Fat Friday: The Beach Boys, Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, The Gaslight Anthem, Gallows and more
On sale from 29th June 2012: The Beach Boys, Alabama Shakes, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, The Gaslight Anthem, Gallows, Tim Burgess, World Party, alt-J, Status Quo, Charlie Murphy, Rancid, Kris Kristofferson and lots more
The Beach Boys
Wembley Arena's show on 28th September has sold out already, which has prompted the original Beach Boys band-members to announce a second show for the night before (27th) at the Royal Albert Hall. Demand will be just as quick as Wembley, if not quicker.
After their meteoric rise to critical adoration and a Top 3 album, the band will be returning to the UK later this year for headline shows in Manchester on 12th November, followed by Glasgow on 13th and two shows in London. The first of the capital gigs is at The Coronet on 16th Nov, followed by a show at North London's HMV Forum on the following night. £16.50-£18.50.
After the considerable success, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded', Minaj has announced more arena shows for her UK fans. Stops include Nottingham on 21st October, followed by Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and more until Cardiff on 7th Nov, with prices ranging from £39 to £46.50.
After conquering Lovebox and supporting Coldplay, Ora will be headlining shows just before 'the schools go back'. The first announced include Manchester on 29th August and London on the 30th. Tickets will sell almost as quickly as her last single. Prices are £11.50 and £13.50 respectively.
Jessie kicks off her tour in Dublin on Bonfire Night, followed by Glasgow, Leeds and more, before Bristol on 14th November. There's a London show at Electric Brixton (her home turf) on Tuesday 13th Nov. Tickets are £12.50 for London, £10 for the other UK dates and €17.85 for Dublin.
The Gaslight Anthem
Album four is imminent - 'Handwritten' hits the shelves and servers in July, ahead Leeds and Reading festival slots. But what you want is a proper tour and first stop on the short hop is Brixton (15th Oct), followed by Manchester (18th), Glasgow (19th) and Birmingham (20th), priced £18.50.
As well as new singer Wade MacNeil and new music, there are new shows as part of an October tour, including Brighton on 3rd October, followed by Exeter, Newcastle and more until Camden on 19th October. Support comes from Feed the Rhino and Brotherhood of the Lake. £13 upwards.
With brand new solo material rumoured for a 2013 release, the Charlatans' frontman will be warming up for that event with some autumnal shows that include Manchester on 20th October, followed by shows in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Dublin and, finally, Belfast on 27th. Tickets start at £15.
In support of multi-disc collection 'Arkeology', Karl Wallinger's musical talents will be back on the road for a rare London show at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November. Prices start at £25, rising to £55.
Later in 2012, you can catch the enigmatic Obama-supporting maverick's first UK shows in two years, starting with Liverpool on 4th December and followed by Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Cardiff and Belfast. Scottish and Irish shows are on sale now. The rest are on sale from 9am on Friday. £30.
Celebrating 20 gloriously noisy years, Rancid kick off the 13-date tour in Belfast on 28th November, followed by Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool and more, before two shows at London's HMV Forum (14th & 15th December). The London dates are co-headline gigs with Cock Sparrer. £23 (€25 for Dublin).
Accompanying Architects on their nationwide headlining tour will be Deez Nuts, Bury Tomorrow and The Acacia Strain with Southampton (9th November), Manchester, Birmingham and many more bearing the brunt of this heaviest of shows, ending in Norwich on the 17th. From £15.
A Quo Festive tour is a Christmas tradition and Rick, Francis and gang have announced 10 shows for December, kicking off in Glasgow on 6th, followed by Sheffield, Brighton and more, before The O2 Arena on 19th December. Bonnie Tyler will bring you a total eclipse of her voice as support.