Fat Friday 18th March 2011: Tinie Tempah, Morrissey, Westlife, Wolfmother, Ryan Adams, David Gray and more
Posted: 16th March 2011
Woo, what a Friday! Loads of huge names, so many we've almost run out of space to tell you about them. The first acts on the list will probably garner the most attention, while there is also plenty of activity within the comedy sector. Enjoy.
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Tinie Tempah News of the Plumstead boy's autumn arena tour has been met with anticipation, and that's before he's even unleashed his expected new material on us. Just seven nights have been confirmed, starting with Liverpool on 31st October and continuing to Newcastle (1st Nov), Glasgow (2nd), the O2 in London (4th), Bournemouth (5th), Birmingham (6th), Manchester (7th) and finally (so far) Cardiff on the 8th. Tickets will cost from £21.50 - and you'd better be quick!
Morrissey Seemingly after years of refusal (see what I did there?), the iconic and influential ex-Smiths frontman is returning to the UK for a Very Best of Morrissey tour, taking in mainly northern and Scottish venues (and er Plymouth) throughout June. Tickets will be in huge demand of course - expect to pay around £32.50 for a night of hits, hits and more hits (he's had a fair few).
Wolfmother Armed with material for a third album, Aussie rockers Wolfmother will be returning to the UK to plug it, as well as recite key songs from their huge-selling previous outings "Wolfmother" and "Cosmic Egg". So far just Liverpool and London have been confirmed for 31st May and 1st june respectively - tickets will cost from £17.50.
Westlife The Irish man-band have announced two special Forestry Commission Live slots for the summer, starting with Thetford Forest on 15th July and Westonbirt in Gloucestershire on the following day. Support has yet to be announced but the quartet will ensure that screams can be heard in neighbouring counties - tickets will cost £37.50.
John Barrowman Having established himself as an all-singing, all-dancing and all-acting entertainer, the Barrowman machine will roll into many towns in the autumn during the run-up to the Christmas gift-purchase market. Yes, its 'Greatest Hits' time and John will be performing to packed houses from Northampton (19th Oct) to Glasgow (24th Nov) and most points in between - prices start at £22.50.
Sarah Millican The likeable award-winning North-East comedian is currently bringing her Chatterbox show to the nation, but in the autumn she will return with an all-new show, the title of which is 'Thoroughly Modern Millican'. She kicks-off in Buxton on 3rd October and continues around the UK right into 2012. Tickets cost £21 for most nights, with a few costing £20 (including the Hammersmith Apollo date!). Tickets on sale Friday at 10am.
The Kills This electro-rock duo continue to influence and have announced a further brace of late-spring dates, including an Evolution Festival appearance in Newcastle, starting with Glasgow (29th May), via Oxford (1st June) and finally the Roundhouse in London on the 3rd. Expect to pay around £13.50 for tickets.
Weezer The geeky US alt-rockers will preview their Sonisphere show with a headlining gig at the Brixton Academy on 6th July, their first headlining show in the UK since, ooh, records began (more than a few years ago anyway). Tickets are a bit steep at £35, but expect guests and loads of emotional scenes as they crank-up the memories and new songs.
Ryan Adams The US country-rock singer leaves behind his band The Cardinals (and his recently issued heavy-metal album "Orion") for a spot of acoustic action. He's announced a pile of UK dates during June, including London's Barbican (20th), Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow and Oxford - no doubt more nights will get added very soon, meanwhile these dates will set you back £25 - £32.50.
Eels In addition to their impending festival appearances at Glasto, Oxegen and T in the Park, Everett's kooky band will also be playing a few headline shows in the UK, including Brighton, Newcastle and Leeds during July. All tickets will cost £21 - expect plenty of recent material from the trilogy set "Hombre Loco", "End Times" and "Tomorrow Morning".
David Gray Fresh from issuing the 2010 album "Foundling" towards the end of last summer, Gray has announced the makings of a full UK tour with dates in Liverpool (27th May), Coventry (28th), York (30th), Manchester (3rd June) and Nottingham (6th). Tickets will cost from £29.50.
Andrea Corr The lead singer of the successful Irish pop act The Corrs has announced her return to music with a proposed covers album for release later this year. She has also confirmed a few UK gigs in Birmingham (29th May), Manchester (1st June) and London (2nd) and you may even get some familiar Corrs songs into the bargain. Tickets will cost £22.50 - £25.
Erykah Badu The controversial soul singer has popped her togs back on now after the hoo-haa with "The Window Seat" and has a London date in her sights. Brixton Academy will play host to a special concert by the Baduizm creator on 17th July with tickets costing £32.50
Devin Townsend Project
Making a very special return to the capital (to follow up his sold out Islington Academy on 26th March) is that Strapping Young Lad, Mr Townsend. Sticking with the North London suburb, Devin will play two shows at the Union Chapel where he will perform the albums "Ki" and the upcoming "Ghost" on 10th and 13th November respectively - £15 per night.
Hanson The brothers with that "MMMBop" sound have announced a series of UK concerts entitled 5of5, whereby the band revisit their reasonably extensive back catalogue with an album per night from 5th - 10th June (not the 9th). The big night will be the 5th - it's "Middle Of Nowhere", the album that spawned the million-seller hit. Tickets go on sale from Monday 21st March .
Boyzone Ronan and crew have announced other arena dates to go with the Belfast one on Friday - this time it's in Scotland. Edinburgh and Inverness will host the Irish man-band and support from The Saturdays and Shayne Ward respectively will ensure that tickets will shift pretty quickly - the price is £39 and the concerts take place on 6th Aug (Edinburgh) and 27th Aug (Inverness). Both were set to go on sale at 9am Thursday.
Pete Yorn After crooning sweet nothings with Scarlet Johansson on his 2009 set "Break Up", it's back to normal for Yorn with a self-titled rock 'n' roll album issued last year. His UK May tour will give it an airing, starting with Manchester and continuing to Glasgow, London and Birmingham. The Scottish date (on 17th May) is on sale now, priced at £12 - all dates £12 except London, which will cost £15.
Robots: Extreme Wars
Bring on the Roboteers for some major maximum damage - yes the TV show has spawned many a metal monster and this show during the Easter Holiday will thrill kids and adults alike. Over 100 robots will battle it out for the title of Extreme Champion, there'll be a new Battle Zone and you can try out a robot or two for yourself.
Doc Brown This in-demand London comedian is starting to rise above the fringes with his blend of old-school humour and catchy hilarious songs and anecdotes. He's announced an exclusive home-town show at the Bloomsbury Theatre for 20th October to follow up his March dates. His 'Unfamous' night will cost just £13.
Russell Howard The Mock The Week star continues touring unabated, announcing another dozen or so new venues in which to catch him give it his all, including Chorley, Cambridge and a residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in June. However a new trip to Barnsley on 23rd May is on the cards for some work in progress action - tickets will cost £15.
Rock of Ages Break out the Spandex pants, the flying 'V' and a crate of Jack Daniels - here comes the comedy musical dedicated to that golden era of poodle-perms and cheesy lyrics, all rounded off with a plot that centres on an aspiring young rocker and his actress girlfriend. Rock of Ages plays from 31st Aug until 11th Feb next year - tickets start at £20 and go on sale from Monday 21st March.
Calendar Girls The highly-successful Tim Firth comedy classic about a WI group who raise money for charity by posing for a rather different calendar, will be touring parts of the UK throughout the year. The show is so popular in the North East however that a further week of shows has been confirmed in Sunderland from 12th - 17th September. Tickets will start at £13.50 - on sale from Monday 21st March.
We Will Rock You Another touring show and this time it's the turn of the popular Queen-soundtracked musical, now confirmed to play at the Bristol Hippodrome from 11th to 29th October. This is in addition to shows planned for Brum, Liverpool etc, and tickets will go on sale from Monday 21st March.
Legally Blonde This show has just been voted as Best New Musical for the West End version, this escapist tale of a prom queen who betters herself with a law degree to win back her beau, will no doubt rack-up high demand. First confirmed towns are Liverpool (8th - 16th July) and Bristol (19th July - 6th Aug) and tickets cost from £22.50 (on sale from Thursday).
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Hayseed Dixie Yee-har!! Get some hoe-down inside you courtesy of everyone's favourite hillbilly covers band - except that this time, they have an album of some of their own material to plug 9as well as a few more covers of course). They've just added a few more gigs to their spring tour, including Poole (28th Apr), Brighton (18th May) and Wolves (25th) - £15.
Cults If you prefer the gentler dulcet tones of twee indie band Cults then you need to head out and see them during their previously-announced tour. The duo have just added Cambridge, Oxford and London's Scala to proceedings with all tickets costing a tenner or less!
This Will Destroy You If Mogwai or Explosions In The Sky do it for you then so might these boys. They've got a new album entitled "Tunnel Blanket" to unleash and a few UK towns to play, starting with Plymouth on 25th June, followed by Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle and London's Garage. All but London costs £10 or less!