The Week Ahead: Lionel Richie, Sarah Millican, Ultravox, Darren Hayes and more

Posted: 12th September 2012

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Hello, is it Lionel you're looking for? His Newbury Racecourse show on Saturday is still up for grabs, as are Belfast, Glasgow, Nottingham, London (both) and a few more, priced from £65. Aberdeen and Liverpool have sold out of face-value tickets.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a rush to grab tickets for Hayes' UK jaunt. Only the opening night in Gateshead has any tickets left, priced from £19.50 to £35. All other shows across the country have sold out of face-value tickets.

Not surprisingly, the reunion of the most successful Ultravox line-up, with Midge Ure at the helm, has been met with considerable glee amongst fans. Tickets are still available for Bristol, Nottingham, Southend, Ipswich, Sheffield, Blackpool and Gateshead - others are sold out!

Not known for their subtlety but famed for explosive shows, W.A.S.P. are back on the road with their 30 Years of Thunder extravaganza with most shows from London on Friday night to Bristol on 4th October, priced from £19.50.

Reading's powerful and loud metallers return with a lengthy UK tour with Silent Screams in support, starting in Manchester on Wednesday night. All shows are still available, priced from just £8, including the Islington show on the 28th.

Joan Armatrading Joan Armatrading
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One of our most revered songwriters returns with an extensive two-month tour of UK and Ireland, with around half of the shows already sold out. Her Scottish and Irish dates, plus the bigger English venues still have a few seats left - £25-£29.50.

We are the Ocean We Are The Ocean
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Get yourself some pure uncut hardcore from the South East with a UK tour from WATO, starting in Exeter on Tuesday night and continuing around the UK until Birmingham on 2nd October. London has sold out, but the rest are still up for £12 average. Another London show is available for Feb 2013.

Eighties icon Nik is back on the road with his classic synth-pop such as 'Human Racing' and 'The Riddle', starting in Sheffield on Wednesday, followed by Glasgow, Liverpool and many more until Shepherd's Bush on 28th Sep. Prices average at £22.50.

One of Ireland's key songwriters and folk performers in recent years, McEvoy will be touring for much of the autumn. Edinburgh is the first stop on Tuesday night, with many more until Manchester on 3rd October. Prices start at £8.

Perhaps the biggest festival of the weekend (22nd/23rd) is in Sunderland with this year's Split set to feature PiL, The Futureheads, Field Music, Saint Etienne, Kathryn Williams and more across the two days. Tickets are £40 for the weekend or £25 per day.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

A Chorus of Disapproval A Chorus of Disapproval
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An all-star cast of Rob Brydon, Ashley Jensen and Nigel Harman plus award-winning producer Trevor Nunn, is a winning formula for Alan Ayckbourn's musical comedy. Runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Monday until 5th Jan 2013 - some limited stalls are still available.

Taking his acclaimed Masterslut show on the road next week will be the poetic Key who will begin with two shows in Norwich, followed by Canterbury, Cambridge and more. Tickets will set you back £15.

The affable comedian has The Information to give you, all across the UK from Friday onwards. Burnley is his first stop, followed by Milton Keynes, Leeds and several more until London on 28th October. Tickets are available for most shows, priced at £15 on average.

The biggest name in comedy right now has managed to sell out every remaining 2012 show, including next week's in Newcastle, except for Hammersmith's pair in November, both available for £20. Her Home Bird tour resumes in 2013 - tickets also selling out for that too.

Paul Pledger