Fat Friday: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Boyzone, Kasabian, Brian May, James Blake and more

Posted: 13th February 2013

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

In support of the new album, the singer, songwriter, raconteur, writer and Grinderman has confirmed some UK tour dates, starting with two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo on 26th and 27th October, followed by Manchester on 30th, Glasgow on Halloween and Edinburgh on 1st November. From £35.


Aptly, the BZ20 tour will begin pretty much where they began - Dublin - on 28th November, followed by Belfast, Cardiff, Bournemouth and most key UK cities, before trampling all over Take That's stamping ground, Manchester on 22nd December. £35.50 to £37.50.


On 4th March, you'll get the chance to not only grab a copy of new album "Graffiti On The Train", you'll also be able to watch the band perform the tracks at a special show at Brixton's Electric on the same day! Tickets cost £35. Later on in March, you can catch them performing at small venues across the country - only Doncaster has tickets left, priced at £32.50.

Justin Timberlake will play his first UK gig in almost six years on 20th February at the Forum in Kentish Town as part of a BRIT Awards aftershow. The singer released the first single off the forthcoming album "The 20/20 Experience" last month - "Suit & Tie" featuring rapper Jay-Z. Tickets to the special gig cost £50.

Kanye West was last over in the UK in June with his buddy Jay-Z as part of their 'Watch the Throne' world tour. The rapper has announced his return with a one-off gig at the Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 24th February. Tickets on sale now, priced at £65.


Tom Meighan's award-winning rockers will warm up for their Royal Albert Hall Teenage Cancer Trust concert, with two exclusive rare shows in Doncaster (19th March) and Plymouth (20th). Priced from £35.

Olly Murs

Joining the likes of Blondie, Paul Weller and Paloma Faith for a spot of Forestry Commission Live Music 2013 action will be chart-topping Olly Murs. His only show in the series will be at Westonbirt on 23rd June with tickets priced at £35.

Brian May

These acoustic Born Free dates with Kerry Ellis begin in Bournemouth on 18th June, followed by Basingstoke, Northampton, Salford and many more until Worcester on the 28th. Priced from £32.50 depending on location.

James Blake

Will the dubstepping balladeer hit the same heights with his new material? Find out on his short UK tour in April which takes in London (9th), Manchester (10th) and Glasgow (11th). Prices start at £12.50.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra

More Forestry Commission Live 2013 action, this time courtesy of the boogie-woogie king himself. Guests include Ruby Turner, drummer Gilson Lavis and Roland Gift and the Westonbirt show on 21st July will retail for £35.

Ed Harcourt

In addition to his confirmation to appear at Brighton's Great Escape Festival, the songwriter and pianist will appear as a headliner at various churches and concert-halls in Bristol, Leeds, Salford, etc. Prices weigh in from around £12.50.


One of the 'Big 4' metal bands from the '80s will return to these shores for a quartet of shows in June supporting new album "Super Collider", starting with Newcastle on the 3rd, then Glasgow, Manchester and Brixton. Prices start at £27.50.

Iron & Wine

Samuel Beam returns with a bold, brassy new album and a change in direction once again. His first headline shows since 2011 will take place in May and cover Dublin, Manchester and London (Barbican).

Patti Smith

Fans of the Godmother of Punk be aware - Patti Smith has announced TWO London shows for the summer. Both will take place at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 18th and 19th June and will showcase the singer's catalogue and last album "Banga". Tickets for each night will cost £27.50. Smith is also performing 'words and music' in Scarborough on 21st April (£25, available now).

Petula Clark

In support of a new studio album "Lost in You", due for issue on 25th February, Petula Clark will be touring the UK in the autumn. Stops include Salford on 2nd October, followed by Glasgow, Newcastle, York and many more until Cardiff on the 14th. Tickets on sale now, from £19.50 to £99.

The Big Reunion Tour

In tandem with the current ITV2 series, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Liberty X, Five, 911 and Honeyz will join forces for this UK tour in May, preceded by an already nearly sold-out launch in Hammersmith in February. From £30.

Sarah Millican continues to expand her 'Home Bird' tour, adding five new dates to her 2013/14 schedule. The chosen towns are Bristol on 28th Nov, Wolverhampton (10 + 11th Dec), Sheffield (5th Mar 2014) and Bradford (May 2014). Tickets on sale now, costing £25.

Jack Dee

After the success of nearly selling out some of his upcoming UK tour, the deadpan comedian has confirmed a second Hammersmith show for 12th May. Tickets on sale now. Other spring UK dates are still available.

Toro y Moi

American producer Chazwick Bundick returns with a new album for 2013 ("Anything in Return") and a supporting clutch of dates to back it up. London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow will host shows in June, priced from £10.


As well as their Live At Leeds 2013 appearance in May, Tribes will also perform a few headliners either side of it. Sheffield is the first stop on 6th April, Bristol is the last on 28th May and tickets cost £12.50. Some shows are on sale at 10am.

Darwin Deez

A new album, "Songs For Imaginative People", is due out this month, which is plenty of time to digest the new songs before the band's second 2013 tour in the spring. Manchester, Norwich, Shepherd's Bush and Bristol are among the featured towns in April and May, priced at £12 - £14.

Paul Pledger