The Week Ahead: Eric Clapton, Lana Del Rey, Jools Holland, The View, Emmylou Harris and more

Posted: 30th April 2013
The week ahead from Monday 6th May 2013 also features: Steve Hackett, Eddie Pepitone, The Phoenix Foundation, Paper Aeroplanes, Then Jerico, Relatively Speaking and many more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Eric Clapton

Armed with new album "Old Sock" and support from Andy Fairweather Low, Clapton's touring schedule begins in Dublin on Thursday evening. All London dates have sold out of face-value tickets, but there are plenty left for Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester - from £67.50 upwards.

Lana Del Rey

Armed with chart-topping album "Born to Die", the EP follow-up "Paradise" and the Great Gatsby tune "Young and Beautiful", Lana starts her tour on Sunday night in Birmingham. All but Glasgow (16th May only) have sold out - that one is priced at £27.50 - with Premium options still available for the remainder.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra

Singer Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) will join the perennial performer on his UK dates which start next Wednesday in Canterbury. Many shows are sold out with only Preston his only May date available with various festivals and his autumn tour the only other option to catch the Later With star's concerts.

The View

It's a busy month ahead for the Scots with three home-town shows first on the agenda next weekend. Sunday's gig in Dundee still has a few tickets left, priced at £18, while soon after, The View will embark on a Propaganda club-tour from 24th May onwards - tickets cost from £5.

Emmylou Harris

Her collaborative partner Rodney Crowell will join her on this whistle-stop handful of shows starting in Hammersmith on Thursday night. This and all other shows, except for Birmingham which is sold out, still have tickets - N.B. Belfast is down to the last few dozen seats priced from £29 upwards.

Steve Hackett

His Genesis Revisited shows are selling very well, both the spring and autumn legs. Next Thursday's Aylesbury, Friday's Hammersmith and the later Dublin shows still have tickets from around £30 while, looking further ahead, only a few of his autumn dates remain.

The Phoenix Foundation

Their new double-album "Fandango" appeared this week to mostly favourable reviews, which may translate into sold-out shows by the time the first, in Glasgow next Thursday, comes around. All other shows on the tour are also available and prices start at £9.

Then Jerico

Original band members including Mark Shaw will reconvene for their Reprise tour next week, starting on Tuesday in Aberdeen and continuing across much of the UK until London's Clapham Grand on 25th May. All are available from £19.50.

Paper Aeroplanes

The folky duo will be on tour from Saturday night, paying a visit to Narberth first of all before heading to Edinburgh and beyond. A few shows have sold out - London, Leeds and Cardiff, but remaining dates have spaces priced from £9.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Eddie Pepitone

American comic Pepitone will begin a three-week residency at London's Soho Theatre on Monday night until 25th May. There are spaces at the vast majority of the shows, priced from £15 upwards. He'll also visit Dublin for a show at Whelan's on 27th May.

Relatively Speaking

Alan Ayckbourn's typically English comedy turned him into an overnight success after triumphing in the West End in the '60s. Now starring Felicity Kendall and Kara Tointon, this production will play in Milton Keynes from Monday before resuming in the West End once more from 14th May. Various prices.

Sutra - Monks from the Shaolin Temple

Utilizing Antony Gormley's sculptures and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, this stunning show never fails to astound. A mix of the traditional and the contemporary dance discipline of Shaolin monks, both Birmingham and Manchester shows still have a few seats left priced from £19 upwards.