The Week Ahead: The Beach Boys, Ray Davies, Mark Thomas, the Warehouse Project and more
From Monday 24th September 2012: The Beach Boys, Ray Davies, MARINA and the Diamonds, The Warehouse Project, Y&T, DragonForce, Jason and the Scorchers, People Under the Stairs, Antlered Man, Julian Clary, Mark Thomas, The Heretic and more...
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
The Beach Boys
It's the much-anticipated and publicised return to the UK of the originators of surf-pop with two London shows on Thursday and Friday. Face value tickets sold out a while ago, but there are Premiums available for Wembley on Friday, from £75 upwards.
Tickets remain for Southend (next Fri), Southampton (Sat), Glasgow and Nottingham, while London and York are diminishing fast with prices varying from £27.50 to £35. Other Ray Davies dates have sold out, although some premiums are still available.
MARINA and the Diamonds
Her latest tour begins on Sunday in Leeds, followed by Dundee, Liverpool, Preston and more until Oxford on 15th October. Tickets are available for all shows, except Kentish Town (now sold out, except for Premiums), priced at £18.50 or £20.
The Warehouse Project
Next week heralds the welcome return season of Manchester's fondly-revered nightspot TWP, albeit in a new location and short three-month run of club-nights. Rinse kick off the first night on Friday with their own 18th birthday party featuring Skream, Katy B, Diplo and more - £20.
Y & T
One of hard-rock's pioneering bands from the golden-era of the '70s, California's Y&T set a precedent for later artists. See them touring from Wednesday onwards in Liverpool, Belfast and more until London's Garage on 13th October. £16 - £18.50.
London's power-metal outfit are back with a UK and Ireland tour (Alestorm in support) which kicks off in Dublin on Tuesday night and continues to Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle etc until ending up in Portsmouth. Tickets for all shows remain at £17.50 (Shepherd's Bush £19.50).
Jason and the Scorchers
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the vintage '80s rock outfit have a new album and a UK tour to dispose of. Rare shows include Liverpool on Friday night, followed by London, Southsea etc until Newcastle on 7th October. Tickets start at £15.
People Under the Stairs
Great fun and well worth seeing are agreeable hip-hop outfit PUTS, who will perform a few rare UK shows next week. London is the first stop on Tuesday night, followed by Brighton, Bridport and Bristol. Heads start nodding at £15.
Apart from the head-mashing rock from your headlining hosts, We Are Knuckle Dragger and Romans will accompany Antlered Man on a UK tour from Southampton on Wednesday onwards. Tickets are a bargain £5/£6.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
The enigmatic comedian has a 'Position Vacant' so 'Apply Within' for his shows which start in Barnstaple on Wednesday night (sold out), followed by Truro, Exeter, Leeds, Crawley etc, right through until Shepherd's Bush on 22nd and 23rd November. From £20.
Comedy writer Thomas presents Bravo Figaro, a comic tale of male bonding, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and opera, inspired by his father. The show will play at London's Tricycle Theatre from Monday until 6th October, before heading to Manchester. £18.
Written by One Man, Two Guvnors' Richard Bean, The Heretic tells a comical tale about a sceptical uni scientist, an eco-warrior daughter and Earth-loving militias. Plays at the Salford Lowry from Thursday until 13th October - £13 to £15.