Fat Friday: The Beach Boys, Joe Bonamassa, Stereophonics, Marina and the Diamonds, Maximo Park, Usher and more
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The Beach Boys
Surf-pop's most famous legends have regrouped to record a new album, "That's Why God Made the Radio", their first for 20 years and to perform a European tour in the autumn. Wembley Arena is the only UK show on 28th September, so expect tickets to sell out very quickly, even at £55.
If you don't know this man by now, you're clearly not a regular visitor to the album charts - his latest, "Driving Into the Daylight", reached number 2 last month! To that end, the sometime Black Country Communion guitarist's four 2013 London shows in the spring will fly out. Priced from £40 upwards.
In preparation for their much-anticipated appearance at the 2012 Olympic Concert in Hyde Park on 27th July, Kelly's heroes are heading out to play four intimate July warm-ups in Llandudno (22nd), Derby (23rd), Grimsby (24th) and Cambridge (25th). Tickets will be limited and priced at £28.50.
Marina and the Diamonds
So far, Manchester on 6th October and the HMV Forum in London on 11th October have been confirmed as part of Marina's next UK jaunt, with another brace of shows being due to be announced in due course. This follow-up tour to her upcoming postponed tour and US Coldplay support will no doubt be in high demand.
After the success of their intimate June shows, Paul Smith and co have now anticipated a healthy response to their new "National Health" album and have released details of a November 2012 UK tour, starting in Liverpool on 1st November, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle and many more until Portsmouth on the 10th.
On 11th June, Hammersmith Apollo will host a very special and exclusive show to tie in with the same-day release of the urban-soul entertainer's seventh studio album, 'Looking 4 Myself'. Demand for this one show is likely to be phenomenal, even at £55 or £65 so get in quick!
Internationally-acclaimed hip-hop and ragga star Sean Paul will be visiting London's IndigO2 on 26th June for a rare UK show to promote his new album (and haircut!) "Tomahawk Technique" and past hits such as "Gimme The Light". Tickets for this exclusive London concert will cost from £27.50.
On sale from 10am Friday are tickets to see the David-Byrne endorsed New Yorkers, Dirty Projectors. The band successfully sold out their last tour in 2010, so this single London show at the Roundhouse will probably follow suit. Tickets cost £15 and you can expect tracks from their new album, "Swing Lo Magellan".
After a busy year for the singer-songwriter, in which he appears to be playing just about every festival in the world and supporting Ben Howard, Willy will be seeing out 2012 around the UK in December. His Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol shows will set you back £12.50. A London show on 5th Dec is already available for £15.
Of Monsters and Men
"Little Talks" from new album "My Head Is An Animal" has been a big Euro-hit, but not here yet. To plug the album, the Icelandic outfit will perform some UK shows prior to Leeds and Reading Festivals. Brighton and London are the lucky cities, tickets cost £15.
For 2012, the Finnish chart-rockers have named their latest album simply, "The Rasmus", as well as confirming a few UK shows in December, including Bristol (10th), Birmingham (11th) and Nottingham (15th). Tickets start at £12, with more shows to be announced in due course.
Sheffield's noisiest bunch are out on the road in October for a UK tour in support of their third studio album due out in the autumn. Bristol is their first stop on 21st October, followed by Brighton, Nottingham and several others until London's XOYO on Halloween!
A Loss For Words
These American metal-punksters have managed to sell out their previous visits to the UK, not least their 2011 headline tour and the shows with This Time Next Year in January. Their warm-up shows prior to the Vans Warped Tour takes place in Norwich, Nottingham and Leeds and cost £8-£10.
Also on sale this week are shows for Lou Reed (who is appearing at Meltdown 2012 on 10th August), M Ward, The Saw Doctors, New Model Army, Dio Disciples and the Jamaican Legends Band, including Sly & Robbie, Ernest Ranglin and Monty Alexander, performing a few shows to celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence.
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