The Week Ahead: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nicki Minaj, Isle of Wight Festival, Eden Sessions 2012, Less Than Jake and more

Posted: 13th June 2012
From 18th June 2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nicki Minaj, Isle of Wight Festival 2012, Eden Sessions 2012, Less Than Jake, Tony Bennett, John Barrowman, OFF! and Dance GB will all be vying for your attention during the next 7 days or so

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Surprisingly, given their live reputation, the international clout of the Chili Peppers has failed to sell out their dates in Knebworth, Sunderland and Dublin. Tickets cost £45/£50 or €49.50. The Wombats (UK), Reverend and the Makers (UK), Dizzee Rascal (K only) and Noel Gallagher (D) support.

Her forthcoming tour dates with StooShe in support have pretty much sold out, so it's down to Premiums only if you're desperate to get in. Her shows in Hammersmith on Sunday and Monday are available from around the £50 mark - a tenner more than face value. Other shows are more expensive.

An enviable raft of performers awaits anyone lucky enough to get a ticket for this year's Seaclose Park event, starring Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Elbow, Jessie J, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Magnetic Man etc. There are only non-camping Weekend tickets left, priced at £160.

Tim Minchin kicks off this year's season of geodesic entertainment with a show on Saturday night. Tickets are still available priced at £35, while following weekly shows from Example, Frank Turner, Chase and Status and Noah and the Whale are also available at the same price.

Even with ticket prices breaking the £50 barrier, demand for the king of the crooners continues to rise. Birmingham's show on Sunday has sold out and there are only limited seats left for Glasgow and London, while Liverpool and Manchester are lagging behind, somewhat - prices from £55.

Prior to their slot on the Road to Warped Tour in November (still available for £20), you can catch the ska-punksters in action during a short tour starting in Wrexham on Monday and continuing to Leamington Spa, Bournemouth and a sold-out show in Brighton. Tickets for the remainder cost £16.50.

With Trash Talk in support, these dates may start selling out closer to the tour itself. First stop for the hardcore outfit is Brighton on Monday, followed by London's Garage and several more until Nottingham on 26th. Tickets cost from £14 upwards.

Head to Cornwall for this family-friendly music and food (especially seafood) festival that includes Philip Henry & Hannah Martin, The Bees, Dub Pistols, Neil Halstead, This Is The Kit and Sunday headliner Charlotte Church. Tickets are £69.50 for the weekend with posh camping or £50 without.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

The popular all-round entertainer is a safe bet for a family show, three of which he will be playing from Thursday onwards. The first extravaganza takes place in Scarborough, while shows in Glasgow and Blackpool take place on Friday and Saturday night respectively. Tickets cost from £30 to £50.

A Walk on Part - The Fall of New Labour A Walk on Part - The Fall of New Labour
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Based on the diaries of Chris Mullin MP and a sell out during its UK tour, this hilarious political farce features all your favourite political ne'er-do-wells, as Cameron, Prescott, Blair etc live out a tempestuous decade. At London's Arts Theatre from Tuesday until 14th July, priced from £30.50.

Chariots of Fire Chariots of Fire
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Playing as part of the Olympic celebrations, this winning play about two 1924 athletes battling for the ultimate prize of fulfilment and an Olympic medal borrows from the award-winning film. The run (ha ha) begins at the Gielgud Theatre on Saturday 23rd June and continues until 10th November.

Inspired by the Olympic pageant and our very own Team GB, this joint venture between the Scottish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and the English National Ballet tours the UK starting with five shows in Glasgow next week and Greenwich from 4th to 8th July. Prices start from just £9.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger