The Week Ahead: Drake, The Waterboys, Charlie Simpson, Korn, Rusko, Jack Bruce, Los Campesinos! and more

Posted: 13th March 2012
From Monday 19th March 2012, Drake, The Waterboys, Charlie Simpson, Korn, Rusko, Jack Bruce, Los Campesinos!, Talib Kweli and more embark on UK tours. Arts-wise, we see the start of Stratford-upon-Avon's World Shakespeare Festival 2012 amongst other events.

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In the run up to the American rapper's much-publicised Wireless Festival in July, Drake has the even bigger matter of a UK tour at hand. Just about every show from Dublin and London to the last night in Nottingham, is selling out fast (Birmingham is completely sold out) - all priced at around £35 - £39.50.

Mike Scott's passionate attention to detail has recently extended itself to the works of WB Yeats and it's the band's recent album that forms part of the upcoming spring tour. First stop is Gateshead on Tuesday night. York, Brighton and Cambridge have sold out with remaining shows available for £28.50.

Charlie Simpson Charlie Simpson
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Unsurprisingly, the ex-Busted singer and musician has already sold out a few of his impending shows, including Camden, Birmingham and Sheffield. The remaining dates from Ipswich (Weds) to Exeter (6th April) are available priced £13.50.

One show has already sold out for the American rock-metal legends - take a bow, Bristol. The opening night in Brixton on Sunday night is close to selling out (all standing have sold out), but the remaining dates around the UK and Ireland are still available for around £29.50

Dubstep's 'Cockney Thug' and bass-heavy geezer is out on the road during March in support of his upcoming album. All shows except Bristol (his album launch party, no less) are available for £7 to £10. Rusko will also be appearing at Lovebox 2012 on 15th June and Beach Break Live 2012 the following day.

Cream's inimitable bassist and songwriter is back on the road next week, with his 'strange brew' of top-selling blues-based rock. Shows include stops in Cambridge on Tuesday, followed by Bath, Cardiff and many more until Newcastle on 31st March - £25.

Los Campesinos! Los Campesinos!
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Cardiff's energetic and magnificent seven will begin touring from next Tuesday in Exeter, before heading up the motorway to Bristol on the following night. Thursday's London show has sold out, but all other dates are available for just 10 whole pounds.

One of rap's most-respected performers and producers will be touring new material during next week, starting in London on Tuesday and followed by Manchester, Cardiff and finally Glasgow on Friday night. Tickets are still up for all four nights, priced at £19.50 to £23.50.

Also happening next week are rare UK shows for Feist (Manchester and Glasgow still available for £23.50 - London has Premiums only), full tours from rockers Black Veil Brides and Imperial Leisure, plus the nearly sold-out jaunt for guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

An Ideal Husband An Ideal Husband
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If you only need one man to provide you with a political play, packed full of sceptical references to swindling politicians and governments, Oscar Wilde is that man. The Rosemary Branch Theatre in London will host this satire from Wednesday until 7th April. Seats are still available for £14 upwards.

Javier de Frutos - The Most Incredible Thing Javier de Frutos - The Most Incredible Thing
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Sadler's Wells will be presenting a stunning and colourful combination of de Frutos' magical story and Pet Shop Boys dramatic music for a return run of The Most Incredible Thing dance-piece. Tickets from Sunday night until 7th April cost from £18 upwards.

The Harlem Globetrotters

Basketball's perennial performers and skilful sportsmen are back in the UK for more dazzling displays. Nottingham, their first stop, has sold out, but all remaining shows from Cardiff until Liverpool still have tickets priced from £25 upwards.

World Shakespeare Festival 2012 World Shakespeare Festival 2012
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The Bard's natural and spiritual home of Stratford-upon-Avon will be hosting dozens of productions and events dedicated to Britain's famous playwright. The Comedy of Errors, King John, Richard III and many more plays will be performed throughout the spring and summer from Tuesday onwards.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger