The Fortnight Ahead: The Prodigy, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Paul Weller and more

Posted: 11th December 2012
The Fortnight Ahead from Monday 17th December 2012: The Prodigy, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Paul Weller, Ed Harcourt,Big Country, Rocky Horror Show, Slava's Snowshow, Walking With Dinosaurs and more

This week and next:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


The Prodigy

Unsurprisingly, tickets have sold quickly for what is the biggest event of the week, but there are still a handful of standing tickets for the first two Brixton shows, with just seats remaining for the final gig on Thursday. Tickets cost £45.

Happy Mondays

A few big shows approacheth for Shaun Ryder and co, namely two nights at Camden's Roundhouse on 19th and 20th plus a show at Manchester's Warehouse Project on Saturday 22nd. Tickets for all three are on sale now priced at £32.50 for the London shows and £25 for their home-turf concert.

The Pogues

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without that festive song by The Pogues, as well as all their classic hits at one massive show. The O2 Arena will host Shane and the gang on Thursday night - Standing has sold out, Seated costs from £32.50.

The Wonder Stuff

Lots of activity for Miles Hunt and co - two shows in Derby and Bath take place on Monday and Tuesday, prior to a headlining tour with Jesus Jones and Pop Will Eat Itself later in the week. London and Birmingham are sold out.


Three shows for Cast are imminent with Manchester up first on Friday night, followed by Liverpool and York. With little in the way of 2013 activity announced by the band, now might be a time to catch them - from £15.

Paul Weller

As part of a huge fundraiser at Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday night, Paul will head up a bill that features Emeli Sandé, Miles Kane and Ben Elton. All seats are available priced at £29.50 - £55.

Ed Harcourt

Join the affable songwriter in smart surroundings at London's Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday night. You're guaranteed a top show from one of our most interesting songwriters - tickets cost £18.50.

Big Country

The band's home-town of Dunfermline will host an exclusive Festive show for Big Country, fronted by Mike Peters and with new bassist Derek Forbes - £27.50. The lads will also play a free Hogmanay bash in Inverness on the 31st.

Norman Jay

Newcastle's Hoochie Coochie venue will host Norman Jay's Good Times on Friday night, the award-winning DJ's only major party outside of London this Christmas. Get 'rocksteady' for just £8.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Rocky Horror Show will feature Ben Forster and Rhydian Roberts on this huge touring production of Richard O'Brien's celebrated musical which starts in Brighton on Thursday until 5th January. Torquay, Bristol and Wimbledon are next in 2013, tickets cost around £33-£35.

Slava's Snowshow

If you love clowns, circus and snow, you'll love the Royal Festival Hall's superb spectacle which features all three ingredients for a great family trip out. Tickets start at £37.50 with many shows already sold out (2013 shows still available).

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

Beginning on Boxing Day is this astounding arena spectacular promises to bring to life the most destructive dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth. London host the first two weeks, before Sheffield and more in 2013. From £29.


Camden's Roundhouse will be hosting this mind-blowing theatrical show which sold out at the same venue back in 2006. Starts on 27th December and continues up until 26th January, with tickets available for the last clutch of shows from £35.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Cardiff's St David's Hall hosts the first of a string of performances for the Siberian dance company's UK tour which starts on Tuesday night. Shows cost from £33.50. The show moves on to Bristol and Liverpool in the New Year.

New Year's Eve

Here's a brief selection of New Year's Eve nuggets from our New Year's Eve guide (

UKF Bass Culture Live

Heading-up one of the biggest NYE parties in London will be Chase and Status and DJ Fresh, as well as Foreign Beggars, Koan Sound, Shy FX, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and more. The place is Brixton, the venue is the O2 Academy and the price is £60.


The line-up has been announced for this year's huge Birmingham bash and rest-assured it's a beauty with 2 Many DJs, Danny Howard and DJ Oliver Lang confirmed to appear. Tickets cost £35 (early-birds now sold out).

The Warehouse Project

Victoria Warehouse's The Warehouse Project rounds off another jam-packed autumnal season of clubbing delights with an all-nighter which features Annie Mac, James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco and Felix Da Housecat, all for £32.50.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger