not to any self-respecting South African metal-head. Fusing cultural influences and a spot of ska, punk and rock, SNG reformed a few years ago and have been linked with U2's tour of their homeland. Their tour starts on 30th May in Glasgow - £15 - £18.
Armin van Buuren
The number 1 entertainer in DJ Magazine for four years is some claim which Dutchman Van Buuren will be living up to when he hits Glasgow on Easter Sunday. Plenty of DJ support will also be on hand at Braehead (TBA) but meanwhile the hottest Scottish shindig costs £35.
The urban singer returns to the UK with a spot of "Passion, Pain & Pleasure"(his latest album), starting with Glasgow (22nd April - on sale now), Liverpool, Birmingham and Hammersmith. Tickets cost £25.
It's impossible to picture Merchant without thinking about his daft Darren Lamb character in Extras - but here is on tour for the first time. Entitled 'Hello Ladies', the gangly comedy-writer returns to his stand-up roots and will perform from Swindon (6th Sep) to Hammersmith (28th Nov) - tickets will cost £25.
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The blues-rock guitarist makes a return to the UK in a solo (plus band) capacity, starting with Blackpool on 15th October and continuing to many towns including Cardiff, Plymouth and two nights in Hammersmith. Tickets start from £30.
He's back doing the Stray Cat Strut - well, not quite because it's more of a Rockabilly Riot! The ex-Stray Cats frontman can still walk the rock 'n roll walk and to prove it, he returns to the UK for two dates (so far) in Brixton (24th July) and Manchester (25th) - £30 or £32.50 for tickets.
The comical songwriter and entertainer has added another Strings gig to his schedule, this time at the Royal Albert Hall on 29th April. Tickets cost £55. Meanwhile the preceding concert on the 28th has nearly sold out - Edinburgh (17th Apr) and Glasgow (18th) have been cleaned out!
The razor-sharp tongue and wit of the Never Mind The Buzzcocks presenter and Grandma's House writer is busy with practising new material for a 2012 show. You can witness the man in 'work-in-progress' action at The Invisible Dot in Chalk Farm during March with new shows being added regularly. Tickets are in short supply and cost £6.
The Mock The Week regular and award-winning comedian Mark Watson will be hitting plenty of towns during his new summer tour, including Brighton (2nd June), Harrogate (3rd), Cardiff (9th) and many more. Tickets cost around £15.
The energetic world of Dublin comedian Jason Bryne can be enjoyed on his forthcoming autumn tour, during which he will also head to Lincoln, Cambridge and Southend in November. These gigs are on sale now, priced around £15.
The Nottingham-based day-fest takes place on 24th July and will feature two big names for starters - Scissor Sisters and Blondie. Tickets for the whole day cost £35 and more names will be drawn out of the star-spangled hat very soon.
Kew the Music
South West London comes alive to the sound of music during July with Jools Holland (7th), Jamie Cullum (8th), Bryan Ferry (9th), Buena Vista Social (10th) and Blondie (11th). All concerts featured quality support and tickets cost £36 and go on sale from 9am Monday..
Another big festival announcement this week - Snoop Dogg will be back on these shores again as the Saturday headliner at Lovebox. The whole weekender takes place from 15th - 17th July and also stars Scissor Sisters, The Wombats and many more - tickets cost £99 for the three dayer! Tickets are on sale now.