The Week Ahead from Monday 12th Dec 2011: Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, White Lies, 2 Many DJs, Cast, Echo and the Bunnymen and more

Posted: 7th December 2011

The festive season is officially upon us - most town centres have their lights up, Santa's sorting out his work-life balance and a few big musical names are gearing themselves up for their own Christmassy celebrations. Stereophonics, the Manics, White Lies, Cast and those perennial festive favourites, Slade, will be yo-ho-hoing around the country during the course of next week.

And with Christmas comes talk of family entertainment, away from the goggle-box - you won't go wrong with Potted Panto or Swallows and Amazons!!

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

This week:


If you were hoping to catch Kelly Jones and his charges, either in Bournemouth and London's Shepherd's Bush, you'll be out of luck with face-value tickets. However, there are a selection of resale tickets left at reasonable prices for Bournemouth prices start at £26, not so for London (upwards of £65).

Manic Street Preachers Manic Street Preachers
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For their upcoming O2 Arena show in London, there are only upper tier seats left for their greatest hits celebration on 17th December. Prices start at £22.50 for high-level seats, with all standing now sold out or only on sale from the venue.

With The Duke Spirit in tow as support, White Lies should sell out these few shows starting in Wolverhampton on Monday, Manchester on Tuesday, followed by Glasgow and Wembley. Tickets range from £17.50 to £23.50 and all still available.

And it's a Merry Soulwaxmas from those 2 Many DJs, in action at the Brixton O2 Academy on Friday and Saturday night. The first show on the 16th December has sold out of face-value tickets (resales cost from £37 plus fees), but the second has standard admission left at £26.50.

John Power's band have just confirmed that their new album is due out in February, supported by a full tour. Meanwhile, during the run up to Christmas, you can catch the band in Middlesbrough, Dunfermline and Coventry. Tickets cost £20 for this trio of festive shows.

Echo and the Bunnymen Echo and the Bunnymen
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Surprisingly for a band from Liverpool, the two Bunnymen shows on 16th and 17th December at the city's O2 Academy, are still available for purchase at £18. Tickets are to start selling fast at the last minute, especially if the band are performing classic hits.

So here it is, Merry Xmas, everybody's having fun - buying tickets to Slade's Christmas party bash at Camden's KOKO on Sunday night, that is. You can still grab tickets priced at £17.50 - high-heeled platforms and natty hats a-must.

If you're a fan of this band and you live in Scotland, you'll be gagging for one of their Christmas shows. The first is in Dunfermline on Saturday (no face-values left), followed by Inverness, two shows in Glasgow (the 1st is sold out) and then a New Year's Eve bash supporting White Lies in Aberdeen. Tickets for their own shows cost £16.50, while Aberdeen costs £20.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Birmingham will soon be coming alive to the sound of laughter and music, courtesy of Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Dara Ó Briain, Gabrielle, Marti Pellow and your host Graham Norton. Tickets are still available for both the Friday and Saturday nights for £32.50.

Monty Python's Spamalot Monty Python's Spamalot
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This ever-popular and hilarious musical will begin a long residency at Brighton's Theatre Royal from Thursday onward until 14th January. Subsequent tour-dates in Liverpool and Oxford have sold out - but most shows in Brighton are available priced from £32 upwards.

Swallows and Amazons Swallows and Amazons
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London's Vaudeville Theatre begins a run for this family musical, written by Arthur Ransome, scored by The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon and directed by "War Horse" guru, Tom Morris. The show starts on Thursday and runs until 14th January - tickets are available from £19.75.

What happens when you cram as many favourite panto moments into one easy bite-sized kids show, packed with silly comedy and bonkers slapstick? You get happy children, that's what. We have Special Offer seats for Potted Panto, which begins another season at London's Vaudeville Theatre from 18th December until 18th Jan - just £15.99, a saving of 20%! Click the Potted Panto Offer button, below for availability.

Merry Clickmas!

Paul Pledger