The Week Ahead from Monday 28th March 2011: The Wanted, The Blackout, The Pigeon Detectives, Bowling for Soup, Eliza Doolittle, Nas and more

Posted: 23rd March 2011
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It's all quiet on the arts front but not so peaceful on the music and tour scene - it's truly a great week for rock and post-punk bands including The Blackout, Killing Joke and The Undertones.

Comedy gamely props up the theatre scene, in particular a very special War On Want gig inlawss West London - a worthy cause indeed!

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This week:


The Wanted

The most aptly-named group at the moment will begin a UK tour from Monday onwards, starting in Manchester for two nights, with further stops in cities such as Nottingham, Plymouth and London until Edinburgh on 15th April. Not surprisingly, many nights are sold out with only Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow (14th Apr) and Edinburgh up for grabs at £24.

The Blackout

This Welsh rock six-piece have just been confirmed for the Leeds and Reading Festival, but you can see them headline their own long-awaited tour starting in Oxford on Tuesday (which has sold out). Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham have also run out of face-value tickets but the remainder can be grabbed for £13. They also play Hit The Deck Festival in Nottingham on 17th April (£20).

The Pigeon Detectives

It's a welcome return for the previously much-touted Leeds band, in the form of a full UK tour and a new album. First stop is Middlesbrough on Monday with Liverpool, Brum, Norwich, Portsmouth and their hometown selling out pretty quick - the rest cost £14 - £16.

Bowling For Soup

The US ska-punksters have recently been "Fishin' For Woos". Meanwhile, Jaret and Erik kick-off a new UK acoustic tour in Cambridge next Friday, followed by many more until London's KOKO on 15th April. £13 - £14.50, although Manchester and Stoke sold out a while back.

Eliza Doolittle

She's currently booked for a few outdoor events this summer, including Splendour, JLS and Chester Rocks, but her headline tour starts on Monday in Glasgow. The pop-pixie has sold out many dates, but that first stop, plus Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds still have very limited quantities left. There are resale tickets available for some of the sold-out gigs though.


A trio of urban-soul and rap performers hits Wembley Arena on Thursday - Nas, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley and special guest Erykah Badu can be seen together for the first time on one bill for £32.50. Nas and Marley will then play in Glasgow on Friday and Manchester on Saturday - tickets for these start at £25.

The Undertones

The Derry punk-pop legends continue onwards with more anniversary-celebrating action, starting in Glasgow on Thursday, before continuing on to Birmingham, York, Plymouth and many more until London's Garage on 16th April. Tickets cost £15 - £20.

Jon Fratelli

Not surprisingly, the ex-Fratellis' front-man has opted to tour his beloved Scotland to unveil his new material, due to be released as an album tentatively titled "Psycho Jukebox" (out in June). Just Fife has sold out so far, but others from Wednesday's gig in Glasgow and East Grange on 9th April are up for a tenner.

Carl Barât

Second time lucky for the ex-Libertines man (and more recently actor) - his rescheduled UK tour starts afresh on Tuesday in Brighton, before heading off to Portsmouth, Cambridge and London and more until Sheffield on 8th April. Tickets cost £14 - £16.50.

Big Audio Dynamite

The purveyors of sample-heavy pop-breaks in the '80s have reformed and got themselves on a few festival line-ups including V Festival and Beautiful Days 2011. But it's their upcoming headlining tour that's worth attending - they start in Liverpool on Tuesday, continuing past two nights in London (the first of which sold out) and landing in Bristol on 9th April. Tickets are £27.50.


The intense technical metallers are back but with just two headlining shows for the coming week. The HMV Forum show on Wednesday no longer has any standing space, just seats for £20, while the Cardiff show on the following night is still available for the same price.

Kyuss Lives!

Another metal band regrouping and playing the HMV Forum is this influential stoner-rock troupe. Their first stops on the tour are Nottingham, Wolves, before a double-header in London and a few more until Bristol on 6th April. They're all sold out except Nottingham and Manchester, both available for £17.50.

Children Of Bodom

Finland's finest death-metallers are back with a terrible vengeance (in a good way of course), set to wreak total havoc from Norwich (Friday) till the HMV Forum (9th April). Six dates in all, it just doesn't get more intense than this - tickets are £19.50.

Esben And The Witch

Interest in this tip for big things (a BBC Sound Of 2011 nomination, no less) is starting to build and this tour will surely cement a steady following for their brand of quirky nu-folk. No London dates this time, but a start in Southampton on Friday and a finish in Belfast on the 9th, should sell through quickly at £7 - £8.50 a ticket!

John Cooper Clarke

"Like a nightclub in the morning, you're the bitter end" - a classic opening barb if ever there was one, and one which post-punk poet Cooper Clarke will no doubt deliver at some point during his next brace of stand-up shows. Winchester is first stop on Thursday (sold out), followed by many more including Falmouth, Exeter, Kingston and the Laugharne Weekend Festival 2011 in April. £15.

Jez Kerr

Staying with North West post-punk figureheads, Jez Kerr is normally found fronting funksters A Certain Ratio. For the foreseeable future though, Kerr is trying out new solo material of a rather less funky but more intimate nature and will play two small venues in London and Winsford (Ches). It's a fiver to get in!

Killing Joke

Continuing with punk etc and Jaz Coleman's unruly nu-metal charges return with a trio of headliners in Nottingham (Weds), Manchester (Thurs) and London's grand Royal Festival Hall (Friday - as part of the Ether Festival). The latter is just £15 with the regionals costing £19.50.

Back To The Phuture

Two special nights for a plethora of electronic geniuses take place at the weekend, the first in Manchester on Friday starring Gary Numan, Recoil and Motor, the second in London on Saturday featuring Numan alongside his hero John Foxx and Motor. Plenty of DJs also feature and tickets cost £25 - £27.50.

Akil [Jurassic 5]

Other music events this week include a few dates by Jurassic 5's rapper Akil in Plymouth on Weds and Oxford on Thurs (under a tenner!), a UK tour by ex-Housemartin Paul Heaton, folk-singer Heather Peace, an exclusive one-off rendition of the classic "Draconian Times" by Paradise Lost at the Forum on Friday and a UK tour from John Renbourn.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Ghost The Musical

Take your seats, dust off the potter's wheel and have the tissues ready - here comes a new musical performance of the now-familiar Ghost (previously a film starring Patrick Swayze). Manchester's Opera House will host this updated version from Monday onwards. Tickets start at £17.50.


Don't panic, we're not back in the panto season just yet - this is an exquisite version of the fairytale presented by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the London Coliseum. The short run starts on Tuesday until Saturday and seats cost from £10 upwards.


The Royal Opera House will present its acclaimed production of Beethoven's only opera from Tuesday. Seats are very limited for this Royal Opera version but start at £32.50. Twice weekly performances continue until 16th April.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Want to witness the lighter side of dance performance by men dressed in drag? Of course you do and you can at the Birmingham Hippodrome from Weds till Saturday as Les Ballets parody their way through classic ballet-pieces, dressed in tutus and giving the pas de deux a real seeing to. £16.50 - £27.50.

War On Want

This charity comedy bash on Weds is packed full of laughter-givers including Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili, Andy Parsons and Sean Hughes. Shepherd's Bush has promised that 100% of ticket sales will go to War On Want and at £15, you've just got to get clicking!

Shappi Khorsandi

The sharp-tongued and super-witted Khorsandi is one of the UKs funniest comedians, male or female. She begins a nine-night residency at the Soho Theatre from Tuesday onwards. It's a new show about 'wanting it all' and tickets are only £10!

Peter Kay

The loveable Bolton wanderer will finally start his 2011 stint of the Tour That Doesn't Tour On Tour in London at the O2 Arena on Thursday. Apart from resales, all of his April dates have sold out completely.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger