The Week Ahead: The Killers, Alt-J, Conor Maynard, Alice Cooper, Freeze Festival and more

Posted: 16th October 2012
The Week Ahead from Monday 22nd October 2012: The Killers, alt-J, Conor Maynard, Alice Cooper, Freeze Festival, Milton Jones, Horrible Histories, David Essex and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


The Killers

Until their new 2013 Belfast and Dublin shows go on sale on Fri 19th October, the only way to clock Brandon Flowers and the gang is to head to Manchester on 13th November for some limited side-view seats priced at £42.50. All others have Premiums only.


An incredible result - all of the band's upcoming 2012 shows from Manchester on Saturday night have sold out, although Premiums are available for most. Best head to 2013's larger offerings in May - all shows are available for £13.50 upwards.

Conor Maynard

Fresh from his Never Mind the Buzzcocks appearance, Maynard is heading out on tour from Wednesday onwards. First stop is Brighton, with Shepherd's Bush and the final show in Birmingham looking the most likely to sell out first. Prices range from £16.50 - £18.50.

Alice Cooper

Halloween is approaching and that can only mean one thing - Cooper's back with his Night of Fear tour with Duff McKagan and Ugly Kid Joe. All shows have now sold out, except Wolverhampton and Wembley, priced at £36 and £37.50 respectively.

Freeze Festival 2012

Next weekend sees headliners DJ Shadow and Public Enemy, as well as a huge line-up of DJs, food stalls, bars and anything to do with going on the piste, play out Battersea's big festival on Saturday and Sunday. £40 a day or £65 for the weekend.

The Joy Formidable

In and around their upcoming support slot on the Muse tour, the Welsh rockers will play a show in Bangor on Thursday night (£15) and take part in a fans' Q&A session at the British Music Experience on Saturday afternoon (£6), prior to hitting the stage!

David Essex

Cheeky chappy, award-winning chart superstar and Eastenders actor Essex will be touring for 2 months from Thursday night. Many shows including York, Reading, etc are sold out but Wolves and Bristol onwards are on sale for £27.50 - £29.50.

The Wedding Present

David Gedge and his Peel favourites are back on the road with an entire album of theirs, this time it's the turn of 1991's ace "Seamonsters" set. All shows from Bournemouth on Friday to Camden on 23rd November are available, except Edinburgh (sold out). £13 - £16.50.

Jack Savoretti

The singer-songwriter is heading out on a lengthy tour of the UK, starting in Brighton on Tuesday, followed by Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Guildford and more until heading northwards for York on 15th November. £9 - £12.

Tom McRae

With Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou in support, his Lowlands solo tour should begin to sell out quite soon. First stop is Colchester on Sunday, followed by Norwich etc until Belfast on 13th November. Manchester and Oxford are sold out, the rest cost £12 to £16.

The Twang

A trio of shows from the band's upcoming tour have sold out - Leeds, Sheffield and Wolverhampton - but the remainder from the opening night in Sunderland on Sunday to the last gig in London on 14th November are still available, priced £12.50 - £15.


Manchester's electro-rock outfit return after a lengthy break recording new material, starting with a string of shows from Monday onwards. Glasgow is their first stop before eventually finishing in London. That last show, plus Manchester and Bristol, are sold out, the rest are £13.50.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Scrooge the Musical [Kenwright]

London's Palladium will soon be hosting a three month run for the spectacular family musical, starring Tommy Steele. Based on Dicken's A Christmas Carol, the shows begin on Wednesday night and continue until 12th January. Prices are £19 - £84.

Horrible Histories

Your kids will love all the mucky, gory, horrible bits of Britain's past left in, but that's what Horrible Histories is all about - learning and fun. The residency at the Garrick Theatre starts on Saturday and continues right through Christmas until 6th January - from £10.50.

Milton Jones

The wild-haired master of puns, punchlines and garish shirts Mock The Week's Milton Jones will be performing in residency at the Soho Theatre from Monday until Saturday, before heading out on tour in 2013. £12.50.

Paul Pledger