Fat Friday 6th May 2011: Bruno Mars, Roger Daltrey, Kasabian, Owl City, Shed Seven, Slash, Peter Doherty and more
With April's Bank Holiday spectacular behind us, normal service seems to be more or less resumed and there's plenty going on this week with lots of new sales, from rock royalty to kids' shows and everything in-between. Filed under 'unmissable', we've Peter Frampton, Queens of the Stone Age, Wilco, Shed Seven and Thomas the Tank Engine. Under 'unbelievably good value', we've Paralympic World Cup basketball in Manchester, the King Blues and Kate Lawler. And there's loads more to choose from.
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.
US RnB singer-songwriter Peter Gene Hernandez, AKA Bruno Mars, is playing three UK dates in August; two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo (Tuesday 16th and 17th) and a date at the Birmingham O2 Academy on Wednesday 18th. Tickets to see the man behind No.1 single 'Just The Way You Are', current top 10 song 'The Lazy Song' and collaborations with Cee-Lo Green, Ke$ha and K'naan, will cost £35 for London, £22.50 for Birmingham.
Stomp, rock, headband, solo, stomp, arms in the air, altogether now. Yes, it's Kasabian. Tom and Serge - AKA Leicester's Finest (sorry Gary Lineker) - quickly established themselves as having something of a Midas touch when it comes to strutting indie rock anthems and as festival favourites. Tickets for the four June dates (festival warm-ups?) will cost £30.
Kent-born US-conquering baby-boomer rock god Peter Frampton will be doing a short UK tour from 11th to 16th November, taking in dates in Manchester, Cambridge, London (Hammersmith), Birmingham and Glasgow. The dates mark the 35th anniversary of the release of Frampton Comes Alive! and the three-hour show will include the album in full. Tickets are now on sale ranging from £22.50 to £30 depending on venue and seating location.
Nine UK summer dates for one of rock's most iconic figures go on sale Friday at 9AM. The Who frontman will be performing the band's legendary rock opera Tommy at a variety of venues in July. The tour includes Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, London (at the IndigO2) among others, along with a Friday appearance at GuilFest 2011. Tickets for the indoor venues start at £45 and are on sale Friday (outdoor venues are already on sale). GuilFest tickets are on sale now, costing £44 for Friday tickets for adults (£120 for the weekend with camping).
After 17 years and eight studio albums, the Grammy award-winning Chicago-based Wilco are set to release their new record, the excellently titled Get Well Soon Everybody, in September. Despite having never had a hit single in the UK, Wilco have a solid fan-base here and four October dates - at the Manchester Academy, Bristol's Colston Hall and two nights at the Roundhouse - are likely to sell quickly.
In preparation for his upcoming Lovebox 2011 appearance in July, the Doggfather has added a few more May dates starting with Brighton (15th), Birmingham (16th) and Liverpool (18th). These three are on sale from Friday (£29.50 - £35) while tickets for his London date on 17th and Manchester gig in July are still up for grabs.
Minnesota-based Adam Young will be bringing his insomnia-fuelled basement-pop to four UK venues in September - Manchester (8th), Shepherd's Bush (10th), Leeds (12th) and Birmingham (13th). Tickets will cost £16.50 (£19.50 for London).
As sure as day follows night and summer follows, spring, there has been a Status Quo winter tour for time immemorial (well, the last four years, anyway). 2011's no different, with Rossi's boys rockin' all over a few UK arenas, including dates in Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Brighton, Cardiff and finally Glasgow between 4th and 17th December. Tickets will cost £37.50. No London date as yet, but remember they're playing the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as part of the Greenwich Summer Sessions 2011.
Queens of the Stone Age
Josh Homme's California hard rock outfit are playing a post-Glastonbury gig on 28th June at Bournemouth O2 Academy (formerly The Opera House). Incredible to think that QOTSA have been going nearly 15 years. A handful of Grammy nominations and five albums later, they're as strong as ever and will no doubt blow Glastonbury away before alighting in Bournemouth.
More Good News for Russell Howard fans as six huge arena dates have been added to the end of his 'Right Here, Right Now' tour for December. Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Aberdeen and London dates are now available, costing £25. Howard is also headlining the opening night of the Bristol Comedy Garden 2011, in the city's Queen Square on 21st July. Tickets start at £18.50.
As Britpop luminaries Pulp and Blur tease fans with occasional reunions, York's Shed Seven continue to bash out indie anthems with reassuring regularity. Having reformed initially in 2007, Rick Witter is taking his epic voice, his band and a towering back catalogue of shimmering indie classics on the road once more. Tickets for the 'Maximum Hits & Maximum Highs' tour will cost £17.50 for all dates except London (£18.50).
"He's from Stoke, you know." Yeah, we know. But did you know that the legendary axe-man is bringing his monster riffs and solo material to these shores this summer? He wears hats, he plays guitar, he was in Guns N'Roses, he's from Stoke. What's not to like? Four dates in six days in July for Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Stoke (!) will cost £28.50.
Belsonic 2011 has just added two big names (and nights) for the series of outdoor gigs in Custom House Square, Belfast this August. First up are 30 Seconds to Mars, who (currently) open the festival on Friday 16th. They will also be playing Reading and Leeds at the end of August (tickets still available). Beady Eye are the other big name, playing on 20th August. Tickets will cost £31.50 for 30 Seconds to Mars, £33 for Beady Eye.
The Complete Stone Roses
Along with Bjorn Again, The Bootleg Beatles and perhaps Beady Eye [ooh! - Ed], the Complete Stone Roses are among the most successful and enduring of tribute bands. Recent rumours of a Stone Roses reunion (seemingly unfounded) must have given the doppelgangers the willies (it's not often you type that) but with Brown and Squire still not playing nicely, the tribute goes on. Numerous dates this November and December and are on sale Friday.
The King Blues
The London-based ska-punk outfit are playing Chinnery's in Southend on 26th August. The King Blues' Jonny 'Itch' Fox describes the band sound as "a mixture of reggae, hip hop, folk, doo-wop, punk rock." Their third full length album, Punk and Poetry, was released in April. Tickets for Chinnery's are on sale Friday.
The Bouncing Souls
This week (up to Monday) also sees tickets on sale for: Cat's Eyes, Flogging Molly, New Found Glory, Soundclash, The Blackout, The Bouncing Souls (8 album live replay over four nights in London), The Bronx, The Get Up Kids, Timbre Timbre, Sally Morgan, The Arts Barge Project and The Vagina Monologues.
BT Paralympic World Cup - Wheelchair Basketball
With London 2012 not much over a year away, there's a heightened appetite for all things sport, and they don't come much more skilful and competitive than wheelchair basketball. Tickets for the basketball element of the Paralympic World Cup at the Manchester Regional Arena (not the MEN) for Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th May are on sale at an amazing £2.50 - £6.00.
Bob The Builder Live
Two separate events for the young 'uns: Bob The Builder Live and Day Out With Thomas, Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends. Bob, Lofty and co will be at the Princess Theatre, Torquay (one of a series of dates) on the 25th October, tickets are £14.50. Meanwhile, everyone's favourite tank engine (sorry Chuggington) will be at Battlefield Line Railway in Leicestershire for four days in late June. There'll be train rides, face painting and bunting. Again, this is part of a much wider series of events. Tickets are a tenner.
Yes, Kate Lawler will be at the Arena, Middlesbrough on 11th June. The former Big Brother winner will not be talking about her series 2 victory, her romance with occasional footballer Jonathan Woodgate or her exercise videos. She will in fact be spinning those wheels of steel in her new incarnation as a Superstar DJ. Seriously though, she's pretty good - sorry, sick - and tickets are just £5. Anyone got any veras?
Lanky, fag-faced, minstrel laureate Pete 'Peter' Doherty will probably be at the HMV Picture House in Edinburgh on 21st September, as part of his UK tour. The boy's got talent, he just doesn't always show it. Probation permitting, the more wayward Libertine should be bringing his songs of love and commotion to the Scottish capital for a right-ole mockney knees-up. Yours for £18. Keep your receipt.