The Week Ahead: Katie Melua, Kelly Clarkson, Fatboy Slim, Bowling For Soup, Joan Rivers and many more

Posted: 2nd October 2012

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Katie Melua

Just four shows remain for the sprightly singer's latest UK tour and they are Ipswich, London, Bristol and Glasgow - the others have sold out of face-value tickets. Remaining shows cost £32.50, with Hammersmith weighing in at £37.50.

Kelly Clarkson

We suggest you act now if you want to see Clarkson on her upcoming UK excursion - her tickets are selling fast with Manchester and Glasgow now sold out. Remaining shows, particularly Wembley Arena on the 20th, are barely available - £32.50-£35.

Fatboy Slim

Early Bird tickets to Norman Cook's Manchester show on Friday have sold through so you're faced with £25 tickets, while his Cream 20th Anniversary slot on Saturday is selling fast, even at £30. Mancunians take note - his TWP slot with Pete Tong in Dec is sold out.

Bowling For Soup

Celebrating their 18th birthday this year, BFS will return to the UK for a sizeable jaunt leading up to the already sold-out Vans Warped Tour 2012 in Nov. First stop is Newcastle on Sunday, last stop is Cambridge on the 28th and tickets are still up for £18.50.

Simon and Oscar [Ocean Colour Scene]

Two of OCS return for another string of 'unplugged' shows featuring the band's hits and other tunes from the vaults. All shows from Herne Bay on Friday night to Darlington on the 27th are available from £15, except Worthing which has sold out - £15.

Wilko Johnson

You're guaranteed a solid show from the Dr Feelgood and Blockheads guitarist and his latest tour kicks off in Bath on Thursday night, before heading to Exeter, Gloucester, etc until carrying on into November across the north of the UK - from £17.50.

Jefferson Starship

Nowadays the line-up features just two founder-members to continue influential prog outfit Jefferson Starship - Freiberg and Kantner will be at the helm again for a UK tour that starts in Kinross on Tuesday, followed by Edinburgh etc until two nights in London on 19th (sold out) and 20th.


Perennially popular rockers Terrorvision return with their first new material for a decade and a UK tour from next week. The first three shows in Wolves, Leeds and London have sold out - remaining shows up til Manchester on 27th cost £15-£17.50.

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

All four shows featuring the Texan alt-rock band and maybeshewill in support are available - London, Manchester, Edinburgh and York will set you back just £12-£13.50, depending on town. Maybeshewill are also on their own tour in November.

Dirty Projectors

There are just three UK shows coming up for the acclaimed arty outfit, including Manchester on Sunday evening, followed by Glasgow and London during the following week. Tickets for these gigs weigh in at just £15 (Or £16.50 for the Roundhouse concert).

Kid Koala

His 12 Bit Blues Tour (aka Vinyl Vaudeville) will be calling at three venues during the next week or so - there's an Islington show on Thursday (£15), a Bristol date on Friday (£10) and a trip to Manchester's The Warehouse Project with the Ape Birthday bash on Saturday night (£25).

Submotion Orchestra

Beats and symphonia combine with a UK tour for the underrated Submotion gang, starting in Reading on Wednesday night, followed by Bristol, Camden and more until Leeds and Dublin at the end of the month - from £6 to £15.50.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Green Day's American Idiot

From Tuesday onwards, after considerable West End success, you can catch the punksters' very own musical when it tours the UK. First town is Southampton, followed by Cardiff, Edinburgh etc until rounding off with a dozen nights in Hammersmith. Prices vary from £25 upwards.

Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the Musical

There are a few decades worth of songs to choose from the Queen of Country's vast catalogue, many of which will feature in this new biopic song and dance tour. Manchester has limited seats left, as has Wimbledon and Woking, priced from £15 depending on venue.

Joan Rivers

Her 'Now or Never' tour is about to begin next Tuesday with two shows in Dublin (Weds still available), followed by the only shows still with seats from £33.50 - Newcastle, Brighton and London. All others are either sold out or have Premium tickets on sale.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger