Fat Friday 5th August 2011: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds , Maverick Sabre, My Morning Jacket, Nero, Van Morrison and more

The post-Oasis Gallagher bunfight began in earnest this week as brother Noel unveiled his High Flying Birds project, complete with the first of many live shows to plug the upcoming new album. Will they sell quicker than Beady Eye's? We reckon so...

Elsewhere, it's a corking week with young pups on full display - Maverick Sabre, Nero and Wolf Gang - and established entertainers like Van Morrison, Nigel Kennedy and Penn & Teller lending their entertaining expertise.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have three very eagerly-awaited shows announced so far at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on 23rd October, Edinburgh's Usher Hall (27th) and finally the Hammersmith Apollo on 29th October. Unsurprisingly, demand will be rather high for these.

Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre

Currently sitting in the Top 20 with the smash single, "Let Me Go", Sabre's first stop on tour is Manchester on 14th October, followed by the usual big cities before finishing up in Brighton on the 23rd and London on the 27th. Shows are priced at £10.50 (or £12.50 for that last KOKO show).

My Morning Jacket - Photo: Danny Clinch www.dannyclinch.com
Photo: Danny Clinch www.dannyclinch.com

My Morning Jacket

Their "Circuital" shows will start in Glasgow on 2nd November, followed by Birmingham (3rd), Leeds (5th), Manchester (6th), London (7th) and Bexhill (8th). More shows are bound to be announced at some point, but meanwhile these are priced at £16 (£20 for the Roundhouse show).



Current darlings of the dubstep 'n' bass scene Nero will be performing live during October, starting with a slot at Manchester's Warehouse Project on the 8th, followed by more shows including newies in Newcastle, Plymouth and London. Tickets vary from £10 upwards.

Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy

Having had his September concerts postponed to 2012 due to recording commitments, the acclaimed violinist has now added even more chances to hear his Vivaldi concertos and his own 'Four Elements'. The new dates are: Ipswich on 10th January and Edinburgh on 12th January (note his 2011 Glasgow show was not rescheduled).

Van Morrison

Van Morrison

After recently announcing just two UK shows it seemed inevitable the Irish showman would add a couple more to his schedule. Bristol (22nd Sep) and Cardiff (23rd) are the lucky cities with tickets weighing in at £45. His other two shows in Birmingham and Liverpool are still available.

Bush - Image: www.bushofficial.com


Reformed in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus and armed with a new album, Gavin Rossdale's successful rock outfit returns to its roots by playing at the Bush Hall in Shepherd's Bush as part of a trio of intimate London shows in November. Be warned - £35 a ticket!!

Guillemots - Image: www.guillemots.com


The home leg of their European tour kicks off at The Trinity Centre in Bristol on 4th November, moving on to Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Norwich before the final gig of the run at Cardiff's Coal Exchange on 18th November, priced £15 for all venues except Cardiff which is £12.

NME Radar Tour 2013

NME Radar Tour

NME Radar Tour 2011

Another string of NME shows will be headlined by the 'next big thing', this time it's the turn of Wolf Gang. Support on the nationwide tour comes from S.C.U.M. on all dates, DZ Deathrays until 12th Oct and Niki and the Dove for the remainder. £9 for all except London (£11).


Penn & Teller

After their quintet of Hammersmith shows last year, the magical American illusionists have opted for lower prices and a smaller venue for this pair of shows in December. Prices for the 7th and 8th cost £27.50.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring

His 'What Is Love, Anyway?' spring 2012 tour kicks off in Cheltenham on 20th January, moving on to Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Bath, Cambridge, Doncaster, Bridgend and Tring, before the final gig of the run (currently) in Oxford on 5th April 2012. Prices start at £15.

Staind - Image: www.myspace.com/staind


It's been nearly three years since the alt-metallers hit UK shores but now with a new album in tow, Staind are back with a bang. Just three shows appear on the UK schedule (so far) - Manchester, Birmingham and London, back-to-back in early October. £18.50 - £23.50.

Thomas Dolby - Photo: Laura Weyl www.metagasm.net
Photo: Laura Weyl www.metagasm.net

Thomas Dolby

His UK 'sailings' will cast-off on 6th November in Shepherd's Bush, before heading downstream to Bournemouth then Birmingham, Oxford, Glasgow and finally Sheffield. More shows could be added in due course but meanwhile these few will go on sale priced at £21.50/£25.

The Axis of Awesome

The Axis of Awesome

Also on sale this week are clusters of shows for Aussie comedy-trio The Axis of Awesome, American alt-rock outfit Okkervil River, Art Brut, InMe (Liverpool), Black Stone Cherry (Belfast) and London shows for Feist, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Taking Hayley.

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Sons & Daughters - Photo: Blair Young www.forestofblack.co.uk
Photo: Blair Young www.forestofblack.co.uk

Sons & Daughters

Sons & Daughters are playing seven headline gigs in October, beginning in Aberdeen on the 19th, moving onto Dundee (20th), Leeds (21st) and more until London's Heaven (26th), before the final show of the short tour - a homecoming gig at the ABC in Glasgow on 28th October. Tickets are a tenner or less!

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

London's O2 Arena presents another ballet, this time Sir Peter Wright's acclaimed version of the classic fairy-tale. The Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform this family show for four nights from 27th to 30th December - tickets cost from £10 to £65.

Alela Diane - Photo: Môsieur J www.flickr.com/photos/jblndl/

Alela Diane

She rose to critical prominence with the fine album "To Be Still" in 2009, but her bigger breakthrough has come with this year's excellent "...& Wild Devine" set. Diane has a decent velvety set of tonsils for sure - catch her at this Shoreditch venue on 2nd November - tickets cost £12.50

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night is a partly-autobiographical 1941 work by American playwright Eugene O'Neill, starring David Suchet. The four-act drama examines the relationships across the dynastic Tyrone family on one day in August 1912. Playing at London's Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from 2nd April 2012, now booking until 18th August 2012 with prices starting at £30.50.

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