The Week Ahead: T in the Park, Wireless, Summer Series, Swedish House Mafia, Frankie Boyle, Faith No More and more

Posted: 27th June 2012
From Monday 2nd July: T in the Park, Wireless, Summer Series, Swedish House Mafia, Frankie Boyle, Faith No More, Roxette, Simple Minds, Futures, Howler, Paul Heaton's The 8th, Disney Live, Steps and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Another weekend and another major festival. Whatever the forecast, you can still get tickets to see Snow Patrol, New Order, The Stone Roses, David Guetta, Kasabian, Swedish House Mafia, Elbow and more over the weekend in Scotland. £199 or less (camping options still available).

Hyde Park will soon be hosting a massive weekend of big chart acts from pop, urban and dance with the only tickets still available are for the Deadmau5 night on Friday, priced at £49.50. Drake on Saturday and Rihanna on Sunday have sold out.

Somerset House's grand summer season has got off to a fine start with a few shows already selling out, including Saturday's starter with Tim Minchin, The Temper Trap, M83 and both Paloma Faith shows running out of face-value tickets already. Jill Scott, Tindersticks and more still up, £25-£37.50.

Swedish House Mafia Swedish House Mafia
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In a week of bands quitting and festivals being aborted, it came as a mild surprise when Swedish House Mafia declared their playing days are over and that next week's Dublin headliner (with Snoop Dogg), T in the Park and the huge Milton Keynes bash the week after, may be their last. Hurry for tickets.


'Come join the Joyride' and catch up with Sweden's '80s/'90s rock masters Roxette on their comeback summer tour which starts in Glasgow on Tuesday (sold out), followed by Manchester and Birmingham (£35) this week and Dublin next week. Tickets are still up for those last three.

Two huge shows await the '90s squeaky-clean pop heroes and heroines, the first being in Cork on Friday night, followed by a double-whammy with Peter Andre at the Hamilton Park Racecourse on Saturday night. Tickets are available for both €44.05 and £25/£30 respectively.

Just after a slot at T in the Park and prior to bringing a Latitude audience to its knees (just like the old days), Jim Kerr and co will be gracing Newcastle with a show on Sunday (8th). Expect some '5X5' action as they perform five songs from each of their first five very good albums. £37.50.

Sunday will see the long-awaited return of the rockers who 'cared a lot' as they attempt to be heard above a near sold-out crowd at Hammersmith Apollo, with the following Tuesday's show in Brixton also nearly full. The former has Premiums at around £38-£42, the latter has seats only at £33.50.

With just three shows up for grabs for this cracking nu-metal outfit fronted by Max Cavalera, we're surprised that Southampton (Wednesday) and Oxford (Friday) haven't yet sold out - tickets are £15. Plymouth's show on Thursday is sold out - they know how to rock in the West.

Current press-darlings and regulars on BBC 6Music's playlist, Howler have another smattering of gigs coming up in the coming months, the first batch of which begins in Milton Keynes on Thursday, followed by Stockton, York, Lancaster's Library and more throughout the summer. From £6.50 to £10.

Originally earmarked to tour in April, alt-rockers Futures will finally get around to satisfying fans with the delayed shows next week. All shows from Newcastle on Monday until Oxford on 13th are available from £8.50 upwards. They will also play Andover's Burn Out Festival on 29th July (£15).

Paul Heaton's The 8th Paul Heaton's The 8th
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Pitched somewhere between the arts and music is the ex-Beautiful South frontman's new rock-opera married up with a second-half show of greatest hits with a cast of friends and musicians. Salford has sold out but there are still tickets left for Thursday's show in London and others - from £25.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show
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With summer fast approaching (at some point), the younger members of the family will need something to capture their attention span and soon. On tour from Friday is Mickey's family show of magic and fun, starting in Aberdeen and continuing to Glasgow, Nottingham and more. £16-£19.

As a gentle reminder, Scottish bundle of vitriolic patter Boyle will be starting his humungous trudge around the UK from next week, with Blackburn's two shows just the start. Portsmouth and Liverpool follow afterwards and all five shows still have a few limited seats left at £25-£28, with remaining tour dates throughout 2012 still up at various prices.

Paul Pledger