The Week Ahead: Simple Minds, Suede, British Sea Power, Joe Bonamassaand more

Posted: 19th March 2013
The Week Ahead from Monday 25th March 2013 also features British Lion, Love/ Hate, The Rockingbirds, Buzzcocks, La Roux, For the Love of Mrs Brown and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.



Reviews for new album "Bloodsports" have been favourable which means tickets to their upcoming shows will have sold out, right? Wrong - Nottingham on Thursday still has spaces (£22.50) as does London's Ally Pally show on Saturday (£32.50).

Simple Minds

They've just announced an arena tour with Ultravox later this year but, for now, you can head to one of their more intimate 'greatest hits' concerts from Monday onwards. Some shows are still available with prices starting from £37.50 upwards.

British Sea Power

Next pre-tour show in Hove on Monday has sold out but the subsequent tour, supporting their new album "Machineries of Joy", still has spaces from Exeter on 4th April onwards. Prices start at £13.50.

Joe Bonamassa

All of his spring 2013 tour dates have sold out, which gives us a perfect opportunity to remind you that the blues-rocker returns to the UK in the autumn for more shows in September - on sale now, from £35 upwards.

British Lion

Tickets for Iron Maiden's Steve Harris' side-project have been selling well with just a handful now remaining for each of their dates in London, Manchester, Glasgow and the home of British rock, Birmingham. Tickets start from just £16.

Love/ Hate

A big noise during the early '90s, this hard-rock outfit from LA doesn't make many trips to the UK so catch them from Monday onwards at their first stop, Camden. Other stops include Grimsby, Newcastle, etc. until Rugby on 6th April, with prices starting at around a tenner.

The Rockingbirds

Curiously, for such a revered band, all upcoming shows from Loose signings The Rockingbirds have tickets available. Prices for Oxford, Manchester, Glasgow, London and Brighton cost between £8 and £11.


Appearing as headliners of Cleethorpes Rocks this year are Buzzcocks, who also have a handful of their own headline shows starting next week. They play Blackburn on Sunday night, before heading to Wolves, Bristol and more. From £15.

Maya Jane Coles

Her Easter schedule is brimming with DJing slots including Birmingham (Good Friday - £12.50), Manchester (sold out), Liverpool (sold out), Leeds (Sunday - £15) and then more dates throughout the spring.

La Roux

Next week marks the return of the madly-coiffured electro-wizard with a show in Brighton on Thursday (sold out), then shows during the following week in Bristol on 2nd April (sold out) and Coventry on the 5th (tickets available for £12).

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

For the Love of Mrs Brown

Tuesday sees the start of a full UK and Ireland tour of the biggest TV comedy phenomena in a long time. Mrs Brown and her boys have sold out every show in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester, with limited spaces remaining in Newcastle, Nottingham and beyond, all at various prices. Book now.

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

Next week's residency at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena is now running low on tickets, so fans of prehistoric critters should be quick to grab tickets. Other regions include Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, London (of course) and more until Liverpool on 27th May. From £25 to £35.

BBC Worldwide presents Justin and Friends

The CBeebies star isn't quite up there with Mrs Brown in terms of popularity (or profanity for that matter) but he's sold out plenty of shows on his tour. There aren't many seats left from Newcastle (Sunday) onwards. From around £16 upwards.

The Extreme Stunt Show

This year's tour of the family-friendly show for petrolheads and stunt-loving audiences alike begins in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, followed by Stevenage, Windsor and many more throughout April. From £12 for adults, £6 for kids.

Paul Pledger