The Week Ahead from 26th September 2011: The Kooks, Crosby & Nash, Wolf Gang, Kids in Glass Houses, Gym Class Heroes, Gruff Rhys, Nerina Pallot

Posted: 21st September 2011

If it's raw and unfettered talent you're after, look no further than Wolf Gang, who will be heading up the NME Radar Tour 2011 next week. More young pups in the shape of Gym Class Heroes and Kids in Glass Houses represent the louder end of the market, although The Kooks and Gruff Rhys will probably sell out their shows just as quickly.

It's a grand week for the arts with the acclaimed Sister Act - The Musical leading the pack with its Manchester residency. Peter Kay will also be flying the flag for the North West by concluding his mega-successful UK tour.

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Third album, "Junk of the Heart", squeaked into the Top 10 this week, giving Brighton's finest plenty of confidence ahead of their tour which starts in Glasgow on Friday. Face value tickets for many of the dates have sold out, although Newcastle and Hull are still up for grabs - £22.50.

Sunday sees the start of the next round of showcase gigs sponsored by NME, giving you the chance to see three top new bands in the form of Wolf Gang, S.C.U.M. and DZ Deathrays. The tour takes in Exeter, Bristol and more until London's KOKO on 18th October and costs the princely sum of £9 (£11 London).

Kids in Glass Houses Kids in Glass Houses
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If you missed out on the Welsh band's previous shows and festival slots, you can catch them on tour from Saturday onwards, calling at Bristol, Norwich, London and more until Nottingham on 12th Oct. Expect songs from new album, "In Gold Blood" - £13 (£14 London).

Gym Class Heroes Gym Class Heroes
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Hip-hop and rock you don't stop, so the phrase goes [well, almost - Ed], and Gym Class Heroes do it better than most. New material in the shape of "The Papercut Chronicles 2" is forthcoming, as well as their tour which starts in Birmingham on Thursday and ends in London on 7th October - prices start at £12.

Legendary songwriters like these two don't play the UK too often, but if you're hoping to catch David Crosby and Graham Nash in Liverpool, Bristol or Gateshead, you're too late - they're all sold out of face-value tickets. Remaining shows are £55 (London is actually cheaper at £50).

There's more to the ex-Super Furry Animals songwriter than hairdryer-suicide, as he will set out to prove once more with a tour of the UK that starts in Llandudno on Sunday, followed by Dublin, Cardiff and more until Ashford (Kent) on 13th Oct. £13 - £18.50.

Husky-voiced songwriter teams up with another husky-voiced songwriter for a string of must-see shows - gotta be a dream billing, right? Josh Bray joins Joseph for a short tour from Thursday onwards (Exeter) until Camden on 5th October. £8.50 to £12.

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
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This husband-and-wife duo have recently released one of the best Americana albums of the year, so you really should try and catch them on tour from Tuesday onwards. They start in London and continue to Leeds, Bedford, Chichester and Newcastle and should be worth every penny of the £10 - £12 ticket price.

Award-winning Jersey girl Pallot celebrates her "Year of the Wolf" album with a handful of shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and finally Shepherd's Bush on 6th October. Tickets start at £15.

Also happening next week are shows from acclaimed Warp electronic artist Rustie (XOYO album launch on Saturday - £10), a tour from reggae stalwarts Misty in Roots (from Friday onwards) and gigs for Cara Dillon, John Cooper Clarke and Tim Westwood.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Sister Act - The Musical Sister Act - The Musical
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After its successful and triumphant West End run last year, this holy gospel jamboree, made famous by Whoopi Goldberg, now takes residency at Manchester's Opera House from Thursday until 15th October, before heading to Oxford. Prices start at £20.50 - selling fast.

Jonathan Larson's rock musical, based on Puccini's La Boheme, tells the poignant story of a group of musicians battling with the stigma of HIV and adversity. Stockport's Romiley Theatre will host a limited run of the hit musical from Thursday to Saturday - tickets are just £10.

Driving Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy
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The gentle tale of a chauffeur and his employer, a frail yet feisty pensioner, will commence a long run at London's Wyndham's Theatre from Monday onwards. The show is set to continue until 17th December. Tickets range from £10 (Balcony) to £58.50 (Circles).

La La La Human Steps La La La Human Steps
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Sadler's Wells presents the UK premiere of Edouard Lock's amazing dance-group, fusing influence from two operas by Purcell and Gluck and a new score by English classical composer, Gavin Bryars. The show will play for just four nights from Wednesday to Saturday - tickets start at £23.

Bolton's genial mirth-maker tops off his mammoth UK tour with the final homecoming leg of the Tour that doesn't Tour Tour. There are a very small handful of tickets left for 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th and 19th Oct - the rest have resales only, including the last show dedicated to raising funds for The Christie Hospital. Tickets start at £35.

Next week sees an opportunity to see Gorman's latest show, Powerpoint Presentation, being presented to smaller intimate audience sizes. You can catch the warm-ups in Chorley, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Swindon and Stafford, before the real thing kicks off in Portsmouth on 5th Oct. £15 for the warm-ups, £20 for the full-size version.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger