Fat Friday 22nd April 2011: The Killers, Wretch 32, The Jim Jones Revue, Anvil, Blink 182, Good Mourning Mrs Brown
We'll own up - it's a quiet Friday to say the least, with Thursday taking most of the glory due to the bank holiday. The Killers make a welcome return to the UK in the summer, with Blink 182's extra dates for their rescheduled 2012 tour also on sale on Thursday and a new London show for Irish comedian Ed Byrne, with tickets for plenty of big names unleashed earlier in the week.
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Now that Brandon Flowers appears to have got his solo work out of his system, the ever-popular Killers resume world-domination (of sorts) with a return to Hyde Park's annual Hard Rock Calling 2011 on Friday 24th June. Support acts are TBC - but you just want to see The Killers, right? Tickets cost £49.50 and were set to go on sale Thursday at 9am- other Hard Rock shows with Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart are still available.
The Jim Jones Revue
If explosive rock 'n' roll is what you need, you'd best head to your PC/laptop at 9am for another incendiary London concert from the garage-rockers. For £14 you will get a healthy dose of Grinderman/Stooges energy at full blast on 27th October, including recent single "Dishonest Jon".
Tottenham's finest rapper since Paul Gascoigne (just kidding) will round off his busy year with a headlining tour during October, starting with Newcastle on the 17th and ending in Norwich on the 30th - tickets cost £10 -£12. You can also catch him at numerous festivals during the summer.
In addition to the previously announced trio of concerts in Birmingham, Manchester and Hammersmith during July, Ke$ha and Alexis Jordan in support will descend on Belfast on 29th June for a spot of Summerjam, an urban-pop event at the Odyssey Arena - admission is £36 - £39.
Newcastle, Nottingham and London have been added to Anvil's UK tour in June which already features Manchester and Glasgow. The chosen venues are the O2 Academy (24th), Rock City (25th) and Islington's Academy (11th July) respectively and tickets are a reasonable £12.50 to £15.
Recording commitments took over the band's priorities this week, prompting them to shift their 2011 concerts to the following year. Original tickets will still be valid, although their proposed festival slots at T In The Park and Oxegen have now been replaced with headlining concerts in Dublin (12th June 2012), Belfast (13th), Glasgow (20th), the first of which is already on sale.
Another new "Crowd Pleaser" show has been added to the Irish funny-man's already busy schedule, this time at the Hammersmith Apollo on 4th December. It's his first confirmed London headliner and, judging by ticket-sales for his preceding dates, won't be his last. They are due to go on sale at 10am on Thursday
Just when you thought the diminutive Parsons had forgotten about The Big Smoke, he goes and confirms a big show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. The West London venue will host a show on 15th September that will see the sardonic comic perform his new 'Gruntled' show for a later DVD release. Tickets go on sale at Thursday at 9am.
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Huey and the Crims have added Oxford to their summer schedule with a gig at the city's O2 Academy in Cowley Road on 18th June. Tickets, set to go on sale Thursday at midday will cost £15. A new live album has been hinted at - meanwhile expect some classic laid-back soul-rock grooves.
Big Audio Dynamite
Mick Jones' and crew must be salivating at the prospect at continuing their recent revival, having just been confirmed to play at Glastonbury, as well as Beautiful Days and a big London slot at the Royal Festival Hall (23rd July - £35). For the same price, you can see them at Bournemouth's Old Fire Station on 23rd June, due to go on sale on Thursday at 9am.
Part of the huge wave of '80s Irish-country singers, Kirwan still entertains packed houses throughout the British Isles, as well as his homeland of course. This autumn the easy-going crooner will be performing extracts from his recently-released "My Kinda Country", with added dates in Grimsby, Folkestone, Birmingham and York, all set to go on sale at 10am on Thursday.
Not surprisingly, the announcement of the revered Vek's return to the music-scene was met with much delight around the various networking sites, so you can bet tickets for his summer tour will get snapped up fast! Manchester (13th June), Birmingham (15th), London (16th) and Brighton (18th) all went on sale earlier this week, priced at £12.50 - £15.
McTell has been singing for over four decades, probably living off the proceeds of his '70s signature song "The Streets Of London". The fact that this is his umpteenth tour and that the choice of venues is not your small pub back-room bar, suggests he is still a top draw [ah, but is he top drawer? - Ed]. The singer will play from Bristol (29th Sep) to Ipswich (30th Oct) and tickets cost £18.50 to £21.
Having already announced (and nearly sold-out) a Bedrock party at Glasgow's Arches on Easter Saturday (£15), John Digweed will team up with Adam Beyer and a whole host of other like-minded DJs for a huge night in Leeds on 27th May. It's an all-nighter lasting until 5am and Early Bird tickets are available at the limited price of £8.
Good Mourning Mrs Brown
Two more shows have been added to the Edinburgh leg of the Mrs Brown tour, soon to be sweeping the nation off its feet, taking the total of Playhouse appearances to five. You'll still have to wait until 13th - 17th March 2012 to see it, but it's best to book early as a few shows in other towns have already sold out.
The one-time Big Brother presenter and stand-up comedian is back on the road with a new show entitled "Let's Not Speak Of This Again" in the autumn, starting with Milton Keynes (2nd Sept), Manchester (17th), Bristol (23rd Oct) and Hammersmith (11th Nov). Tickets start at £15!
Their recent album "Cardiology" didn't hit the heady sales heights of its predecessors, but no matter - the band still helped sell out several recent Kerrang! Relentless Tour dates back in February, proof that they can draw a huge crowd. This one-off Shepherd's Bush gig on 7th August is their first sole headliner since July last year and costs £18.50.
WWE World Wrestling Entertainment
Grapple fans in the North of England and Scotland won't have to wait for too long to see some classic wrestling theatre in the form of WWE Raw - the show will roll into Sheffield (6th Nov), Newcastle (8th) and Glasgow(10th). Tickets always sell quickly for these events and at just £15 upwards (depending on venue), it's not hard to see why.
BBC Proms in the Park
The Proms season has now been officially announced and with it, the first of several outdoor concerts presented alongside the traditional Last Night. London's Hyde Park will gather Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Josh Groban for this year's star-studded knees-up on 10th Sept, priced from £32.50 with various picnic and show packages from £60. Other cities will unveil their line-ups in due course
In what is a real coup for London, Einaudi will unveil his lively global-fusion show Taranata! to UK audiences for the first time. Over 100,000 Italians can't be wrong about this mixture of classical, African, folk and Med influences - tickets are priced at £35 for the 2 nights on 25th and 26th June.
He is the impassioned singer on the Gorillaz excellent "Stylo" single, with a voice that could stop wars. "Across 110th Street" is another familiar classic worthy of the admission price alone. The Jazz Cafe will now host four Womack shows from 20th - 23rd June with the last two dates recently added, priced at £32.50 (The 20th and 21st shows have sold out).