The Week Ahead: X Factor Live, Trey Songz, Joy Formidable, Anberlin, Alexei Sayle and many more

Posted: 15th January 2013

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


X Factor Live

All your favourite competitors from the most-recent series of X Factor, including winner James Arthur, will be touring the UK from Saturday onwards in Manchester. Most shows still have seats available from £32.50 (less for family options).

Trey Songz

Saturday night sees the urban star begin his UK and Ireland tour in Leeds, followed by Birmingham, three nights in Hammersmith (the last show still has standing) and more until Dublin on 7th Feb. Manchester is sold out - the rest cost from £27.50.

The Joy Formidable are still a hot ticket as can be seen from their Bristol date which now has just a handful of tickets remaining. All other shows on this short first leg are still available for around £12.50, including Liverpool, Norwich and Cardiff. Further shows in Feb and March are also available.


Rescheduled from last October is this tour from punky poppers Anberlin. The journey begins in Bristol on Saturday, followed by Brighton, Portsmouth, Manchester, Glasgow, London and more. Tickets for all shows cost from £10 (London is £12).

The Spin Doctors

Their chart-topping album "Pocket Full Of Kryptonite" is in the throes of its 20th anniversary and will feature on this UK tour, starting in Edinburgh on Wednesday night, with further dates in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, London and more. All shows have tickets, priced from £17.50 (£20 for London).

Kelly Joe Phelps

Lap-steel maestro Phelps is a must-see for fans of Americana and begins his tour in Shipley on Friday night, followed by Sheffield, two shows in London (sold out), Hove, Newbury, Wolverhampton, Salford and Sandwich. Tickets are priced at £12 - £15.50.

Conor Maynard

The young upstart will be appearing at the HMV Forum on Tuesday night as part of the MTV Brand New For 2013 season of events. In support is Gabrielle Aplin and tickets cost £13.50.

Tanita Tikaram

Famed for the hit singles "Good Tradition" and "Twist in My Sobriety", Tikaram can still cut it with her grown-up MOR-pop. Catch her in Gateshead, Leeds, Bristol and London's Cadogan Hall during the next week or so. Tickets cost £20 to £25.

Grandmaster Flash

One of hip-hop's true pioneers is heading to Brixton with another electro legend, renowned producer Arthur Baker, as part of an all-nighter at Dogstar on Friday. Tickets cost just £10 - an absolute bargain. You can also catch Flash in Glasgow and Coventry during February.

The 1975

Straight out of the indie box comes the promising The 1975 who have a lengthy 23-date UK tour ahead of them. The month-long jaunt starts on Tuesday in Newcastle, ends on 18th Feb in London and costs £7 for most dates (£8.50 for London, £5 for Southend and only £2 for Southampton!).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Scottish Opera

Celebrating 50 years in existence, the acclaimed Scottish Opera will be embarking on a select tour of their homeland during January, before heading further south for a tour of the rest of the UK in the spring/summer. Prices vary.

Alexei Sayle

From Monday onwards, Sayle will be performing his first full-length live stand-up show for 16 years - no pressure. The affable Liverpudlian will perform a residency at London's Soho Theatre until 9th Feb, with early dates priced at £10 (later shows £12.50).

Laugh Till It Hurts

Next week, two Laugh Till It Hurts shows take place in London, with the first confirmed for Monday night. Chris Ramsey, Danny Bhoy and Tony Law form part of the line-up with tickets priced at £15. The second night on Weds at the Bloomsbury has sold out.

Happy clicking!

Paul Pledger