The Week Ahead: Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Bestival 2012, Greg Davies, Marillion and more

Posted: 28th August 2012

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This year's 'glorious' summer can be rounded off on the Isle of Wight with your headliners Florence and the Machine, New Order and Stevie Wonder. Let's hope the grim weather stays in the Atlantic for long enough to enjoy the weekend - £170 admission from Friday.

On Sunday, Simply Red's crooner Mick Hucknall will return to sing previews of his American Soul projhect alongside headliner Jessie J, rockers Status Quo and colourful pop-pixie Paloma Faith. Tickets for the Hyde Park bash are still available for £35.


You should by now be aware of Cohen's switch of his Old Ideas shows from Kent's Hop Farm to Wembley Arena, with both still available at various prices (Sat is almost sold out). Leonard will then head to Dublin for four shows during the following week.

Africa Express Sound System is headed-up by Baaba Maal and Damon Albarn, featuring the likes of Amadou & Mariam, Kano and many more for a string of rare UK shows starting in Middlesbrough on Monday night. Remaining shows up until King's Cross on the 8th are still available, except Manchester (sold out). £15-£20.
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Progressive stalwarts Steve Hogarth and co return with new material and a UK tour from Sunday onwards. Cardiff is the first stop with all shows on the tour still available except the final show in Cambridge on 17th September - this has sold out. Prices start at £25 for the rest.

The Godmother of Punk is back with a full band and a string of shows in September. All shows still have spaces except Glasgow, Brighton and London. Tickets for the remaining shows including the opening night in Newcastle on Tuesday, cost from £25.

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You've got some hairy heavy-metal coming your way, fresh out of Louisiana and touring from Birmingham on Sunday night to Brighton on the 15th. You can still get your claws on tickets for all shows, priced from £9 upwards.

If 'Heaven is a Halfpipe' to you, then you'll no doubt remember hit-makers OPM with that catchy tune plus 'El Capitan'. Their tour starts on Thursday in Leicester and covers most of the UK until London on the 22nd. Tickets are £5-10.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Hold onto your bedclothes, the American surrealists are back with a two-week residency at London's Soho Theatre from Monday night until Saturday 15th September. Ticket prices for all shows cost £12-£15 and the duo promise different guests every night.

Comedy's tallest man returns with a new show and a run of tour-previews starting in Sevenoaks (sold out) and continuing to Windsor (Sunday night - £20) Teddington for a few nights (£10), Kingston and then Ludlow and beyond.

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Mock the Week's Craic Dealer has a handful of shows in Dublin's Vicar Street starting on Thursday night until 15th Sep, before heading back to the UK and York and Hammersmith in October, for which there are still limited spaces available.

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A musical portrayal of one of the Britain's most colourful music figures that emerged from the New Romantic age of the '80s, a tale of hedonism and decadence to be played out at Brixton's Club House from Thursday until Christmas. Tickets cost from £10 upwards, with Meal Deals available.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger