The Week Ahead: Rita Ora, Jake Bugg, Plan B, DJ Krush, Dinosaur Jr., Kerrang! Tour 2013, Harry Hill and more

Posted: 23rd January 2013
The Week Ahead from Monday 28th January 2013: Rita Ora, Jake Bugg, General Fiasco, History of Apple Pie, Pure Love, Plan B, DJ Krush, We are the Ocean, Dinosaur Jr., METZ,Kerrang! Tour 2013, Wee Dub Festival 2013, Harry Hill, Chris Addison and many more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Rita Ora was originally heading to the UK in January as support for Usher's tour, but with Usher cancelling that, fans get a full-blown tour. Tickets start at £17.50 (£19.50 for London) with tickets still available for London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Sheffield.

Jake Bugg starts an extensive UK/ Ireland tour next Saturday (2nd February), playing the whole of February and a few dates in March. As has been the case since his 2012 tours, face value tickets have completely sold out. Support for the tour comes from American singer Valerie June.

Plan B starts his biggest tour to date in February, taking in some of the biggest sheds in the UK, including London's O2 Arena, the SECC in Glasgow, the LG Arena in Birmingham, Cardiff and Sheffield's Motorpoint Arenas and more. Support comes from Labrinth and Rudimental and tickets start from £27.50.

DJ Krush visits to the UK are reasonably rare events, so if you want to see the acclaimed Japanese turntablist at the Forum in Kentish Town, you'll need to get tickets sharp-ish as early-bird tickets have long-since sold out. The last few cost £17.50.

General Fiasco

Glasgow is the first city for General Fiasco's UK tour, with further dates in Manchester (sold out), Wigan, York, London and many more until Swansea's Sin City on 15th Feb. Tickets cost £7.

Pure Love was born when Frank Carter left Gallows in 2011, joining former Hope Conspiracy/ Suicide File guitarist Jim Carroll. Starting in Tunbridge Wells on 1st February, the tour then heads to Manchester, Glasgow, London, Brighton and more until Bedford on 23rd. Turbogeist support, with the added bonus of Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel for the Coventry Kasbah date! Tickets around the £10 mark (just £5 for Coventry!).

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. last toured the UK in 2010, which meant that demand for this short UK tour was great. Mascis, Barlow and Murph hit Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol and Camden, starting at the end of the month. Only Manchester and Leeds have tickets still available at face value, costing £18.50.

The History of Apple Pie

Londoners The History of Apple Pie will play a twelve date tour starting at the end of the month, playing gigs all over England and Wales, including York, Derby, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Brighton and Bristol, but - oddly - no London date.

We are the Ocean

Prior to their spring festival appearances at Radstock in Liverpool and Hit the Deck in Bristol and Nottingham, We are the Ocean will tour the UK with Straight Lines and Yashin in tow for most of the dates. London, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Bristol and more feature. From £12.50 (£14 for London).

METZ, the Canadian Sup Pop signees will play Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Brighton and London as part of their headline tour beginning next Monday. London features twice as part of an NME Awards show - both of which now have a handful of tickets remaining. Tickets start at just £6 (£9.60 for London).

Kerrang! Tour 2013

Ever-popular, this year's Kerrang shindig will feature Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive and Fearless Vampire Killers [UK], kicking-off in February. Cardiff, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Norwich, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham and London are the chosen towns. Tickets from £16.50 (£17.50 for London).

Wee Dub Festival 2013

Edinburgh's celebration of al things reggae and dub takes place from Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd February. 2013 sees the return of Zion Train plus Prince Fatty, Mungo's Hi-Fi, Laid Blak, East Park Reggae Collective and many more. Tickets cost £38 for a weekend pass.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Harry Hill declares that it's 'Sausage Time' over the coming months in a tour which heralds the TV Burp funny-man's return to stand-up. Ticket sales have been swift, but there are still tickets available for many dates, including London, Leeds, Brighton, Oxford etc. Tunbridge Wells, Ipswich, Newcastle and Glasgow are now sold out of face value tickets.

Boogie Nights is a "jukebox musical" featuring the music of the 70s, starring The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Andy Abraham and more on this extensive UK tour which runs for almost four months! The show will visit Dartford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Southend, Milton Keynes, London, Glasgow and many more until Swindon on 20th April. Tickets range from £30.50 to £35.50.

Chris Addison

'The Time Is Now Again' for TV funny-man Chris Addison to tour concert halls up-and-down the country. He's a popular guy, so tickets for many of his the dates for his two-and-a-half month tour (including the Queen Elizabeth Hall date in London) are now in short supply, but many are still available from £20.

The Captain of Köpenick

Running at the Olivier Theatre for nine weeks is Ron Hutchinson's savagely funny new version of Carl Zuckmayer's The Captain of Köpenick, a story of petty criminal Wilhelm Voigt who gets ideas above his station, managing to defraud the treasury. Tickets start at £38 but are in limited supply for the first week.

Russell Kane will be 'Posturing Delivery' during his massive winter/ spring tour which sees the TV comedian play dates in the usual cities and towns, plus Harrogate, Runcorn, Aldershot, St. Albans, Chorley, Truro, Bridport and Dorking - amongst many others. Tickets start at £17.50 and are now scarce for many dates.

Mark Thomas

'Bravo Figaro' is the name of funny-man Mark Thomas' latest tour which runs from Tuesday 29th January until 13th March. The material and the name for the tour comes from Mark's recent work in opera for the sake of his opera-loving dad who has been suffering with a degenerative disease. Tickets start from £15.

Daniel O'Connell