Fat Friday 17th June 2011: Arctic Monkeys, Alice Cooper, Hard-Fi, Frank Turner, Funeral For A Friend, Escape the Fate , Chris Rea, Bill Bailey and more

Posted: 15th June 2011

It would be an understatement to say that this Friday's new ticket sales are 'quite good' - check 'em out, there is a bevy of little beauties up for grabs in fact. October and November are proving to be busy months already and today's assortment features many autumn tours - Alice Cooper, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys and Professor Green included. The trick is to get in quick for some of these - many of these dates will sell fast - especially the third George Michael date added to Earl's Court.

Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless stated. For ticket availability, click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.

Sitting pretty on top of the album charts is "Suck It And See", their fourth number 1 album. Bearing this in mind, their upcoming tour will probably sell out sharpish. First stop is Nottingham on 28th October, followed by the O2 Arena, Cardiff, Manchester and a handful more until Liverpool on 9th November, priced around £29.50 (or £32.50 for London).

This year, Alice Cooper's Halloween Night Of Fear will tour the UK with special guests, New York Dolls (not Sheffield or Bristol), in full glam-shock support for the Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow gigs. Tickets cost £33.50 / £34.50 - and don't forget that you can audition for a place in Cooper's show at Alexandra Palace! The day before the audition, the man will play an intimate gig at the 100 club, and with tickets on sale this morning, it won't surprise you to find out they are now sold out.

Typically, Frank Turner has a packed summer, having played Download already and is due to follow it up with Blissfields, Kendal Calling and Leeds. In addition, a batch of new dates has been announced with his band "the Sleeping Souls", including stops in Newport, Glasgow and London - tickets will be £16 (£17.50 for London) and all go on sale at 9.30am (Newport is 9am)

Funeral for a Friend Funeral For A Friend
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Having just released the single, "Broken Foundation", the Welsh screamo-legends have added some headline dates to their busy festival-laden schedule. The new dates see Funeral for a Friend in Wolverhampton on 23rd September, then Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol, before the final date at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th September. Support comes from LA's Escape the Fate and others - tickets cost £16.50.

Next year will see gravelly-voiced Rea tour his new adventurous album, "The Santo Spirito Project", starting with Belfast on 16th March, Bournemouth on 20th March, followed by Oxford (21st) and several more until the final pairing of dates in Plymouth (4th April) and Hammersmith (5th). Expect to pay £33.50.

Staines finest will return to touring after the festival season with a jaunt starting in September. First stop is Norwich on the 21st, followed by Cambridge, Bristol, Sheffield and more until Wolverhampton on 1st October. Their HMV Forum date on the 23rd has already been on sale and sold out.

Five new shows have just been announced today by the hairy hilarious comedian, starting with Plymouth on 6th November, followed by York (12th), Blackpool (13th), Ipswich (23rd) and Stoke (25th). Lots of other autumn tour-dates for Dandelion Mind are on sale now, priced at £29.50.

Metal Hammer - Defenders of the Faith Metal Hammer - Defenders Of The Faith
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Rumours are rife as to who will be going on tour for the third DOTF this year - Trivium have been confirmed, with others to be announced pretty soon. Whoever is added, it's going to be a big one. Southampton is the first stop on 1st December, followed by six more stops until Plymouth on the 8th. We'll let you know the line-up when it's officially announced.

Having reprised their heavy rock roots somewhat with a performance at the 2011 Download festival at Donington Park, Mr Big have announced a series of UK dates for autumn 2011. The first of the five dates is on 12th September at Bristol Academy, before shows in Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham and the final date at Shepherd's Bush Empire on 20th September.

Professor Green Professor Green
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Hackney's chart-bothering rapper will be touring "At Your Inconvenience" (his new album) during the autumn, starting with Sheffield on 15th October and followed by several more stops in Liverpool, Leamington, Brighton and more until London's Roundhouse on 3rd November. From £16 upwards.

The girls have a third album all lined up for later this year - as yet untitled, it will include recent #8 smash, "Notorious". Their tour does have a name, however, Called the "All Fired Up" tour, the shows with a strong emphasis on 'partying' will call at Bournemouth on 2nd December, followed by Liverpool (3rd), Cardiff (5th) and other big cities until they arrive back in London on the 16th - £26.

The Straits

While Mark Knopfler contemplates his next musical move, the remaining members of multi-million selling rock-group, Dire Straits, have dropped the 'dire' prefix and opted to knock out new material and a huge tour in October, starting in Birmingham on the 3rd. They finish up in Manchester on the 17th - tickets go on sale at 9.30am.

October looks like being a very busy month - The Kooks are also touring the UK during this period, armed with new material (described by one music critic as 'darker' and 'heavier'). They will play in Manchester on the 1st, stop off in Hull, Portsmouth and others before two nights at the Brixton Academy on the 11th and the 12th. Prices start at £22.50.

Apparently they rocked the studs out of Download this year - so confidence is at an all-time high and new material awaits their audiences in November. Liverpool is the first stop for their tour on 8th November, followed by the usual big cities, as well as Cambridge (20th) and Norwich (24th). The tour ends in Belfast on 4th December - tickets cost around £25.

In order to satisfy phenomenal demand for the pop-singer's return to London, he's added a third Earl's Court show. The new date is 19th December and goes on sale Friday at 10.30am. Demand will be incredibly high once again. He's already sold out Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House and Newcastle - others cost £51 upwards.

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US punk-poppers Bowling for Soup have already played a dozen or so UK dates in 2011, albeit in an acoustic style, but these new shows herald the return of Bowling For Soup, the band. They kick off the UK dates at the Birmingham O2 Academy on the 16th October, with gigs in Oxford, Newcastle, Manchester and Lincoln, among others, before closing the tour at the HMV Forum in London on Friday 28th October. Tickets for all dates will be priced at £18.50 / £19.50.

From 22nd November, Alter Bridge (i.e. Creed without Scott Stapp) play the Birmingham LG Arena, the Motorpoint Arena (Cardiff), the MEN Arena, the Metro Arena (Newcastle), the Glasgow SECC and Wembley Arena (29th). Tickets will be available from 9AM on Friday 17th June, with prices starting at around £25.

Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides
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The 'sleazemo' band have announced a UK tour to follow up the release of their new album and their Download appearance at the weekend, starting with Southampton on 6th October and followed by Exeter, Nottingham and the usual suspects until Manchester on the 11th. They then return to the UK for two final shows in Shepherd's Bush (29th Oct) and Bristol (1st Nov). £15 - £17.50.

Bombay Bicycle Club Bombay Bicycle Club
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"A Different Kind Of Fix" is BBC's new album and they're going to be sharing it with you with a string of dates in the autumn. Their extensive UK tour begins in Brighton on 30th September, followed by Newcastle on 1st October, Leeds on the 3rd etc until they return to home-territory on the 19th at the Brixton Academy. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday at 9am, priced at £15 regionally, £17.50 for London, and should sell very well.


Edging ever closer to Oasis' old target audience, with balls-out 'grit-pop', Brother continue their swaggering ascendency with a new tour in September, starting in Newcastle on the 21st, followed by Glasgow, Sheffield and more until London's KOKO on the 30th. Prices start at £10.

In the late '80s and early '90s, this man was almost up there with Red Hot Chili Peppers with regards to album sales, yet never cracked it in the UK. Still worth seeing though! He plays Islington exclusively on 10th Dec - tickets cost £17.50.

This touring dance show, featuring Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, will be at London's Aldwych Theatre for a 10-week run early next year. Currently on a regional tour, Vincent and Flavia will finally be able to stop living out of suitcases when the 10-week West End run, which includes some matinee performances, starts on 20th January 2012. Tickets go on sale at midday, priced at £26.

It's 'full-steam space machines' ahead for Sweden's Royal Republic's new UK tour, which kicks off in Newcastle on 27th Oct and continues to Bristol, Wolverhampton and Southampton - tickets on sale Friday with more dates expected to be announced in due course!!

Echo and the Bunnymen Echo and the Bunnymen
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Every year, Ian McCulloch plans something special for his home-town for the festive season and 2011 will be no exception - the band have confirmed a Liverpool show at the O2 Academy for 17th December - tickets are on sale from Monday at 9am, priced at £18.

Also on sale this week are shows from Fleet Foxes (Leeds Academy, 1st Dec), two more shows for Yuck (Birmingham - 13th Nov and Manchester - 15th), extra autumn dates for Heidenfest 2011-playing Finnish rockers Turisas, an extra date in Plymouth as part of Paul Carrack's lengthy 2012 tour, a Leeds show for Black Stone Cherry and a Shepherd's Bush date for both Katy B and rapper Mac Miller.

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Joan As Policewoman

Joan Wasser is set to play Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms on 31st Aug as part of this year's Edge Fest - but, if you're coming over to the UK for one gig, you may as well play a few more! She will perform in Manchester on 6th Sep, Birmingham on the 7th and Shepherd's Bush on the 9th - tickets will cost £16.50/£18.50..

Sander van Doorn Sander van Doorn
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This man's been in just about every DJ chart in Europe so his reputation for a huge night out justifiably goes before him. He will make a rare appearance at the Leeds O2 Academy on 28th August - a banging Bank Holiday awaits! Tickets will cost £12.50 from Thursday morning.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger