The Jubilee Week Ahead: Blink-182, Elton John, The Maccabees, Tenacious D, Slash, Diamond Jubilee Events, Download and more

Posted: 30th May 2012
From Monday 4th June 2012: Blink 182, Elton John, The Maccabees, Tenacious D, Slash, NOFX, Hot Chip, Katy B, McFly, Download Festival, Parklife Weekender, Scott Capurro, Strictly and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


After the furore caused last year with cancelled dates and, more recently, injuries sustained, these rescheduled shows are all set to go ahead. There are only Premiums for most shows or seats from £33.19/£35.74, although Dublin still has standing, priced at €44.20.

Now an outdoor-festival regular, pop's most flamboyant royalty is performing at the sold-out Diamond Jubilee Concert in Buckingham Palace Gardens, before heading to Harrogate on Tuesday, Belfast on Thursday, Chesterfield on Saturday and Falkirk on Sunday. All available from around £55.

Possibly your only chance to catch the Top 5 band performing a headline show, before they head off to Ibiza, Scotland, Bilbao, Reading and Leeds for a summer of festivals. The Alexandra Palace show on Friday 8th June (with British Sea Power & Baxter Dury) costs just £20.

Loud and brash, just the way you like them, Tenacious D have backed up their impending Download appearance pretty well. All three Brixton shows Tues, Weds and Thursday, plus Glasgow on 12th June, have any standard tickets left priced from £35, although only the 7th at Brixton has standing space left.

While Guns 'n' Roses earn wrath from critics and fans for indifferent shows, guitarist Slash continues to keep it real with a huge Download appearance and a preceding Hammersmith show on Wednesday night. Premium tickets are available for Hammersmith from £48 upwards.

Due to appear at Download, the US punk-rock legends have opted to go one better than just performing an extra pre or post-festival show - they've got a whole tour to get through from Bournemouth on Tuesday to two shows in Shepherd's Bush (only 17th June still available). From £18.50.

New single "Night and Day" is a stonking return to form and bodes well for new album, "In Our Heads", which will feature heavily during their short tour and Lovebox appearance. Only Sheffield on Sunday night has any tickets left, priced at £16.

This year's ever-popular Newmarket Nights will kick off on Saturday 9th June with McFly, with other concerts due from Madness, Frankie Valli, Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Jessie J throughout the summer. This one weighs in at £21/£29, depending on seats.

South London's finest dubstepping popstar returns with a string of Get Loud in Library shows in Oldham, Preston, Rugby and St. Helens, as well as a gig in Bath on 7th June. Surprisingly, for such rare shows, tickets can still be had for £15 to £16.50.


In what promises to be one of the busiest festival weekends this year, Download stands proud at 10 years old with Metallica, Black Sabbath (just), the Prodigy, Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Soundgarden and many more. 8th - 10th June - you need to get your final day tickets now, priced at £75 for Friday and Sunday only.

If the weather holds out for this Scottish weekender by Loch Ness, then you're in for a glorious time watching Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Justice, Biffy Clyro, Friendly Fires etc. Weekenders cost £149/£159, while Sat or Sunday cost £64/£85 (for VIP).

The Parklife Weekender 2012

Heading to Manchester on 9th and 10th June to see a cracking line up at Platt Fields Park? Sadly, Saturday day tickets have now sold out, but Weekenders priced at £64.50 will ensure you get to see both The Flaming Lips, Noah and the Whale, Nero on Saturday and Dizzee Rascal, Labrinth, The Rapture on Sunday (day tickets are still available for Sunday, £38.50).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Strictly presents Dance to the Music Strictly presents Dance to the Music
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Former Strictly Come dancing winner and Eastenders personality, Kara Tointon, plus a whole host of leading international dancers, will begin a lengthy tour from 5th June in Ipswich, followed by many other towns until Southend on 3rd July. Tickets start at £19.50

Yes, Prime Minister Yes, Prime Minister
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This classic reshuffle of the tales of the odious and hapless Jim Hacker and his conniving minions continues with a new run at the Trafalgar Studios from Weds 6th June, right through until 2013. Don't miss this - tickets cost from £46.50.

Enigmatic flamboyant and outrageous Capurro will begin a bawdy five-night residency at London's Soho Theatre on Wednesday night, when he will deal with death, marriage, mid-life crisis and the Koran. Tickets for all shows are still available and cost from £10.

Diamond Jubilee Event

Please note that Monday's high-profile Diamond Jubilee Concert featuring Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder and Elton John has now sold out. For other remaining Diamond Jubilee events throughout June, click on the image to the left!

Happy Jubilee Clicking!

Paul Pledger