The Week Ahead: The Stone Roses, Hop Farm Festival, Cornbury Festival, M83, The Psychedelic Furs, Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words and loads more

Posted: 20th June 2012
From Monday 25th June 2012: The Stone Roses will take over Manchester, Hop Farm Festival, Cornbury Festival will experience packed out fields and M83, The Psychedelic Furs, Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words, Robert Cray Band, George Benson, Garbage and loads more will tour the UK

This week:

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The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
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Next week sees the next chapter of those who wanna be adored as Ian Brown's charges will hopefully not be forgetting their setlist during Manchester's landmark triple-header. All shows are down to Premium resales, starting at £50 for Sunday, £70 for Saturday and £90 for Friday.

The Hop Farm Festival 2012

With what could be described as their most potent line-up ever, Kent's Hop Farm organizers have done themselves proud by booking Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan and Suede next weekend. If you want to go, shake a leg, click your mouse and part with £162 for the weekend or £65 per day.

Oxfordshire will be resounding to the classics and hits of headliners James Morrison, Elvis Costello and Jools Holland, along with The Waterboys, Macy Gray and Newton Faulkner. Weekenders start at £150/£175 and day tickets average out at £70.

French dream-rock outfit seeks yet more sold-out shows? Actually, for a change, you will find two M83 shows next week that are not entirely sold out. Belfast on Tuesday and Edinburgh on Wednesday are still available from £22.50. The Brixton show in November is also still available (just).

The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs
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Proof that the interest in '80s bands isn't waning - Richard Butler's classic band have already sold out two dates on their impending UK tour, including Bristol and Islington. However, Edinburgh, York etc are up for grabs from £22.50 a ticket.

Robert Cray Band Robert Cray Band
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Surprisingly for a legend, blues-guitar maestro Cray hasn't sold out his upcoming UK tour, which starts at his BluesFest show in Shepherd's Bush on Tuesday, followed by a slot at the Glasgow Jazz Festival on Thursday and many more afterwards. All shows are available for £25-£30.

Mike and the Mechanics Mike and the Mechanics
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Rutherford and co return for more journeys through their back catalogue, including recent album 'The Road'. All shows from Tuesday's gig in Newcastle through to the headliner in Cardiff on 4th July are available priced £25-£28.50. There's a Shepherd's Bush gig on 18th July (still available).

The award-winning jazz and soul guitarist and scat-singer is a sure-fire bet for a great night. Next week, he has Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott as support, with shows in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow down to the last few tickets (remainder fully available).

Having recently appeared on radio as part of the BBC's Punk Britannia month, there has never been a better time to discover the 'Godmother of Punk'. Her dates next week are all sold out though, so it's either Hop Farm Festival or her September tour for you (all available at various prices).

Making something of a comeback, Shirley Manson and the boys will be performing tracks from their recent new album, 'Not Your Kind of People' from Sunday night in Brixton. Wolverhampton and Manchester are also available but Glasgow has now sold out. £26-£29.50.

If you happen to be in the Midlands next Tuesday and Wednesday, you could do much much worse than see Editors make their hometurf comeback with new material at the city's HMV Institute. The Tuesday show is still on sale for £18.50, but Wednesday has now completely sold out.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Craig Kelly and George Georgiou star in this Trafalgar Studios presentation of Mike Batistick's earthy play set in the Bronx about two childhood pals and their recurrent problems - and a cockfight. Starts on Monday (Tuesday sold out) and continues until 21st July, prices ranging from £17.50 to £25.

Continuing the trend for comedians to write about their travels, Key goes a step further by reading poetry he scribed during a trip to inspirational India. He begins a residency at London's Invisible Dot from Monday and continues sporadically throughout July, before a September tour.

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words
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This new dance production set in the '60s will first perform at Leicester's Curve Theatre until 7th July, before heading to Sadler's Wells in London from 12th July until 11th August. You will need to contact the Leicester venue for tickets, but Sadler's Wells' shows are available now from £12 to £50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger