The Week Ahead from 31st Oct 2011: Tinie Tempah, Joe McElderry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Morrison, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Alkaline Trio and more

Posted: 26th October 2011

Well, it may be Halloween soon, but next week's tours and shows are far from little horrors. The big guns include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tinie Tempah, Alison Krauss and Tori Amos, all of whom have sold-out some of their shows. You can also catch the very first First Direct Dialogue Festival in London, as well as the hairy-troll himself, Bill Bailey with his remixed Dandelion Mind.

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This week:

Touring with J.Cole in support, Tempah has sold out all but two shows on his upcoming tour, with even that pair in Wembley and Nottingham having limited seats left (£21.50 or £23.50 respectively). His second album is due for release next year.

X-Factor winner McElderry has a full tour starting next Sunday in Margate, followed by several towns until two shows in his native Tyne and Wear on the 29th (Newcastle City Hall) and the Metro Radio Arena Live gig on the 30th. His own shows average £29.50, whilst the Metro concert with Olly Murs, Pixie Lott etc costs less at £25.

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Friday sees the start of RHCP's shiny new tour, beginning with Dublin and followed by three shows at the O2 Arena (7th, 9th and 10th Nov) and stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and finally Birmingham. There are a few spaces left at both Manchester shows and Sheffield (£45). Fool's Gold are set to support the UK dates.

Recent album, "The Awakening", earned Morrison his second #1 album which translates as sold out tickets for his upcoming tour, which starts on Wednesday in Wolverhampton. Only his Liverpool show has any face-value tickets left. There are still £28.50 tickets left for his 2012 UK tour (£29.50 for London).

Alison Krauss and Union Station first pull into Birmingham for their UK/ Ireland tour, which also takes in Gateshead, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and finally, four huge sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall from 12th to 15th November. Remaining regional tickets cost from £42.50.
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London just can't get enough of these boys - both Saturday's BarFly and the Electric Ballroom on 15th Nov have sold out pretty sharpish. However, all regional shows including Exeter, Portsmouth and the final show in Edinburgh, are still available, priced from £16.50.

With a new album, "No Thyself", due for release this month, Howard Devoto's men are gearing themselves up for a new tour from Tuesday onwards. Bath is the first stop, followed by Cambridge, Hatfield and more until Shepherd's Bush on 10th November. Tickets are £22.50 (or £25 for London) - they normally have a habit of selling shows out, best hurry!

Armed with a new classically-inspired album, "Night of Hunters", under her arm, Amos promises an intriguing tour. The first of her two London shows, at the Royal Albert Hall, has sold out, while the Hammersmith show is still up for £37.50. Other regionals are on sale from £29.50.

The last time Dolby toured in 2007, he sold out the tour. This time around, he may just do the same again, especially with his "Floating City" album due to hit the shops. First stop is Shepherd's Bush on Sunday night, followed by Hatfield, Bournemouth and more until Holmfirth on 18th Nov. Tickets cost £20 for that last show, £21.50 for the rest and £25 for London.

With an impressive support line-up that includes Polar Bear Club and Tom Morello, Rise Against will clearly start shifting last-minute tickets for their tour. First stop is Nottingham on Wednesday (sold out), followed by a swath of shows from Leeds to Southampton (the latter has sold out, as has Bristol). Remaining tickets are £18.50 to £20.


Other exciting shows and tours taking place this week include Lemmy's perennial favourites (sold out in Glasgow, Norwich and Hammersmith - rest are £26), a rare tour by Throwing Muses, Belle and Sebastian's Stevie Jackson and a triple-header tour from Exit Ten, Fei Comodo and Never Means Maybe, all available.

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A celebration of words, poetry and spoken-word starts in West London on Wednesday, featuring various themed days of stand-up and debate until Saturday. Robin Ince, Richard Herring, John Cooper Clarke and Tim Key are amongst the line-up.

This time you get a 'gently-modified' version of his successful Dandelion Mind, which has still resulted in many sell-out shows this time round. Remaining shows in Newcastle (2nd), Sheffield (4th), Plymouth (7th) and more cost from £29.50.

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The global brand of WWE hits the UK from next week with a variety of different shows, including WWE Raw in Dublin (on Wednesday), Manchester (Saturday), Sheffield (Sunday), Liverpool, Nottingham and London (the following week). Later in November, there is also WWE Smackdown in Birmingham (7th) and Liverpool (8th) and WWE Wrestlemania Revenge in Newcastle (8th). Prices start from £20. Glasgow (10th) is sold out.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger