The Week Ahead from Monday 30th Jan 2012: Sting, Van Morrison, Mastodon, Russell Kane, Olly Murs, Big Country and more

Posted: 25th January 2012

The 'tour' season has officially started with purpose this week, with some massive names about to embark on their first travels in 2012. Armed with the hits of his solo career and previous Police classics, Sting fittingly starts his tour in Gateshead, while Van Morrison also keeps it 'home-turf' with shows in Belfast and Dublin. For upcoming bands on the brink of success, head out for the Next Big Thing series of shows starting on Tuesday.

Well and truly established in the hearts of the British public very soon will be Russell Kane, who heads out on a tour next week. It's only a matter of time before he's selling out arenas.

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This week:


Sunday 5th Feb sees Mr Sumner return to his home turf for the start of his Back to Bass tour. Gateshead is his only North East show before he heads abroad, returning to these shores in March. There are some Premium resales available for Gateshead, plus Glasgow (17th March) and Hammersmith (19th), standard tickets for £51.50 or £61.50 for the remaining shows.

The first two 2012 shows for the award-winning Irishman take place next week, in Belfast and Dublin, before the following week and beyond sees him performing across the UK throughout the spring. Tickets are running out for both, with Belfast priced from £55 and Dublin with just Premium resales.

His ability to sell out shows has continued with this next UK tour, which starts in Cardiff on Wednesday 1st Feb. The only shows available with any tickets are the O2 Arena (5th Feb), Nottingham (13th), Aberdeen (22nd), Newcastle (24th) and all shows after Glasgow, priced at £30.

The Ocean Colour Scene guitarist steps out once again with another UK tour, this time concentrating on the more unusual and unlikely venues from Brixton to Stirling and Tunbridge Wells to Kilmarnock. Tickets vary in price, starting from £8.

The duo of David McAlmont and Guy Davies will be embarking on a UK tour during Feb, starting with Leicester on Wednesday, then Manchester, Hebden Bridge, London (for Valentine's Day), Exeter and more until concluding the action in March at Cox's Yard in Stratford-upon-Avon. Prices start at £10, rising to £20.

The first of four intimate shows is at the Exeter Lemon Grove on Monday, followed by Koko in London and the Kasbah in Coventry, before the final date announced so far at the Inverness Ironworks on 3rd, priced £19.50 for London and from £16 for all other venues.

Their landmark debut-album 'The Crossing' will be getting an airing during their UK tour which starts in Manchester on Friday and continues to Liverpool, Glasgow and right across the UK until Sheffield on 18th Feb. £22.50 for all shows and worth every penny.

The metal legends come armed with an enviable support in the shape of Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan, whilst giving their own 'The Hunter' album a thorough going over. Bristol, the first stop, has sold out, but the remainder from Manchester to Brixton are up for £17.50 (or £20 for London).

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney continue their global-domination beginning in Nottingham on Friday. Only this show and Manchester on 6th Feb have face-value tickets left at £21 - the remainder have all sold out. Band of Skulls are the support on the tour.

The first of over 50 gigs in the HMV series of shows in London begins with shows from Beth Jeans Houghton, Sound of Guns, Loick Essien and Reckless Love. All shows take place at various venues across the capital for two weeks. Tickets are £10 - the We Are Augustines show has sold out.

Kerrang! Relentless Tour 2012

With Sum 41 announcing a last-minute pull-out due to injury, The Blackout have something to prove and many to win over next week. No pressure then, your first audience is in Dublin in Sat and Sun (the first show, plus Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester are sold out - the rest cost £20).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

From Wednesday next week, Kane starts his jaunt around the UK in Chester and Hereford, both of which are sold out. Shows in Brighton on Saturday, Truro, Blackpool, Aberdeen and Loughborough are all still available, priced at £17.50 - Kane has sold out the remaining dates.

Night Of January 16th Night of January 16th
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During its original Broadway run in the 1930s, Ayn Rand's snappy courtroom drama was a runaway success. This intense legal battle between attorneys, gangsters and witnesses will play out at London's White Bear Theatre from Tuesday until 25th Feb. Tickets cost £10-£14.

Sex With a Stranger Sex With a Stranger
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Russell Tovey, Jaime Winstone and Naomi Sheldon star in this dark comic drama about a man who leaves his girlfriend at home, meets a stranger at a club and spends the night with her. From 'Him and Her' writer Stefan Golaszewski, the it runs at Trafalgar Studios for 3 weeks from Wednesday.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger