The Week Ahead from Monday 11th April 2011: Adele, N-Dubz, Jamiroquai, Metronomy, Lykke Li, Paul Rodgers, Magnum and more

Posted: 5th April 2011

There is quite a week of live shows coming your way from Monday onwards. Adele refuses to budge from the nation's playlists, although her tickets certainly have - face value tickets for her shows are long-since sold out.

Our arts section features lots of new dance-shows, both touring and resident, plus the man Minchin has been allowed out again!

All prices are exclusive of booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below.

This week:



The 'Sarf Lundun' singer seemed set to make the top of the charts her permanent home when "21" came out - she's still there after 10 weeks. You won't get into her concerts next week though - they've all sold out, except for possible resales.


Jay Kay and crew are all set to play the big four cities from Friday next week, when he will play to a sold-out O2. The other three nights in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow still have some limited tickets left from £37.50.


Love 'em or loathe 'em, the urban pop trio can still hit the spot in some parts of the UK - they've sold out their opening Margate night on Tuesday, as well as Dublin, Nottingham and Plymouth. Other nights are still up for grabs though - priced from £24 to £25.

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

The US rockers return to the UK from Friday onwards, starting with a sold-out show at the Electric Ballroom, followed by Manchester, Glasgow (this is sold out), Birmingham and Islington (all with Rival Schools in support). They return to the UK in May - tickets are still available at £10.

Paul Rodgers

The ex-Free man brings his electric-blues showcase to several big towns starting with Blackpool on Friday. With Down 'n Outz in support (Def Leppard's Joe Elliot), it's not surprising that a couple of nights have sold out, namely Newcastle and Glasgow, but the rest cost £34.50 (or £37.50 for London).


We stay with classic rock and the progressive sound of the '80s, alias Magnum. They even named an ice-cream after them, they're that cool. Allegedly. From Tuesday they begin a lengthy tour from Buckley to Bristol (1st May) with tickets costing £15 to £20.

Ian McCulloch

His Echo and the Bunnymen band are out and about later in the year with some "Ocean rain" action, but prior to that their lead-singer will play an intimate solo date at London's Union Chapel. Expect a trawl through his most familiar tunes - tickets still available for £22.50.


Tipped for big things this year (and last year and the year before that, it seems), the London electronic quartet eye up the UK once again with a tour book-ended by Nottingham (Thursday) and York (27th Apr). Tickets are a bargain £10 (except London which is £13.50).

The Mummers

A tasty half-dozen gigs from Mummers next week should ensure that new album "Mink Hollow Road" gets a decent public airing. Raissa and her charges give it both baroque barrels and are worth seeing from Bristol (Thurs) to London (20th). They've moved the Birmingham date to the HMV Institute to satisfy demand - £8 to £10.

Toy Horses

Wanting some jangly indie-pop delivered in a catchy and jaunty manner? Look no further than Toy Horses, a relative newcomer to the world of touring and, bless 'em, a bargain to go and see. Their magnificent seven nights will cost you just £4 - £5.

Christy Moore

The Irish folk godfather (should that be Folkfather?) [father-folker? - Ed] is all set to play a short string of concerts from Tuesday onwards. Two shows in Edinburgh (13th is sold out), two shows in Glasgow (18th is sold out), Birmingham (sold out) and Manchester should keep audiences in the North happy for now.

Lykke Li

The Royksopp collaborator and self-styled singer leaves behind her chilly native Sweden to start a short UK tour from Bristol (Tues) to Manchester (19th). The only dates available to buy are Glasgow (18th) and Manchester (£12.50). She returns to London on 1st November, by the way - tickets are £19.50.

Steve Cradock

The Ocean Colour Scenester has recently released his new solo album and is all set to support Beady Eye on tour early next week. Afterwards, from Saturday onwards, it's back to solo business with slots in Glasgow, York and others, interspersed with more Beady Eye action. His own shows are from £8.50 upwards.

Chris De Burgh

Never seen you looking so lovely tonight - he's a charmer is Chris and he's back with a quartet of shows from Friday onwards. Dublin on the 21st has sold out, but you can still get tickets for both Birmingham and London, from £37.50 upwards (depending on seat location).


We head back to the carefree days of Brit-funk and jazz-funk with a huge '80s show at the IndigO2 on Friday. Incognito are still wowing audiences to this day (they are also playing BluesFest 2011 in June. But rare appearances from Beggar & Co, Central Line and Second Image should ensure a good turn out - £27.50.

On-U Sound

One of the most forward-thinking indie-labels of the past 30 years holds its own birthday party in Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire venue next Wednesday. Expect some tough electro, jackin' reggae-beats and a tiny sprinkling of dubstep from Adrian Sherwood, Tackhead and Skip McDonald (Little Axe). £18.

Hit The Deck Festival 2011

Not quite your typical festival - it's for one day (Sunday) and it's indoors, crammed full of rock, punk and metal including Young Guns, Cancer Bats and Underoath and about 20 other bands - and all for the bargain price of £20! Other festivals taking place include Honeyfest 2011 (starring Laura Marling and Magic Numbers) and African Soul Rebels Tour 2011 with Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 plus Donso (from Weds).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Laugharne Weekend Festival 2011

Some of the most familiar literary and musical luminaries converge on the Welsh village of Laugharne next weekend, offering spoken-word (and occasionally musical) shows from Stuart Maconie, Keith Allen, John Cooper Clarke, Dom Joly and Gary Kemp amongst others. Prices vary, one or two are sold out - click the image for the full line-up.

Online Courting

Ruby Miller's play about trying to find online love, will probably hit home with its subject matter. The wryly-observed and hilarious comedy plays at the Hen and Chickens from Tuesday until the end of the month. Tickets are just £10.

Netherlands National Circus

London's Alexandra Palace plays host to the Dutch national circus for two weeks of thrills and spills, starting on Thursday and running through to Easter. Ticket prices start from just £7 and rise to £19, depending on seats. Expect an all-human display of breath-taking acrobatics and a few clowns.

Tango Fire

Billed as 'Argentina's hottest tango show', this show will perform at London's Peacock Theatre for a two-week residency from Tuesday, that will reveal the company's new show, Flames Of Desire. Tickets cost from £15 to £42.

Midnight Tango

If you don't live in London and you want to get 'tangoed', then check out the upcoming Midnight Tango show with acclaimed dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. The first stop is Oxford from Tuesday, followed by Manchester, Birmingham and Plymouth - tickets prices vary from £17.50 to £30.50.

WWE World Wrestling Entertainment

There's nothing like a good old grapple and WWE gives you all that and more. Experience the theatre and the sweat as the world's top wrestlers engage in Wrestlemania Revenge. Glasgow, the opening night on Weds, has sold out but the others are available from £15.

Les Saisons Russes du XXI Siecle

The London Coliseum will host a trio of programmes for the Russian Diaghilev Festival, under the banner of Les Saisons Russes, featuring many leading lights of Russian ballet. The event covers works by Stravinsky, Scriabin and more from Tuesday onwards.

Tim Minchin

The crazy-haired Aussie presents the next run of his acclaimed Strings show with full orchestra. You can expect pomp, ceremony and hilarity - that's if you can get into the gigs! He's sold out Glasgow (18th) and both Royal Albert Hall dates - the rest are on sale from £35 upwards.

Kim Noble

The flamboyant and crazy world of Kim Noble comes to the Soho Theatre for a week from Monday. Expect risqué humour, theatre and videos galore as Noble attempts to drag you kicking and screaming through life itself. Tickets cost from £12.50.

Lady Garden

Six cheeky ladies present an all-new sketch-show that hovers just above anarchy and chaos. The New Red Lion Theatre will host two shows on Friday and Saturday that will also feature a supporting sketch show (TBC) - and all for just £8.

Happy Clicking!

Paul Pledger