The Week Ahead from 4th April 2011: Faithless, Wiley, Scouting for Girls, Beth Orton, Hugh Cornwell and many more
It's a sad week in a couple of ways - firstly there's little in the way of new comedy tours starting (but loads already in progress of course) and secondly, we say goodbye and thanks to one of the most successful club-acts of the century. There are plenty of other established acts, mind you, so dry your eyes people and dive in.
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Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz will pull the plug on their long-running and successful Faithless project this week, playing Glasgow (a few tickets left - £29.50) and Brixton on Thursday and Friday. The latter two have long since sold out - so read on for better news of the band's 'last dance'. Faithless - Passing the Baton [screening] will be a live transmission of the final Brixton date on Friday. A screening of the show will take place during the same evening at dozens of regional picture houses - tickets will be £15, very limited, and go on sale Friday at 1st April at 10AM.
Scouting for Girls
The hit band pre-empt their big Forestry Commission Live Music 2011 date in June with a short UK tour from Monday onwards, starting with Bournemouth and followed by Leicester, Brighton etc until Birmingham on Sunday. Tickets range from £20 to £25.
Who's up for some cheeky grimey sounds from the man Wiley? He is joined by Mz. Bratt for a string of dates from Wednesday onwards, starting with Newcastle and taking in Sheffield, Manchester (this one's sold out though) and many more until London on 14th April. Tickets are £12 - £12.50.
The East London rapper and producer has new material in the offing as well as an upcoming support slot with N-Dubz starting on 21st April. Prior to all of that, he is set to appear in Belfast for a headlining date at the Mandela Hall on Sunday night. Tickets cost £17.
The dulcet folktronica tones of Ms Orton continues to captivate and fascinate, proven by a couple of sold-out dates on this upcoming 'new album' tour which starts on Saturday in Bournemouth. Leamington and Holmfirth have sold out, but the remaining dates are up for between £16.50 and £18.50.
Ever-reliable and always enchanting, Eddi Reader continues with another hop around the UK starting in Cardiff on Monday and several more including a sold out gig at the astonishing Ely Cathedral (Friday). The rest all cost between £17 and £22.
Cornish singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph is starting to make a few waves with latest album "Shoulder to the Wheel", so you might want to catch him live before his chosen venues become too big and expensive. This time around he plays from Manchester (Weds) to Nottingham (16th Apr) - tickets start at just a fiver!
The ex-Stranglers front-man has a dozen or so "Guilty" dates planned across the country, including a couple of unlikely venues such as Southsea's South Parade Pier (on Weds - £18) and Clitheroe (12th April - £18). Strangely, all other dates are £18, except Wolves which is £19.50 - go figure!
The mark of a legacy is being picked to play the Isle Of Wight Festival, but this enduring and classic '80s rock-band, now featuring Mike Peters, continue to pack 'em in. This tour starts in Portsmouth on Friday and takes in all the big cities plus Middlesbrough and closing date, Inverness. Tickets from £20.
Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen are back on the road for their heady mixture of straight-up adult-rock as displayed on "Welcome to my DNA", their new album. Just three concerts take place - Leamington (Wed), Manchester (Thurs) and Shepherd's Bush (Fri) - with tickets costing from £20.
Brimming with classic rock tunes and a major support band in Wolfsbane, you'd be mad to miss any of Saxon's forthcoming concerts. Their first stop is Leamington on Saturday, followed by a pile of northern gigs, before heading down to the West Country from 19th Apr. Gigs cost from £16.50.
The Airborne Toxic Event
The US rock-band return to the UK, armed with a new album called "All At Once" (due end of April). First stop is the sold-out Nottingham date on Monday - in fact, the band has also sold out Leeds and two of their London dates (19th and 20th). The remaining survivors cost £12 - £14.
Today is the Day
The intense sound of TITD makes the long haul to Britain with new, as-yet-untitled, album material. Prepare to be blown away in Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, Derby and more until the Camden Underworld on 13th April. Tickets range from £9 to £12.
James Last Orchestra
To prove that we're not just about pop, rock, dance and jazz music, here's a man who's dabbled in all four at some point. His recent "80 Not Out" hints at his age and longevity with his easy-listening big band style. Why not treat your mum for Mother's Day, eh? He conducts from Birmingham on Weds to the Royal Albert Hall (11th and 12th) - tickets from £40.
Also out this week are tickets for reggae star Horace Andy (Leeds and Manchester, two nights - £20), jazz-guitarist Charlie Hunter (London's Vortex, two nights - £14), dazzling dub-ravers Meat Beat Manifesto (London's Purple Turtle - £10), French house-maestro Francois Kevorkian (Liverpool - £14), drum 'n' bass legend Andy C (Oxford and London Fabric) and the explosive metallers Hellbastard (on tour from Sunday in Belfast).
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
Brian Conley and Darren Day star in this previously-postponed touring show about the crazy priest-character Brother Love, created by the legendary singer with the 'Beautiful Noise", Neil Diamond. Each date from Cheltenham Racecourse onwards, is presented in a heated big top and jammed full of huge hits. Seats start from £21.
Little Shop of Horrors
The White Bear Theatre in Kennington is the location of this adventurous take on the musical with the singing, foul-mouthed plants! Spoofing sci-fi and featuring rhythm and blues tunes, this revival of the 'fairytale with a bite' starts on Tuesday and runs until 23rd April - £12 to £15.
Fusing street-dance, hip-hop and Columbian artistry, Circolombia is a hugely-successful phenomenon. The South American troupe will bring their exuberant show to the Roundhouse for a short season from Monday until 16th April. Tickets cost £20.
Torvill and Dean - Dancing on Ice
The famous Olympic ice-skaters have choreographed this forthcoming ice-show tour which starts on Saturday in Sheffield and continues on to Newcastle, Birmingham and many more throughout April and early May, featuring the 2011 winner Sam Attwater and many of his fellow contestants. Tickets start from £42.50.
Shaun The Sheep
Everyone's favourite character from Wallace & Gromit's "A Close Shave" (well except mine - I liked the crazed robot killer-dog myself) returns with a fun-filled BIG children's show that won't pull the wool over your eyes when it comes to price - £11.50 for Edinburgh tickets! The tour continues to Manchester, Liverpool and more.
London's Sadler's Wells continues its season of contemporary dance presentations, with a quartet of shows devoted to renowned choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Every other night from Sunday through to the 16th, will feature a key work from her career, including "Fase", a work scored by minimalist Steve Reich. Tickets are £10 - £27.
Mrs Barbara Nice
Janice Connolly's comedy creation hails from Stockport and fuses the styles of Mrs Merton and Victoria Wood, as well as Tupperware and teenagers. She is joined by man-giant Ryan Gough at the Guildford Stoke pub on Wednesday night for a hilarious evening for just £7.
Kew Palace Admission
To celebrate the 2011 summer opening of one of the most treasured outdoor attractions of London, we've got links to admission tickets to Kew Palace. Set in the famous gardens, this royal dwelling is well worth a visit from Monday onwards for just £5.30. It remains open to the public until 26th September.