The Week Ahead from Monday 6th Feb 2012: Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, Azealia Banks, Brand New, The Lightning Seeds and more
This coming week is all about NME and their coveted and much-anticipated awards. Several shows, featuring big names such as Justice, Tribes, Two Door Cinema Club and Slow Club, will be taking place across the UK, with over a dozen NME Awards Shows also hitting London. Brand New and the RnB Superstars tour with SWV and Dru Hill have also garnered a lot of page-views in the run up to their gigs.
Tuesday also sees the start of London's Flamenco Festival 2012 at Sadler's Wells - a colourful spectacle that always draws in big audiences and sell-out shows.
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
NME Awards Show
You'll be hard-pressed to find a better NME line-up than Charli XCX, Justice, Slow Club, Band of Skulls, tUnE-yArDs etc, all performing in the coming weeks in London (from Wednesday onwards) in the run-up to the big awards night. The Justice, Band of Skulls and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs shows have sold out (Premiums only) while the rest start at £10.60 upwards.
NME Awards Tour
NME Awards Tour 2012
Talking of more NME Awards action, there is the small matter of this UK tour featuring Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks. Every show bar Glasgow, the opening night, has sold out - the Scottish date costs from £19, but Premiums are available for most of the remaining shows. Banks is also performing in Sheffield on Tuesday night (£7).
Many of the US rockers' UK tour have sold out of face-value tickets, with Bristol, Manchester, both London nights and Cardiff offering Premium resales only. Remaining shows with I Am the Avalanche and The Xcerts in support, starting with Nottingham on Monday, are available upwards of £20.
The Lightning Seeds
Thursday sees Ian Broudie's perennial pop-favourites kick off their latest tour in their 23 year history, starting with sold-out shows in Whitehaven and Leeds on Friday. Surprisingly, Liverpool still has tickets available priced at £22.50, with Leamington Spa, Frome, London and more also still available.
Formed from the band once fronted by Paul Heaton, you can expect all of their familiar hits during their extensive February tour which starts on Saturday in Southampton, before continuing around the country before finishing up in Durham on 8th March. All available from £20 except Milton Keynes which has sold out.
The Big Pink
The duo's second album just about scraped into the Top 100 recently, so unsurprisingly there are some tickets left for next week's tour which starts in Bristol, continues to Southsea, Nottingham and more until their NME Awards Show on 20th February. Tickets cost £10.50 (£11.60 for London).
The girls will be "Right Here" in the UK next week with Ginuwine, Dru Hill and more in tow for some R n B Superstars action in Birmingham, Hammersmith and Manchester next weekend. We've had a lot of 'hits' for these shows, tickets still available from £28.50 upwards.
His only UK show so far this year, featuring Go Sees in support, has not surprisingly been snapped up pretty sharpish. There are therefore only Level 3 balcony seats left to see the chart-topping ex-soldier, with prices set at £32.50.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Hay Fever [Noel Coward]
Noel Coward's acclaimed and often comical play, tagged with the strapline 'blissfully bad behaviour', will be appearing at his self-named theatre in London's West End from Thursday until early June. The all-star cast includes Olivia Colman (Peep Show) and Lindsay Duncan.
The next stop for the hilarious and bawdy adult comedy play-cum-puppet show is Edinburgh. For five nights running from Tuesday until Saturday, you can witness just why this comical tale of a run-down New York neighbourhood has sold out so often - just like these shows, in fact. The next stop (and still available) is the Regent in Stoke-on-Trent during March - book now!
She's a phenomena and not just for her psychic powers - she also shifts tickets, as if by magic itself. Her next shows from Monday include Wimbledon, Peterborough, Perth and many more, touring until November and tickets available from around £23.50
Flamenco Festival London
Flamenco Festival London 2012
Sadler's Wells will host its latest fortnight of all things Spanish, starting with Monday's Vicente Amigo show and followed by various presentations of dance, music and art including Manuela Carrasco, Gerardo Núñez and many more. Ticket prices start at £12, rising to £40 for close-up seats.