Fat Friday 10th June 2011: Britney Spears, Example, Kaiser Chiefs, Iron & Wine, Pajama Club, Digitalism, Tori Amos and more

Posted: 8th June 2011

Once again, another week offers up a proverbial packet of tickety treats, not least from Neil Finn's new project, Pajama Club (full article to come), Digitalism with a bit of album-launch action, a comeback tour from Britney Spears and new shows from Kaiser Chiefs, The Horrors and Tori Amos.

It's also a bit of a comeback to the live-circuit for one or two comedians, namely Rob Brydon and Paddy McGuinness.

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Oh baby, baby - Britney's back in the hood. Five big (and sort of 'comeback') shows are confirmed for the autumn, including Dublin (24th Oct), Belfast (25th), The O2 (27th), Birmingham (30th) and finally Manchester on 6th Nov. There may be more shows announced but, meanwhile, these are priced at £55 / €54.80.

From Split Enz to Crowded House and the Finn Brothers, Neil Finn never grows tired of making music - and thank Heavens for that, we say. His new band, Pajama Club, have now added the UK to their upcoming world-trip, including three separate (and intimate) London shows, plus a few other big cities during July.

Having already sold out her Royal Albert Hall concert for 2nd November, it seems only fair that she gives Londoners another chance to see her new show. Therefore, the Hammersmith Apollo will host another show on the following night. Her other nights in Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin are still available.

Firstly, the Berlin electro duo have a new album due out in a couple of weeks entitled "I Love You Dude" and secondly, they'll be hitting the road in the autumn, beginning with Manchester on 29th October, followed by Leeds on 2nd November, Bristol on the 3rd and Birmingham on the 4th. Tickets are priced at £15.

His new shows will take place after his exhausting festival slots, starting with Margate on 21st November and followed by Southend, Plymouth, Manchester, Brixton and many more until Nottingham on 15th December - priced from £17.50.

It was only a matter of time before more and more people became hooked on Iron & Wine's, aka Samuel Beam's, epic melodies - the recent album, "Kiss Each Other Clean", certainly did the business (it reached #32). Two new new London shows will take place on 9th and 10th October - the first one an acoustic set at the Hackney Empire, the second a full band show at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets go on sale from 10am Friday, priced at £18 for each day.

This Melbourne-based latin/ska/jazz-fusion collective are playing eight dates in the UK in the autumn, starting in Bournemouth on 18th October, ending the run at in Newcastle on 27th. En route, The Cat Empire play two nights in London: Shepherd's Bush Empire in West London on 20th, Brixton Academy in South London on 21st with two nights also in Bristol (23rd/24th) among others - from £19.50.

Southend's finest have a third album planned for release on 11th July, entitled "Skying", as well as shiny new tickets for an autumn tour. They've lined up new shows for October, including Norwich, London (this time at the Roundhouse), Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Oxford, Bristol, Portsmouth, Brighton and Nottingham, all priced at £12 (£15 for London).

Leeds' own Friday-nighters have announced that they'll be playing a homecoming gig in September - Their fourth studio album, 'The Future is Medieval', was released on 3rd June so expect much trawling through the tracks, plus the usual classics. Tickets for the Kirkstall Abbey gig on 10th Sep, go on sale at 9:30am.

The Northern Ireland festival has just announced more names for its already packed fortnight, this time in the shape of Tinie Tempah on 22nd August and global DJ Tiesto on 26th. As with other Belsonic tickets, prices should be upward of £30.

As soon as Britain's Got Talent ends, so another series of X Factor looms on the horizon with the inevitability of a wet British summer. The 'live' show, featuring key performers and the eventual winner of the next series of the Cole-less series (until she gets re-instated, no doubt), will tour the UK in Feb / Mar 2012. The usual big cities have been lined up (London still to be finalised) and tickets cost from £32.50.

Someone must have passed country singer Glen Campbell a map of Scotland (and possibly hinted his name's origin) because that very country has been added to his autumn tour. Glasgow (8th November) and Aberdeen (9th) are the chosen locations, with tickets on sale from 10am.

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You should know how the Bolton comedian rolls by now - "Phoenix Nights", "Max and Paddy" and now the admittedly grim Blind Date-clone series, "Take Me Out". But he's also dead good at stand-up and, to prove a point, has lined up some Saturday Night Live Tour action for the autumn. Prior to that, he's warming-up in Blackburn for two nights (15th / 16th Sep) - tickets will fly out.

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Other new tickets this week include a new Guildford show for songwriter Joan Armatrading (on sale Monday), as well as a new show in Nottingham for ex-Marillion singer Fish as part of his UK tour), a couple of dates for soulful US star Eli 'Paperboy' Reed And The True Loves and new shows for '70s prog/psychedelic-rockers Hawkwind.

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Affable Welsh comedy-writer, performer and panel-game regular Rob Brydon is taking his forthcoming memoirs, "A Small Man In A Book", out on the road during the autumn, giving us the rare opportunity to see a few unknown titbits about the man who has quietly become a household name, by actually being subtly funny. Tickets start at £14.

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This new adaptation of the '50s Ealing comedy comes from Graham Linehan (of Father Ted fame) and is directed by Sean Foley, the writer of Morecambe & Wise love letter, 'The Play What I Wrote'. The cast includes Peter Capaldi and Ben Miller and the show plays at the Gielgud Theatre from 26th Nov to 18th Feb, priced from £35.

Having been confirmed for Isle Of Wight and a headlining show at Somerset House (14th July - now sold out), the electro-pop duo have now announced three big shows in November, starting with Brighton (2nd), Glasgow (3rd) and finally Brixton (4th). Tickets are £16 / £17.50.

Much-touted and busy on the festival-circuit this year, The Vaccines will follow up their upcoming sold-out show at the Forum on 23rd Aug, with a Brixton show on 7th December - on sale Weds, priced at £17.50. Their other headliner in Edinburgh (24th Aug) is still up for £12.50.

It Bites and Mostly Autumn are set for an "I'll Meet You In The Autumn" tour (title adapted from one of their earlier b-sides), kicks off in Newcastle on 14th October and continues to Workington, Glasgow, Nottingham and a few unusual stops (Sale and Clitheroe), before ending up at the Islington Academy on 28th October. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £17 or £20.
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Featuring stunning puppetry and bags of light-hearted moments, it's not surprising that, given the reaction from audiences and critics alike, the run at the New London Theatre in Drury lane has been extended until October 2012, with tickets now available. Prices start at £14 for basic Circle seats, rising to £39 for Stalls or £84 for Premium Stalls.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger