The Week Ahead: Nicki Minaj, The Gaslight Anthem, Grizzly Bear, Jennifer Lopez and more

Posted: 9th October 2012
The Week Ahead from Monday 15th October: Nicki Minaj, The Gaslight Anthem, Grizzly Bear, Jennifer Lopez, The Proclaimers, Scouting for Girls, Dry the River, The D.O.T., Eddi Reader, Howler and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Nicki Minaj

Her Pink Friday Reloaded Tour will start to tour the UK from Sunday night in Nottingham. This show plus Liverpool, Newcastle, London etc are still available for around the £40 mark, while others have premiums only (or are sold out - Cardiff).

The Gaslight Anthem

Just one show remains out of five Gaslight dates - Brixton on Wednesday night has some tickets left, priced at around £21, while the others boast Premium tickets only priced from around £35 for Manchester and Glasgow.

Grizzly Bear

Latest album "Shields" reached #17 on the album chart, surprisingly leaving a few tickets on sale at all venues for Grizzly Bear's UK tour, which starts in Gateshead on Wednesday. There are no standing tickets left for this one, but all others have all ticket types for £22.50 upwards.

Jennifer Lopez

Her show in Dublin (Friday) and the following week's concerts in London have some tickets available, although both are now down to seating only. Prices start at around £50 (€63 for Eire). Note: the Manchester date has been cancelled.

The Proclaimers

As proof of just how popular the Reid brothers remain, only a dozen or shows from their upcoming tour have spaces left. These include Bristol, Salisbury, Leicester, Oxford etc, all priced at around £24.50 - the rest have sold out or have Premiums.

Scouting for Girls

Next week, SFG will hit the UK for a new album tour which will take in Bristol, Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow. Tickets are available from £20, except in London and Birmingham - both have now sold out.

Dry the River

There has been a dash for tickets to Dry The River's upcoming tour which starts in Cambridge on Tuesday evening. This show, along with Oxford, Wrexham, Liverpool etc are still available for £8 (£15 for Oxford's Gathering festival, also featuring Spector, Jake Bugg, Bastille and many more) - the rest are sold out (or close to doing so).

The D.O.T.

The D.O.T. is Mike Skinner's post-Streets project - they will unveil new material with several tour dates in the coming weeks, including Monday's showcase in London, followed by Newcastle, Glasgow etc until Reading in a month's time. Around £15.

Eddi Reader

The people of Newark and Durham certainly know a voice of gold when they hear one - their Eddi Reader tickets have sold out. Where's the rest of Britain? Tickets for the Scottish singer are still available for £20 from Exeter (Sunday) onwards.


Along with Cast of Cheers and Gross Magic, Howler head up the NME Generation Next tour which starts on Friday night in Bournemouth. Admission is just £10 (£12 for London) with Bristol and Brighton already sold out - the rest will start to sell out as the tour approaches.

Don McLean

Unsurprisingly, the temptation of celebrating the 40th anniversary of McLean's breakthrough album has been too much for many - only Glasgow, Cardiff and Dublin remain with prices starting from £25 (or €48.50 for Eire).

Gaz Coombes

With support from the excellent Cave Painting, Supergrass' Coombes is on to a winner with them and his nifty new material, set to be performed from Wednesday onwards. Shows from Newcastle to Bristol (28th Oct) are on sale for £12.50 upwards.

Paul Carrack

If blue-eyed soul is your thing, the Mike and the Mechanics/ Ace singer and songwriter is sure to float your boat. He's touring right through to 2013, from Tuesday's sold out show in Derby to Norwich in March. Some shows are still up for £27.50 upwards.

Rick Astley

Get practicing that 'Rick-roll' because Mr Astley is coming to a city near you (well, fairly near). Glasgow's show on 21st October has sold out, but all others from Manchester to Bournemouth are selling quickly at £22.50/ £25 a ticket.


New album "In Waves" will feature prominently throughout the band's upcoming UK tour. Only Shepherd's Bush has sold out so far - the remainder are available for £17.50. Other rock/ metal acts on tour next week include Down, Evile, Wolfsbane, Terror and Tenacious D.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Ice Age Live!

Time to prepare your family for a Mammoth Adventure as this family ice-skating spectacular makes its way around the UK from Friday onwards (Cardiff). After a few days, the show hits Nottingham then London - from £32.75/ £38 (Family deals available).

Destination Star Trek

Trekkies will be heading to the largest convention and interactive show of its type when it hits the ExCeL in London next weekend. Only day tickets to Friday (19th) and Sunday (21st) remain available at £29, although Weekend Gold/ Platinum/ VIP passes still remain onsale.

Flash Mob

Put all the talented dancers from Got To Dance and So You Think You Can Dance into one show and you get Flash Mob. The three-week run at the Peacock Theatre in London starts on Tuesday night and costs £48 a ticket.

Paul Pledger