Fat Friday 2nd March 2012: V Festival 2012, Elbow, Paul Weller, Guns N' Roses, Al Murray, New Order and more
More big names have been unveiled for festivals during the past week, including V Festival's headliners - The Stone Roses and The Killers being two of them. Two big names have also been unveiled for the Live at Jodrell Bank gig-series in the form of Paul Weller and Elbow and it's always good to name-drop Guns 'N' Roses and Al Murray when mentioning new tours.
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V Festival 2012
The last of the major festivals has finally unveiled its line-up for 2012 and will take place on 18th and 19th August with The Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performing in Hylands Park on the first day (Saturday), while The Killers and Snow Patrol hit Weston Park on the same day. The roles are reversed on the Sunday. Tickets will go on sale from Friday morning at 10am at £175 with camping.
Live from Jodrell Bank
Live from Jodrell Bank sees Elbow and Paul Weller as the first confirmed names for this year's series of unique concerts in Cheshire. Elbow are set to play on 23rd June, Paul Weller on 24th June. Both nights will feature special guests (yet to be announced) and tickets for both shows will go on sale from Thursday morning at 9am, priced at £35 per day.
Guns N' Roses
Axl Rose is bringing his catalogue of late-eighties rock back to these isles for a an arena tour in late spring, which kicks off in Nottingham on 19th May, followed by huge shows in Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester, before the final date announced so far at The O2 Arena on Thursday 31st May. Tickets are £45 (£40 for Newcastle).
2012 will see Murray reconvene with a brand new show and tour and The Only Way is Epic promises to be as big as the banner suggests. The tour starts in Hereford on 8th September, followed by stops in Carmarthen, Dartford, Birmingham, and more until a Cardiff show on 15th December. Tickets will average around £25.50.
In addition to their almost sold-out UK tour dates in the spring and their follow-up festival appearances, New Order have announced an Edinburgh date for 6th May and a Newcastle show for 8th May. Both shows will cost £35 - only Birmingham (29th Apr) and Brixton (2nd May) have any face-value tickets left.
The Civil Wars
Later this year, the Grammy-winning duo will be back on the road to capitalize on their successes. Their next UK tour will begin on 30th October in Manchester, followed by Liverpool, Glasgow, London (Roundhouse), Coventry, Southampton and finally Cardiff on 11th November. Tickets cost £17 (£19.50 for London).
On 18th and 19th May, FAC 251 will host two nights whereby Peter Hook and the Light will perform the 'Still' album in its entirety, plus other tracks culled from the era. Both shows will benefit two charities, MIND (mental health) and local community charity, Forever Manchester, and will feature support from Kevin Hewick. Tickets for both shows will be priced at £20.12.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
With the songwriter having sold out all of the February dates, he's at it again with a new UK tour for October 2012, beginning in Brighton on the 1st, followed by Bournemouth, Swansea, Oxford, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and loads more, before the final date in Wrexham on 29th, all priced from £12 upwards. Brighton and Birmingham were due on sale Friday, the rest on Wednesday or Thursday.
For the first time in 15 years, Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird will be performing the tracks from the album 'Maxinquaye' in their entirety at three gigs in the spring. The first is in Bristol on Thursday 26th April, followed by a performance at the inaugural Sundance Festival London on 27th and then the Manchester Academy on 28th.
Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance are a last minute addition to our guide. The Australian band have not played in the UK (or anywhere) for aeons, but they will rectify that in September and October when they embark on a European tour. So far just London and Dublin are covered for the UK and Ireland, with a Royal Albert Hall date on 26th October and a Grand Canal Theatre gig for 28th. Tickets start from £30 for London, €39.05 for Dublin.
The Pigeon Detectives
May will see The Pigeon Detectives back in the UK after a European tour, starting with Scarborough on the 14th, followed by Hartlepool, Hull, Southend, Portsmouth, Falmouth and finally Brighton on 3rd June. Tickets for the first two North East shows are on sale now, while the rest go on sale from 9am this Friday. Prices average around £12.50.
Further to his already-announced 2012 tour during November, Andrea Bocelli now has an added show confirmed in response to public demand for his London show. There are now two dates at the O2 Arena, with the newest on sale this Friday priced from £45. Other UK dates are still available in Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham (fast-selling) and Liverpool.
After supporting Florence and the Machine during her March tour, the much-touted Spector will be headlining their own UK tour in May, including shows in Middlesbrough, Manchester, Nottingham and more until London on 17th May. Tickets are priced at a tenner or less. Other new tickets and shows are listed below!!