The Week Ahead: The Rolling Stones, Keane, The Human League, Chris Tucker and more

Posted: 13th November 2012
The Week Ahead from Monday 19th November 2012: The Rolling Stones, Keane, The Human League, Beth Orton, Purity Ring, The Saw Doctors, Kiss Me, Kate, Chris Tucker and many more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


The Rolling Stones

If only we could offer good news about the Stones 50th anniversary shows at the O2, but we can't except to say that there are a handful of £375 seats left for the 29th November. Premium tickets are a little 'cheaper' at £300 plus.


If you want to see the five-times number one album-makers, you'd best be quick as many have either sold out are about to. With the exception of Belfast, with standing still available at £32.50, the remaining tour dates have a limited number of spaces left.

The Human League

Anything ex-members in Heaven 17 can do, Phil Oakey's crew can do just as well with a UK tour that starts next Friday in Brighton. This and a few others have sold out - only London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Glasgow, Newcastle, Hatfield and Norwich have any remaining, from £25 - £29.50.

Beth Orton

Not surprisingly, may of Orton's comeback gigs have sold out, but there are a few left including Leamington Spa, Southsea and her London show as part of Terry Callier's Memorial show on 28th November. £18.50 to £22.

Purity Ring

The electro-pop's opening trio of shows in London, Brighton and Bristol have all sold out, but the remainder from Saturday's show in Manchester to Belfast at the end of the month are still available, priced from £8 upwards.

The Saw Doctors

Ireland's folk-rockers will begin another lengthy build up to Christmas with shows in Belfast and Dublin (both sold out), before crossing the sea to the rest of the UK where most shows are available (York and London selling fast), priced at £21 - £23.


Andy Cairns and co return with their 'A Brief Crack of Live Tour' which starts on Friday in Birmingham and continues on through to Camden on 7th December. We have tickets to all the shows, priced from £15 to £17.50.

The Fall

Seemingly permanently on tour, old stalwarts The Fall keep on going with another string of dates to close out the year. Leeds and the first London date have sold out of standing tickets, while the remainder are priced from £17.50 to £23.50.

Crystal Castles

Just one of the band's upcoming tour dates has almost sold out and that's the Brixton Academy show on Saturday night, with seats still remaining at £17.50. Other towns still have limited tickets left, priced at £16.

First Aid Kit

All hope of seeing this tantalising duo perform have vanished with all but one show now completely sold out. Fans in Bristol would do well to get organised and purchase tickets, priced at £12.50, very quickly for the show at the O2 Academy on 27th November.

Bobby Womack

The greatest living singer in the universe? Perhaps - a lot of fans think so because the first HMV Forum show on Sunday sold out some time ago. This leaves his other London date on Tuesday 27th November still available for £27.50. Damon Albarn and Richard Russell support.

Alabama 3

Specialists in cowpunk blues and rock and roll Alabama 3 will be on the road again from Thursday night in Hull, before heading to Leeds, Bristol etc. There are still tickets available for all shows until London's HMV Forum on 8th December. £16 - £20.


Nottingham is the first port of call for the US rockers' autumn UK tour. After Tuesday, the band head West to Birmingham and then right across Britain until Brighton closes the tour on 7th December. £15 - £16.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Kiss Me, Kate

Award-winning director Trevor Nunn is at the helm for this Old Vic Theatre presentation of Cole Porter's exemplary musical from Tuesday until March 2013. Early shows have sold out; later shows cost £30 to £55.

The North Pole @ Parker's Point

As the night's draw in and Christmas approaches, more and more people are getting their skates on for a spin around a city ice-rink. Cambridge has the North Pole at the town's Parker's Point with sessions to skate costing £5 to £15 for an hour.

Chris Tucker

The US stand-up comedian (and actor) makes a rare UK appearance next week with a clutch of shows in our biggest cities. Only Hammersmith on Sunday and the following week's stop in Manchester have any tickets, priced at £32.50 - £38.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger