The Week Ahead from Monday 28th Nov 2011: Fatboy Slim, The Drums, DJ Shadow, Duran Duran, Status Quo, Tommy Emmanuel and more

Posted: 23rd November 2011

It's a real star-studded week of entertainment coming your way next week - Fatboy Slim, Machine Head, Duran Duran, Status Quo and Santa Claus himself all feature in various shows in the run up to Christmas. And if it's a Taste of Christmas you want, with Jamie Oliver et al, you'll want to head to the same-named exhibition in London next weekend.

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


Norman Cook is performing several big DJ slots with Jack Beats and Doorly over the next couple of weeks, including Brighton (yes, sold out) and the still available Southend, Swindon, Bridlington and Blackpool nights - tickets cost £25.

One of the world's supreme guitarists will be back on tour from Thursday onwards - he plays Hull on the opening night, followed by Harrogate, Buxton and many more until Islington and Salisbury later in December. Tickets cost £20 for all shows.

Simon le Bon is back to full fitness it seems, so his band are all set to tour from Wednesday onwards, starting in Brighton and followed by Bournemouth, Birmingham and many more until Newcastle and Dublin in mid-December. Tickets range from £30 to £45.

Still rockin all over the UK, the Quo are back for another Christmas tour, this time accompanied by Roy Wood and Kim Wilde. All shows from Birmingham to Glasgow cost £37.50, except for Brighton which has now sold out.

With Cloud Control as support, The Drums have an album-plugging tour ahead of them from Monday onwards, starting in Birmingham and hitting all the usual big cities. Two shows have sold out, those being Shepherd's Bush and Manchester - the remainder cost £13.50.

Mr Josh Davis is out and about with his new album, plus The Knocks in support. First stop is Bristol on Monday, followed by Nottingham, Birmingham and more until London's HMV Forum on 9th December. Tickets cost £19.50 (or £21 for London).

Historic and iconic venues await the singer songwriter as he embarks on a short autumnal tour, starting with Glasgow on Wednesday. Other stops include a few churches in Salford (sold out), Oxford and Dublin, as well as the Union Chapel in London. Tickets cost £10-£14.

A heavyweight tour in more ways than one - Machine Head are joined by Bring Me The Horizon, DevilDriver and Darkest Hour for this four-night show in Wembley, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester - tickets are still up for £27.50.

Metal Hammer - Defenders of the Faith will feature Trivium, Insense and In Flames as part of this metal tour which starts in Southampton on Thursday night. Other stops include Wolves, Manchester and Brixton, with the whole thing finishing up in Plymouth on the 8th. £21.50/£23.50.
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Provider of one of the year's biggest songs ("I Need a Dollar"), Blacc will start another tour from Saturday onwards starting in Birmingham and continuing around the UK until Hammersmith (15th) and Brighton (16th) - all shows are still available priced at £15.50 (London is £22.50).

Mick Jones [The Clash] Mick Jones [The Clash]
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In support of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, ex-Clash man Jones is touring with The Farm and Pete Wylie from Thursday (Cardiff) until 10th December (Glasgow), with special guests on the night. It's all for a great cause and tickets cost £17.50. The Scala night (8th) is sold out.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure

With the Festive season seemingly upon us, the younger kids in your family will probably want to see a family show all about Santa himself. The New Ambassadors Theatre in London's West End will host this show from Thursday until New Year's Eve - tickets start at £18.

For the grown-ups in mind, the ExCeL in Canning Town, East London is the setting for this annual food and lifestyle exhibition, featuring big names such as Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Tickets cost from £12 to £32 and the event runs from Friday to Sunday.

Papatango Playwriting Competition 2011 Papatango Playwriting Competition 2011
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West London's award-winning fringe theatre, The Finborough, begins an exciting season of adult plays, all nominated for the above competition. The first play, "Foxfinder", begins on Wednesday with others to follow during December. Tickets cost from £9.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger