The Week Ahead: Jay-Z, Scissor Sisters, Barry Manilow, Guns N' Roses, Dave Gorman, Scope's Big Comedy Night with Ben Elton, Al Murray and more

Posted: 8th May 2012
From 14th May 2012 onwards, Jay-Z, Scissor Sisters, Barry Manilow, Guns N' Roses, Thin Lizzy, Paul Heaton, Wheatus and Peter Hook (and his Light) are all out on the road, while the arts weigh in with Matthew Bourne, Dave Gorman and Scope's Big Comedy Night in Hammersmith.

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


His Watch the Throne double-header with Kanye West will launch in London next Friday (for 5 nights), followed by Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield. There are a few face-value and resale tickets available for all shows, priced from around £39.50 or £47.50.

Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
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These glamboyant pop-icons are back with just two headlining shows for the summer, both at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Wednesday and Thursday. There are a very small amount of Level 1 seats left for the second show and only Level 3s for Wednesday, both at £32.50.

One of the world's biggest, grandest entertainers returns to the UK for a string of shows, starting with London's O2 Arena on Tuesday night and calling at Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin (23rd May). All shows still have a few seats left, starting from around £45 upwards.

Axl's hit-making rockers are back in the UK and if you thought you'd never get a ticket, think again. With Thin Lizzy in support, almost every show from Thursday's opener in Dublin to the last pair of gigs in London on 31st May and 1st June, has some face-value tickets left, priced from £40.

Just prior to their support slot with one of the biggest US rock bands on the planet, Lizzy will embark on a pair of warm-up shows beforehand. Tuesday sees them in Leamington Spa, while Wednesday is reserved for a show in Guildford - tickets cost £22.50 and £26 respectively.

Ex-Beautiful Souther and now pub entrepreneur has sold out most of his upcoming intimate 50/50 UK and Ireland Tour, with just a handful of shows with any tickets left. Aviemore, Ullapool, Tobermory, Kilkee and Sandown have a limited amount left for £15.

The Pigeon Detectives The Pigeon Detectives
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With a firm eye on coastal towns and cities, Leeds-based Pigeon Detectives have buckets, spades and guitars at the ready for next week's seaside jaunt, which includes Scarborough, Aberdeen, Plymouth and more. Southend and Portsmouth have sold out, the rest cost £12.50 upwards.

Peter Hook

Whilst his ex-band mates New Order vanish off to foreign climbs for festival slots, bassist Hooky continues to spread the Joy Division word with a multitude of shows. The Manchester gigs will premier 'Still', while the remainder cover JD studio albums. Glasgow has sold out, the rest cost £20.

Bursting into spring with new songs is songwriter Gemma Hayes with a stream of shows throughout May, starting in Reading on Tuesday, followed by Cambridge and more until Exeter on 29th. All shows still have tickets left, priced from £10-£15.

The Handsome Family The Handsome Family
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Surprisingly for such a revered band, there are still tickets left for Handsome Family's next UK jaunt which starts in Leeds on Wednesday evening. Prices are reasonable - £9 to £12.50 - with London being the only night to sell out so far. They deserve your attention - book now!

Also happening next week are headline shows for those 'Teenage Dirtbags' Wheatus (full UK tour - Cheltenham has sold out), Japandroids (UK tour - London has sold out), folk supergroup The Imagined Village (UK tour - all available) and various festivals including Manchester's FutureEverything 2012 (Death Grips have cancelled, all others available) and Bearded Theory Festival 2012!

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Hammersmith Apollo hosts Scope's Big Comedy Night fundraiser on Sunday. For just £30, you get a stellar line-up in Ben Elton, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Milton Jones, Doc Brown and many more. There are still a few dozen tickets left, but they'll sell out this week.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures
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One of Britain's biggest dance stars and choreographers will revisit his earliest works with this select short UK tour, opening on Thursday night in Brighton. London, Richmond and Bromley also feature and tickets are available for all shows throughout, priced from around £20.

The star of 'Googlewhack' and 'Are You Dave Gorman?' social experiments will continue bringing his PowerPoint Presentation to more less-likely UK locations from next week. All are available for £20-£24, except Torrington, Stafford, Durham and Colchester which have sold out!

Happy Clicking!

Paul Pledger