Fat Friday: Jack White, Paul Simon, Nicki Minaj, Hit Factory Live, Eddie Vedder, Feeder and more
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The White Stripes officially called it a day around a year ago and White's new material is gradually seeing the light of day. On 22nd June, the day before White appears at Radio 1's Hackney Weekender, he'll be playing a one-off solo show at the Hammersmith Apollo. These hot tickets are priced at £30.
Paul Simon is the latest big name to be added to the Hard Rock Calling 2012 weekend that already boasts Bruce Springsteen as a headliner. Simon will perform the album "Graceland" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Sunday plus support from Jimmy Cliff and Alison Krauss. Tickets for Paul Simon will cost £55.
Regina Spektor has a new album due in the spring ("What We Saw From the Cheap Seats") plus her first UK dates in a while to promote it. Just two shows have been confirmed so far - London's Royal Albert Hall on 2nd July (£35) and Manchester's Apollo on 4th (£25). Demand will be typically high.
To support the new album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded", Minaj will be performing a handful of extravagant shows. The first shows are in Hammersmith for two nights - 24th and 25th June - followed by Birmingham on 26th and finally Manchester on 28th June 2012. Tickets are priced from £32.50 to £45.
Pearl Jam's perennial singer and songwriter returns to the UK for a brace of solo shows supporting his recent "Ukulele Songs" album. He plays Manchester on 28th July, followed by Hammersmith on 30th July. Tickets are priced at £45 for Manchester and £37.50/£50 for Hammersmith. Beforehand in June, Pearl Jam also play Manchester and the Isle of Wight Festival.
Bill Bailey plays his first new 'Qualmpeddler' shows in the north of England and the highlands and islands of Scotland, starting with Lancaster, with further dates in Shetland, Orkney, Stornoway and more. He'll need his sea-legs and you'll need your credit/debit-cards on Thursday 22nd March to grab these tickets sharpish. Prices start at £17.50.
Hit Factory Live
On 11th July, Hyde Park will reverberate to the familiar sounds of Pete Waterman's PWL pop-roster including headliners Steps, plus slots from Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Sonia and more. Tickets cost from £48.50.
The 'Luxury Gap Tour' kicks off at the O2 Academy in Liverpool on Tuesday 23rd October, followed by dates in Glasgow, Newcastle and more, before the final gig of the run at the O2 Academy2 in Oxford on Friday 2nd November 2012, all priced around £20.
Billed as the 'Choose Your Weapon Tour', Ian Astbury's goth-rock charges will be joined by two other darkwave outfits of yesteryear, The Mission and Killing Joke. During September, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham and London will play host to some of the biggest '80s rock anthems - tickets cost £35.
The new album, Generation Freakshow, will be issued in April and the band have added a number of autumn dates. Feeder's tour will kick off in Glasgow on the 17th, followed by Manchester, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton, before the final date in Brixton on 23rd November. Prices start at £20.
The influential American singer, songwriter and poet will return to the UK with a full band for a string of shows in the summer, starting with Wolverhampton on 25th June, Cardiff on 26th and finally, for now, Bath's Forum on 28th.
After a string of summer festival dates and charity stints, the loud-shirted king of one-liners returns with a new show for 2013. The first few dates for the 'On The Road' tour have already trickled through and include Newcastle, York, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Dublin and Southampton - prices start at £20.
Mike and the Mechanics
begin their summer tour on Tuesday 26th June in Newcastle, followed by gigs in Glasgow, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Falmouth and Cardiff, before the final date at the Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 18th July 2012. Falmouth and Cardiff are on sale now, the rest from Friday 23rd March and tickets cost £25.
With guest choirs, baritone and broadcaster Aled will be kicking off his Cathedral tour in Norwich on 2nd October, followed by Exeter, Truro, York, Durham, Manchester and many more, before the final date at the Union Chapel in Islington on Thursday 25th October. Priced around £29.50.
Her new album is provisionally and aptly entitled, "The Return", fitting considering her last visit to the UK was some 5 years ago. Her only confirmed UK show for 2012 thus far is London's IndigO2 on 14th April. Tickets cost £42.50 but even at this price, demand will be high.
With new album "All of Me" just issued, Estelle is playing in Birmingham on Monday 14th May, followed by the IndigO2 on 15th, Glasgow on 16th May, before a Dublin gig on the 17th. The London gig is on sale now, with tickets available from £17.50, while the remainder are on sale Friday, priced around £17 (€25 for Eire).
The Saw Doctors
The Saw Doctors are heading to the UK in the autumn for an extensive tour in the autumn. They head to Cambridge on 26th November, followed by York, Edinburgh, Liverpool and lots more, including a new show in Bridgwater, until Newcastle on 19th December. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £21.50-£23.
Paul Heaton's The 8th
This part-Greatest Hits, part-new material tour kicks off at London's Barbican Centre on 5th July, followed by Salford on 6th, Leeds (at Mfest 2012) on 7th, Sheffield on 10th and finally Birmingham on the 11th, before Latitude 2012 on 12th July. Tickets for his headline shows cost from £20.