Fat Friday 29th July 2011: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laura Marling, The Pierces, Uncaged Monkeys, Skrillex, The Rapture and more
New tickets this week include one of the most-anticipated returns by Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus BRIT-winning Laura Marling, siblings The Pierces and the boffin-fest, Uncaged Monkeys all certain to be the hottest tickets to buy. Rock also takes precedent with tours from the refreshed Evanesence and Asking Alexandria.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
With their European dates having been announced some time ago, anticipation amongst UK Chili Peppers fans and numerous blog sites was palpable. The tour starts in on 4th November, before moving across the Irish sea to London's O2 Arena for three nights from 7th to 10th November, then Glasgow, two dates in, Sheffield and finally two dates in Birmingham on 19th and 20th November. There will be huge demand, even at £45. Support for the UK dates comes from LA's Fool's Gold.
To plug her forthcoming new album, Marling has chosen some unlikely concert venues to perform in, namely a dozen or so major cathedrals! She begins her home-turf jaunt, aptly-entitled the When The Bell Tolls Tour, in Exeter's fabulous Cathedral on 14th October, followed by Winchester, Guildford, York, Westminster and many more until Birmingham's Cathedral on 29th.
Drawing comparisons and knowing nods for their Fleetwood Mac-esque road-movie pop-rock, siblings The Pierces are on the road in the autumn. The tour begins at the Leadmill in Sheffield on 7th October, moving on to Manchester, Birmingham, London (Shepherd's Bush Empire), Cardiff, Oxford and others, before the final show in Liverpool on 21st October.
In December, the hugely-successful natural science tour, starring Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince and more will return to the UK stage, with dates in London, Manchester and Plymouth announced so far. Demand will be huge (the original April tour sold out) and tickets will cost £25.
As popular as ever, Seasick Steve released his fifth studio album, 'You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks' in May - his third gold record and top ten LP in the UK. Audiences will be rewarded with three new dates for October, beginning at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 8th, followed by shows at the Manchester Apollo (10th) and Glasgow Academy (11th).
A man with many musical references and influences, having previously been frontman with metalcore band, From First To Last. Now he's a glitchy dubtech groove master and will be touring the UK in November, from London to Manchester - tickets cost £12.50 - £13.50.
will be taking their new record and back catalogue on tour in the UK later this year with a series of new dates recently announced to add to the September shows in Manchester and London. The first of the newbies takes place in Bristol on 27th October, followed by gigs in Leeds, Coventry, Glasgow and London (KOKO), before the final show in Brighton on 3rd November.
After a handful of spring 2011 dates, Asking Alexandria are returning with a UK tour in early 2012. The tour begins in Glasgow on 12th January, moving on to Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, London (HMV Forum) and others, before the final gig of the tour in Portsmouth on 23rd January 2012 - tickets cost £12.50 - £14.
Evanescence are playing six UK dates this autumn, starting at the Hammersmith Apollo on 4th November, followed by shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Plymouth and Leeds, before the final gig at the Birmingham O2 Academy on Sunday 13th November. Support comes from New Yorkers The Pretty Reckless.
Every Time I Die
They've been signed-up as headliners on the Rock Sound Riot Tour with support from Spy Catcher. First stop on the tour is London's Electric Ballroom on 30th November, followed by stops in Brighton, Stoke, Birmingham and more until the closing night in Oxford. Tickets will cost £15 for London, £14 elsewhere.
This is the Orchestra's first ever UK headline tour, after opening for the likes of Kings of Leon and Biffy Clyro, as well as performing twice at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and Latitude. The dates begin at Thekla in Bristol on 2nd October, followed by shows in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester, before the final show at KOKO in London on Friday 7th October.
Pop Will Eat Itself
Part of Stourbridge's grebo scene in the '80s/'90s, PWEI are now commanding respect, even without Clint Mansell in the line-up. The autumn PWEI tour begins back at the Garage in Glasgow (where they played last week) on 12th October, then onto Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Islington and more before the final gig of the tour at the Birmingham O2 Academy on Friday 28th October.
Doom [MF Doom]
During November, Doom will perform a string of shows in the UK, including a special collaborative show with his current rapping cohort, Ghostface Killah. The tour itself starts in Glasgow on 3rd Nov, before continuing to Manchester, Leeds and more until Brighton on the 18th. In amongst these tour dates is that special show with GK to be held at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London on 5th Nov - tickets cost £18.50 - £22.50
His album "Restless", back in 2000, was a big success in the States, maybe not so big here but did spawn the party-banger, "X". Now he returns with "Restless 2", a new album due this year, promoted by new shows in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London during October. Tickets cost £20 - £22.50.
Chase and Status
Also on sale this week are a batch of shows for Chase and Status during November, the same amount for The Airborne Toxic Event (also Nov), a Brixton show in Dec for New Model Army, a Bruno Mars Brixton show in October, Semisonic's Dan Wilson at Bush Hall in Sep and an entire UK show for US hardcore outfit Title Fight during December.
Having firmly rinsed Busted out of his system, Simpson has been either busy appearing at festivals or finishing off his debut album - or both!! "Young Pilgrim" should finally appear on 15th August, two months before he hits the road from Bristol (19th Oct) to Brighton (28th).
Hyro Da Hero
You may have read interviews with this man who claims to be bringing a 'new take on the rap genre' to the masses. We won't mention Def Jam, Run DMC and Cypress Hill then...Still, any change is welcome - check him at Sheffield, Nottingham and London and others during late Oct/Nov - tickets around a tenner.
One Night Only
Yorkshire's One Night Only played their last UK tour in the autumn of last year. And now they're back - in autumn, with a short (so far) tour which includes dates in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Stoke-on-Trent. Tickets went on sale this morning, costing £12.50 for London, £10 elsewhere.
With the 2011 tour now over, a new tour has been announced for spring and summer 2012, starting just after the Aldwych Theatre run. The first of the dates is in Manchester's Opera House (16th to 21st April), then Edinburgh, Oxford and Bristol during July. We will have tickets for the tour from 10AM on Thursday 28th July, priced from £16.50 to £35.50, depending on venue.