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Fat Friday 12th August 2011: PJ Harvey, Alkaline Trio, Ash, Death in Vegas, Explosions in the Sky, Gallows, SBTRKT and more

Posted: 10th August 2011

This week's new on-sales range from high-end popular indie heroes such as PJ Harvey and Ash, punky young bucks Gallows and Alkaline Trio plus eclectic venue-fillers such as Death In Vegas and M83.

There are strong showings as well from seasoned artists as well - Tony Christie hitting the right notes and Sally Morgan continuing her psychic revolution across the UK.

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.

Polly Jean Harvey will return to London on 30th October to play her Royal Albert Hall debut. Expect extracts of "Let England Shake", the album with a scarily apt title... She's also playing in Glasgow (sold-out) and Manchester (£30) in September. Tickets for London go on sale Friday.

US punk rock mainstays Alkaline Trio are visiting the UK in the autumn following the recent release of their eighth studio album, 'Damnation'. The tour kicks off in Bristol on 27th September, taking in Glasgow, London and others before Portsmouth on 17th October, priced £17.50 for London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and £15 for all other venues.

October sees the return of the Belfast power-trio, almost 20 years into their career. They are set to play a handful of shows including Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London, complete with Charlotte Hatherley in the line-up once more to perform the 2001 album, "Free All Angels". Tickets cost £18.50 / £20.

A fifth studio album, 'Trans-Love Energies', is set for release on 26th September and the band will tour the new record in the UK in December, beginning at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on the 3rd, followed by Leeds, Birmingham and others, before the final show of the run at London's Electric Ballroom on 15th December, priced £13.50 (£15 for London)

Their last album appeared in 2003 but 2011 should see a hive of long-overdue activity from one of 4AD's most important overseas signings. A new album, another anthology and dates in Shepherd's Bush (2nd November), Holmfirth (4th) and Glasgow (7th) with probably more to be added. Tickets for Holmfirth go on sale Thursday at midnight!

Explosions in the Sky Explosions in the Sky
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Following up their recent sold-out shows, the band are already playing Bristol on 20th November and Brixton on 27th January, but in-between the two you can head off to new shows in Belfast (22nd Jan) and Leeds (24th Jan). Prices start from £16.

Previous front-man Frank Carter's replacement has been announced - drum roll - it's Alexisonfire's vocalist, Wade MacNeil! Just to show that Gallows are up for it, they've announced their festive show for 13th December at XOYO in London. Tickets cost £15.

As well as the upcoming Warehouse Project show in Manchester on 17th Sep and their tour as support to Friendly Fires throughout November, SBTRKT have announced an October tour, with dates in London (XOYO), Brighton, Bristol and Leeds. Tickets for Brighton are on sale now - all others will be available Friday (£10.50 for London, £9.50 elsewhere).

Very much becoming a part of the acclaimed critical elite is Little Dragon with their 3rd album, "Ritual Union". It reached #22 upon release which is enough to prompt a UK tour in the autumn. They've just added Shepherd's Bush to Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and Brighton - 4th Dec is the date, priced £16.50.

French dream-pop outfit M83 return with a new album, "Hurry Up We're Dreaming", due in October and their first for 3 years. There's a free download available on their website - meanwhile, they play London's Heaven on 1st December - tickets cost £14.50.

Is this the way to the O2 Academy? It certainly is because the singer of that poorly-adapted pun is out and about around the UK in the autumn, including three scheduled stops (so far) in Sheffield (30th Oct), Bournemouth (6th Nov) and Oxford (20th). Prices start at £22.50.

Sun Ra Arkestra Sun Ra Arkestra
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Free-jazz and space-jazz was the late Sun Ra's speciality and his legacy continues with The Arkestra ensemble that he led prior to his death in 1993. After three shows at Cafe Oto from 6th to 8th December, they head to Manchester's Ruby Lounge on the 9th. £22.

Demand for this tour with A Day To Remember is proving to be high with the Forum show on 18th November now almost sold out. From Friday, you can buy tickets to the extra show on the following night - £18.50. The tour, featuring August Burns Red, also calls at Manchester and Nottingham.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Other tickets on sale this week include a new Scala show for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (added to their autumn tour), club-icon Eddie Halliwell in Bournemouth in October, US songwriter St Vincent appearing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in November and the under-rated mirth-makers (and you know you love them really) The Chuckle Brothers in Oxford in 2012.

Just Added

One of our most 'clicked' performers ever is psychic Sally, but then she probably predicted that years ago. Two extra shows have been added to her huge 2011/12 tour - Edinburgh on 23rd February and Hastings on 31st May. This pair goes on sale on Thursday at 10am. Many other shows are selling fast!

Their forthcoming album has been delayed until 2012 , so better news is the announcement of a sizeable UK tour starting in Nottingham on 2nd November, followed by many more typical cities and not-so-typical towns (Dundee, Exeter, Folkestone, etc) until London (22nd) and Oxford (23rd). Tickets are on sale from £15 upwards (London is £17.50)

Saxon Saxon's 19th studio album, "Call to Arms", was released in June this year and now the band is ready to tour in December. Dates include Oxford on the 13th, followed by Leicester, Edinburgh, Sheffield and London. More shows may be added - meanwhile, these cost £18.50 (or £20 for the capital). Support comes from Swedish metallers HammerFall.
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All the way from California and armed with a brand new album are punksters, Zebrahead. They're urging us to "Get Nice!" and songs from that album will no doubt feature during their UK tour in December which starts on 30th Nov in Folkestone, followed by Nottingham, Leeds and more until Newcastle on 9th Dec.

Happy Clicking!

Paul Pledger