Fat Friday 2nd December 2011: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Nero, Andrea Bocelli, McFly, Mrs Brown and more
Posted: 30th November 2011
Two big names from the club-scene have new tours planned for 2012 - step forward Nero and Above & Beyond - while the internationally-renowned Andrea Bocelli and matriarchal busy-body Mrs Brown Rides Again battle it out at the opposite ends of the cultural spectrum. More festivals were also due on sale this week, not least next year's Lovebox and Hard Rock Calling with Bruce Springsteen.
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
For the second week on the bounce, The Boss appears in our on-sale round-up. This time his shows in Sunderland, Manchester and at Hyde Park's Hard Rock Calling 2012 will go on sale from Saturday at 10am - demand will be huge for all three events.
has added a swath of outdoor shows in addition to his Chesterfield show announced earlier this year. Taunton, Harrogate, Falkirk, Newcastle and Birmingham are the new additions during June. Prices range from £40 to £55.
continue their unabated rise in clubbing kudos with their Second Reality Tour, which kicks off in Newcastle on 8th March, followed by gigs in Leeds, Liverpool and more, before the final date of the run at the Brixton Academy in London on Saturday 24th March.
Seeing this great Italian tenor perform is, for many music lovers, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Demand for this tour will be huge, therefore - Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, Liverpool and London shows will take place in November 2012 - from £45 upwards.
Mrs Brown Rides Again
Brendan O'Carroll's successful and foul-mouthed Irish matriarch, who meddles in the lives of everyone she meets, continues unabated with "Mrs Brown Rides Again". The huge tour begins in Cardiff from 30th May and runs until December 2012 - shows start at £19.50.
kick-off their huge "Up Close & Personal" tour on 7th March in Portsmouth, stopping off at Manchester, Oxford, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, London and many more, before the final date in Leicester on 15th April. On sale Saturday from 9am, priced from £27.50.
Despite no new album currently in sight, the Irish songwriter continues to spread the word of his soul and blues, this time with four more UK shows next year. Gateshead, York (both in February) and Brighton and Bournemouth (March) will all go on sale from Thursday at 9am. Belfast and Dublin (Feb) are still on sale from £55.
Armed with his recent successful "Black and White" album and new songs, the Tottenham rapper will be touring the UK in May, starting with Portsmouth on the 8th, followed by several more including London and Exeter. Tickets cost from £12.50 (£15 for London).
begins his 22-date tour in Plymouth on 16th November, followed by dates in Oxford, Bristol, Llandudno, Dunfermline, Manchester (Apollo) and many more, before the final gig on the Isle of Wight on 14th December 2012 - all shows cost around £28.50 (Margate is on sale now!).
In April 2012, Jones will repeat his unique IndigO2 concert of 2010 by performing his "Human's Lib" and "Dream Into Action" albums in their entirety as part of his own headlining tour. Six shows have been confirmed so far, starting with Bristol on 11th April and finishing in Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 21st. £20 (£22.50 for London).
Above & Beyond
Not surprisingly, Above & Beyond's next tour is named after their third studio album, "Group Therapy". Starting with Brixton's Academy on 7th April, followed by Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow, tickets cost £17.50 (£20 for London).
T in the Park
With The Stone Roses confirmed for this year's weekend you can bet that T in the Park will sell out that bit quicker. A limited extra batch of early-bird tickets for 2012 will go on sale on 2nd December (the initial batch sold out very quickly), with prices held at 2011 values - £185 for full weekend camping or £195 for early Thursday entry.
Acts for London's Lovebox 2012 will be announced in due course but meanwhile tickets for next year are on sale now at various prices - £29 for Friday and £49.50 for Saturday or Sunday. 2-Dayers cost £65 or £87.50 while a 3-Day ticket is £99! There is an installment-based payment option as well, all on sale now.
The Big Chill 2012
Last year's event at Eastnor Castle sold out, so, even without any line-up announcements, you can expect plenty of demand for next year's gathering from 2nd to 5th August. Weekend tickets are priced at £165, Teens at £85 and under 13s at £5. All on sale from Friday at 9am. As a reminder, Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Robert Plant appeared last year.
Also on sale this week we have southern rockers (UK tour in June) metallers Rise To Remain (UK tour in March), Rizzle Kicks (UK tour in April), Theory of a Deadman (UK tour in February) a Buzzcocks (with Devoto for two special dates!) plus gigs for Westlife (Belfast), The Rapture (two shows), JLS (Glasgow) and much more (see below).