The Week Ahead: Depeche Mode, Green Day, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, Keyshia Cole and more

Posted: 21st May 2013
The week ahead from Monday 27th May 2013 also features: Iron & Wine, Camper Van Beethoven, Marnie Stern, Sunrise - Another World 2013, Happy Days Festival 2013, Coloursfest 2013, Al Pacino, Soul Sister, Rain or Shine Theatre Company and Wil Anderson.

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


Depeche Mode initially announced just two London dates for the launch of new album 'Delta Machine', and naturally all tickets were snapped-up pretty rapidly. Gahan, Gore and Fletcher play the O2 Arena on 28th May (supported by How to Dress Well) and 29th (with Trentemoller). Only 'Hot Ticket' packages/ premium tickets available. Note: their November tour is also now running low on tickets!

Green Day will be joined by All Time Low and Kaiser Chiefs at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday 1st June - their first UK stadium date in three years. Up until recently there were standing tickets available, but it's just seated tickets/ premiums available now. Billie Joe Armstrong and co will return to the UK in August for the Reading and Leeds festivals. From £45.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters clearly had a blast (excuse the oun) with 2012's Revolver tour - so much so that they do it all again, starting in Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Friday. The lengthy tour includes London, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Cork and more. Tickets for the first three gigs are now sold out as is Sheffield, Liverpool and Gateshead - but good availability other than that. From £42.50.

Rod Stewart will be supported by relative new-comer Moya on the first leg of his UK/ Ireland tour. Tickets for all of the June dates are sold out with the exception of Manchester (9th), Birmingham (both) and Dublin. Expect all of your favourites plus new songs from latest album 'Time'. If you've missed out this time around, he does it all over again in November (on sale now)!

Keyshia Cole has been around in America for a while, but her 2013 UK tour will be amongst her first dates this side of the pond. Which is perhaps why her London date is already sold out. Tickets are still available for the Birmingham and Manchester dates, however (£26/ £27.50).

Iron & Wine recently issued new album 'Ghost on Ghost' (out now on 4AD) and will tour it in the UK and Ireland with just four dates this May - two in London at the Barbican (31st now sold out) and one in Dublin and Manchester. Tickets cost £22.50 for London, £17.50 for Manchester and €27.50 for Dublin.

Camper Van Beethoven have not toured the UK in aeons, but now they're back with a new album ('La Costa Perdida') and short UK tour, starting in London on 29th May, then Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow. Tickets cost £15 regionally and £17.50 for London, with good availability for all.

Marnie Stern is a rare breed - a female lead rock guitarist. Not only that, she regularly appears in "top 100 guitarist" lists - and she is back in the UK for her first full tour since 2010, promoting new album 'The Chronicles of Marnia'. The tour starts on 30th May in Kings Heath, then Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and finally London. £8 - £11.


Sunrise - Another World 2013

From Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June, Wiltshire's Thoulstone Park will see The Beat, Neville Staple, Dub Pistols, The Egg, Utah Saints, Lou Rhodes and more take to the stages of this award-winning eco-friendly festival. Tickets cost £115 for adult camping, £34 for Sunday tickets with other options available.

Happy Days Festival 2013

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June. Back in Surrey for its third year, Happy Days will feature Ali Campbell, Carleen Anderson, The Fatback Band, Imagination featuring Leee John, Jimmy Somerville, Jocelyn Brown, Loose Ends, Dawn Penn and more, bringing back those 80s vibes! Tickets cost £40 per day or £70 for both with other options available.

Coloursfest 2013

Saturday 1st June. Dubbed 'Super You and Me', Laidback Luke heads this year's bash in Glasgow's Braehead Arena, joined by D.O.D, Jon Macnini, Bingo Players, Subculture, John O'Callaghan, David Forbes and more. £40.

Theatre, Comedy and Arts

Al Pacino

Yes, really - Al Pacino! London's Palladium will host a one-off 'An evening with Al Pacino' on Sunday 2nd June, allowing you to get up-close-and-personal (ish) to the great actor. As you can imagine, demand for this event was massive and - as big as the Palladium is - it wasn't big enough to satisfy demand and it is now sold out.

Soul Sister

Hit the Hackney Empire stage last year and quickly transferred to the West End followed by a full UK tour. So successful was the show which tells the life story of Ike and Tina Turner that it is back for another lengthy tour. Woking, Salford, Bristol, Liverpool, Perth and many more are covered from 28th May to 14th September. Prices vary from £12.90 - £38.90.

Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be hoping for more of the latter and less of the former when they bring their outdoor production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors to venues the length and breadth of England (and a few in Wales). Prices vary from £12 - £13.50 with concession and child tickets available for many dates.

Wil Anderson

'Good Wil Hunting' is the name Australian funny-man's London residency. Catch him at the Soho Theatre from 27th May to 8th June. There is good ticket availability for all dates, costing £10 for the first two dates, rising to £15 for the next two, then £20 for all others.

Happy clicking!

Daniel O'Connell