The Week Ahead from Monday 9th Jan 2012: Black Dahlia Murder, All Time Low, Henry Rollins, Asking Alexandria , Nigel Kennedy, Little Mix and more
Here's hoping all our visitors had a great Christmas and New Year - but don't let the long January nights make you glum because there are plenty of gigs and shows taking place during the next week or so. Rock fans are very well-catered for with Black Dahlia Murder, All Time Low and Henry Rollins leading the pack, while at the lighter end of the plectrum you have Paul Carrack with another 'ace' tour.
There is also a very special charity show for Tickled Pink, the breast cancer charity, taking place in West London and featuring Alexandra Burke and X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix, amongst others. In the theatres, Sister Act - The Musical and Dancing On Ice lead the way with feel-good family fun.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
The Black Dahlia Murder
To support the album "Ritual", the band will be hitting the UK with support from Skeletonwitch and Fleshgod Apocalypse, kicking-off with a double-date blast at Camden's Underworld on 11th and 12th January (£15). Other stops during the month-long stint include Norwich, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth and loads more until Margate on 31st January.
All Time Low
All Time Low's latest album, "Dirty Work", has garnered success on both sides of the Atlantic and not surprisingly, many 2012 shows have already sold out including Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham (28th), Cardiff and Bristol. The rest are still up for £17.50 upwards. The Maine will support.
Asking Alexandria will head up a 4-way metal spectacular from Thursday onwards with Glasgow being the first stop. Support comes from blessthefall, Chelsea Grin and With One Last Breath with tickets for all but Glasgow, Manchester and Norwich are available from £12.50 upwards.
These rescheduled tour-dates from Ipswich (Tues) to Brighton (23rd) offer you the chance to hear the acclaimed violinist perform Vivaldi concertos including 'The Four Seasons', as well as Kennedy's own 'Four Elements' . All except the London barbican show are up for £39.50 (£40.50 for York).
Tickled Pink is a breast-cancer fundraising and awareness event due to take place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday night. The star-studded cast includes Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, Little Mix, Chipmunk and more. Tickets cost £30 with all proceeds going to the charity.
Ex-Mike and the Mechanics front-man and "How Long" composer Carrack has a string of winter shows coming up - his Cadogan Hall show on Thursday, as well as St Albans, Dartford, Gateshead, Salford, King's Lynn and Liverpool have all sold out. The remaining shows throughout Jan/Feb will set you back £27.50 upwards.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Henry Rollins' January 'Long March' spoken-word tour kicks off in Manchester on Thursday, followed by shows in Glasgow, Dunfermline, Newcastle and many more until he hits London on the 20th and Bexhill on the 21st. He then makes a stop in Dublin on the 22nd before heading off around Europe. All shows still have a few tickets left, priced at £16 upwards.
If you were hoping to grab last-minute tickets to see Scotland's 'Big Yin', you may be unlucky. Pretty much all of his shows from Leicester on Sunday 15th through to Brighton in March have sold out. Don't say we didn't warn you a few months ago!
Holiday on Ice - Tropicana
Olympic figure-skating champion Robin Cousins has created and choreographed this show which fuses his love of the ice and the varied dance-styles of the Americas and beyond. Take your partners for the tango, bolero and triple-salco in Brighton from Friday onwards - runs for two weeks and tickets cost from £25.
Sister Act - The Musical
Made famous by Whoopi Goldberg, more recently with her West End performances in this popular feel-good musical, this touring version minus Goldberg begins a 10-months UK jaunt in Bristol on Wednesday (10 nights), followed by Eastbourne and many more. We have a few tickets left, priced from £18.50 to £40.50 (prices vary from town to town).