The Week Ahead from Monday 21st March 2011: Kylie Minogue, Russell Watson, Teenage Cancer Trust, Peter Gabriel, Rumer and more
Boy oh boy, you've got a choice of some huge names next week from right across the musical spectrum, including a thoroughly worthy cause, the Teenage Cancer Trust (especially bearing in mind the news about Ben from Fenech-Soler this week). The comedy world is also getting involved, plus there are other standalone laughter-fests and theatrical must-sees throughout the week.
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The Aussie pop-pixie is back with a bang an her Aphrodite tour, starting with one of many sold out dates in Dublin on Tuesday. Every night is sold out except for Cardiff (Saturday), Glasgow (30th), Manchester (4th/5th April) and The O2 (11th/12th), although your choice of seat (if any) is limited at £65.
Salford's tenor returns with an already partially sold-out UK tour, starting in his home-town on Sunday. As well as the The Lowry gig, many more have run out of tickets but you might like to try for Sheffield (30th Mar), Blackpool (7th Apr), Glasgow (11th) and Bournemouth (16th) - tickets are £25 and his tour extends into May, including a still-available slot at the Royal Albert Hall (3rd May - £22.50).
Teenage Cancer Trust
The first of two entries for this heading (see the arts section below for the other comedy event) and justified it is too. This worthy cause will benefit from a whole stream of Royal Albert Hall music concerts from Tuesday onwards, starting with Squeeze and The Feeling (£25 upwards still available) and followed by Biffy Clyro (Wed - nearly sold out), Roger Daltrey (Thurs - stalls are £55, nearly sold out), Beady Eye (Fri - nearly sold out), Editors (Sat - seats only from £35) and Tinie Tempah (Sun - stalls only, from £35/£50).
The influential global songwriter (in many senses) will play two in-demand nights at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of his ongoing New Blood tour. Both Wednesday and Thursday only have circle seats left for £55 a pop - stalls have sold through. Expect Gabriel, an orchestra and no guitars or drums.
The good-time gal of the country-pop world (a sort-of squeaky-clean Shania Twain) will begin a short UK visit on Tuesday with a trip to Birmingham, followed by Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and London's O2. The price of tickets varies from £28.50 to £29.50 and all dates are available. Expect some "Speak Now" action throughout.
This lady could charm the sparrows from the trees, so good is her spellbinding tonsil work. But she's got some serious competition in support band Phantom Limb - they are also seriously engaging. Her dates in Bristol, Birmingham and Derby will feature said band and tickets cost £23.50. The tour continues with new support Golden Retrievers from Brighton (Friday onwards).
Now here's a lady desperate to make an impression - she called Alan Titchmarsh 'handsome' on his show this week! Should've gone to Specsavers? Just kidding Titchy - The lady can more than hold her own with THAT Lennoxesque voice. The new album is out and soon the gigs will join it, starting from Manchester on Friday. Glasgow on Saturday is sold out, but the rest are up for £10 - £12, a bargain for a BBC Sound of 2011 artist!
Erland and the Carnival
Another BBC Sound of 2011 tip was this unique nu-folk ensemble. Utilizing traditional folklore and modern arrangements, Erland will prepare for their festival onslaught (Field day and Hop Farm beckon) with a string of dates starting in Oxford in Thursday. Bargain tickets for all upcoming dates cost £7 - £8.
And the 'hot tips for 2011' continue with Mr Wolf and his intriguing blend of eccentric pop shenanigans. First stop for this tour is Glasgow on Wednesday, followed by Nottingham, Brum, Manc, Bristol (sold out) and finally London's KOKO next Tuesday. Regionals cost £12.50 - London is £17.50 (the cheek of it!).
Rightly acclaimed US band makes decent album that doesn't cross over to the mainstream shock? I think so. Perhaps 4AD's other bands have overshadowed what Deerhunter have been doing, but you can judge for yourself when they hit Belfast on Saturday. The following week sees them play sold-out gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and Shepherd's Bush - Leeds is still up for grabs for £13 though.
The lead-singer of Scottish indie-rock favourites Idlewild will be playing a veritable array of towns from Thursday onwards, starting with Cambridge and continuing to Nottingham, Islington, Guildford up until the sold-out night in Newcastle on 2nd April. Nothing too odd, you might think but the prices range from £10 to £16.50, most of them different!
The Jim Jones Revue
Noisy, uncompromising and thoroughly relentlessly hard-working rock 'n' blues band in the area! Jim Jones and the gang are proving to be a top draw these days, although surprisingly haven't sold out any of next week's tour dates. Nottingham is the first stop on Sunday (£10), followed by many more city stops until Manchester in mid-April. Don't miss them - they'll blow your bloody doors off.
Van der Graaf Generator
Peter Hammill and his progressive rock trio will be on the road once more with a new album, "A Grounding In Numbers". Leamington is the first stop for their short promotional tour on Thursday, followed by Glasgow, Manchester, London's Barbican and finally Cambridge next Monday (28th). Tickets cost up to £20.
Tidy Reunion Weekender 2011
If you fancy 'largin' it' at a Welsh holiday camp (and let's face it, who doesn't), then this Tidy little weekend should take you right in! With an all-star line-up of Tidy legends including Anne Savage, Billy Bunter, Ilogik, Andy Farley, Lisa Pin-Up and many many more, Prestatyn won't know what's hit it! Runs from Friday till Monday 28th with rooms costing from £540.
The 69 Eyes
Also happening from Sunday onwards are tours and gigs from Scandinavian pairing The 69 Eyes and Hardcore Superstar (from Thurs in Manchester), The Czar's main-man John Grant (from Weds in Edinburgh), big breaks and beats specialists Stanton Warriors (with Zane Lowe at Matter on Friday), '90s rock band Warrior Soul (from Weds in Sheffield) and Scottish rockers Sucioperro (from Monday in Camden).
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Just prior to all the Teenage Cancer Trust music gigs coming up from Tuesday onwards (see the tours section in this article), there comes a massive comedy night on Monday starring Liverpudlian John Bishop, dry wry Glaswegian Kevin Bridges, the tallest man in the world Greg Davies, plus James Corden and Seann Walsh. Seats are still up for £25 upwards.
The star of The Thick Of It and writer-supremo will be talking about his favourite year in a similar vein to Al Murray's recent show at the Tattershall. This time it's 2001 and our man Addison will present new material and film-clips in an anarchic ad-hoc style. Hence the admission is £5!
The historical Scottish town of Dunfermline becomes hysterical on Sunday when droll Andy Parsons comes to town for a show as part of his ongoing wander around the UK. Tickets for the Alhambra cost from £15 upwards - expect keenly-observed and slightly satirical material suitable for over 14s only. Click his picture for further dates in April!
Returning to stand-up comedy is the star of BBC's amusing sitcom How Not To Live Your Life and Mighty Boosh. Mr Clark fuses observational wit with a few daft songs and plenty of gags. His first stop (and only gig this week) is in Glasgow so a nice easy start then - tickets cost £15. Clark will then embark on a more intense UK jaunt from 2nd April in Derby.
Jekyll and Hyde - The Musical
Former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow stars in this new adaptation of the macabre tale about a brilliant doctor who creates a murderous and evil counterpart. First stop for the tour is Manchester next week, followed by further week-long stops in Southampton and Birmingham. Tickets for next weeks stint at the Palace Theatre cost from £18.50.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
The Stockport Plaza Theatre is the place to be next week if you fancy seeing this sentimentally romantic tale of an unlikely pair falling in love (eventually). Add in some charming songs and a decent ticket price of just £12 (or £10 for children) and you have an entertaining recipe, bar none. Plays from Tuesday to Saturday.
An Inspector Calls
JB Priestly comes under the spotlight when his key crime-thriller comes to Lancashire. Nelson's Ace Centre is the first stop from Wednesday to Saturday, while in May Chorley will host this exclusive production which centres on a Yorkshire middle-class family being held to account for heinous activities by Inspector Goole. Tickets cost £6 - £8.50.
Hoxton Hall will host this Victorian music-hall take on the story of Africa's colonization by Europe, with added modern songs and a few drag-queens for good measure. You can follow the adventures and the outcome from Tuesday until Saturday for the princely sum of £15 - note that this is for over 14s!