The Week Ahead: Mick Hucknall, James, Dexys, Edwyn Collins, Peace and more

Posted: 2nd April 2013
The Week Ahead from Monday 8th April 2013 also features Little Comets, Big Country, Fearless Vampire Killers [UK], World Party, The Wave Pictures, Passion Play and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Mick Hucknall

Very few spaces remain for the ex-Simply Red crooner's American Soul tour of UK and Ireland which starts in Dublin for two nights. Only Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow and Hammersmith have any seats, priced from £35 - £40.


Next Saturday, Tim Booth's crew will begin their Gathering Sound jaunt with Echo and the Bunnymen in Glasgow, followed by Newcastle, Sheffield, Brixton and more until Manchester on the 26th. Prior to Glasgow on Friday, James will perform a warm-up on their own in Stirling - this is now sold out.


Prior to performing nine nights at London's Duke of York's Theatre from 15th - 27th April, Kevin Rowland's Dexys will perform their acclaimed stage-show in Bath and Gloucester on 10th and 13th April respectively. There are still a few spaces left at these and the later handful of West End shows.

Edwyn Collins

With fab new album "Understated" under his belt and an enviable catalogue to boot, Edwyn will be touring throughout the spring, starting in Leeds on Friday. That show has sold out but others around the UK (not London) are available from around £18.50.


Gaining a reputation as regular sell-out, Peace appear to be repeating the process with their upcoming tour which starts in Manchester on Friday night. This, plus Newcastle, Sheffield, Gloucester and Oxford are sold out, the rest cost from just £8.

Little Comets

Support for the trio's upcoming tour comes from The Crookes (plus more at certain dates), all of which starts in Nottingham on Tuesday evening. All shows are still available and cost from £11 upwards (£14.50 for London on Wednesday).

Big Country

It's time for Mike Peters to lead out the Scottish rockers once more for their The Journey Tour. Starting in Glasgow on Friday night, the jaunt takes in Aberdeen, Cardiff and more before concluding in Belfast on 28th April.

Fearless Vampire Killers [UK]

Back for more glammed-up rock carnage, FVK will perform a headlining tour throughout April that also features slots at Hit The Deck Festival 2013. The headliners include Birmingham on Saturday then several more until Brighton on 28th.

World Party

Karl Wallinger returns for a full UK tour in support of the Arkeology box-set released in 2012. Cardiff is the first stop on Sunday night, followed by Manchester, Fulham (twice) and several more until Glasgow on 29th April. From £22.50 upwards.

The Wave Pictures

Five cities, fourteen gigs, two or three in each location - what more could you ask for? The Wave Pictures' spring jaunt starts in Brighton on Saturday (the first of three nights), before heading to Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle and York. Prices mostly under a tenner.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Passion Play starring Zoë Wanamaker is a drama about illicit desires and playing away from home. The darkly-humoured tale centres on a married couple's rocky road after the husband arranges a secret tryst with a family friend. Richmond and Brighton will host performances before Passion Play hits the West End in May.

Udderbelly Festival 2013

London's biggest comedy extravaganza returns to the South Bank in an upturned purple cow with shows from Andy Zaltzman, Doc Brown, Michael Winslow, Andi Osho, Nick Helm, Ardal O'Hanlon, The Boy With Tape on His Face and dozens more until 14th July.

Horrible Histories - The Vile Victorians

Whitley Bay will be the latest town to benefit from a thoroughly horrible history lesson from the acclaimed team - they start the first of nine nights, alternating with The Terrible Tudors from Tuesday onwards, before heading to York in May.

Paul Pledger