The Week Ahead from Monday 7th Nov 2011: The Smashing Pumpkins, Beady Eye, Imelda May, Van Morrison, Friendly Fires , The Damned and more

Posted: 2nd November 2011

Over the next week or so, you can either catch Bieber Fever by heading two of London's biggest shopping centres, or preserve your sanity and head out to a 'proper' show with bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Beady Eye and Friendly Fires, or show-stopping performers like Van Morrison, Imelda May or Roxy out the newly-located Chicago-The Musical.

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins
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Surprisingly, Billy Corgan's band of aptly-named charges (for this time of year) haven't sold out any of their upcoming tour dates, the first of which starts in Manchester on Friday. All other shows, including the double-date stint at Brixton's Academy, are available priced £35 (£37.50) for London).

Brother Noel's star is shining brightly, but don't write off Liam's Beady Eye - they're on tour this week with five shows from Friday onwards, starting with two sold-out shows in Blackpool and Sheffield. You can still get face-value tickets for £27.50 for Birmingham, Swindon and Brixton.

Manchester's Bridgewater Hall will host this one-off show by one of Northern Ireland's most enduring songwriters on Saturday night. From Dixieland jazz, Southern blues, gospel, rock and straight-edged pop, Morrison delivers a top show. A limited amount of £55 tickets remain.

Calm down everyone, he's not touring (yet), but he is in London on Monday to perform two very important tasks - to switch on the Christmas lights at the two Westfield shopping centres in Shepherd's Bush (5pm) and Stratford (7.45pm). He might do a song, if you wave at him [in fact he will play his latest Xmas song - Ed]. Wristbands from the centres are available from 7am on the day.

There aren't many shows left for this lot's tour (helped no doubt by having SBTRKT as support), with just Newcastle, Manchester, Cambridge, Lincoln and the first of three Brixton shows (priced at £16 or £17.50 for London) - the rest have all sold out of face-value tickets.

From Wednesday onwards, punk's first-born will be out on tour performing two of their most-important albums, "Damned Damned Damned" and "The Black Album". First stop is Bristol, last stop is Edinburgh (on 20th Nov) - prices range from £15 to £20.

Armed with new album, "Fly From Here" and with member Geoff Downes fresh from his recent reunited appearance with Trevor Horn in The Buggles, Yes embark on an almost sold-out tour from Tuesday onwards. Only Manchester and Hammersmith have any seats left - from £34.50.

Seemingly out on the road for weeks at a time is this fantastic folk band, who will start another string of shows on Thursday when they kick it off in Ipswich. They will finish this run in Oxford on 27th Nov - tickets are available for some of the shows including Brighton, Cambridge and London, priced £18.50 upwards.

It's a busy month ahead for the diminutive rock 'n' roll gal - her tour starts off on a good foot with a sold-out show in Hull on Tuesday, followed by York, Manchester, Brighton and many more until Edinburgh on the 30th. Tickets cost from £22.50. She's playing the Royal Albert Hall next year, by the way.

Kendal's mint exports continue spreading the word of the Beast with Top 20 album, "Smother" and a raft of shows from Thursday onwards. Birmingham is the first stop, followed by still available gigs in Oxford, Leeds (at the city's Constellations Festival), Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Southampton, London (24th only), Cambridge and Belfast - all others have sold out.

Also happening this week are tours for prog-death Swedes Opeth (all available from £18.50), indie-rockers Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (all available, including Leeds' Constellations festival), promising starlet Ane Brun (all available from £9), the London Jazz Festival 2011 (click on the name for the full list of shows), the aforementioned Leeds Constellations Festival on Saturday (all-dayer for £29) and a biased mention for A Certain Ratio playing two shows in Manchester on Friday and Saturday.

Arts and Theatre

Chicago the Musical Chicago the Musical
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It's no good heading to the Cambridge Theatre in London to see Roxy (currently played by Ugly Betty's America Ferrera) strutting her sassy stuff, because from Monday onwards, the acclaimed musical heads to a new home, The Garrick Theatre. It's only round the corner and tickets are available in limited numbers, priced from £26 upwards.

Bell, Book And Candle [play] Bell, Book And Candle [play]
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The Greenwich Playhouse will host this comedy-play, originally made famous by the film starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. A modern witch falls for her neighbour, but he is marrying her arch college enemy - will her spells change everything? Runs from Tuesday to 4th December - £10 upwards.

Hormonal Housewives Hormonal Housewives
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TV personality (and presumably, hormonal with it) Carol Smilie starts the Scottish leg of this hilarious one-woman show, dedicated purely to that most testing of times in a woman's cycle. Dundee is the first stop on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by Ayr, Edinburgh and Glasgow - tickets cost around £21.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger