Fat Friday 3rd Feb 2012: New Order, Happy Mondays, Garbage, Disney Live, Cirque du Soleil and more

Posted: 1st February 2012

This week has been something of a revivalist's nirvana (not that they've regrouped, you understand). New Order continue their renaissance with more UK shows, Happy Mondays have reformed and Garbage have dusted off the cobwebs with a new album and show. At least Tribes, Slow Club and Drake are representing the yoof, the latter due to appear at Wireless in the summer.

On a larger scale, and with the whole family in mind, you'll notice new tickets from War of the Worlds (extra dates), Disney Live and Cirque du Soleil, all very special shows coming up later this year.

Tickets on-sale Friday at 9am unless otherwise stated. For ticket availability, click on the "Buy Tickets" buttons below, on or after the on-sale date and time. Prices quoted are exclusive of booking fees.

Four UK shows have just been announced for the spring, starting with Manchester on 26th April, followed by Birmingham, Brixton and Glasgow. Tickets will go on sale priced £35 for London, less for regionals, and demand is expected to outstrip availability. New Order's other 2012 activities involve a handful of festivals including Exit and Benicàssim.

It's been a fine week for fans of Manchester's '80s and '90s music scene, with the announcement of Ryder's charges heading out on the road with Inspiral Carpets in May, starting on 3rd May in Newcastle and covering the big cities, including Brixton, until Nottingham on 18th. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, priced from £35 (£37.50 for London).

BRIT Awards nominee Ed Sheeran and winners Blur (Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon acoustically) have been chosen to head up the BRITs annual charity bash on 19th February, a few days before the big day on the following Tuesday. Tickets to the Shepherd's Bush event will go on sale Saturday at 9am.

The 2012 NME Awards ceremony will take place on Weds 29th February and will feature Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kasabian, The Vaccines, with a special collaboration between The Horrors and Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9AM.

After the excitement of Rihanna being installed as Sunday headliner, all attentions switched to Saturday this week with Drake unveiled as the main attraction. He'll be joined by Example, Professor Green and Wiz Khalifa and tickets will cost from £49.50. More names to be announced in due course.

It's been seven long years since Shirley Manson, Butch Vig and co descended on the UK - now the wait is over. Garbage are set to return with a highly-anticipated new album and just ONE UK show. London's Troxy will host the comeback show on 9th May - not the biggest venue in the land so expect tickets to sell out quickly

After recently-released album 'Baby' struck the Top 20 with consummate ease, you should be aware that their new tour will sell pretty fast. Their jaunt starts at Southsea's Wedgewood Rooms on 24th April, followed by gigs in London and Leeds, before the final UK date announced so far in Glasgow on 30th April 2012. Tribes then head to Dublin for a gig at the Academy on 4th May.

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson - The Immortal World Tour
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Legendary entertainment troupe Cirque du Soleil are staging The Immortal World Tour, using Michael Jackson's music and moves to produce a stadium-filling spectacle - "a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world". Tickets for the big city tour are priced from £50 - demand will be immense.

The War of The Worlds - The New Generation
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More extra dates have been added to extend the reach of Jeff Wayne's newly buffed-up re-reading of the classic sci-fi musical, including Cardiff (3rd Dec), two in Bournemouth (14th Dec) and two in Brighton (17th Dec). Tickets cost from £42.50.

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show
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On sale at 10am are tickets to see this exciting and (literally) magical Disney show starring all Mickey's friends including Donald Duck, Goofy and The Mad Hatter, as well as Minnie Mouse of course. Aberdeen is the first stop on the tour on 6th July with tickets for all shows starting at around the £19 mark.

The five-piece kick off their spring tour at the Phoenix in Exeter on 11th April, followed by dates in Reading, Wrexham, Wolverhampton and more, before the final gig of the run at the Weymouth Pavilion on 27th April 2012.The Durham gig (25th April) is available now, priced £12, the remainder are on sale from Friday at 9am.

The Human League The Human League
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The 'XXXV' tour will commence in November at the Brighton Dome on the 23rd, followed by stops in Cambridge, London (the Royal Albert Hall, no less), Bristol and many more in the south and the north until Hatfield on 10th December. Tickets are priced £25 - £30 (depending on venue).

Prior to their new UK tour in April, the duo will headline a NME Awards Tour 2012 show in London and a gig in Leeds (still available - £10 upwards). The tour covers much of the UK from Glasgow (4th Apr) to Birmingham (10th May). Ticket prices average out at £10.

Other cracking shows on offer this week include a Shepherd's Bush gig for the masked wonky-housemeister SBTRKT, a Royal Albert Hall Edith Piaf show with Patricia Kaas, more Thin Lizzy shows in May, Tracer's UK tour, tickets for Nottingham's Splendour 2012 Festival featuring Dizzee Rascal plus many more top gigs and festivals (see below).

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger