Fat Friday 24th June 2011: LostProphets, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, City and Colour, John Wilson Orchestra, Madina Lake and more

Posted: 22nd June 2011

Despite being a fallow week for massive names and huge legends, it's a stunning one for fans of straight-edged metal and pop-punk bands with LostProphets and Rise Against heading the pack. Wire represent the previous generation with news of Monty Python's Spamalot tour probably causing heart tremors amongst Python fans around the country. Meanwhile, Example proves he is a complete headcase by announcing more dates, albeit shorter 'club' style ones. Whew - he'll be knackered!

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The good news for those of you who hate festivals is that LostProphets will be playing three intimate festival warm-ups during August, starting with Oxford on the 11th, followed by Cardiff on the 17th and Norwich on the 18th. Tickets for the trio cost £17.50.

Monty Python's Spamalot Monty Python's Spamalot
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You might not like Spam, Spam, Spam, eggs and Spam, but you'll love this classic stage-musical inspired and developed by the Python writers and a sell-out for several years when in the West End. In 2012, you can catch the regional tour starting with six shows in Liverpool and several cities after until Sunderland in April. Tickets are on sale from 10am at various prices.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Benjamin Francis Leftwich
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This weekend, he'll be on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury but afterwards, a 24-date headline autumn tour begins in Stockton on 30th September, taking in many more, including Islington on 26th October. The final gig is at Morecambe Library (he'll have to be very quiet) on 30th October. £8 (or £12 for London) - Tickets are available from 9AM on Thursday for most gigs, with London and Bristol dates available a day later

City and Colour City and Colour
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Taking time out from his usual duties in Alexisonfire, Dallas Green follows-up his modest Top 50 album, "Little Hell", with a handful of shows in the autumn. First stop is Cardiff on 13th October, followed by Newcastle, Manchester and finally London's Roundhouse on the 18th. Prices start from £18.50.

John Wilson Orchestra John Wilson Orchestra
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Think you've never heard of this ensemble? Think again - they consistently sell out their UK tours, most recently the Royal Festival Hall this Saturday! The new tour will take place in the autumn from Birmingham on 28th November to, you've guessed it, another Royal Festival Show on 9th December.

In a week when there are several new tours announced by American hard-rock/metalcore and emo-punk-pop outfits, Madina Lake have declared war - "World War III" to be exact, the title of their new album due later this year. Their dates take in post-Download land include Portsmouth (8th Nov), Camden (10th) and Norwich (17th) - £12.50 to £14 and on sale at 10am.

Two bands with Rise in their name have announced UK tours this week, but the lads with Against as a suffix have the right to be first in our summary - they've recently notched up a Top 30 placing with the album, "Endgame" (#1 in Canada and Germany, fact fans). Tickets (on sale 10am) for Nottingham (1st Nov) to Southampton (13th) start from £18.50 (£20 for Brixton) and all dates feature support from Polar Bear Club and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello - The Nightwatchman project!

Flying the British flag for this week's metalcore on-sales is Rise To Remain, who issue their debut album, "City Of Vultures" in September. Surprise, surprise we spy a full promotional tour at around the same time - the tour, with Bleed From Within in support, starts in Oxford on the 12th and ends in Nottingham on the 29th. Tickets are dirt-cheap at £7/£8.

Another lengthy tour awaits one of post-punk's most enduring bands, still thrashing and beguiling three decades on. An extra date has been added to their nationwide UK tour in the late autumn - London's XOYO has been confirmed as the capital's choice of venue on 23rd November - tickets cost £17.50 (the remaining tour dates are £14 - expect many to sell-out).

Heights and Feed the Rhino share the billing in September. Hardcore - this lot know the score. Several dates have already been announced for a September UK tour and are on sale now, but now a further pair in Leeds (20th) and Cambridge (26th) will be available cum Friday - prices are £6.50 and £6 respectively.

Ireland's blues and hard-rock bastions have a follow-up album to Top 30 winner, "Everyday Demons", due out in the autumn. Entitled "Revival", the group will give it an airing from Derry on 7th October (on sale now), followed by Leicester, Bristol and many more until Portsmouth on the 27th (and space for a few more, we reckon). Prices start at £13.

We recently reported on the Australian comedy sensation, Pam Ann, the devilish air-hostess created by Caroline Reid and her impending Bloomsbury Theatre shows next year. This is to remind you that two of the shows, on 18th and 19th, will be on sale at 10am - the rest are on sale now. Also on sale this week - Yann Tiersen, Young Rebel Set, Switchfoot and three more shows for Ace singer, Paul Carrack.

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It's a cliche, but Example really is one of the hardest working guys in music - and he's just added to his workload with a club PA tour titled 'End of Summer Ibiza Tour', taking in UK clubs in August and September. Tickets start from just £6.50 - expect live action, but they are not full concerts!

If you've watched the film "Fargo", you'll remember the scene where Steve Buscemi is toadying with an escort at a club, with a singer on stage. That strumming vocalist was this man!! He's an international legend and will be playing three nights at the Jazz Cafe from 18th - 20th August - tickets are £30.

As well as several festival slots and some ad-hoc shows in the summer, the good news continues with further touring activity earmarked for November, starting with London's Roundhouse venue on the 2nd, followed by Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Norwich and Exeter on the 8th - more shows may get added but, meanwhile, grab these for £12.50 (£15 for London).

After a comparatively quiet 2010 and just a small amount of live action in the first half of 2011, a new album has prompted a spot of gigging. The tour kicks off in Oxford on 17th September, ending at Southampton University on 3rd October, costing £10.50.

The Wonder Years The Wonder Years
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Philly's pop-punk outfit are guilty of releasing an album, "Get Stoked On It!", back in 2007 - a thumbs-up for millions of networking sheep to use the term when describing a great event such as the birth of a baby panda or a new Wonder Years tour - and lo, here's one from Newcastle to Camden during September, with tickets costing £10 (yep, even London!).

American comedian, designer, activist, musician, author - what can it all mean? You can find out by catching her five-night residency confirmed for the Leicester Square Theatre, running from 13th till 18th October. Tickets for the "Cho Dependent" show start from £22.50.

Greg Davies is full of Glee. Glee is full of Greg Davies. And when we say Glee, we don't mean the American TV series, we mean The Glee Clubs in Birmingham, Cardiff and Nottingham who will host new shows by the very tall funnyman, from 6th - 8th December. Tickets for his hilarious "Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog" show start from £15.
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Yet more shows for the affable Irishman went on sale during the week, as part of his upcoming UK tour. The lucky towns are Milton Keynes (19th Sep), Brighton (13th Oct), Wellingborough (16th) and Cheltenham (17th Nov) and prices start at £20.

The Killing of Sister George The Killing Of Sister George
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Originally written as a play in 1964 by Frank Marcus and later adapted for the X-rated film version directed by Robert Aldrich, the plot centres on (Sister) George, the alter-ego and radio-show character of June Buckridge, played by Meera Syal for this new Arts Theatre run. Earlybirds for 5th and 6th Oct cost £25, the rest up to the 29th are £40.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger