The Week Ahead: Alicia Keys, Pierce The Veil, Mark Knopfler, The Great Escape 2013, Ghostpoet and more

Posted: 7th May 2013
The week ahead from Monday 13th May 2013 also features: Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the Musical, The Skints, Greg Davies, Journey, Seth Lakeman and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Alicia Keys

Spaces are running out for her Set The World On Fire Tour with Miguel which begins in Liverpool on Saturday evening. All but Birmingham and her first London date have availability, the remainder being priced from around £39.50, although many top seats and spaces are running out.

Pierce The Veil

Pretty much both legs of their UK and Ireland tour have sold out with the exception of Londonderry on Tuesday, Belfast on Wednesday, plus the Slam Dunk Festival 2013 shows in Glasgow, Wolverhampton and Cardiff. Limited tickets available from £16 upwards (Slam Dunk from £34).

Mark Knopfler

Dire Straits' front-man and songwriter Knopfler still holds sway when it comes to selling tickets - he's cleaned out a few venues on his upcoming tour. Spaces remain at Friday's show in Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and London (29th and 30th May only) - from £45.

The Great Escape 2013

Many ticket options for this jam-packed weekender in Brighton are sold out but you can get a 3-day pass that includes Everything Everything or Billy Bragg's show for £56.50, just those two shows for £16.50/£17.50 or various one-off Concorde 2 gigs including The Blackout for less than a tenner.


The formidable Scot returns with recent album "A Feast of Consequences", his 'Moveable Feast Tour' kicks off in Glasgow on Friday, followed by Aberdeen, Gateshead and many more until Southampton on 1st June. Milton Keynes has sold out, the remainder cost £22.50 upwards.


He's back with a brand-new soon-to-be-issued second album, "Some Say I So I Say Light" and a steady stream of headline shows in the spring, starting with a bargain-priced (£5) show in Coventry on Saturday plus loads more with a slightly higher ticket price until Bedford on 14th June.

The Skints

London's ska-reggae outfit with attitude continue their skank across the UK with more shows in May, starting with Southsea on Wednesday night, followed by many more, including Slam Dunk Festival 2013 slots until more headliners throughout the summer. Guildford is sold out - the remainder cost from £11.


Here we have three classic rock bands on one bill - Journey, Whitesnake and Thunder, all guaranteed to delight legions of fans. Belfast is almost sold out, with the remainder all still available for £45, except London which costs £48.

Seth Lakeman

His diary throughout 2013 looks busy so best to catch him now before he heads off to festivals to perform. Next week's shows in Oxford, Derby (as part of Bearded Theory) and Edinburgh are still available, as is Bath (although stalls are limited) and the Sundowner Session in Newquay on 2nd June.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - the Musical

The Theatre Royal in London's Drury Lane will begin a run of this classic tale of the young boy winning a golden ticket to visit Wonka's spell-binding world. It starts on Friday (17th) and continues until the end of November - June performances are selling fast so best to book now for the school holidays!

Greg Davies

Continuing with his acclaimed The Back Of My Mum's Head tour, Davies will play a handful of spring shows including Winchester and Reading (Both sold out) plus Bournemouth, Salford and High Wycombe, all available from around £20.

Yes, Prime Minister

After a successful run in the West End, the hilarious and archly-observed political satire will perform regionally in Richmond for one week from Monday and Bristol from the following Monday (20th) until 25th. Ticket prices vary but start from £27.90 for standard stalls.