The Week Ahead: Latitude, Hit Factory Live, Queen, Lady Antebellum, Hard Rock Calling and more

Posted: 4th July 2012
From Monday 9th July 2012 - Latitude, Hit Factory Live, Queen, Lady Antebellum, Hard Rock Calling, Alison Krauss, Wu Legends, Tony Christie, Cameo, Greenwich Comedy Festival and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Suffolk's weather will hopefully hold out for the weekend's frivolities near Southwold, which includes Bon Iver on Friday, Elbow on Saturday and Paul Weller on the Sunday. A really decent line-up awaits your £175 admission (inc camping) with day tickets also still available at £75.

Hard Rock Calling 2012

Three huge international artists head to Hyde Park next week, including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon (performing Graceland) and Soundgarden. The Boss sold out his show on Saturday a while back but there are still tickets for Friday and Sunday concerts. We have limited tickets for the Soundgarden day, costing just £20 per ticket!

Hit Factory Live

Fans of PWL and Stock Aitken and Waterman would be mad to miss this Hyde Park spectacular on Wednesday night. Kylie, Jason, Rick, Sonia and the girls from Bananarama head up the evening. We still have a few £20 Special Offer tickets up for grabs -

Adam Lambert will be grasping the mic duties previously reserved for Freddie Mercury (and Paul Rodgers) and giving Hammersmith Apollo three nights to remember. All three shows are sold out of face-value tickets with Weds/Thurs both with Premiums starting from around £55 upwards.

In advance of her Sunday appearance at Hard Rock Calling in London (with Paul Simon), Krauss and her Union Station band with Jerry Douglas will perform special shows in Manchester and Liverpool. The former has tickets for £39.50 (front stalls!) while the latter has a few Premiums available.

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The BRIT nominees are heading back to the UK and Ireland to support Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling, as well as a mainly sold-out tour. Only the second show in Dublin on Weds (higher tiers at €36.50) and Birmingham on 17th July (£27.50) have seats available, the rest are sold out!

Is this the way to Tony Christie? You bet, with an entire week at London's Hippodrome awaiting your company. From Monday until Saturday, the crooning master will sing in the Cabaret-style venue, with tickets priced at £30. Table Seats are available for all shows except Monday.

Wu Legends such as Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and the GZA join the rapper for a string of gigs from Glasgow, London, Manchester to Newport. Note the Birmingham show has been cancelled and moved to Dublin's Button Factory (on sale from Weds 4th July) - the rest are £25 (£27.50 for London).

Word up! Larry Blackmon returns with his classic brand of '80s funk and electro-crunk ('She's Strange', 'Single Life' etc). The band will play Manchester on Sunday night, followed by a week-long stint at London's Jazz Cafe. Thurs 19th and Fri 20th are sold out, the rest are £32.50.

Here's one soul-singing legend you just have to see. She helped launch Joss Stone's career, but not before starting her own aged 3! She plays Manchester on Tuesday, and then a three-night residency at London's Jazz Cafe. Friday is sold out, the rest are £30 (Manchester is £22.50).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Next Friday will see this annual laughter-fest kick off in South East London, starting with Jerry Sadowitz and Stephen K.Amos on opening night, plus the likes of John Shuttleworth, Sean Hughes, Mark Watson and Milton Jones with tickets at £15-£18.50 each.

Ealing Comedy in the Park

Over in West London, the mirth begins on Friday night with an opening gala night with Ricky Grover, Terry Alderton and guests, plus further nights with Paul Zerdin, Rich Hall, Milton Jones and Abandoman and more - from £18.50.

Recently, the comedian's identity was hacked on the net and all his money was stolen - which all makes for plenty of ideas for a new show, The Information by the very funny (and poor) Mark Watson. He's got a string of July shows coming up, starting in Maidenhead on Weds - £15.

Paul Pledger