The Week Ahead: Johnny Marr, Ne-Yo, Lewis Watson, Lenny Henry in Fences and more

Posted: 26th February 2013
The Week Ahead from Monday 4th March 2013 also features Clannad, Status Quo, Horrible Histories, DevilDriver, Tommy Emmanuel, Cancer Bats and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Johnny Marr

The ex-Smiths man and revered guitarist will begin his debut album tour in York on Tuesday night - that one, plus several others have sold out but you can still get tickets for Oxford, Norwich, Cambridge, etc. for around £15 - £19.50.


Surprisingly, the American R&B star hasn't sold out his entire tour, given his popularity. He's got Tulisa and Conor Maynard in support and tickets aren't in short supply from Newcastle on Wednesday to London on the 15th - £36 - £40.

Lewis Watson

His is a name you may get to hear a lot of in the coming months - his tour has been selling well for a start (Nottingham, Lincoln and Gloucester are sold out). Remaining shows including London are still available for under £10.


One of Ireland's greatest musical exports hits the UK from Saturday onwards with Liverpool the first stop and others that include Scunthorpe, Gateshead, Norwich, etc. Sold out in Coventry, London and Guilford with the rest priced at £28.50. Brian Kennedy supports.

Status Quo

This is the original '60s line-up featuring Coghlan, Lancaster, Parfitt and Rossi and is a must for Quo-heads everywhere. Wednesday's show in Manchester, Glasgow (9th) and all three London shows still have a few spaces left.

Olivia Newton-John

Her Royal Albert Hall show on 13th March has sold out, but the others are still available (although Bournemouth just has balcony seats left). Prices from Cardiff to Manchester cost £36.50 upwards.


Up to four bands for the price of one - it's a giveaway. DevilDriver will be joined by Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder and Winds of Plague for this short tour which still has standing tickets for all dates except London (seats only) - from £18.50.

Tommy Emmanuel

A few shows featuring the guitar maestro Emmanuel and his collaborator on this tour, Martin Taylor, have sold out (Crawley, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, with Shepherd's Bush down to level 2 seats). The remainder from Basingstoke on Wednesday onwards are still on sale, priced from £20.

Cancer Bats

Plymouth is the first stop on Friday night for this three-band tour, also featuring Brutality Will Prevail and Empress. Amazingly, this show, along with all other dates except Wolverton and Newcastle, are still available for around £10.

Stiff Little Fingers

Northern Ireland's punk stalwarts are back on the road with their legendary live shows and a maelstrom of riffs and tunes to boot. Nuneaton's show on Saturday night has sold out but the remainder cost £16 - £20.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts


This award-winning drama has won Tonys and Pulitzers and stars Lenny Henry (who triumphed recently as Othello). Richmond Theatre in London will present the show for a week, before it travels to Milton Keynes soon after. £10 - £39.50.

Horrible Histories

On tour with a cavalcade of Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians, Horrible Histories is a sure-fire to keep your kids bums on seats and you interested in history again. Salford is the first week-long residency, followed by Whitley Bay and more. £15 average price.

Burn The Floor

Two stars from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing feature in this production at Shaftesbury Theatre, beginning on Wednesday night. Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff will perform ballroom and Latin favourites aplenty until 30th June. £21 to £90.

Paul Pledger