Top Tickets This Week: AJ Tracey, James, Imelda May, Status Quo, Fatboy Slim, The Libertines, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Katherine Ryan and more

AJ Tracey

AJ Tracey has announced the Flu Game Tour for November, with arena shows lined up in Dublin, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 23. The trek shares its name with Tracey’s second album, released last week (April 16).

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James will return to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on September 9, with tickets for the show on general sale at 9am on April 23. They’re also due to appear at Playground Weekender, Deer Shed FestivalNeighbourhood Weekender and the Isle of Wight Festival, and will hit the road for a UK and Ireland arena tour with Happy Mondays in the autumn.

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Imelda May

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The Dublin singer-songwriter will embark on her Made To Love Tour in 2022, kicking off on April 4 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and wrapping up with three homecoming performances at Vicar Street on May 13, 14 and 15. The gigs mark her first proper trek in over five years and will support her sixth LP, ’11 Past The Hour’, released last week (April 16) via Decca Records. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 23.

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Status Quo

The legendary British rockers, who put out ‘Backbone’ in 2019, will call in Belfast, Dublin, Hull, Stockton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Southend, Ipswich, Leicester, Guildford, Manchester, Cardiff, Oxford and Bath between February 27 and March 18. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 23.

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Fatboy Slim

The Brighton DJ and producer will take over the Telegraph Building in Belfast on October 23 to help celebrate events promoter Shine’s 25th Birthday. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 23. He’ll also headline Blackpool Rocks on June 26, with tickets on sale at 9am on April 23.

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The Libertines

The band will now kick off their Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour at Margate’s Winter Gardens on November 20. They’ll also hit the O2 Academy Leicester on December 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 23.

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the group will now hit the road in summer 2022, beginning with a new stop at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena on June 26. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 23.

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Katherine Ryan

Due to demand, the Canadian comedian and star of Netflix show The Duchess has added 12 new dates to her Missus Tour. She’ll now also call in Doncaster, Manchester, Worthing, Milton Keynes, Llandudno, Bromley, Hastings, Brighton, Norwich, Torquay, Peterborough and Grimsby during spring 2022. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 23.

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Also announced this week:

  • Culture Club have lined up four Heritage Live shows for the summer.
  • Nile Rodgers and CHIC will top the bill at Hampton Court Palace Festival on August 22, following a newly announced third performance by Tom Jones the day before.
  • Django Django have announced plans to tour the UK and Europe this autumn.
  • Waterparks have rescheduled their See You In The Future Tour of the UK to 2022.
  • Feeder have confirmed a summer date at Newport’s Tredeger Park.
  • Gemma Collins has announced The GC’s Big Night Out Tour for October.

Head here for a full list and to find your tickets. Check our rolling guide to cancelled and postponed events here.

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This Week’s New Releases: Miley Cyrus, The Smashing Pumpkins And Palm Reader

This week is a mixed bag for sure. Miley Cyrus has put our her highly anticipated new record that features collaborations with Dua Lipa, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Billy Idol and Steve Nicks, while the Smashing Pumpkins have returned with a double LP, and Palm Reader have shared the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Braille’.

In the mood for some more new music? Head below.

AJ Tracey – ‘Secure The Bag! 2’ (AJ Tracey)

Ane Brun – ‘How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow’ (Balloon Ranger Recordings)

Dream Theater – ‘Distant Memories – Live In London (Bonus Track Edition)’ (InsideOut)

Exit Kid – ‘Garden’ EP (Emre Turkmen)

Flohio – ‘No Panic No Pain’ (AlphaTone)

Gary Barlow – ‘Music Played By Humans’ (Polydor)

Heavy Pettin – ‘Best Of’ (Burnt Out Wreckords/Cherry Red)

Juicy J – ‘The Hustle Continues’ (Trippy Music/Entertainment One U.S.)

Miley Cyrus – ‘Plastic Hearts’ (RCA)

Palm Reader – ‘Sleepless’ (Church Road Records)

Paul Weller – ‘On Sunset (Remixes)’ EP (Solid Bond/Polydor)

Perry Farrell – ‘The Glitz; The Glamour’ (Last Man)

The Psychotic Monks – ‘Private Meaning First’ (FatCat Records)

Seasick Steve – ‘Blues In Mono’ (There’s A Dead Skunk Records)

Shakin’ Stevens – ‘Singled Out’ (BMG)

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘CYR’ (Sumerian Records)

Steps – ‘What The Future Holds’ (BMG)

Sundara Karma – ‘Kill Me’ EP (Chess Club Recordings)

Supergrass – ‘Live On Other Planets (Live 2020)’ (Supergrass Records)

Tim Burgess – ‘Ascent Of The Ascended’ EP (Bella Union)

Tori Handsley – ‘As We Stand’ (Cadillac Records)

Will Joseph Cook – ‘Something To Feel Good About’ (Bad Hotel)

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, AJ Tracey And Queen Zee

This week’s new releases list is almost as diverse as the crowd in the Star Wars cantina scene. Ariana Grande has promptly followed up 2018’s ‘Sweetener’, while West London rapper AJ Tracey has released his self-titled debut LP, as have the force of nature that is Liverpool’s Queen Zee.

Still want more? Fill those boots below.

AJ Tracey – ‘AJ Tracey’ (AJ Tracey)

Ariana Grande – ‘Thank U, Next’ (Republic Records)

Beast In Black – ‘From Hell With Love’ (Nuclear Blast)

Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

Cass McCombs – ‘Tip Of The Sphere’ (Anti-)

HEALTH – ‘Vol. 4: Slaves Of Fear’ (Concorde/Lorna Vista)

Jessica Pratt – ‘Quiet Signs’ (City Slang)

Jozeg Van Wissem & Jim Marmusch – ‘An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil’ (Sacred Bones)

The Lemonheads – ‘Varshons 2’ (Fire Records)

Mercury Rev – ‘Bobboe Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited’ (Bella Union)

Panda Bear – ‘Buoys’ (Domino)

Queen Zee – ‘Queen Zee’ (Sasstone)

Said The Whale – ‘Cascadia’ (Arts & Crafts/Caroline)

Wiz Khalifa and Currenc$y – ‘2009’ (Jet Life Recordings)

Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

YAK – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI)

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