Fat Friday 16th September 2011: Ryan Adams, Example, Brand New, The Black Keys, Stephen Merchant and more

Posted: 14th September 2011

It's all going on. From Disney to stand-up comedy and death metal, it's another fun-packed Fat Friday at Allgigs. Weep at the plight of little Simba, laugh at the giant Stephen Merchant and rock yourself senseless to the musical stylings of Brand New and the death metal of The Black Dahlia Murder.

Elsewhere we've some additional shows from everyone's favourite porker, Peppa Pig, the timeless pop of Ian Broudie's Lightning Seeds and the chart-topping sounds of Example. If that doesn't sate you, there's always room for a little Blancmange.

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The alt-country rocker with the troublesome name is releasing his first post-Cardinals album, 'Ashes & Fire', in October and following that with three comparatively intimate dates. Adams plays Islington's Union Chapel on 27th October, followed by York and Edinburgh. Tickets start at £26.

Having topped both album and single charts in 2011, the singer-turned-rapper-turned-singer-again has announced five arena dates for next spring. The Londoner plays Aberdeen on 24th April, followed by Nottingham, London's O2, the MEN Arena and finally Bournemouth's BIC on the 30th. Tickets from £23.50. The continuing 2011 tour is mostly sold out.

The Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are set to release a seventh studio album later this year and will follow it with a visit to the UK, beginning in Nottingham on 3rd February, then Manchester and finally London's Alexandra Palace on 10th February. Tickets start at £21.

The Long Island rockers are improving with age with 2009's 'Daisy' their most successful album to date. A fifth LP is mooted with the band trying to 'write something happy'. New material may be in evidence when an eight-date UK tour begins in Bristol on 8th February, ending in Cardiff on the 17th. Tickets start at £20.

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Having released fifth studio album, 'Ritual', in June, the death metallists from Detroit are heading to the UK in the New Year, kicking-off in London with a double-date at the Underworld on 10th and 11th Jan, running until 31st Jan, with a fair chunk of the UK visited in-between. Ohio's Skeletonwitch support, along with Fleshgod Apocalypse from Italy. Tickets will cost £12.

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Goal-of-the-Month soundtrack specialists and Three Lions veterans The Lightning Seeds are taking their brand of popular nineties bubble-gum indie pop on tour in February, with dates in Liverpool ("they're coming home"), Leeds, Gateshead and London amongst five others. Tickets start at £22.50.

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Having seemingly broken free of (comedy) life partner Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant's resurgent stand-up career is going from strength to strength and two more dates have been added to his Hammersmith Apollo residency, for 2nd and 3rd December. Tickets go on sale at 10AM, priced £27.50.

New Wave, Home Counties, synth pop legends Blancmange are playing a one-off gig at London's Bush Hall on 30th November. The appearance follows the release of their fourth studio album, 'Blanc Burn', in March - more than 25 years after their last LP, 1985's 'Believe You Me'. Tickets are £19.50.

After tickets for his UK and Ireland tour went on sale last week, Irish folk legend Christy Moore has announced an extra UK date for April 2012. Moore will be playing the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 2nd April, tickets priced £24.50. Five more Dublin dates are on sale in a fortnight.

The classic tale of the lion cub Simba, his rise to become King of the Pridelands and the battles with those pesky hyenas, continues at the Lyceum Theatre, ably underpinned by the music of Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice. Tickets to September 2012 available from 10AM, priced £30 to £60.

Just Added

The intoxicating gypsy punk of the New York-based collective is bringing its madness to these shores in November. With their sixth album, 2010 'Trans-Continental Hustle', still ringing in the ears, Gogol Bordello have announced a special acoustic show at London's Electric Ballroom on 18th November. Tickets are £16.50.

He played just a handful of UK dates this year and now the ever-suave looking Roxy Music front-man is bringing his soulful arty rock to London with two gigs announced for December at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 9AM and will cost £30.

After five years with S Club 7, with whom Barrett sold millions of records, the singer eventually launched a solo career in 2009 with debut single 'Fire'. With an album due for release, she has announced six UK dates starting in Brighton on 22nd November, ending in Edinburgh on 4th December. Tickets are £15.

Forget Miss Piggy, forget Babe (was Babe a pig?). These days it's Peppa Pig who's bringing home the most bacon and two more 'Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt' dates have been announced for 2012. Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, George and Peppa will now be stopping-off in Warrington on 14th and 15th April. Tickets are £14.50. Oink.

Not Forgetting...

As if that wasn't enough to be going on with, there's even more top entertainment on sale Friday, with JLS adding extra arena dates for March and April, opera diva Lesley Garrett playing Newcastle, You Me At Six popping up in Birmingham, X Factory products Matt Cardle and Olly Murs facing screaming girls in London and Belfast respectively and, by contrast, a New Year tour from Danny and Ben from Thunder beginning in Gateshead. Don't say we never give you anything.

Stewart Darkin