The Week Ahead from Monday 13th Feb 2012: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Ed Sheeran, The Wanted, Skrillex, Rebecca Ferguson, Ben Howard and more

Posted: 8th February 2012

Plenty of big names to choose from this week including an Ed Sheeran and Damon Albarn show that hasn't sold out (we know, gasp!), plus dates for Noel Gallagher, The Wanted, Rebecca Ferguson and the upcoming Spector. Enjoy.

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This week:


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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Manchester is the first stop for another successful UK tour for the enigmatic songwriter, with other available limited tickets available for stops in Belfast, Sheffield, Newcastle and Birmingham (all upwards of £45 - various after parties are also available). Others are offering Premium resale tickets at higher prices.

This year's BRIT Awards Party for the War Child charity takes place on Sunday 19th Feb and is, wait for it, still available! It's an Ed Sheeran show that hasn't sold out, even with Blur's Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon on the bill. £40 - profits go to War Child. Hotly-tipped Londoners Dry the River are also on the bill for the night.

Nottingham will be the lad's first stop on their eagerly-anticipated tour which starts on Tuesday. Manchester and Belfast have sold out, while Brighton, Cardiff, and Glasgow only have Premiums available. The remaining shows have limited seats from £19.50 upwards.

His Grey Daze Skrillex Cell tour resumes on Tuesday night with a full gig and a resultant after party in Liverpool (tickets for the latter still up for £6), followed by various sold-out shows up and down the UK. Brixton's gig on the 18th still has Premiums left over, while the after party is still accessible for £13.64.

Rebecca Ferguson Rebecca Ferguson
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Liverpool's erstwhile X-Factor contestant will be performing shows in Rhyl on Friday and Saturday, before heading out on tour during the following week. Shows in Manchester, London and Gateshead have Premiums left over, while the remaining dates have tickets starting from £19.

The young surfer-songwriter from the South West has completely sold out of face-value tickets for his tour which starts near home-territory on Monday. Truro and all subsequent shows only have Premium tickets available, starting at around £42 in a few cases (Portsmouth for example). The good news is he has announced more shows for November (on sale from 10th Feb).

His opening tour date is in Cambridge on Monday night, followed by Norwich, Camden and many more until Wrexham on 28th February. Tickets for all shows are still available, variably priced between £7.50 and £15. He is also playing a FREE show in Brighton on 29th March!!

One of the many so-called 'sounds', 'tips' and 'next big things' for 2012, Spector will soon be support for Florence and the Machine in March. Beforehand, you can catch them headlining across the UK from Tuesday from onwards. £6 is the asking price for Newcastle onwards! Oxford and Leeds have sold out, though.

Surely one of the most innovative outfits around at the moment, Django's UK tour is fast selling out. Only three shows remain intact - Norwich on Friday (£6), Liverpool on 21st (£6) and Nottingham on 24th (£7). The other four in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and London have sold out rapidly.

Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger
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The ex-Pussycat Doll is performing a show in each half of Ireland next week, starting with Belfast on Wednesday and Dublin on Thursday, before heading across the sea to London on Sunday, then Manchester and Birmingham. The English dates have limited tickets left for £25/£28.50.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain
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From Tuesday until 1st September, London's Garrick Theatre will host another child-friendly, yet mildly nasty and messy, sideways look at how this wonderful country of ours evolved and who were the historical movers, shakers and tyrants. Tickets cost from £13.

Look into our eyes - you want to go and see Derren Brown don't you - and you shall...His upcoming Svengali tour kicks off in High Wycombe, before heading to Leeds, Milton Keynes, Salford and beyond. Many shows have completely sold out.

American comedy legend Mason will be starting his month-long residency at the Wyndham's Theatre on Monday night, running until 17th March. Seat availability varies from show to show but the starting price is £25.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger