Fat Friday: The xx, Eric Clapton, The Script, Usher and more

Posted: 19th September 2012

After a string of November shows around mainland Europe, The xx will head back to the UK for a handful of dates in December, starting in Brighton on the 6th, followed by Newcastle, Wolves, Bristol and Brixton. From £21.50.

Slowhand announces a handful of high-profile 2013 shows to mark his five decades as a professional musician, kicking off in Birmingham on 13th May and followed by Manchester and London's Royal Albert Hall for five nights. From £55/£67.50 upwards.

R&B superstar Usher follows his fourth US No 1 album with six huge UK 'Euphoria' arena dates early next year, including London, Glasgow, Sheffield and more during January and February. Prices range from £35 to £75.

He's got First World Problems, for sure. That's the name of the Salfordian's huge summer 2013 UK tour which will kick off in Huddersfield on 12th June and continue around the British Isles until winding up in Manchester on 6th December. From around £25. Tickets on sale from Thursday at 9AM.

The acclaimed indie-rockers have announced a huge May 2013 date to follow their quick-selling November tour. Their biggest show yet will take place at London's O2 Arena on 2nd May 2013 with tickets set to weigh in at £26.

Danny and co may have missed out on the top album slot recently, but this won't deter their thousands of fans grabbing tickets for their spring 2013 UK tour. Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, London etc all feature - prices start at £29.50.

Bristol's lauded underground music project, is all systems go for an autumn series of events featuring the likes of Just Jack, 2 Many DJs, Lee Scratch Perry, Public Enemy, Claude VonStroke, Wiley and more. £12-£19.50 and on sale now.

Second album 'Halcyon' will appear in October at around the same time as a Q Awards show in London (on sale now), but prior to her December jaunt which starts in Bristol and continues through Liverpool, Brixton, Southampton and more. All priced at £22.50 upwards.

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Manchester's Farfisa-inspired baggy icons continue their renaissance with a 10-date spring 2013 tour celebrating landmark debut-album 'Life'. Starting in Newcastle on 13th March, it continues to the usual biggies (two nights in Glasgow, a London show and a homecoming in Manchester). £15-£20.

New album 'L'Enfant Sauvage', has been quite a 'hit' across Europe, Scandinavia, the US, as well as the UK - the album reached #53. To celebrate, Gojira will tour in November with all shows on sale now, priced at £14 (£16.50 for London).

The Jacksonville five-piece will continue their post-break-up renaissance with a clutch of shows early next year, starting with Portsmouth on 25th February before continuing to Camden, Glasgow and more until Norwich on 5th March. Just £14 (or £15 for London) will get you a ticket.

To round off 2012, the band have just completed album number four. Called 'Start the Party', it's expected in January 2013, at around the same time as their next tour which begins in Glasgow on 20th Jan and continues eventually to the closing show in Manchester on the 26th - from £13.50.

The Harlem Globetrotters

Nowadays, the world-famous Globetrotters continue to amaze and delight global audiences with dazzling skills, gravity-defying slam-dunks and laughs. See their spring 2013 UK tour for around the £40 mark (less in a few cases).

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With a new album 'Come Home to Mama' approaching fast, the feisty folky returns to our shores with a string of December shows that will encompass London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton.

After performing a London show on 16th November at the Forum (tickets still up for £22.50), blues-rocker Hart will return to the UK for a more in-depth jaunt in 2013. Glasgow, Gateshead, Portsmouth and more all feature and will be priced from £20.

Darwin Smith and co will return to the UK for an exclusive (so far) one-off show at London's soon-to-reopen XOYO venue on 28th November. A follow up to their 2010 debut-album should ensure brisk sales of tickets, set to be priced at £14.

Bright Eyes' luminary Oberst has announced a very special and pretty big London show for 2013 at the capital's Barbican venue in late winter. Taking place on 4th February, the reverential songwriter will no doubt draw from his deep well of emotive classics. £25-£30, on sale at 10am.

An additional date has been added to the ex-Simply Red man's 2013 American Soul UK Tour and it's a biggie - London. To be precise, Hammersmith will host the final night of the jaunt (the rest of which is already on sale) on 28th April. Tickets for this show will set you back £40.

Rodrigo y Gabriela were last over in the UK as part of V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire in August. The guitar-wielding duo will return in November with just three (so far) dates announced in Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. From £20.
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Wes Borland left Limp Bizkit in 2001 to exercise his creative muscles in a more industrial rock style and continues with a 2013 UK tour, starting in Tunbridge Wells on 23rd Jan and continuing across the UK until Southampton on 15th Feb. From £10.

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No longer Uncaged Monkeys, learned writer and humourist Robin Ince will team up with his Infinite Monkeys co-presenter, physicist and all-round good egg Dr Brian Cox for The End of the World show at Hammersmith's Apollo on 21st December. Informative, insightful and just a bit silly, tickets are on sale from 10am.

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After the success of December's ATP events, curated by The National and Shellac (both sold out, by the way), Camber Sands can then look forward to two exciting weekends in spring and summer 2013. TV On The Radio will curate the first in May (10th-12th) while Deerhunter will oversee the second one in June (21st-23rd). Early Bird Tickets work out at £170 - various berth sizes available now.

Now some two-dozen albums into his solo career, the guitarist will be revisiting Genesis' key period in the '70s with a new album and a selective tour in early 2013. Stops include Hammersmith, Cardiff, Liverpool, Glasgow, Gateshead and Birmingham with tickets on sale now, except for the London date which will appear on our site on Saturday 22nd Sept at 9am.

See below for more new onsales this week!

Paul Pledger