The Forestry Commission concert series has given this week's new ticket on-sales a much needed boost with shows from Ed Sheeran and Madness, while the tour of the week comes from Graham Coxon. Rock acts are again well-represented by Judas Priest (farewell show, per chance?), Architects and Twin Atlantic. Whew! Time to read on, we-thinks...
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Trying to buy tickets to see this man is something of a lottery, and an outdoor Forestry Commission show may sell out just as quickly. Sheeran celebrates his album '+' returning to the top of the chart by announcing a show at Thetford Forest. The date is 12th July, tickets are £24.
The Nutty Boys will be performing their first Forestry Commission show since 2005. Westonbirt Arboretum will once again resound to the nutty sound, with Suggs at the helm and (maybe) new material to boot. Madness will appear in Gloucestershire on 24th June with tickets £36.50 - guests TBC.
Coxon will be out and about promoting his upcoming album, 'A + E', during the spring with a string of shows in April starting with Oxford on the 13th, followed by Gateshead, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and many more until Falmouth on 30th. Tickets are priced £17 - £18.
Will this be their final headlining show in London? We'll have to wait and see - after all, Rob Halford announced their retirement in 2010. This show at Hammersmith Apollo on 26th May marks the continuation of their 'Epitaph' farewell tour and costs £37.50.
The Scottish rockers kick off their tour in Dublin on 9th April, beginning the UK dates in Derry on 11th April, moving onto Manchester, London (Koko), Cardiff and more, before Portsmouth on 22nd April. Tickets are £13.50 for London and £12 for all other UK dates and go on sale at midday Friday.
The US rapper hopes to repeat the success of recent album, 'Ambition', with a clutch of UK dates in March, starting with London's XOYO on 27th, followed by Birmingham and Manchester. Tickets will set you back £11 (or £12.50 for London).
With a new album due in February and impending support slots with Kaiser Chiefs, All The Young have announced their own tour which opens in Newcastle on 21st March, followed by Keele, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Brighton. Tickets went on sale Wednesday, priced £7 or £8.
His Temple of Rock 2012 UK tour will feature two ex-Scorpions members (Herman Rarebill and Francis Buchholz), alongside ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and MSG keyboardist, Wayne Findlay. The four shows take in Wolves, Manchester, Glasgow and London, priced from £22.50.
The headline tour kicks off with a hometown show in Brighton on 1st April, followed by dates in Reading, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and others, before the final gig at the Underground in Stoke on 17th April. Support comes from Stray From the Path and Rolo Tomassi.
Comedian Rhys Darby is best known for playing Murray Hewitt, the band manager of Flight of the Conchords in the popular TV series. He'll be performing his unique mime and comedy routine with two shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 20th and 21st July - tickets cost £21.50.
Also just added and on sale this week are a variety of shows from The Cribs (new Brighton show added to their tour in March), Steve Cradock (new Newcastle show added to his acoustic tour - on sale now), The Magnets (at Shepherd's Bush in October), Annie Mac in Inverness, Westlife in Sheffield (both of those on sale Friday at 10am) and tour dates in May for Dan Mangan (on sale now).