The Week Ahead: Steps, Orbital, Eric Prydz, Rhod Gilbert, The Futureheads, Cirque du Soleil, The Extreme Stunt Show and more

Posted: 28th March 2012
From Monday 2nd April 2012, Steps, Orbital, Rhod Gilbert, The Futureheads, Jim Jones Revue, Helmet and Wilko Johnson are all on tour, while Easter clubbing centres on Eric Prydz, Axwell and more. The family will love the shows from Cirque du Soleil and Extreme Stunt Show!!

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


From 'Tragedy' to '5,6,7,8', you can relive those carefree days of clean-cut Steps going through their pop paces. Many dates are still available, but Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff and Brighton are sold out of face-value tickets. First stop is Belfast on Monday and prices start at £35.

With new album 'Wonky' due out next Monday, the Sevenoaks siblings are back on the road to promote it (plus a few classics to boot). First stop also on Monday is Manchester, followed by Leeds, Glasgow and more until the sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall. £24.

Sweden's superstar DJ returns with a clutch of special shows including a headlining set in Brighton on Thursday night (£10), followed by the grand Easter bash at Manchester's newly-located Warehouse Project on Friday (£29.50) and an Easter Saturday romp at Nottingham's Gatecrasher (£10). For more Easter goodness:

Also appearing with Eric Prydz at the Warehouse Project is another funky Swede, Axwell. The Swedish House Mafia member has different Easter plans however - trips to Leeds (Sat) and Glasgow (Sun) await him with tickets still available for both, priced at £18 and £23.50 respectively.

The DJ returns to his lucrative day job after colluding with the Queen of Pop herself (that's Madonna, NOT Cher Lloyd) by playing at Manchester's Sankeys on Thursday, Glasgow's Arches on Good Friday and Ministry of Sound on Easter Saturday. Tickets vary in price but start at £12.

Performing their classic album 'Meantime' in its entirety, Helmet's six shows promise to be a masterclass of hardcore/rock, starting with London on Monday night and followed by Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham and finally Reading on Sunday. Tickets are £15-£18.50.

The Futureheads The Futureheads
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Back with a bang and a new album, Futureheads are also back on the road with a string of shows that kick off on Monday night in Brighton, followed by Bristol, Islington, Leeds and more until Manchester on 13th April. Tickets are £15.

The Jim Jones Revue

If loud brash ballsy blues 'n' garage rock floats your barge, you've got to check out this lot. The first show for their return to the UK is in London on Thursday night, before more in Guildford and Swansea over the Easter period. They resume touring on 12th April in Southend, tickets cost £11.

Back on the road with support from his band plus Virgil and the Accelerators is Wilko Johnson with a fairly vast tour. First stop of many is Buxton on Thursday night, followed by Sale, Clitheroe and Nantwich (part of the town's Blues Festival), plus more throughout the spring. Tickets cost £17.50.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Cirque du Soleil - Alegria Cirque du Soleil - Alegria
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Canada's premier live circus and street entertainment troupe will be bringing a new show to the UK from next week - Alegria is billed as 'a mood, a state of mind, jubilation in Spanish'. See for yourself when the exciting spectacle hits Manchester for the Easter break, followed by Glasgow, Birmingham and Dublin throughout April. Tickets vary from venue to venue, typically around £50.

The Extreme Stunt Show The Extreme Stunt Show
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For something a little more roadworthy, head out to see the thrills and spills offered by the ever-popular Extreme Stunt Show. Monster trucks, crazy stunts and amazing feats will make you gasp from Northampton to Manchester. The price won't make you gasp though - most start at £6, rising to £30 for family tickets.

E4 Udderbelly Festival 2012

Almost rivalling the Edinburgh Fringe is London's comedy bash housed in an upturned glass-fibre purple cow. The list of acts is seemingly endless - there's an opening gala on Friday night with surprise guests plus various shows from Milton Jones, Andi Osho, The Vocal Orchestra and the return of Havana Rumba! to name but four. Tickets vary, although some shows have sold out (Rufus Hound, for example).

He IS the 'Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo' and he's out on tour in all his boisterous Welsh glory. First stop is Carlisle on Good Friday, followed by a string of shows in Newcastle (limited tickets still available), Leeds and dozens more throughout 2012. Tickets average around £25.

Happy Easter!!

Paul Pledger