The Week Ahead: Happy Mondays, Alkaline Trio, Marina and the Diamonds, Howler, Camden Crawl 2012 and more

Posted: 25th April 2012
From Monday 30th April 2012, Happy Mondays, Alkaline Trio, MARINA and the Diamonds, Howler, The Vaccines, Blancmange plus others are on tour from next week, while Camden Crawl 2012, Live at Leeds 2012 and Bristol Folk Festival 2012 help kickstart the festival season. Amy Lamé plays an outrageous London residency, while Steel Magnolias tours the UK for the first time.

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Shaun Ryder and co's much-publicised comeback tour with the revered Inspiral Carpets may or may not have Bez on board (he's DJing at the various after-parties at present), but fans of Madchester, baggy and disco-biscuits will be out in force regardless. The opening show is Newcastle on Tuesday; the asking price is £35 upwards (many have sold out of face-value tickets now).

MARINA and the Diamonds
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Armed with a brand new album, the all-new Marina sound will be cascading throughout the UK from Thursday onwards. The intimate Notting Hill show has sold out, as has the massive Manchester Cathedral date on Friday - the rest throughout May are available for £17.50-£20.

Portsmouth hosts the opening night of this partially rescheduled UK tour for the US pop-punksters, which sees the band continue on to Sheffield, Middlesbrough and more until Cambridge on 15th May. Accidents won't happen this time and you can catch the band at all shows, except Norwich (sold out). £16.50-£18.

Tickets for the much-touted US rockers' upcoming UK tour are still in good supply. The first show kicks off in Belfast on Tuesday, followed by Liverpool and a trip to Leeds on Saturday for Live at Leeds 2012. The tour ends in Bristol on 16th May with prices starting from £6 upwards.

You have to admire the '80s outfit for picking a venue called Fruit to play in, but they have. It's in Hull and is one of many still-available dates on their UK tour which starts in Newcastle on Weds and ends in Blackburn on 26th May. The first Blackburn show and Leeds have sold out - the rest cost £13-£15.

Kevin Rowland has finally regrouped his charges and delivered an acclaimed album in 'One Day I'm Going to Soar'. As a result, half of this short comeback tour has sold out with Treorchy and Whitley Bay surviving the stampede for tickets; prices start at £25. The Glasgow and London shows have sold out, aside from Premium Tickets.

With a summer filled with numerous festival appearances, you may not get many opportunities to see the 'Post Break-up Sex' creators this year. Dundee on Weds has sold out, Thursday's Bridlington bash still has tickets priced at £18.50 and Brighton offers just seating at £18.50.


North London's cheap trawl around the area's many venues and boozers is a sure sign that the festival season is upon us. The May Bank Holiday officially starts with a sold-out opening party with Death in Vegas, followed by two days of cultural mayhem. A few Weekend Tickets remain at £67.50 and Sat or Sun tickets cost £39.50 per day.

Not to be outdone by those Southerners, West Yorkshire's capital is going equipped with several shows in and around its city centre on Saturday. There's a separate Ladyhawke gig, as well as shows from The Subways, Marina and the Diamonds, Howler, Dot Rotten and loads more, all for £20.

For the May Bank Holiday, Bristol will come alive with not one but TWO music festivals, this one and the Simple Things Festival 2012. There is some real class at the Bristol Folk Festival and all for £80 for the weekend, including Show of Hands, Karine Polwart and many more. Simple Things has a clubbier feel with Squarepusher, Death in Vegas etc - £30 for the Sunday.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Manchester's Opera House is dishing up a fiendish new show in the form of this vampire love-story and musical. Our heroine Vampi dreams of being normal and getting a life - literally. The comedy musical offers laughs and classic songs, all for £10-£25 and runs from Friday night until 19th May.

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For the very first time, this classic bittersweet comedy will tour the UK from Monday onwards. Starring Isla Blair, Cherie Lunghi and Denise Welch, the tale of six linked Southern housewives begins its tour in Brighton from Monday until Saturday, with York and Birmingham also included in the run. Tickets cost £29.90 or less.

Amy Lamé

Join the outrageous former Mayoress of Camden as she celebrates her Unhappy Birthday during a stint at the Camden People's Theatre from Tuesday night until Saturday 12th May. Sharp and political, unforgiving and formidable, Lame will give you both barrels for just £6-£10.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger