The Week Ahead from Monday 11th July 2011: Scissor Sisters, The Black Crowes, Snoop Dogg, Judas Priest, Tom Tom Club, Roy Ayers, Papa Roach and more

Posted: 6th July 2011

So that's Glastonbury over with for another year - what's next? Latitude 2011 and Lovebox 2011 are the biggest festivals of the coming weekend, although GuilFest 2011 is a decent bet if you have kids in tow. Headline shows are dominated by festival performers - Scissor Sisters and Snoop Dogg being the leaders of this concise little pack, along with Judas Priest who sign off this year with their final shows.

The Edinburgh Fringe and Festival dominates much of the comedy activity for the coming week, in so far as more pre-Fringe shows have been announced, Mark Dolan being one of them. If you are in West London, you might fancy a bit of Ealing Comedy Festival action. Or you could head to the South Coast for a weekend of great beers by the beach!

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This week:


Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
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Jake Shears and his charges are heading off to the races during the next week or so, starting with Liverpool's Haydock Park on Saturday (£30), followed by their huge Lovebox appearance on Sunday (still up for £48.50). Then it's back to the races again (Sandown Park and Newmarket), before Nottingham's Splendour on the 24th. All prices are from £30 upwards.

The Black Crowes The Black Crowes
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All three of the Southern-rockers' forthcoming UK shows WERE sold out, but a handful of extra tickets have just been released for both London gigs, costing £33.50... get in quick! For the Manchester date, we have some resale tickets available from our trusted vendors.

Back in the UK for some serious Lovebox lurvin' is the Doggfather himself, armed with his classic 1993 album "Doggystyle" to be repeated in full. But before hitting the smoke, Manchester's O2 Apollo will witness a full sold-out show on Friday. Meanwhile his Lovebox show on Saturday is also sold out.

These headlining shows next week are your last chance to see the metal stalwarts in action before they hang up their guitars and leather trousers for good. Queensrÿche and Rival Sons will provide support from Newport on Friday, right through to Bournemouth on the 24th - don't forget that they also play at London's High Voltage Festival 2011 on the 23rd. We still have tickets for all the shows, priced at £36 (£56 for High Voltage).

One of the world's top turntablists and producers will be hitting the Jazz cafe in London on Thursday, his first capital show since his sold-out show at the Roundhouse in 2008. This man's a treasure - grab his tickets via us for just £15, before they all sell out!

DMC UK DJ Championships DMC UK DJ Championships
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And talking of turntablism and beat-mixing, here we have this year's UK Final and Battle For UK Supremacy 2011 taking place at the Scala on Thursday. Tickets are still available for £10 a pop - but if you can't make the UK final, remember that the World Team Championships take place in the IndigO2 in October. PLUS: check out our exciting competition to win tickets to the London Street Sounds UK Fresh Reunion on 16th July - click on the UK Fresh button, below, before midnight on Friday 8th July to enter.

Ex-Talking Heads' performers, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, begin a short UK jaunt on Thursday in Cardiff, followed by a three-night residency at London's Jazz Cafe and shows in Birmingham and Glasgow. The regional shows cost £20, with London costing £25 and all still available through us of course!

The jazzman with the coolest vibes returns with what promises to be a meeting of minds from different genres, though ultimately singing (or mixing) from the same hymn-sheet (or beat-box). Ayers and Pete Rock have regional shows and a Jazz Cafe residency all booked, although you won't be able to get face-value tickets for Leeds or the first Manchester show. Expect to pay upwards of £12.50/£15 (or £22.50 for London).

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: the perfect blend of silken vocals and gravelly tones come together once more for a few UK show starting in Glasgow on Tuesday. They've sold out Wednesday's show in Lancaster - others cost £17.50. They then head off to Latitude 2011 (see our festival update below).
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According to the Californian metallers, it's "Time for Armageddon", well if their new album's title is to be believed. These are their first headline shows since 2009, with Sheffield already having sold out. The Shepherd's Bush show on Saturday is still up for £18.50.

Funk behemoth Collins will bring his first London headline show in a decade when he performs at the IndigO2 on Monday. Tickets are still available from £32.50 - expect much trawling through his own solo work, plus Funkadelic and Parliament tracks. Also happening this week are sold-out shows from Primus, a very rare Brixton concert from Erykah Badu, Ice Cube's first headline shows since 2008 and a tour from young rock pups Deaf Havana.


Henham Park is all set and ready for the annual slice of Latitude goodness, with this year's line-up boasting Suede, The National, Bright Eyes, Hurts, Paolo Nutini, with The Heartbreaks, Phantom Band, Dionne Bromfield, Ben Howard, Yellow Wire, Treefight for Sunlight amongst the many recent additions. It starts from Friday and we still have day tickets for £70 or weekend tickets at £170.

If you were hoping to grab last minute entry to see Snoop Dogg's Saturday show, then forget it. There are some resale tickets up for £136 plus - you takes your choice, as they say. Friday's Lovebox show with The Wombats and the Sunday bash with Scissor Sisters are still available at face-value - £28.50 and £48.50 respectively.

Possibly possessing the most curious festival line-up of the year, this family day-out is all about legends past and present. Roger Daltrey, Adam Ant, PiL, Razorlight and Gallows rub shoulders with James Blunt and, er, Peter Andre across the weekend, with tickets still available for £120 for an adult weekender or £44/£49 per day. Sunday's looking the most likely choice, we reckon.

Check out our regular Festival round-up for the latest in availability and line-up details by clicking on the Festival Guide button, below.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Bodies Unfinished Bodies Unfinished
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South East London's Brockley Jack continues its programme of intriguing new dramas with this Lewis Hetherington play about a couple who are going nowhere and don't love each other. Then he meets Stella and everything changes - or does it? The run starts on Tuesday, ends on 30th July and tickets cost from £8 - £12.

Victoria Wood's light-hearted and rather funny tale about a gaggle of dinner ladies that was previously a successful TV series, has been adapted into a second helping of reluctant love, words of wisdom and an HR nightmare. Torquay's Princess Theatre will host this short run from Monday to Saturday and tickets cost from £11.50 upwards.

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
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Inspired by Elvis and Chuck Berry, Holly gave the world 'True Love Ways', 'Rave On', 'Every Day', 'Peggy Sue' (originally Cindy Lou), 'That'll Be The Day' and many more - now you can watch this award-winning show on tour, telling the story from his beginnings to his untimely death - Edinburgh is the first stop from Monday with tickets costing £9.50 upwards.

London's Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green will host a two-week run of this adult Tessa Christian drama about two East London men sharing a grotty flat, as well as their clothes, their drugs and their pains. Sounds grim? Possibly not - It's billed as a dark comedy and tickets cost from £5 upwards.

The Shape of Things The Shape Of Things
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London's Courtyard Theatre will host this romantic drama by the American director, Neil LaBute. Running for just one week from Tuesday, the story centres on a university town and in particular, four students sharing romantic interests. Tickets start at £10 and rise to £13.

Brighton Beer Festival Brighton Beer Festival
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Having a beer festival at a venue called The Old Paddling Pool is just asking for trouble! Actually, this is a proper serious gathering of hundreds of tipples from all around the world. The aim is to try plenty of decent beers, without having to sit in the local boozer or run the risk of getting banged up for the night. Tickets are £10 per day, the festival runs from Thursday to Sunday and the venue is situated near West Pier.

Ealing Comedy in the Park

Roll up, roll up - a veritable circus of comedic clowns are all set to descend on Ealing's Walpole Park, including Omid Djalili (Friday - sold out), Terry Alderton (Sat - £17.50) and Stephen K.Amos (next week on the 20th - £17.50). Click on the image to grab tickets and see the full round-up.

"Sharing Too Much" is Dolan's new show which will premiere at this year's Edinburgh Festival during August - you might have seen it's earliest debut at Udderbelly this year. Meanwhile, the star of Channel 4's Balls Of Steel presents this pre-Fringe show at the Washington pub on Thursday - catch it for just £5.

John Shuttleworth John Shuttleworth
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Sheffield's master of dry wit and trademark leather jacket is that rare breed of endearing stand-up, without the shouty pomposity of more recent comedians. He talks rubbish but he makes you laugh and his new show, "Man With No More Rolls", will play at the Cheese and Grain in Somerset on Monday night - tickets are £17.

Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo and Juliet
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London's Coliseum, home to the English National Ballet, hands over the performing raigns to the Peter Schaufuss Ballet company from Monday onwards with a performance of Romeo and Juliet (until Sunday). Tickets are available for most of the shows and are priced from £20 for a balcony seat up to £85 for premier stalls.

Paul Pledger