The Week Ahead: New Order, Imelda May, Feeder, Placebo, DJ Fresh and more

Posted: 18th April 2012
From Monday 23rd April 2012, New Order, Imelda May, Feeder, Placebo, DJ Fresh, Ladyhawke, Trembling Bells, Educating Rita, Bruce Forsyth are all embarking on UK tours (yes, even Brucie!)

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Sumner, Morris, Gilbert and co return for more UK touring. In addition to their many festival appearances (T in the Park 2012, Titanic Lockdown, Exit and Bestival), the band are performing in Manchester, Birmingham, Brixton, Glasgow and Edinburgh until 8th May - £35.

A highly formidable rock'n'roller and performer, May is an essential live ticket. Her tour begins in Bexhill on Tuesday, followed by Birmingham (Premiums only), Blackpool and more until her three closing (and sold-out) shows in Cardiff, London and Cork. Expect to pay £23.50 upwards for the rest.

There are just four shows of an intimate nature coming up for the Welsh rockers, with the only one still available. Warrington on Tuesday night will set you back £18. The other three have completely sold out, which means you'll have to wait until their November tour to see them again.

Only three headlining shows have been confirmed by Brian Molko and co but, apart from one show, they've already sold out. Liverpool's Olympia on Thursday night still has a few standing spaces and balcony spots available for £28.50, while Edinburgh and London have Premiums only.

Absolutely owning the festival scene this year is DJ Fresh. Prior to travels to far-flung corners of the world, he'll be performing a string of shows in May, preceded by a special show in Lancaster on Thursday night. Tickets are available for all headliners through to Glasgow on 19th May - from £12.50.

The impending return of the quirky New Zealander has been met with considerable approval by her fans - many shows including the Monday night in Brighton, plus Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester, Birmingham and London have sold out. The rest kick in at around £14-£15.

Perennial folk-rock songwriter Brady continues his incredible journey from Friday onwards with the first tour date in Kendal, followed by plenty more in Leeds, Manchester, Leamington Spa and loads more until Salisbury on 12th May. Prices start at £22.50.

There are still plenty of chances to catch the ever-improving Subways on their latest tour which starts across the sea in Belfast on Friday evening, followed by Dublin, Cardiff and more until the final pair of London and almost-hometown of Hatfield. Tickets for the Welwyn rockers start at £12.50.

Trembling Bells Trembling Bells
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The new and the not-so-new converge with Bonnie Prince Billy duelling with Trembling Bells on a string of UK shows, starting with Holmfirth on Thursday night, followed by others in Exeter, Cheltenham etc until Islington's Union Chapel on 6th May. Leeds and London are sold out; the rest cost £12 - £15.

Blood Red Shoes Blood Red Shoes
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It will come as no surprise that Brighton's promising duo have sold out the opening hometown date of their tour on Friday - but they have. Further shows from Southsea on Saturday to Nottingham on 13th May are still available though, priced from a reasonable £10 upwards.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney star in Willy Russell's classic tale of a uni tutor and his unlikely student, hairdresser Rita. The play is on tour over the next few months, starting with a residency at Southwark's Menier from Wednesday until 12th May. Tickets cost around £29.50 for stalls.

The Sunshine Boys The Sunshine Boys
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This is the story of Vaudevillian comical duo Clark and Lewis, alias The Sunshine Boys, performed by Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths. The embittered pair, supposedly the kings of comedy, begrudgingly forget their differences for one last show. Runs from Friday until 28th July - £25.

Ballet Revolución

Running at the Sadler's Wells sister venue the Peacock Theatre from Wednesday night is this 'explosive fusion of Cuban dance and choreography'. Tickets cost from £15 and the show will continue until 19th May.

One of Britain's biggest and most enduring entertainers is heading out for a couple of shows in the spring, as well as performing his first ever UK festival slot at the Hop Farm Festival 2012. His first stop is Bournemouth on Thursday night - tickets cost £35. His Royal Albert Hall show during the following week is still available for £45.

Paul Pledger