Fat Friday 16th Dec 2011: Pearl Jam, Will Young, Drake, The Horrors, Sinead O'Connor, Peter Hook, Miles Kane, The Vaccines and more
This week, there are plenty of great Christmas gift-ideas amongst your choice of new on-sale tickets. You can't miss out on Pearl Jam's only UK headliner (so far), nor Will Young's outdoor shows next summer. The Horrors, Drake and funnyman Jerry Seinfeld are expected to sell well, but possibly not as quick as Sinead O'Connor's first tour in 5 years.
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Pearl Jam will begin their 2012 European Tour at the MEN Arena in Manchester, their only headline show announced so far, on 20th June. Support comes from LA punk rockers 'X', priced from £39 for some seated areas to £46.50 for the best seats and floor tickets. Vedder and co will top the bill at the Isle of Wight Festival (Saturday - £190 w/camping)
Will Young is now set to conquer the countryside in 2012 with a series of Forestry Commission gigs in some of the nation's finest woodland clearings. The summer dates kick off at Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire on Friday 15th June, followed by Thetford, Westonbirt, Bedgebury, Dalby and Cannock Chase, before the final woodland gig at Delamere Forest on 6th July. £35.
The Horrors' May tour kicks-off in Dublin on 12th, with Belfast the following night. The band then cross to Glasgow on 15th May, followed by Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, before the final date in Brixton on 25th May. Tickets are priced from around £14 (£16 for Belfast, €16.50 for Dublin).
To coincide with its success, Drake will take new album "Take Care" on the road in the spring, with arena shows in Dublin (24th March), London, Sheffield, Cardiff etc until returning later in April for stints in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham, priced from £35 upwards.
For her first UK tour in around five years (although she recently played a show as part of the Mencap Little Noise Sessions), O'Connor hits the road during March. Stops (so far) include Bristol and Manchester, both priced at £25. She is also appearing in Dublin this Sunday (19th).
2012 will see the ex-Joy Division/ New Order bassist and The Light bring one of two JD albums to various cities during late spring, starting with a string of Unknown Pleasures shows in Liverpool, Glasgow, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham and Oxford and a Closer show at the Islington Academy - priced at £20 upwards.
2012 sees Kane hit the road with new material starting with Nottingham on 20th April, followed by Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness then south to Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and finally the Forum in Kentish Town. Tickets for all shows will be in high demand and will weigh in at £15 for all shows.
The Vaccines' seaside tour kicks off at Dundee Caird Hall on 2nd May, followed by shows in Bridlington Spa and at Blackpool's famous Empress Ballroom, before the final gig of the short run at the Brighton Centre on 7th May, priced £18.50. The Vaccines will also appear at Field Day 2012 on Hackney on 2nd June and at the Isle of Wight Festival on 24th June.
This UK jaunt kicks off in Bristol on 12th, followed by the usual big cities, including rare shows in Norwich and Brighton, before landing fully-primed for a show at the Electric Ballroom in London on 20th. Support for the tour comes from US prog-metallers Animals as Leaders who will remain in the UK for their own May tour. £15 (£17.50 for London).
Angels & Airwaves
Alt-rock supergroup Angels & Airwaves are to visit the UK next spring, with the kicking off in Nottingham on 9th April, followed by dates in Glasgow, Manchester (The Ritz), Leeds and Birmingham, before the final gig of the run at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on Saturday 14th April.
Tragedy - A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees
If you relish the chance of rocking out to some seriously iconic '70s music, done with riffs, rather than quiffs, head for Tragedy's tour next year. Tickets for Glasgow, London etc went on sale earlier in the week, although Oxford is on sale from Friday morning.
Also on sale this week are a clutch of UK shows for the legendary Seinfeld in Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin (May - from £40), tours for The Subways (May - £12/£15), Dog Is Dead (Feb - £6.50), MTV Brand New 2012 showcases featuring Emeli Sandé and The Maccabees (plus a March headlining tour of their own) and '80s grebo-kings Pop Will Eat Itself (Mar - £16/£18).