The Week Ahead from Monday 29th August 2011: Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pulp, Arcade Fire, Van Morrison, Public Enemy and more

Posted: 24th August 2011

Our weekly round-up is positively jam-packed with some of the biggest names in pop and rock - Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pulp, Arcade Fire - all are worth more than money can buy, probably because most of their upcoming shows have completely sold out. Still, Van Morrison, Rumer and DJ Shadow are still obtainable.

Don't forget to catch the embittered and hilarious comedy-character Neil Hamburger at his London residency, as well as Justin Lee Collins in the much-acclaimed musical, Rock of Ages.

Don't forget that you can also check out our Bank Holiday guide for more exciting clubbing events around the UK, including many Notting Hill Carnival Party events, aftershows and big city club-nights.

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


Not surprisingly, the biggest star on the planet right now, fresh from her vocal-chord recovery, has sold-out all of her shows from Sunday onwards. Only resale tickets are available upwards of £100, although you could try contacting the venues for possible returns.

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Registration for their BBC Radio 1 show next week has now closed. If you were lucky enough to win tickets for the KOKO show on Friday, enjoy - if not, this is a timely reminder that the band are touring the UK/Ireland in November. Dublin (4th Nov) and Glasgow (12th) are sold out, but other dates are still up for £45.

A week of big-name bands continues with Jarvis Cocker's revitalised Pulp, performing two nights at the Brixton Academy. Both nights are sold out, but there are some not-too-extortionate official resales available from around £46 upwards.

Surprisingly there are still some tickets left for Arcade Fire's show in Manchester on Wednesday night - priced at £30, there aren't many left. Their other show with Noah and the Whale in Edinburgh is sold out of face-value tickets.

The Irish singer's much-anticipated UK shows begin on Friday in Birmingham and Saturday in Liverpool. Seats for Birmingham are still available from £45, but the latter show at the Liverpool Empire is selling fast with only £66 seats left. He follows up these two with shows in Bristol on the 22nd (£45 upwards) and Cardiff on 23rd (£65 only).

Dunkeld in Scotland is the unlikely setting for chart-stars, but the velvet-vocals of Rumer will fill the Birnam Arts Centre on Bank Holiday Monday. Tickets are still available priced at £25 and in limited supply. Her tour in November is also still on sale, except Bexhill (18th Nov - sold out).

Fans of Josh Davis are gearing themselves up for his new album, "The Less You Know The Better" - meanwhile, Cardiff's Uni show on Saturday is the perfect way to hear some extracts from it. Tickets are £17.50. His Village Underground residency in Shoreditch during the following week is sold-out.

"Fear of a Black Planet", the brutal third album from PE featuring "911 is a Joke" and "Fight The Power", is about to be unleashed onto a new audience during their tour from Cardiff to London. Tickets are still up for £25 - they're also playing the sold-out Bestival!

The American songwriter's show in Brighton on Wednesday has already sold-out, but you can catch him in Oxford on Tuesday, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow's No Mean City Festival 2011. Tickets are priced from £16.50 upwards.

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Perry Farrell and co will be performing at the Reading and Leeds Festival over the weekend, before heading to London's KOKO on Tuesday night. The show has sold out but there are limited resales available from £51 upwards.

Look out Walthamstow - your postcode's back on the road once more in the form of Tony Mortimer and co. A full UK tour awaits - Brighton is the first stop on Wednesday, followed by Bristol, Oxford and more until Norwich on the 11th. Grab tickets for £15 - £17.50.

You want Hell on Earth? You've got it - well, you've got it in Weymouth, Bristol, Plymouth and Manchester during the next week or so. From Monday til Thursday you can cop a load of metal acts Unearth, Bane and Nasty - tickets cost £14-£16.

Tamworth will host this massive two-dayer on Saturday and Sunday, featuring big-names in pop such as N-Dubz, Tinie Tempah, Madness and Chipmunk. Tickets are still available from us priced from £34 to £52 for the posh gold tickets.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward share the spoils in this hilarious comedy-rock musical, which is due to play at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 11th May next year. The first night is next Wednesday and tickets are available from us for as little as £15, up to £95.
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Diplomacy and tact are NOT what you are going to get with one of "America's" most dysfunctional comedy characters. The brainchild of Aussie Gregg Turkington and a wonderfully bitter and twisted stand-up act, Hamburger begins a two-week residency at the Soho Theatre from Wednesday onwards. Tickets cost £10.

It's London in the 1950's and the capital's eating-out culture is starting to grow, along with the customers, orders and romantic feelins between chef Peter and waitress Monique. But she's married. Written by Arnold Wesker, this comedy appears at the Olivier Theatre from Friday until 6th November - tickets cost £20-£30.

Henrik Ibsen's classic play-in-verse has been given the Lord Stanley once-over and had an overhaul with music and improvisation. Peer Gynt will play at the Camden venue for two weeks from Wednesday onwards - tickets cost £10-£12.

Top Hat featuring Tom Chambers, who is best known for carving bodies open in Holby City, but he is also an accomplished dancer and singer [as proven when he won Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 - Ed]. "Top Hat", made famous by Fred Astaire, is a fun musical on tour in Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, with the former kicking off from Tuesday onwards. Tickets are available for shows after 5th Sep - £24.50 - £40.
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Despite the rather grim subject matter, you can be sure that the Finborough Theatre in Fulham will present Steve Hennessy's poignant and intense quartet of plays about five of the institute's inmates and the stories of their victims, in a gripping way. Runs from Wednesday until 1st October - £10 upwards.

Don't forget that you can check out our Bank Holiday guide for more exciting clubbing events (click on the "Bank Holiday Clubbing" button, below).

Paul Pledger