The Week Ahead: Snow Patrol, Morrissey, Inspiral Carpets, Spamalot and more

Posted: 17th July 2012
From Monday 23rd July 2012: BT London Live 2012 with Snow Patrol, Jamaica 50th, Morrissey, Global Gathering 2012, Camp Bestival 2012, Inspiral Carpets, Monty Python's Spamalot and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


BT London Live 2012

The Olympics begin in earnest in just a few days and the music events continue with the Opening Ceremony Hyde Park show starring Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini. Tickets are available for £60.

A nation that will be celebrating gold in two ways, both on the Olympic track and 50 years of independence, has its own festival due to start at IndigO2 on Wednesday with Lee Scratch Perry, followed by Damian Marley, Tappa Zukie and more during the following week.

Heavyhitters Tinie Tempah and Chase and Status will headline this year's massive club-fest near Stratford-upon-Avon, with Maverick Sabre, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex and more in the mix. Tickets are still available for the weekend, priced at £105 (or £180 for VIP).

At the weekend, Lulworth Castle in Dorset will be vibrating to the sounds of headliners Hot Chip, Kool & the Gang and Chic and Happy Mondays. The family-friendly weekend madness is available for £175/£185, with day-tickets priced at £60.

From Monday, country-roots legend Griffith will begin a short UK jaunt in Bristol (sold out) which will then take her to London (limited standing left at £29), Chelsea's Under The Bridge (available), Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 (sold out) and Edinburgh (available).

His only two UK shows have almost been entirely snapped up - his Manchester show still has a limited array of Upper Tier seats left for £35, while the Usher Hall gig in Edinburgh has now completely sold out.

Inspiral Carpets Inspiral Carpets
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Two shows are lined up for Manchester's Inspirals, fresh from their support slot on Happy Mondays' spring tour. The pre-fest show in Ipswich is still available at £16 while on Saturday they head to Kent with headliners James and more for Sound Island Festival - £35.

On Saturday, John Lydon's charges play Rochester's inaugural Music Event One day-fest which also features The Wedding Present and local acts (£26). Other PiL dates during August are still available at £25, except Brighton, Reading and Wolves (all sold out).

Here is a UK tour that simple screams 'value'. For just £6 a ticket, you get two up and coming young bands being touted by the press as contenders. Palma Violets and Savages will perform to Manchester to Brighton.

That Sunday Feeling That Sunday Feeling
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And here's another bargain jaunt, this time starring a trio of pop-metallers that also includes Amy Cant Flyy and Falling Faster. Value for money abounds at all shows, including London and Cardiff, priced at just £6.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Monty Python's Spamalot Monty Python's Spamalot
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Marcus Brigstocke, (and from 2nd Aug to 2nd Sep, Jon Culshaw), Bonnie Langford, Todd Carty and Eric Idle all star in this evergreen Python classic that 'always looks on the bright side of life'. Seats at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Friday onwards sell for £49.50 upwards.

John Peel's Shed John Peel's Shed
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Interest in this acclaimed one-man show is increasing, partly due to Peel's record collection being displayed online. John Osborne takes us through the time he won a box of records on Peel's show and took 8 years to hear them all. Plays at the Soho Theatre until 4th August, £10-£12.50.

Back after a 10 year absence, Davies will get ready for his Edinburgh Fringe shows with a couple of London show, starting at The Phoenix on Thursday and a Criterion Theatre headliner on Sunday. Both still have some tickets available, priced at £8/£15 respectively.

Paul Pledger