Fat Friday 23rd September 2011: Coldplay, Bob Dylan, David Sylvian, Example , The Stranglers, The Big Pink and more
This week sees one of the most eagerly-anticipated announcements come to fruition - headlining Coldplay shows go on sale! It's a big week all round, in fact, with a brace of London shows for Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, the first headline tour for 5 years for David Sylvian, additional 2012 dates for Example and the first sight of a Snow Patrol tour. Better get some mouse-practice in for your 'clicking' finger - it's going to be a busy Friday.
Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless otherwise stated. For ticket availability, click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are not inclusive of booking fees.
Tickets are on general sale from Friday 9.30am, priced at £47.50, £55 or £65 for all three venues in Glasgow, Manchester and London. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this trio of shows will sell out faster than I can type, although there is room for additional shows to be added. New album "Mylo Xyloto", appears in October.
He and Mark Knopfler's tour starts next month, kicking-off in Dublin on 6th October, followed by two shows in Glasgow on the 8th and 9th and one show each for Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Bournemouth and now three dates at the Hammersmith Apollo on 19th-21st November. Tickets for the latter will cost £65.
2012 will see the ex-Japan pioneer return to the live scene for five shows around the UK, as part of a larger European tour called "Implausible Beauty", his first jaunt since his sold-out touring shows in 2007. Prices start at £32.50 - demand will be very high.
Example has added a trio of new shows to his 2012 tour with Tottenham rapper, Wretch 32, starting with Cardiff, then Newcastle and Glasgow, all in addition to other April shows in Aberdeen, Nottingham, London and Manchester. All shows cost £23.50 - the latter quartet are available to buy now.
First stop on the 2012 tour is Leeds on 1st March, followed by several towns and cities, including a rare homecoming headlining show in Guildford on the 20th. Their London show will be at the Roundhouse venue on the 9th and prices start at £23 - on sale at 10am (except Nottingham: 9AM for some reason). Additionally, old mucker Hugh Cornwell is playing a Bush Hall show on 2nd February - tickets available for £20.
Two 2012 dates have been announced so far, for The O2 in Dublin on 21st January 2012, followed by Belfast's Odyssey Arena on 23rd January, priced from €44 for Dublin and £33 for Belfast. More UK dates will be announced soon to support their sixth album, "Fallen Empires".
The Big Pink
New single, "Stay Gold", will be released on 7th November, the same week the tour commences, beginning on 11th at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, followed by Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Southsea, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol on the 22nd, all priced at £10.50.
Panic! At The Disco
Still in high demand and with three hit records in a little over five years, they start their 2012 UK tour in Newcastle on Wednesday 25th January, followed by gigs in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton, before the final show at the Brixton Academy on 2nd February 2012. All shows cost £17.50.
After a string of Irish dates (starting in Drogheda on 27th February and finishing in Dublin on 8th March), Griffith will head over to the UK for shows in Glasgow (on sale Fri), Birmingham, Shepherd's Bush, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Swansea, Bexhill (on sale Thurs) and finally York (On sale Fri) on the 23rd.
Sean Hughes returned to stand-up in 2007 after focusing on TV and in late 2011, he brings his latest show 'Life Becomes Noise' to London with a six-night residency at the Soho Theatre from Monday 21st November, priced from £10. Tickets available now.
Lisa Hannigan's new album, "Passenger", will see the light of day on 10th October, preceding her UK tour by a good month. The jaunt includes a couple of churches (Birmingham - 19th Nov, Salford - 25th Nov), eclectic venues and ends in Shepherd's Bush on the 30th. Tickets cost £17.50 (£19.50 for London).
With a new autobiography just released, the ex-Happy Mondays enigma is looking refreshed and free of disco-biscuits, so much so he's on tour in the autumn. Further December shows in Leicester, Camden, Portsmouth and Reading are on sale from Thursday morning, with the preceding remainder (Yeovil to Gloucester) on sale now. Prices are £15 - £22.50.
Lower than Atlantis
Currently gearing themselves up for support slots on tour with You Me At Six (in October), the lads have announced the first batch of headlining shows for 2012, starting in Birmingham on 22nd January. Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham and London follow after - £8.50 (or £10 for London).
With early-bird tickets for little sister Camp Bestival going on sale almost a year in advance, it'll come as no surprise to hear that limited Bestival 2012 early-birds are now on sale. Tickets will cost £165 for Friday - Sunday camping tickets, or just a fiver extra to enjoy the festival for an extra from Thursday - Sunday. 2011 featured The Cure, Bjork, Pendulum, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and many more.
The Hop Farm Festival 2012
After 2011's monumental line-up of Prince, Eagles and Morrissey, how can the Kent-based festival follow that up? Simples - big chief organizer Vince Power will wave his magic wand! Early Bird tickets will cost £130 for 3 days entertainment, camping and parking.
Also on sale this week are new shows for JLS (extra Belfast show), urban-singer Jay Sean (three dates), Hoxton and Manchester dates for The Electric Soft Parade, a short tour for I Am the Avalanche and one-offs for Ash (Belfast), Panda Bear (London), Glenn Hughes (London), Trailer Park Boys (Manchester), Devin Townsend Project (Leicester - on sale Saturday) and Joe McElderry (Newcastle - on sale Saturday).