On sale tomorrow morning: The Cure, Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, Jessie J, Alan Carr, ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ musical and more
It’s Friday tomorrow, which means two very good things. Firstly, it’s the weekend, the merits of which need no explanation. Secondly, a ton of great live music, comedy and theatre tickets go on sale in the morning. Again, this shouldn’t really need explaining – just take a look at all the great shows below to get an idea of what’s out there, and don’t forget to snap up tickets when they go on sale. Some of them start pretty early, at 8am (others at 9am and 10am), so set those alarms. And for more top live music options, make sure you check out our ‘Just announced‘ page.
CAPITAL FM JINGLE BELL BALL
The O2, Dec 6-7
A mind-boggling number of chart-conquering acts cram into The O2 for two hectic days of full-on pop mayhem. Limp pop-rockers OneRepublic head up Saturday’s line-up, which also includes perennial manband favourites Take That (now a three-piece after the departure of Jason Orange), professionally cheeky-chap Olly Murs, U2-lite trio The Script, chart-topping violin-pop quartet Clean Bandit and upcoming boybands The Vamps and Union J.
Sunday is even bigger, with none other than Taylor Swift topping things off – expect a guest appearance by her BFF Ed Sheeran, second on the bill. D&B producers Sigma, Aussie teen-rockers 5 Seconds Of Summer, Afrobeats dude Fuse ODG, lung-busting motormouth Jessie J, sadsack soul man Sam Smith and new boyband Rixton round things off – phew.
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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Dec 21-22
Robert Smith’s seminal gloom-pop combo play one of their sporadic London gigs, which generally last upwards of two hours. True, they’re not known for being a dynamic live act, but the quality of their material – ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘The Love Cats’, ‘Friday I’m In Love’ and loads more, all bellowed back by a fiercely adoring crowd who’ve nostalgically backcombed what’s left of their hair – means The Cure are still well worth catching after all these years. There’ll be plenty of Christmas cheer at these two December shows.
O2 Academy Brixton, Jan 28 2015
Motormouth, songwriter, ex-talent show judge and vocal acrobat Jessica Cornish arrives in London with a bang to perform her high-energy dance-pop and soulful, electronic R&B. Whatever you might think of her occasional habit of bludgeoning songs to death with her vocal cords, she is undeniably a top performer with a huge pair of lungs and the confidence to match.
ALAN CARR – YAP, YAP, YAP!
Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Sep 24-25 2015
The Chatty Man himself is back on the road for the first time in four years, and he’ll be yapping away in Hammersmith next September. Carr is best known as Channel 4’s chat show king (his series has won Baftas, British Comedy Awards and National Television Awards) but the 38 year-old comic is at his best live on stage. He’s a charming, brassy motormouth.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Phoenix Theatre, May 15-Jul 11 2015
That cheesy, but loveable 2002 movie about a Sikh, football-obsessed girl growing up in London is to get the West End musical treatment. We don’t know who’ll play the parts Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra did in the film yet, but details of the creative team look promising, with Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges adapting their screenplay for the stage and Howard Goodall and Charles Hart looking after the songs.
GRUFF RHYS: AMERICAN INTERIOR
KOKO, Feb 11 2015
Prolific pan-disciplinarian Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys is best known for fronting the mighty Super Furry Animals, but has also produced sterling work with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse and his own Neon Neon project. He’s here to perform his ‘American Interior’ multimedia show, based on his search for the grave of a distant relative who went in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. Apparently.
The O2, Jun 25 2015
R&B crooner John Legend tackles the genre with classy, old-school charm, gently escorting listeners from candlelit dinners to steamy dance floors and, finally, to silk-adorned bedrooms. A church choir leader, pianist, songwriter and arranger, Legend worked behind the scenes with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys and even Michael Jackson, and now he’s a star in his own right. (Kanye returned the favour with production duties on Legend’s latest album ‘Love in the Future’.)
You’ll have to wait until Monday to buy this one though:
BRITISH SUMMER TIME: TAYLOR SWIFT
Hyde Park, Jun 27 2015
One of America’s biggest pop success stories, at the grand old age of 24 Taylor Alison Swift has already smashed sales records, captivated a generation of young girls, and – with her latest album ‘1989’ – won over the critics too. It’s all thanks to her gift for bold and incredibly infectious pop, but also to the steely-eyed determination and ambition which compelled Swift to move to Nashville at the age of 14, enter the lucrative country music market, and then explosively cross over into the pop world.
Now she stops off in London as one of the world-class headliners at the latest British Summer Time series in Hyde Park. It’s a safe bet that this’ll be a dramatic, flawlessly choreographed pop show complete with props, pyrotechnics, plenty of dancers and costume changes, plus the odd number where Taylor strips it all back, alone at the piano. Details of the support bill are still unconfirmed, but don’t let that stop you booking: this will be an instant sell-out, no question.