Fat Friday: The xx, Amy MacDonald, Rick Astley, Spear of Destiny, Elbow, Sonic Boom Six and many more

Posted: 25th July 2012

New album, Dead in the Boot, which is a collection of B-sides, is released in August and some of this more obscure material may get an airing during a five-date November/December arena tour beginning in Nottingham (26th Nov) and ending at The O2 on 2nd December - £30.

September marks the return of The xx in headlining mode with three big shows in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh, all centred around the release of second-album "Coexist". Ticket prices start at around £22.

The Scottish singer-songwriter will be celebrating her hit album Life In a Beautiful Light with a promotional tour this autumn, starting in Salford on 27th October. Other dates include Cardiff, Notts and London and are priced at £22.50-£32.50.

Mick Hucknall Sings American Soul is the name of the former Simply Red front-man's September Royal Albert Hall double-header. Tickets for both are now running short, so cue a spring 2013 UK/ Ireland tour, taking in Dublin, York, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and many more until the final date in Newcastle. Tickets start at £35 (€38 for Dublin).
Buy Tickets

A select batch of UK dates with Marilyn Manson as support has been announced, with the Hellbilly all set to hit London's O2 Arena, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham during November. The Twins of Evil tour will cost £30-£35.

After the disappointment of Hit Factory Live being cancelled, Astley resumes his own activities with a full UK tour in October. Stops include Manchester, Birmingham and more until Bournemouth on 25th October - prices start at £22.50.

The Warehouse Project is back for 2013, re-housed in Trafford Wharf, and it's a whopper. Launching on 28th Sep with a Rinse special, featuring Katy B, Skream etc. and closing, as usual, with a double-header for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Acts include: Orbital, Netsky, Shy FX, Squarepusher, Armin van Buuren and many more. Tickets available now from £22.50 - £28.50.
Buy Tickets
Spear of Destiny Spear of Destiny
Buy Tickets

Their tour begins in November soon after Brandon and his charges have supported Stiff Little Fingers on their UK jaunt. Stops include Leeds, Nottingham, Glasgow and finally Islington on 2nd December. Tickets for these Outland and Beyond shows are priced from £12.50 upwards.

Toby Jepson and co will be joined by Skin for a string of December shows that will take in big cities across the UK including Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Leeds and more until Shepherd's Bush on 16th December. Ticket prices range from £18.50 to £20 for London.

Michael Schenker Michael Schenker
Buy Tickets

April 2013 will see Schenker perform in Stockton on the 9th, followed by the likes of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Falmouth and Newcastle plus others. The tour will currently end in Norwich on 21st April 2013. Ticket prices average around £22.50 - a London show may be added in due course.

With Fozzy, Breed 77 and Never Means Maybe, first stop is Stoke on 27th November, followed by the likes of Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, a slot at Hard Rock Hell VI at the new Gwynedd location, then Plymouth, Camden and Brighton on 6th December. We have tickets now, priced from around £17.

Much-touted brassy indie-soul outfit The Milk have a stream of shows planned for the autumn, starting with Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and more before ending up in Oxford on 30th November. Most of the shows are priced at a tenner or less.

Now on leading indie Xtra Mile, SBS have an album ready to go and a tour looming on the horizon - and it's a biggie. From Nottingham on 2nd November until Newport on the 24th, the band will cover most bases including London on the 21st - tickets start at just £8.

Fossil Collective Fossil Collective
Buy Tickets

In anticipation of new material, Fossil Collective have sewn together a UK tour that takes in Doncaster on 12th October, then Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and lots more until Leicester on the 27th. Tickets are available now, priced at around £6.50. A London show will be announced in due course.

Paul Pledger