The Week Ahead from 3rd October 2011: Katy Perry, Bob Dylan, Noah and the Whale, The Feeling, MOBO Awards 2011, Snoop Dogg, Black Veil Brides and more

Posted: 28th September 2011

It's almost pointless writing an introduction to the coming week's entertainment, because there's just so much to choose from. Katy Perry, Bob Dylan, The MOBO Awards 2011, Snoop Dogg - where do you start? There are also some theatrical debuts this week in the shape of Jerusalem and The Killing of Sister George. Read on and salivate.

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This week:


These shows represent another round of Mrs Brand's mammoth California Dreams tour. First stop on Saturday is Sheffield, with further shows taking place during the following week. Not all shows are completely sold out - That first Sheffield show plus Belfast, Brum, Manchester and Nottingham are still up from £27.50.

You can head to Dublin on Thursday to see the first of Dylan's upcoming shows, where he'll be joined by Mark Knopfler for all shows. Two dates in Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday kick start the UK leg of the jaunt ends with three shows in Hammersmith in November. £60/£65.

Noah and the Whale Noah and the Whale
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Recent album "Last Night On Earth" should have gathered momentum by the time Twickenham's finest hit the road next week - their new UK tour begins in Nottingham (sold out) on Thursday and continues via Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leicester, Aberdeen and Cardiff, costing £15 - all other shows have sold out!

Set to fill your little world right up and plug recent album, "Together We Were Made", The Feeling will embark on a short UK tour from Monday onwards, starting in Bournemouth then on to Bristol, Nottingham and more until Shepherd's Bush on the 14th. All available at £16.50 (£20 for London).

Once again the very best in urban-pop and hip-hop will converge on an arena for a star-studded show, this time in Glasgow on Wednesday night. Tickets to see Jason Derülo, Alesha Dixon, Dappy, Tinie Tempah etc will set you back £59 and are still available.

One of this year's MOBO hopefuls is Tha Dogg, who will be performing in Liverpool on Thursday, followed by the O2 Arena, Cardiff and back to MOBO-city, Glasgow on Sunday night (sold out). Support comes from Chipmunk, Yasmin and more and tickets from remaining shows cost £25 - £29.50.

Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides
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This tour has almost entirely sold out, not least because of the main band but also the support in the form of My Passion and Yashin. Only Exeter, Manchester, Norwich and Bristol are available with ticket prices set at £15. Some resales are available for the remaining shows.

A triple-bill tour of punk-pop favourites commences on Saturday in Preston and finishes in Brixton on the following Saturday night. Not surprisingly, a line-up that also features Deaf Havana and Lower Than Atlantis is going to sell out - only Aberdeen and Margate have any face value tickets left - £17.50.

One of the most revered indie-bands will be hitting the road for a lengthy UK tour from Wednesday onwards, including stops in Liverpool, Sheffield, Bath, Darlington and Cardiff (all £9 - £10, except Coventry - £5!). A further show will take place in Islington on 4th November - £11.

James Vincent McMorrow James Vincent McMorrow
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One of the current crop of singer-songwriters, and certainly one of the most distinctive, resumes live action with a string of shows from Aberdeen on Sunday, through Edinburgh, Leeds etc until Dublin on 21st Oct (that on has sold out - the rest are £12.50). Londoners can see him next year.

Alejandro Escovedo is one of folk and Americana's key figures and will begin his first full UK tour for a few years in Leicester on Wednesday. Further dates include London's Jazz cafe on Thursday and a slot at the Glasgow Americana Festival 2011 on Sunday. All shows vary from £12 - £16.50.
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The iconic '80s and ex-Soft Cell singer returns with his first shows since Lovebox 2011, back in the summer. All shows in Leamington Spa (next Saturday), Blackburn, Bedford and Southampton are still available, priced at £22.50.

Also happening this week are the rescheduled shows from Spiritualized, a handful of dates for reggae-star Beres Hammond (the Indig02 has sold out), Warp label duo Plaid, rap-outfit Ugly Duckling, upcoming NZ starlet Brooke Fraser, hip-hop producer Jaguar Skills, Irish crooner Chris de Burgh, a quartet of dates for the Impericon Never Say Die!Tour 2011 and the first shows in 3 years for alt-rockers Staind.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

The Killing of Sister George The Killing of Sister George
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"The Kumars at No.42" star Meera Syal will be appearing as the inimitable and imposing 'George' in this Arts Theatre production of the popular Frank Marcus play, a gritty tale of the effect of the termination of a soap-actor's character. Tickets range from £25 to £40.50 starts Wednesday.

Jerusalem [play] Jerusalem [play]
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Back for another run, Mark Rylance again stars in this Apollo Theatre run of the classic Jez Butterworth play about the sinister dark side of English rural-life and local hell-raiser, Byron (played by Rylance). The uncompromising story starts on Saturday and runs until January - £32.50 upwards. Mark Rylance fans can also catch him at the Criterion Theatre in November for "Lunchtime with Mark Rylance".

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy
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There is no escaping the fact that we have had a lot hits for this new ice-skating show, starring all your favourite Disney characters on tour. Newcastle is the first stop with six shows from Tuesday 'til Sunday. Seats are still available for the shows starting at just £13, rising to £35.50.

End of the Rainbow End of the Rainbow
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Judy Garland's rather troubled life is explored in this colourful and poignant biog-drama, featuring many of her famous standards and the battles with drugs and booze. The tour starts in Brighton on Monday for six nights (£24.50-£33.50) and then moves to Birmingham and Richmond later in the autumn.

Various Michelin-starred restaurants and less flamboyantly decorated eating house will be taking part in the annual munch-off during the first half of October. Angela Hartnett, Vivek Singh and Bruno Loubet head-up the cheffy stars, with various gourmet odysseys planned - prices vary.

The absurd comes to the Soho Theatre in the form of Russian Mirman. He's a comedian and a film-maker and frequent member of Flight of the Conchords - gotta be worth seeing on this two-week residency from Wednesday to 16th October - tickets cost £15 - £17.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger