The Week Ahead From 20th June 2011: Bon Jovi, The Killers, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, BB King, Everything Everything and much more

Posted: 15th June 2011

Some of the biggest names in pop, rock and dance will be gathering for the weekend's biggest festival in the UK - Glastonbury 2011. But if you think the remaining week's entertainment is below-par in comparison, then think again. It's a cracker - Bon Jovi, The Killers, Paul Simon, Ozzy Osbourne and BB King are not to be sniffed at!

There is also plenty to get your artistically-inclined teeth into, including Glee Live, King Lear and the bizarre and bonkers comedy-world of Lee Evans - enjoy.

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This week:


One of the biggest rock bands in the world and no mistake - if you haven't got your tickets for Bon Jovi's next UK coming then you'll need to get a wiggle on. Wednesday sees them hit Edinburgh, with further stops in Manchester (Friday), Hyde Park (Hard Rock Calling 2011 with Ray Davies and Imelda May - Saturday) and Bristol - all still up from £59. Their two Dublin shows have sold out.

Brandon Flowers and co are playing Hard Rock Calling on Friday along with support from Kaiser Chiefs, James and The Kills - tickets are still available for £49.50, which is more than can be said for the band's two Scala shows beforehand - both Weds and Thurs shows sold out in seconds.

The Graceland master returns with new material and the start of a new UK tour, which starts after his Live At The Marquee slot in Cork on Tuesday. First stop for his tour is Nottingham on Thursday (sold out), followed by Glasgow(sold out), Bournemouth (from £60) and Hammersmith (from £60) etc until Manchester on 3rd July. He's also at Glastonbury and the iTunes Festival.

Hammersmith Apollo is the only confirmed venue for the Sabbath man this year, so it's surprising he hasn't sold out the show yet. £32.50 is the asking price for this 'Kerrang Legend' show which also helps celebrate the magazine's 30th anniversary.

Hark! There's a beautiful noise and it's being made by ole sparkly-shirts himself, Neil Diamond. A true showman, Diamond will tour the UK after his Sunday Dublin concert, starting with Birmingham on Tuesday and Thursday (£75). He's sold out his first show at the O2 on 9th July, but other shows are selling fast at £60 upwards.

The girl still wants to have fun and, boy, can she still sell tickets! If you wanted to watch her in concert in Birmingham or Brighton, you'll be out of luck - sold out. Remaining shows from Monday onwards will set you back £33.50 or £35 - failing that, head to the Cornbury Festival 2011 in Great Tew on 1st July (£140 - still up).

You just can't get bigger and better than 85-year old King in full swing, especially when he's appearing in the UK, starting with Manchester (Saturday), Edinburgh (Sunday) and the BluesFest London 2011 gig (28th). Only the Manchester date is still available for £50 - the remaining pair have sold out.

Incredibly, one of our greatest jazz saxophonists, Mr Sheppard, has been performing for nigh-on thirty years. He started life with The Chough Band in Salisbury - and this Monday concert in Southampton celebrates his reunion with the same line-up. Tickets are limited and cost £15.

London's Jazz Cafe will host the first of four nights with the soul legend, starting on Monday until Thursday. The first two nights have already sold out, with the remaining two available for £32.50 - Northern soul fans can catch him at Blackburn's King George's Hall on Saturday (£30).

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If you live in Brighton or Bristol and you worship the boards this Manchester band treads then get ready for two shows in your town on Friday (Concorde 2 - £12.50) and Saturday (Thekla - £12.50). Tickets are not in huge supply and are the only shows confirmed as headliners - otherwise it's festival time!

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The US rockers don't play the UK too often, hence two of their three headline shows selling out double-quick - which leaves the 23rd June show at the Forum in London the sole chance to catch them in concert. Tickets cost £20 - or you can catch them at a festival (The Foos at Milton Keynes, T in the Park, Edge or Reading/Leeds).

They say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover or musicians by their facial furniture - suffice to say that Vetiver do look and sound like a blissed out Americana and surf rock outfit, not unlike Fleet Foxes it has to be said - they're just as good though. From Saturday onwards (in Bedford), the US outfit will tour the UK, ending up in Nottingham on 6th July - well worth £10 - £13.

They've previously appeared in TV series Scrubs so you may remember their acapella harmonies from said programme. They are performing a few regional shows from Monday onwards, starting with Newquay and then Portsmouth etc until Sunday when they hit Glasgow. Tickets are £10.

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This ironically-titled tour is actually a selection of '80s pop-idols belting out their unforgettable hits, this time starring Boy George, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Somerville, Belinda Carlisle and more, all for the princely sum of £36.50 (£39.50 for London's O2).

Chicago's alt-rock band, with a slight jazzy slant, returns with a new album and a swath of gigs with Hot Club de Paris in support mode. First stop is London on Thursday, followed by Nottingham, Liverpool and usual stopovers, ending with Birmingham on 1st July. Prices range from £7 to £10.

Sneaking out of high school, hopping on a plane and playing gigs in the UK - does it get any cooler for the baby-faced pop-punksters? Next week they will perform in Islington, Birmingham and Nottingham with tickets only costing a bargain £5 - £6.

Also happening next week are shows from Bright Eyes (Royal Albert Hall - sold out), the star-studded John Barry: The Memorial Concert on Monday (cheap seats sold out, now priced from £65), a London show for Outkast's Big Boi at Heaven on Thursday (£22.50), a rare show from Deacon Blue in York on Friday (£27.50) and Big Audio Dynamite in Bournemouth on Thursday (£25).


Cornwall's idyllic biodomes will once again play host to a series of big-name shows over the summer season, including Primal Scream and Pendulum over the coming week, followed by The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes and Brandon Flowers during the coming month or so. All shows cost £42.50.

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As mentioned above, The Killers and Bon Jovi (plus full supporting cast) will fill Hyde Park with fevered fans of those bands - yet the most partisan audience may well turn up for Rod Stewart on Sunday. With support from Stevie Nicks (her new album's good!), Adam Ant and Rumer, it's sure to be a great day - £55.

Also happening next weekend is THE festival of the season, Glasto with U2 and Coldplay amongst the muddy mix (unless it dries up), plus GhostFest 2011 (metal mayhem in Leeds), Heart Club Classics: Party In The Park 2011 (Chelmsford - Soul II Soul and other soul/funk acts) and Kent's Music On The Hill 2011 (King's Hill with Katherine Jenkins, McFly and Bjorn Again).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Finally, the zany comedian who always looks like he'll sweat himself to an early grave, will begin his long-awaited Roadrunner tour of the UK, starting with York on Monday and Tuesday and followed by Oxford over the weekend. All shows are priced around £30. Currently, Brighton has sold out apart from 6th Sep, Sheffield has sold out apart from 7th Oct and Manchester has sold out the 11th and 12th Nov - all the remainder are still up!!

The Iranian comedian has dates stretching right through to 2012, but next week sees him play an intimate residency at London's Soho Theatre from Monday till Thursday. At £10 per ticket, you don't need Moneysupermarketdotcom to tell you he's already sold out Weds and Thurs pretty quickly - so hurry if you want to catch him on Monday and Tuesday!

All your favourite songs from the hugely-successful TV series will no doubt be performed at this cast-studded touring show which begins in Manchester on Wednesday, then London and finally Dublin. Many shows have sold out (Manc 22nd, The O2 25th and 26th and both Dublin shows) but remainders cost from £45.

The tour of the UK continues for this light-hearted and poignant story of those cheeky W.I. ladies baring-all for a charity calendar. Torquay is the latest town to see this award-winning story from Monday for just six shows - tickets for the Princess Theatre cost from £11.50 to £23.50.

In a show where good triumphs over evil and 'heroes are born and super-heroes are made', it's a surprise this hasn't sold out its theatrical performances yet. Three shows at London's Roundhouse kick off the tour on Friday, followed by Gateshead and two shows in Brighton during the week after - tickets cost from £12.50.

On paper, Cambridgeshire's Wandlebury Park looks and sounds like a fascinating setting for a performance of Shakespeare's iconic tragedy, King Lear. The story of the royal subject who gave away his kingdom and eventually his dignity, is available to watch for just £12 (or less for concessions) and starts on Wednesday for four nights.

Esteemed chanteuse and diva Meow Meow returns to her beloved Theatreland in the West End for a three-night residency at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are still available, priced at £10 - £25. Expect smoky and moody torch-songs delivered with kitsch.

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A month-long residency for John Gay's ballad-opera begins a summer season for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre on Thursday until 23rd July. You can still purchase Reduced Price Previews for the first week or so, knocking £2 off the usual full price of £34 or £39 - seats are limited.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger