Fat Friday 1st April 2011: Meltdown 2011, Black Eyed Peas, Bryan Adams, k.d. lang, The Script, Michael McIntyre and more
April Fool's Day normally means tiresome tomfoolery and more red-herrings than Rick Stein's restaurant, but you can be assured that this year's day of mischief contains some stone-cold big-names, one or two of whom haven't appeared in the UK for some time.
Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless stated. For ticket availability, click on the images below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.
Announced as part of Somerset House's expansive summer concert series (see below) is this date by Liam Gallagher's proven successes, Beady Eye. Tickets for this 12th July concert will set you back £27.50 and you can expect a full house - the pre-sale sold out pretty darned quickly!
Black Eyed Peas
Alton Towers becomes the setting for one of the biggest bands on the planet right now - BEP will head up a show on 6th July (just after their iTunes Festival appearance on the 1st). Ticket options will include a full theme-park visit as well as the show itself!
After the modest success of his acoustic "Bare Bones" album, it's back to good old rock 'n' roll for the Canadian singer, starting with a 20th year anniversary tour featuring the "Waking Up The Neighbours" album in its entirety. Major towns are covered during November/December and tickets will start from £38.50 for the London date, £39.50 elsewhere.
She's got a vast following, so her six UK concerts in the early summer should sell out (as indeed her last tour in 2008 did). The Royal Festival Hall concerts on 2nd and 3rd June are on sale Friday (£40), but the regional city concerts (Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Glasgow) are available now, priced at £35.
The Scottish singer-songwriter has announced the makings of a longer tour in June, starting with Blackburn on the 2nd, followed by York (3rd) and Sunderland (4th). Tickets cost £28.50 and new material plus his award-winning "Sunny Side Up" are surely on the setlist!
Joining the ever-growing forest of, er, Forestry Commission Live Music 2011 gigs is pop-band The Script. They will play Thetford Forest on 14th July with tickets priced at £28.50, as well as the only other non-festival date in Brighton on 17th, also available at the same price.
Matthew Morrison AKA Mr Schuester from Glee will be over in the UK in June - just prior to the Glee Live tour. The actor and singer of stage and screen will play dates in Glasgow (7th), Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and finally London on 13th June. Tickets will cost £30 - £35 regionally and £30 - £45 for London.
Faithless - Passing the Baton [screening]
It's bye-bye to one of the UK's premier trend-setting dance-music acts and you can witness their very last sold-out date at Brixton Academy, without having to sit on public transport to get there. Head to your local cinema on 8th April where, for £15, you can get all emotional.
JLS - Eyes Wide Open 3D Screening
In what seems to be an increasing practice of utilizing cinema-space for live concert or music screenings, JLS join the club with a one-day showing of their movie "Eyes Wide Open". On 3rd June only, you can don your special specs, head to your local cinema and watch the boys doing their thing on screen - tickets are £10.50.
It appears that the massively-popular comedian and host of his TV 'Roadshow' and 'Apollo' shows won't be seeing his family during the latter third of 2012 - he's on tour from Cardiff (22nd Aug) until Wembley Arena (3rd Dec). Time to reboot the world's servers folks - after planet Earth, he's touring Saturn next, followed by Venus. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 9AM.
Mr Kinks, Ray Davies, will be lending his curating skills to this year's eclectic line-up of concerts during June. From 10am on Thursday, tickets are expected to shift quickly for Arthur Brown (10th), The Fugs (11th), Madness (17th) and Davies himself (19th) - not to mention a rare live appearance from Pythons: Terry Jones and Michael Palin on 13th.
The Somerset House summer series is set to feature some interesting names and here's another. Imelda May will play the historic venue by the Thames on 11th July, which should set her up nicely for her November tour - Edinburgh has just been added to that, with tickets costing £22.50.
The Summer Series
The Summer Series 2011
As well as Beady Eye and Imelda May mentioned elsewhere, the gorgeous Somerset House will also fill its surroundings from 7th to 17th July with concerts from My Morning Jacket, Eels, Professor Green, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Blondie, Hurts, Ellie Goulding and Lamb. We recommend you see Aloe Blacc - the soul-singer is currently propping up the Top 100 with "I Need A Dollar" - while Stornoway are also a fine prospect with their earnest nu-folk.
It looks like a certain Mr Goddard is back to his vibrant touring self, especially after announcing a clutch of mid-sized UK concerts under the banner 'The Good, The Bad and The Lovely Posse'. The jaunt is bookended by Brighton (16th May) and Holmfirth (3rd June), both on sale now, followed by Glasgow, London plus more - prices start at £20.
Her new album "Year Of The Wolf" should ensure her continued success and her new UK tour is a chance to see the Londoner sing new and old songs for the first time in a year. Dates include Manchester, Birmingham and Shepherd's Bush in early October - tickets will cost £15 to £19.50.
Scouting for Girls
Following-up their Epsom Racecourse show on 14th July (still up for £31.50), is this special show at the Lincolnshire Showground on 3rd September which will also feature Scottish singer Lulu. Tickets will cost a very reasonable £17.50.
It seems that Mark Morriss and his chums are calling it a day in the autumn after 17 years together. The band will embark on their farewell greatest hits tour from Yeovil (3rd Sep) to Birmingham (22nd) and tickets will cost from £16.
Haigh Hall near Wigan is hosting a short series of live concerts, including this appearance by The Courteeners on 30th June. The coveted support-slot will be filled by The Coral, so it's top-notch jangling guitars all the way! Their Forestry date in Delamere has now sold out, so this might be your only chance to catch them in the North West.
TV on the Radio
With the shocking news that bassist Gerard Smith has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, you'd be forgiven for thinking no more TVOTR. Not so, because they are coming to the UK with new album "Nine Types Of Light". Just prior to their Wireless slot, they play Manchester and Glasgow, prices starting at £17.50.
3 Doors Down
The post-grunge US rock band are set to plug some new material at major cities such as Manchester, Glasgow, London (at the Roundhouse) and Birmingham during June. Demand should be pretty high and tickets cost between £19.50 and £22.50.
If your teenage son or daughter exclaim that "I'm gonna get a Brazilian", don't panic - they might actually be heading off to see blazing heavy-metal outfit Sepultura at the Islington Academy on 30th June, a welcome addition to their short UK tour. Tickets are £18. Tickets on sale now, except the London gig, which goes on sale on Thursday morning.
Serious illness cut short the Roxette machine almost a decade ago, but now the Swedish duo (with band) return for just one UK show, as part of a world tour. New album "Charm School" is bound to feature, as will "Joyride" etc. The date is 15th November and the place is Wembley Arena.
The iconic singer will return to the UK for two dates (so far), her first headline appearances for 3 years. 29th June sees her appear at the Royal Albert Hall in London, followed by Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 4th July. Expect lots of show-stopping musical numbers and contributions from the album "Confessions".
Covent Garden's Royal Opera House - Covent Garden has unveiled its 2011 summer season of opera and ballet, which includes this sparkling rendition of Puccini's famous opera (25th June - 16th July). Other attractions include Peter Grimes, Cendrillon and (from the Royal Ballet) Swan Lake, Ballo della Regina and Sir Feredrick Ashton's Scènes de Ballet. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 5th April at 10am.
Sister Act - The Musical
2012 might seem a long way off, but you might like to consider grabbing tickets for this touring version of this classic good-time musical. No sign of Whoopi Goldberg, but its previous success should ensure that the Liverpool run from 22nd May till 2nd June 2012 will sell out.
In a week where there are just so many new tickets looming on Friday's horizon (as well as the 'non-Fridays' out this week!), the Barking bard gets relegated to the round-up paragraph! He plays the Garforth Arts Fest on 9th July (£15) with Salsa Celtica and more.
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Other tickets released on this week include a short UK May tour from alt-rock trio VersaEmerge, The Wurzels appearing at Gloucester's Guildhall, a rare London date at XOYO for Digitalism on 13th June, rhythm and blues siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis in Birmingham, a new Glasgow concert on 1st July for Elton's pal Leon Russell, a welcome return to London for excellent folk-rockers Broken Records on 24th May, and a double-night showpiece in Belfast for Christy Moore (20th and 21st Nov).