Fat Friday 14th Oct 2011: Paul McCartney, André Rieu, Stereophonics, Noah and the Whale, Chickenfoot, Jason Derülo, Steps, Il Divo and more
No competition for hottest tickets of the week - no, it's not the Steps reunion tour, nor the Il Divo shows in 2012, or even Frank Turner's first headlining Wembley appearance (although that IS pretty sizzling). It has to Paul McCartney's trio of shows booked for December, on sale tomorrow morning (Thursday). It's a week with many familiar names like Roots Manuva and Stereophonics, plus the newbie on the block, Ben Howard, who may end up doing 'an Ed Sheeran' - selling out every show.
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Paul McCartney has announced a 2011-closing jaunt around the world that includes three stops in England. The 'On The Run' tour will see the 69-year old appear in London on 5th December, followed by shows in Sweden, Finland and Russia before heading back to Manchester on 19th and Liverpool on the 20th to round it all off. Tickets are on sale from Thursday at 9am, priced at £50 (£55 for London).
December 2012 seems very far away but when violin-maestro André Rieu is in the UK, tickets seem to fly out quickly. Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle, London and Birmingham are his chosen cities with room for more to be added. Prices start at £40 for these Strauss-flavoured shows.
After all the huge attendances around the world, Stereophonics have announced a trio of intimate gigs at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in December and, whilst the gigs aren't in their homeland, fans will still mop tickets up in double-quick time. Tickets per show cost £32.50 and the three take place on 19th, 20th and 21st Dec.
Noah and the Whale
Noah and the Whale have already announced a handful of new 2012 gigs - and they haven't even finished playing their 2011 schedule out yet! New shows have been announced for Sheffield, York, Portsmouth, Southend, Plymouth, Wolves, Manchester and London's Royal Albert Hall and will start at £17.50 (£22.50 for London).
Messrs Hagar, Anthony, Aronoff and Satriani will return to the UK for the first time in over 2 years with shows in Manchester (12th January - £29.50) and Brixton (14th January - £32.50). Tickets will sell quickly, especially with a new album ripe for live interpretation.
Live is where Derülo really makes his mark; a point he will prove with a 10-date arena tour of some of the UK and Ireland's biggest sheds in the spring. The tour begins at the SECC in Glasgow on Thursday 23rd February, followed by arena gigs around the UK - £30 (or €39 for Dublin). Tickets on sale from 9:30am on Friday.
Friday 13th April will see him bring his Sleeping Souls band with him to Wembley Arena for the first time as a headliner. This is a BIG show, overshadowing even the chunky venues he is due to play in November. Tickets are a reasonable (for an arena) £20 and are sure to sell out quickly.
The original members of Steps have reformed and confirmed a full UK arena tour for 2012, giving you the chance to relive the moments you first heard "5,6,7,8" and the ubiquitous smash-hit "Tragedy". The tour kicks off in Liverpool on 4th April, followed by Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and many more until the O2 Arena the 19th. £35 (£40 for London).
Operatic crossover megastars Il Divo return to the live scene in 2012 with a wholesome UK and Ireland arena tour, starting in Glasgow on April Fool's Day, followed by further April shows until the Royal Albert Hall for two nights on 17th and 18th. Prices start from £29.50.
Yet another singer-songwriter makes a breakthrough, this time the South-West's Ben Howard. He's taking his Top 10 album, "Every Kingdom", around the UK in 2012. First stop is Portsmouth on 14th February, followed by Manchester, Shepherd's Bush and more until Bristol on the 29th (it's a Leap Year!) - tickets start at £13.
Armed with blisteringly loud new album "The Hunter", Mastodon will be stripping UK venues clean next year with a handful of February shows including Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Norwich, Birmingham and Brixton. Tickets cost £17.50 (£20 for London) and will surely sell out.
After almost selling out their autumn tour, the much-touted electro-beats outfit have announced more shows, this time for next year. The 2012 jaunt starts in Leeds, followed by Birmingham, Oxford, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol. Tickets cost £13.50 for all shows.
Also on sale this week we have a full UK tour for Brit-rapper Roots Manuva, more Scottish shows for The View, an additional show for magicians Penn & Teller at the IndigO2, a rare Camden outing for Nada Surf, three key shows for Melissa Etheridge, tours for alt-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and My Ruin and one-off shows for both Bell XI, Mull Historical Society and Gun.