The Week Ahead: The xx, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Brian May, Fences with Lenny Henry, Steve Winwood, Deerhoof and more

Posted: 11th June 2013
The week ahead from Monday 17th June 2013 also features: The Wildhearts, John Lee Hooker Jr, Simone Felice, North East Live 2013, All Tomorrow's Parties - curated by Deerhunter and more

This week:

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.


The xx

As well as the Mercury-winning duo, Solange, Poliça, Kindness, Mount Kimbie, Jon Hopkins, London Grammar and many more will line up at the band's Night and Day fest near Hatfield on Saturday (from midday). Tickets are still available at £48.50 upwards.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Not surprisingly, the '60s vocal-harmony group have already sold out their two London shows, as well as the opening night in Manchester. Tickets remain for Edinburgh, Bournemouth and Birmingham, ranging from £35 to £56.50.

Brian May

Demand for the rock icon's shows with show-stopper Kerry Ellis have been selling rather well - the acoustic tour only has limited tickets left for Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Liverpool, Salford, Llandudno and Dublin. Prices range from £32.50 to £40.50.

Steve Winwood

Before joining the Allman Brothers and Rod Stewart on American tours, the acclaimed Traffic man and guitarist will warm up for a new album release with shows across the UK. First stop is Cambridge on Monday and takes in slots at Glastonbury before concluding in Margate on the 30th. £27.50 to £32.50.

John Lee Hooker Jr.

Son of the great guitarist but just as hot when it comes to riffing the blues, John Lee Hooker Jr is all set to tour the UK and perform a couple of festivals in the coming weeks. Headliners include Wolverhampton, Southampton and Bristol and cost £16.50 - Cleethorpes and Durham Blues Festivals cost £25 upwards.


After appearing at Meltdown on Friday night (still available from £17.50), the alt-rock band will head across the UK for more shows including Brighton, Bristol etc until Oxford (which has sold out). The remainder cost from just £10 upwards.

The Wildhearts

Performing "Earth vs The Wildhearts", the band's debut album, The Wildhearts will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a swath of shows until the end of the month. Leicester has almost sold out and all cost from around £20 upwards.

Simone Felice

One half of the Felice Brothers makes a return to the UK for another lengthy tour next week, starting with a trip to Wakefield on Monday then several more stops in Aberdeen, Salford etc until Cambridge on 7th July. Prices vary from £12.50 to £17.50.


All Tomorrow's Parties - curated by Deerhunter

If you are contemplating heading to Camber Sands in Sussex for the Deerhunter curated weekend, with The Breeders, Tom Tom Club, Atlas Sound, Pere Ubu, Laetitia Sadier and more, grab your berths now - they're selling fast (from £720 - 4 berth).

North East Live 2013

Sunderland's Stadium of Light will host this pop festival on Saturday starring JLS, The Wanted, Rita Ora, Little Mix, Conor Maynard, Lawson and many more. The best seats have sold out (there are a few £25 ones left), while standing capacity is filling up - £35 upwards.



Ranked as one of America's greatest dramas and starring Lenny Henry as focal character Troy Maxson, a retired and embittered athlete, Pulitzer -winner August Wilson's soul-searching tale performs at the Duchess Theatre until September. £20 - £59.50 - many early shows are sold out.

Miss Nightingale - the Burlesque Musical

London in the 1940's, a riot of war, sex, scandal and showbiz and the search for a new star of the stage, topped off by Amber Topaz in the starring role. The show will perform in Salford for a few nights before heading to London from 2nd to 7th July - tickets available.


There are just a few seats left at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House to see Benjamin Britten's timely opera which was originally commissioned for The Queen's coronation in 1953. Tickets are very limited and cost from £37.50 to £139.50.

Paul Pledger