The Week Ahead from Monday 24th Oct 2011: George Michael, Britney Spears, Will Young, Arctic Monkeys, John Mayall, Scroobius Pip, Alice Cooper and more

Posted: 19th October 2011

Next week's entertainment features some of the biggest names in pop, including George Michael, Britney Spears and Will Young, with very few tickets left for any of them. PJ Harvey will fill the Royal Albert Hall with her mess of alternative blues and the circus comes to London town from next Tuesday.

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This week:


Tuesday will see the launch of Michael's much-anticipated Symphonica tour at the first of four Royal Albert Hall nights. Not surprisingly all shows, including his later December ones, are sold out, except for Glasgow (7th Dec), Birmingham (10th) and both Manchester dates (12th/13th), priced from £51 to £76.

Her 'Femme Fatale' tour begins on Monday at the Dublin O2, before heading North to Belfast (Tues) then London for two shows at the O2 Arena. The UK leg of the tour ends in Manchester on 6th November and tickets are still available in limited form priced at £50 - £55.

All those TV appearances seemed to have paid off - Will Young has sold out the majority of his upcoming UK tour, but not the opening show in Swindon on Thursday. Tickets are also up for Belfast, Dublin, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Llandudno, Birmingham and both Shepherd's Bush Empire, all costing £35 (£37.50 for London). Others are sold-out.

A limited array of tickets are still available for some of the Arctic Monkeys tour with The Vaccines, including the opening show in Nottingham on Friday, their second show at the O2 on Sunday, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen, all priced at £29.50 - £32.50.

The godfather of British blues will be hitting the road in his 77th year, starting in Llandudno on Wednesday night, followed by Cardiff, Birmingham, London's Cadogan Hall (sold out) and more until Watford on 18th November. Tickets are available for all shows (except that London one) from £23.50 upwards.

The British rapper will be sans Le Sac for his extensive UK tour which starts in Hull and continues to Aberdeen, Liverpool etc until two shows in Northern Ireland in Belfast and Derry on 17th and 18th November respectively. Tickets for all shows, except Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds and Bristol (sold out), cost from £9 (£11.50 for the Scala).

Her 60th year celebrations continue with her first UK tour for 5 years, starting in Inverness on Friday, followed by Edinburgh, Gateshead and many more (including a sold-out show at London's Cadogan Hall) until Leeds on 14th November. Remaining shows are priced at £20 - £22.50.

Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci return to Ireland and the UK from Sunday onwards. First stop Dublin is followed by Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London's HMV Forum. Tickets are still available for £15 (£17.50 for London). Expect tracks from new album, "I Love You Dude".

Halloween round-ups wouldn't be complete without the king of horror, Mr Cooper. His shows in Sheffield, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow have sold out of face-value tickets, but there are still some limited ones for his No More Mr Nice Guy dates in Birmingham (Thurs - £33.50) and London (Sat - £34.50).

The Mercury Music Prize-winning singer has a few rear and side view seats left for her two concurrent Royal Albert Hall shows on Sunday and Monday 31st. Tickets for these few remaining seats cost £30. Other tours starting or shows taking place this week include Ryan Adams, Anna Calvi, Fucked Up, The Rapture, Glasvegas, Plácido Domingo (both sold out) and Coldplay's sold out Radio 1 Student Tour date in Norwich.


Three weeks of free shows by upcoming singers and bands begin on Tuesday with Theme Park, followed by The Duke Spirit, Young Knives, Foreign Beggars and more during the season at Liverpool's Mojo venue. The remaining closing party at the CUC on 11th Nov is still up for £6.

Freeze Festival 2011

This year's snowboarding and music extravaganza begins next Friday with Groove Armada and Zane Lowe amongst the musical offerings. Saturday's event features The Streets, The Joy Formidable, Everything Everything and more. Tickets for both cost £37 a day (or £60 for both) - VIP tickets have all sold out.

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Clapham Common is the site for the spectacular Dutch humans-only circus, featuring some of the world's most acrobatic entertainers. The performances start on Tuesday and continue until Sunday with ringside seats costing £25 and dropping to £9 for Rear Circles.

Famous for Jackass but now presenting his own blend of stand-up and memories, Steve-O begins his new tour in Keele on Thursday before continuing to Coventry, Southampton and more until Brighton on 7th November - tickets start at £15.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger