Fat Friday 26th August 2011: Ed Sheeran, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kaiser Chiefs, Chimaira, LMFAO, J. Cole, Olly Murs and more

Posted: 24th August 2011

This week's new releases are a mixture of established rock-bands like Whitesnake, indie-favourites Kaiser Chiefs, X-Factor wannabees including Olly Murs and excitable hair-gel infants, Jedward. Thank heavens for Ed Sheeran, although his new shows will probably sell out in the time it takes to click 'enter'.

New show tickets include Avenue Q in Edinburgh and more regional shows for Respect La Diva.

In direct response to selling out his tour this year, Ed Sheeran has started to filter through details of a 2012 tour, starting with Edinburgh on 10th January and followed by Manchester (13th), Wolverhampton (17th) and Brixton (20th). On sale from 9am Thursday morning - expect high demand.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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As Gallagher-gate continues, Noel prepares for his inaugural UK tour in October, now with added shows in Manchester (26th), Kentish Town (30th) and the Roundhouse (31st) to go with the already-sold out shows in Dublin, Hammersmith and Edinburgh. On sale from 9am Thursday morning - another one which will be in demand. UPDATE: 25th August: face value tickets now sold out.

Next year sees the Leeds lads kick off in a few unlikely towns, rarely-visited cities and typical conurbations such as Llandudno (27th Jan), Guildford (31st), Plymouth (4th Feb), Glasgow (10th), Grimsby (15th), Folkestone (19th) and many more until Hammersmith on the 23rd. 20 gigs in all and everyone a winner at £25!

Next year, their first stop for their "The Age of Hell" tour will be Glasgow on 8th March, followed by Dundee, Aberdeen then South to Hammerfest 2012 in Prestatyn on 16th March, stops in Nottingham, Exeter and Cardiff and finally Islington's Academy on 27th March - prices vary between £13 and £16.

November sees the electro-pop duo return to the UK for a bundle of shows in Birmingham, Manchester and Islington, following up their release of the album "Sorry for Party Rocking" in June. Tickets are £10-£12.

His headline 'Cole World' tour kicks-off in London at the Electric Ballroom on 11th November, followed by gigs in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Cambridge and others before the final show of the run at the Norwich Waterfront on 26th November, with prices from £16.

Coinciding with the umpteenth X-Factor series this week was the announcement of a full UK tour in 2012 by runner-up in 2009, Olly Murs. The Essex boy begins in Cardiff on 1st February, followed by the O2, London, Brighton and many more until Glasgow on the 25th. Tickets cost £30-£33.

Joe McElderry has recorded an album of classic big-voiced operatic ballads, some of them very familiar and some of them in Italian, which makes for an interesting series of concerts from Margate on 6th November, followed by Southend, Birmingham, Manchester etc until a whopping big show at the Royal Festival Hall on 27th.
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Another X-Factor contestant, this time 'Jamie Afro', now known as Archer - and it's a band, not just the man himself. Their tour in support of the forthcoming album starts in London on 8th September and continues to Wrexham, Birmingham and more until Oxford on 29th. That last one, Bristol and Sheffield are on sale Friday - the rest you can buy now for £10 or less.

Matt Cardle is another of the X Factor stars with tour news. He has chosen a peculiar location for his debut tour - the Scottish highlands! A trio of gigs start on 23rd Sep in Kirkwall, then Lerwick and finally Inverness on 28th. Tickets will cost £20 and go on sale Saturday at 9am.
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David Coverdale's long-running rock outfit have announced the first few dates for their winter tour, starting at the HMV Forum on 5th December, Newport on the 7th and Wolves on the 8th. Recent album "Forevermore" cracked the album chart recently - therefore tickets will shift quickly, even at £38.50 upwards!

John and Edward, currently destroying the minds of Z-listers on Bog Brother (or something), will continue to do similar acts on their Victory Tour from Newcastle's City Hall on 30th November, followed by performances in Glasgow, Blackpool and Birmingham, before the final show of the run at Cardiff's St David's Hall on 5th December. On sale Saturday at £25 - because they're worth it.

Edinburgh becomes the next city to embrace the adult puppet-based show about a dysfunctional American neightbourhood, with a short week-long run at the Playhouse from 7th to 11th February. Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 30th August, priced at £14.50 upwards.

Other new tickets on sale this week include a handful of December shows for Southern-rockers Molly Hatchet, November gigs for Cashier No.9 and one-off shows for Morbid Angel (London), Yasmin (London), Steel Panther (London), Paul Kalkbrenner (London) and easy-country maestro, Charlie Landsborough (Whitley Bay).

After scoring another mini-hit with his recent album "Leisure Seizure", Vek has a Bestival slot coming up. Later in November, the songwriter will play a handful of shows in the newly-announced Glasgow, Nottingham and Bristol (around £14), as well as Shepherd's Bush (on sale now - £16.50).

We recently told you about Fionn Regan's upcoming 'churchy' tour of the UK, with stops in Glasgow, Salford, Oxford etc. Well, the plaintive singer will now be hitting London's Union Chapel on 6th December. Tickets will cost £14 for this one - remaining shows cost from £10 upwards.

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Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Rihanna et al have been put back in their box until next year's festival-season (where WILL they turn up next, hmm?). With no Glasto next year, many will flock to one of the two V's instead, especially with limited Earlybirds on sale now at 2011 prices.

Dave McPherson and co are back on the road next year. The show in Middlesbrough (11th March) is on sale now - £10, Liverpool (9th) is on sale from Wednesday 31st August and the remaining shows in York, Manchester & Birmingham are up from 5th Sept.

Holiday on Ice - Tropicana

Not an homage to orange juice, but a show brought to you by Olympic champion-skater, Robin Cousins. He takes up the role of choreographer to direct his skaters through his inspirations - rock 'n' roll, Latin and classical, topped off with awe-inducing sets and lots of effects. Brighton's Centre hosts the show for two weeks in January - from £25.

This is no ordinary film-score and soundtrack recital tour, this a Tindersticks-paying-homage-to-Claire Denis soundtrack tour. October will see the band perform selections from their recent box-set in Edinburgh, Manchester and more until Gateshead on the 28th. York has just been added this week and tickets cost £18/ £20.

Jethro Tull's charismatic flautist and singer-songwriter returns with a solo (ish) 2012 headline-tour performing "Thick as a Brick", with Blackburn, Oxford and Southampton confirmed so far in April/May. More shows look set to be added, given the gaps betweens the shows!

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Fancy spending an evening with splendid divas giving renditions of other internationally-renowned divas? This is THE show for you, plus the charity, Refuge, benefits from some of the proceeds. New 2012 shows in Liverpool (to replace the cancelled 2011 dates) and Torquay have just been added - tickets on sale now.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger