The Week Ahead: Elbow, Steps, Dappy, Band of Skulls, The View, Glasvegas and more

Posted: 20th November 2012

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.



Surprisingly there are still a few tickets around for Guy Garvey's band on tour from Monday. Only the closing gig at the O2 Arena has completely sold out, but there's a Wembley show to cover it for £32.50. Regionals cost £29.50.


Come on - who wants to spend Christmas with Steps? If you do, get moving - many dates are down to the last few balcony seats in Sheffield and the West End (the Palladium). The rest have all sold out, even the Hit Factory Live show on 21st Dec.


From Tuesday you can catch the N-Dubz star strut his bobble-hatted self on his rescheduled tour from Belfast to Folkestone (on 21st December). Tickets start at £15 with all shows except Liverpool still available.

Band of Skulls

Shows in Sheffield, Nottingham, Brixton and Soton have sold out of tickets, the remainder are available for £15, except for the worthy Save The Children bash at the Union Chapel on 14th Dec with Spiritualized - that's £40.

The View

The Scottish indie-rockers will be traversing the UK next week with recent Top 10 album "Cheeky For a Reason". All shows have tickets except Glasgow (18th Dec) priced at £14 - £16.50.


Saturday night sees the start of the Scottish rockers latest tour beginning in London and ending in Dumfries on 10th December. Tickets for all shows are still available for £14.50 - £18, except Manchester and Glasgow which have sold out.

Steve Vai

One of the rock world's most amazing guitarists will be shredding across the UK and Ireland from Saturday night. First stop Portsmouth has sold out, while the remainder cost from £27.50 upwards (€41 for Dublin).

Metro Radio Live 2012

This all-dayer in Newcastle has very few tickets left to see Leona Lewis, Olly Murs, Little Mix, Labrinth, StooShe, Lawson etc with prices weighing in at a reasonable £25 for seats.

Thin Lizzy

With support from FM and The Treatment, Thin Lizzy are back in town with a string of shows from Thursday onwards, including farewell dates near to Christmas. Liverpool has sold out, the rest are upwards of £26.


Mohicans at the ready, Rancid are back. Some shows are sold out, with Rebellion Xmas 2012 in Birmingham (8th Dec) and Liverpool, Leeds and the final London show still with tickets from £20 (£42.50 for Rebellion all-dayer).

June Tabor

Next week sees the return of the award-winning combination of Tabor and Oysterband on tour once more. Basingstoke kicks off proceedings on Tuesday night with the tour set to end in Salisbury on 13th Dec - from £17.50 upwards.

The Damned

Two legendary punk bands for the price of one - the "New Rose" creators plus The Dickies should make for a great spit-strewn tour. Tickets cost £18 upwards for shows from Leeds on Thursday onwards.

Gary Numan

His Dead Man falling UK tour will start in Southampton on Sunday night, followed by Manchester, Edinburgh and more until Nottingham on 8th December. Numan's tickets cost from £25, or £28 for the London show.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

We Are Most Amused

Rowan Atkinson heads up an all-star cast of comedians at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday that includes Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, Milton Jones, Ben Elton, Stephen K Amos, Omid Djalili and many more. Tickets range from £20 to £120.

White Christmas the Musical

Both Salford and Pitlochry have productions of Irving Berlin's superb seasonal musical which features the classic title-track and numerous other fabulous songs. Both runs begin next week with Salford Lowry's costing from £21 and Pitlochry's from £14.50.

The War of the Worlds - The New Generation

Jeff Wayne's futurist musical stars Liam Neeson and an alternating cast that features Gary Barlow, Ricky Wilson, Marti Pellow, Joss Stone, Jason Donovan etc.. Wembley, Newcastle, Glasgow etc cost £42.50 - seats are sold out elsewhere (or very limited).

Paul Pledger