From a Britpop icon and an American comedy king to the long-awaited new play by Tom Stoppard, here are the hottest tickets going on sale this week. Ready, steady, book!
With Oasis now a distant memory, Gallagher senior has well and truly taken flight with his High Flying Birds. As you might expect, there are lots of ’60s-leaning, jangly pop and psychedelia-inspired moments to enjoy and sing along to, but with his sky-high avian bandmates Gallagher’s voice – literally and in songwriting terms – is bolder and more direct than ever. With the announcement of a second HFB album, following on from their self-titled, UK chart-topping debut in 2011, it’s a safe bet that this gig will be an opportunity for the band to showcase new material.
This New Yorker is one of the most acclaimed satirists in the States and is a huge name across the Pond – heck, Maher sells out an annual 50-date Vegas residency. The 58-year-old host of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ is a wonderfully acerbic stand-up: brutally honest, with smart points always underlying his punchlines. He’s playing a one-off gig at the Hammersmith Apollo next year: his first London show in, well, yonks.
Hotly tipped bass-and-drums duo Royal Blood (the only rock act on the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list) headline, fresh from the Number One success of their self-titled debut album and a Mercury nomination. They’re very, very hot right now – book quick.
Iowa’s masked marauders Slipknot headline a nu-metal double-bill that’ll be packed to the rafters with headbanging teens and ’90s/’00s nostalgics alike. They’re supported by Korn, as angsty and dirty-minded as ever they were in the glory days of ‘Freak on a Leash’. Dig out that crusty old hoodie and join the mayhem – it’ll be quite a show.
And get ready for these two big theatre shows going on sale next week…
Cult comic, grump and storyteller Daniel Kitson gets into the Christmas spirit with this new show, opening for a run of six days only at the beginning of December. Specific information on the show is limited, but that’s not going to stop Kitson’s legions of followers doing their damnedest to crash the BAC website when tickets go on sale Wednesday. Performances are usually very funny, touchingly poetic and disarmingly quirky.
We were beginning to think 2006 smash ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ might be 77-year-old theatre legend Tom Stoppard’s final play – he’s been spending his golden years on big bucks screen commissions like ‘Anna Karenina’ and the forthcoming ‘Tulip Fever’. Thankfully, the National Theatre has secured his first newie in eight years with ‘The Hard Problem’. Featuring rising star Olivia Vinall as a scientist wrestling with the meaning of life, it’s being staged in the NT’s tiny Dorfman Theatre and will easily be the hottest ticket in the theatre’s new season.