The Week Ahead: Forestry Commission Live, Lovebox, Glade Festival, Boyce Avenue, Chris Cornell, Primal Scream and more
Posted: 7th June 2012
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Forestry Commission Live Music 2012
Another jam-packed season of outdoor shows is set to begin on Thursday with Razorlight appearing in Thetford Forest, followed by several sold-out shows for Plan B, Will Young, Ed Sheeran and Madness plus still-available gigs for Alfie Boe, Steps, The Wanted and The Darkness. Prices vary.
London's wildest and most flamboyant weekend music and dance festival returns to Victoria Park for another three days of all killer no filler. Friday (with Hot Chip) and Sunday (with Grace Jones) are still available (£29/£49.50), with various 2-day combinations available to get you into Saturday (with Friendly Fires & Groove Armada) - Sat day tickets have sold out though.
Head to Houghton Hall near King's Lynn for 4 days of dancing and clubbing carnage with a massive line-up including Sven Vath, Andy C (Alive), Vitalic, Rusko, Foreign Beggars, Toddla T and lots more. Weekend tickets cost from £135 for Thursday onwards.
Florida's easy-going rock siblings return to the UK with a raft of support in the shape of Alex Goot and Tyler Hilton. The tour starts on Monday with Glasgow (sold-out), followed by Edinburgh, Newcastle and more until Belfast (also sold out, along with Liverpool and Bristol). Remaining shows cost £20-£22.
Soundgarden's singer returns with his Songbook Volume One acoustic tour, which covers Dublin, Glasgow, Salford, London etc. He'll be airing tracks from both his band and solo recordings and tickets are still retailing at face value for around £30.
As part of their prep for the festival season (which includes Hop Farm and Jersey Live 2012), Bobby Gillespie and co will be parading their "Screamadelica" album (and more) around Scotland next week. Surprisingly, Inverness on Thursday still has a few tickets left at £26.50 - Aberdeen and Edinburgh have sold out.
After hitting the heights with "Foundations" in 2008, songwriter Nash continues with the imminent release of album number three and an intimate UK tour from next Saturday onwards. Edinburgh is her first stop, followed by several more until Belfast on 4th July. Tickets cost around £15.
Busy times ahead for the hardcore Californians as they will not only headline their own dates during the next week, they'll be supporting OFF! as well. Catch headlining in Birmingham, Bristol and Milton Keynes (£7) or with OFF! from Brighton to Nottingham (from £14 upwards).
Prior to performing at this year's Isle of Wight Festival, Best Coast's UK headliners begin in Glasgow on Saturday, continue through Manchester, Birmingham and Shepherd's Bush, before settling in Brighton on 21st June. Tickets vary from £12 to £16.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
BBC Good Food Show
Join The hairy Bikers, James Martin and other top cooks, chefs and food-producers for a culinary journey to foodie heaven. The five-day exhibition, featuring cooking demonstrations and dozens of traders and cafes, begins on Wednesday with adult tickets costing from £15.95.
Rest Upon the Wind
Hammersmith's Riverside Studios will soon be presenting this acclaimed play by Nadim Sawalha. Inspired by the life of the author of The Prophet and the century-old Arab awakening, Khalil Gibran, the biographical story will play for six nights from Wednesday onwards. The first show is sold out but others are available for £18.
Trevor Chance's Legends
Bearing some resemblance to the bygone age of star-studded seaside music-shows and club-nights, this respectful show on Blackpool's Central Pier brings you the best in soundalike performances from 'Kylie', 'Elton', 'Robbie', 'Elvis' and many more, Runs for 5 months until 3rd November and tickets cost £18.