The Week Ahead from Monday 12th September 2011: Emmy the Great, The Subways, Wheatus, Richmond Fontaine, Breathe Carolina and more

Posted: 7th September 2011

With much of the country in some windswept misery, it's time to grab your coat and head out to a show next week. How's about watching a documentary about Ozzy Osbourne in the comfort of a cinema? Or catching one of the many tour dates from Gary Numan, Emmy the Great or the amazing last batch of shows at Manchester's Warehouse Project?

There are also some brand new plays starting in London from key playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller, plus the Cuban dance-show, Havana Rakatan and the touring production of the perennial favourite, Calendar Girls. See? It's all worth going out for.

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


Armed with a grown-up album called "Virtue", one of Britain's more promising singer-songwriters will be kicking off a lengthy old escapade around the country from Friday onwards. Colchester, Camden (sold out), Nottingham - you name it, she'll be there. Oxford also sold out - the rest are 312.50 upwards.

After a few years' hiatus, The Subways return with new material and a UK tour which has seen a couple of dates sell out, namely Bristol and London. Until those later shows, first stop will be Oxford on Saturday night, followed by Falmouth, Birmingham and more. Tickets cost £10.50 upwards.

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne [Screening] God Bless Ozzy Osbourne [Screening]
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Friday sees cinemas across the UK screen the intriguing documentary about one of Britain's more colourful characters in rock music. With rumours of Black Sabbath reforming surfacing once more, interest will generate and Ozzy will be loved all over again. A second phase of screenings takes place on the 22nd.

Calling all dirtbags, teenage or otherwise - Wheatus will kick-off their UK tour in Derby on Wednesday, followed by Cardiff, Barnsley, Newcastle and more until Inverness on 16th Oct. £10 - £12, except Dundee and Aberdeen, both now sold out.

Richmond Fontaine Richmond Fontaine
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Highly-regarded Americana outfit seeks loving audiences during the next few weeks. Manchester on Thursday is opening shot of the tour, followed by Acoustica and SXSC Festivals and more towns and cities. Must see - £12 - £15 for the headliners.

Breathe Carolina Breathe Carolina
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From Colorado (not Carolina), this electro-pop duo are gathering more UK fans as time goes by. Supported by Tek-One on all shows, this tour kicks off in Southampton on Sunday, followed by another dozen or so until Brighton on 1st October, priced at £9 or £10.

One of Catford's more distinguished musicians, Trower hits the road to coincide loosely with the album release of "Live at the BBC, 1973-1975". The Fender-wielding maestro starts off in Derby on Thursday, followed by Sheffield and more until Falmouth's Blues in the Bay 2011 on 8th Oct. Manchester is sold out though.

"Psycho Jukebox", Fratelli's recent solo debut, snuck out quietly in July to little fanfare, but his shows are always well-received. A quartet of Scottish shows will kick-start his UK tour, with other highlights including London, Coventry and Swansea - tickets are £10/£12.

The first of two tour schedules for 2011 (the other is in December) begins in Nottingham on Thursday, followed by Bournemouth, Shepherd's Bush and more until Liverpool on the 21st. Tickets for the electro-rock legend cost from £20 upwards. December's shorter phase cost from £22.50.

There's never a dull moment when Geldof's about and his celebratory shows this autumn should pull in sizeable audiences. The September shows from Wednesday in Gateshead onwards cost £25/£26, except Lincoln which has sold out. November's shows are still available from £25 upwards.

The Warehouse Project The Warehouse Project
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One of Manchester's most popular club and live venues will be closing its doors, celebrating with a much-publicised final season. First on stage will be DJ Shadow, who announced a new tour this week, SBTRKT, Skream and Hudson Mohawke on Saturday night. Limited tickets left - £20.

Also happening this week are tours from rock stalwarts Mr.Big, Devon songwriting talent Cosmo Jarvis, acclaimed NME-loved indie outfit Howling Bells and activist rappers galore with B. Dolan, Dan Le Sac and Buddy Peace on a triple-header bill.


It's new to the festival calendar and sports a pretty decent line-up in the heart of Shrewsbury - The Charlatans, Chase and Status, Zane Lowe, Fenech-Soler and many more acts will show up over the two days. Weekend tickets with camping cost £65, while day tickets cost £35.

Exeter's Phoenix Arts Centre hosts the 3rd annual gathering of like-minded alt-folkies and roots artists on Friday and Saturday. James Yorkston, Richmond Fontaine, Treetop Flyers and Beth Rowley all feature with tickets costing £16 for the whole weekend!!

A cracking line-up awaits you in Sunderland so support something in the North East (badly hit by closed festivals this year). Split stars The Drums, Beth Orton and Mystery Jets (Saturday) and The Charlatans, The King Blues and more (Sunday). £40 for weekenders or £25 per day.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

One for the Road / Victoria Station

Two Harold Pinter plays for the price of one, as presented by London's Print Room Theatre. "One For The Road" is based on the 'horrors of dictatorship' and involves a family being held against their will, while "Victoria Station" concerns a supposedly insolent cab-driver ignoring his controller's requests. Tickets cost £12 to £15 and the play continues until October.

Broken Glass [Arthur Miller] Broken Glass [Arthur Miller]
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Tara Fitzgerald and Antony Sher star in the Vaudeville Theatre's presentation of Arthur Miller's dark play about a banker's wife, recently paralysed and involved with her doctor. The show continues until 10th December and tickets cost £22.50 - £65.

When Did You Last See My Mother? When Did You Last See My Mother?
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Christopher Hampton's award-winning play rounds off a trio of new plays in London next week, with Trafalgar Studio show concerning two house-mates in the '60s, both chasing romantic interests, though not necessarily the same type. One of their mothers arrives and all hell breaks loose. Prices start at £22.50.

Cheeky, comedic and poignant, this award-winning light comedy will play at Sunderland's Empire Theatre from Monday to Saturday, before heading off to Blackpool a week later. Tickets cost from £27.50.

Show Me the Funny Live Show Me The Funny Live
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If you've been watching and enjoying ITV's cringe-making TV show presented by Jason Manford, then you'll be heading to see the winning comedian, Patrick Monahan, on tour with runners-up Tiffany and Dan. The tour starts on Saturday in Stevenage with tickets costing from £17.50.

Sadler's Wells sister, the Peacock Theatre, presents this colourful Cuban ballet and dance spectacular, complete with accompanying 'son' band. Running for a month, the first show takes place on Tuesday with tickets costing from £15.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger