Fat Friday 25th March 2011: Paul Simon, Beady Eye, Echo and the Bunnymen, T4 on the Beach 2011, Tinie Tempah and more
This Friday reveals lots of huge names vying for your hard-earned, including a Japan Disaster Benefit concert starring Beady Eye and Paul Weller, the first Paul Simon tour in three years and a series of new concerts at Kenwood House during the summer. Add in some extra dates for key musicals and you have another line-up fit to burst!
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Liam Gallagher's charges play down their usual manly swagger with an admirable rock fundraiser at the Brixton Academy for Japan's earthquake victims, featuring a star-studded line-up of Paul Weller, Primal Scream, The Coral, Graham Coxon and more on Sunday 3rd April. Tickets will be £40 and demand will be immense!
His new album "So Beautiful or So What" appears in April, but his live dates will probably create some interest as well! From 23rd June in Nottingham to 3rd July in Manchester, demand will be huge for the man's first UK headliners since 2008.
Not so much a festival, more a series of concerts based at the beautiful North London mansion grounds of Kenwood. This year's star-studded line-up includes Tom Jones, George Benson, Gipsy Kings and James Blunt, all appearing from 24th June to 16th July - tickets are on sale from Monday 28th at 9am.
Echo and the Bunnymen
Ian McCulloch's steadfast anthemic rock band are always worth a peek, and a UK tour normally suggests a tribute to one or two of their catalogue albums - this time it's "Ocean Rain" again and dates will include a string orchestra.
Forerunners of the ensuing Americana/rock hybrid of the past ten years or so, The Jayhawks continue with occasional UK concerts with gigs in Glasgow, Manchester and London in August. Tickets will cost £22.50 and demand is bound to be high.
The smoothest crooner in town will promote his recent "Mathis In Nashville" album with a brace of UK concerts in London, Birmingham and Manchester (so far). Tickets will no doubt fly out due to these being his first UK appearances since 2006! Prices start at £45.
Public Image Ltd. [PiL]
After being lumped in with Peter Andre and Erasure at this year's Guilfest (yep, go figure), PiL continue their own headlining gigs with new dates added to their UK June tour. Preston and Sheffield are the new lucky towns - tickets will cost around £25 as per previously announced shows.
Her Loud tour just got a little louder with the addition of yet another O2 Arena date on 22nd December, which is in direct contrast to her current gig fortunes in the States (the US concert market is having a wobble). Seats will start at £40 and rise to £55.
T4 on the Beach
T4 on the Beach 2011
Three acts have been announced for Weston-Super-Mare's sandy pop shebang on 10th July - The Wanted, The View and Jessie J will wow the screaming crowds for the princely sum of £40. More acts are to be announced very soon!
The BRITs-smashing star has a huge arena tour all booked for November, but he forgot a few key cities in the process. TT has begun rectifying this with a newly-announced pair of gigs at Wembley on 10th November and Nottingham on the 11th - demand will be high and prices start at £21.50. Glasgow on 2nd November has sold-out (apart from resales).
blessthefall [Bless the Fall]
If you fancy the hefty sound of American metalcore with a righteous slant, head to the link for blessthefall's upcoming UK stint, starting in London on the 15th October and ending in Glasgow on 20th. Support for the tour comes from Pierce the Veil and Motionless in White.
Sticking with metal icons, Papa Roach follow up their recent Rockstar Taste Of Chaos tour with the first of a string of UK headline dates, starting with Shepherd's Bush on 16th July and Sheffield on the 17th. Tickets will cost £18.50.
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
The Rolling Stones legend wheels out his acclaimed Rhythm Kings, for another splash of rock and blues with a rootsy overtone. A magnificent seven concerts have been announced so far, including Gateshead (29th Oct) and Ipswich (1st Dec) - watch out for a special guest announcement soon! Tickets are on general sale from Saturday 26th March at 11am.
It's festival appearances all the way for the Roxy Music singer, well until his new Edinburgh Castle date popped up on the schedule. Support has yet to be confirmed for the Scottish capital on 3rd September. Tickets are on sale at 10am and will cost £40.
The Southport band will reconvene - Ben Ottewell's been a busy solo boy of late. They've announced the makings of a UK tour with stops in Bournemouth and Cambridge confirmed for June, tickets will cost from £17.50.
Other new tickets include '90s rockers Skin in Nottingham (21st July - £16.50), Irish alt-rock band Bell X1 (Glasgow, London during May) and another stop on the Legally Blonde tour, this time in Edinburgh in June.
We Will Rock You
The acclaimed musical featuring Queen's most treasured anthems will continue its run at the Dominion from 11th July until 22nd October (and no doubt beyond). The classic good vs evil tale still draws in the crowds - tickets from £40 to £60.
Dreamboats and Petticoats
The UK tour of this successful 'high-school' romantic musical, packed with '50s and '60s tunes and lots of fun, will continue to Liverpool from 26th September to 1st October. It's run in the West End has been extended until 2012, mirroring public demand. Tickets are on sale at 10am.
The Barber of Seville
The Barber of Seville [Il barbiere di Siviglia]
The Bristol Hippodrome has announced several more Welsh National Opera appearances, including this excellent Rossini opera production on 10th and 12th November. The 25th March performance has long sold-out, so don't miss out this time around. The same shows also play at the Birmingham Hippodrome at varying times.
Welsh National Opera
Other confirmed WNO presentations in Bristol include Don Giovanni (8th to 11th Nov), La Traviata (10th to 13th April 2012) and The Marriage of Figaro (12th to 14th April 2012). All of these shows go on sale Monday 28th March at 10am.
Not a lot of people know that Mr Laurie is an accomplished musician, as well as writer and actor. He doesn't play 'House' music though (geddit?) - instead it's rootsy-blues music all the way. As well as Cheltenham Jazz Festival, he will perform at the Union Chapel on 4th May, Warwick Arts on 6th and the Royal Northern College of Music on 7th May. Tickets for London sold out in minutes, but tickets for Manchester go on sale Monday 28th March at 9am.
It's been 4 years since their last appearance on UK soil, but their new Southern Sounds Festival slot at Clapham Common on 11th June will certainly fill the green space out. Tickets are £32.50 for the whole day of Aussie/Kiwi acts.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
4AD's Ariel Rosenberg's sumptuous electro-folkisms will now hit Bristol (17th May) and Manchester (18th) in addition to the previously announced KOKO date in London (13th) and ATP appearance. Ticket prices range from £11 to £12.50 and should sell pretty sharpish.
Faris and co's diaries are going to be brimming with ticked-off days at this rate - the summer is already booked up with festival appearances (Eden, Wireless, Leeds), but now it is headlining time with new dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London during June. £10 for the first two, £15.50 for London.