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St Andrew's Day Celebrations

The capital celebrates Scotland's patron saint with a programme of free events in St Andrew Square. There's storytelling in the Spiegeltent with Jess Smith and Aiden Moffat; Scottish dance workshops led by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; a Family Ceilidh hosted by the Robert Fish Band and demonstrations on the…

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Nov

Free

All events are free but some workshops and performances are ticketed. Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

The Who

The union jack clad British rockers known for anthems including 'Who Are You' and 'I Can See for Miles' return to the stage for their 50th anniversary tour, probably with less smashing of instruments than their early performances. The Who were formed in 1964 by singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist…

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Sun 7 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 945 6000

With Plus Special Guests.

Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

Fri 5 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 412 4624

With Plus Special Guests.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Tue 2 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Special Guests.

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John Grant

The former Czars singer has a baritone to die for and a handful of critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt.

The Sage Gateshead

Fri 28 Nov

£22 / 0191 443 4661

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Nov

£18–£22 / 0131 228 1155

Accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Kele

Lead singer of Bloc Party, Kele has been branching out onto the decks in a new DJ/Producer section of his career.

Brighton Dome

Thu 11 Dec

£14 / 01273 709709

  • 20:00 – 23:00 Kele Brighton Dome

Gorilla, Manchester

Sat 29 Nov

£14 / 0161 407 0301

SWG3, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£15 / 0141 357 7246

The Vaselines

Much loved-Scottish lo-fi grungers, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee.

The Art School, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£13

Glasgow School of Art

Fri 28 Nov

£13 / 0141 353 4500

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Balkanarama

A blend of klezmer, Balkan, gypsy punk and electronic beats featuring live music, bellydancing, Balkan rakija brandy tasting and a live jam session.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 6 Dec

£10 (£9)

Mystere de l'est guest.

Studio 24, Edinburgh

Fri 5 Dec

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 3758

Mystere de l'est make their Scottish debut.

Neu! Reekie!

Avant-garde spoken word, film and music fusion night describing itself as 'playing host to the sinister and the sanguine'.

Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

£8 / 0131 553 1876

The End of Year Bash with Honeyblood (solo), Kirsty Logan, Loki with Becci Wallace, Duglas T Stewart (spoken word slot) and Moon Hop (DJ Whisky Stephen with FOUND).

  • 19:00 – 23:00 Neu! Reekie! Pilrig St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

Joan As Policewoman

Aka dramatic violinist/vocalist Joan Wasser who has performed with Rufus Wainwright and Antony's Johnsons, and who named her act after the old Angie Dickinson TV show.

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

£16 (£14) / 0131 668 2019

With Adam Holmes. Part of Lau-Land Edinburgh.

Clutha Trust Launch Night

The trust launches with a night of live music featuring performances from Bombskare, Rose Room, The Girobabies, Mickey 9s, The Mighty Sparrahawk and Carlton Jugband.

Barrowland, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£10 / 0141 552 4601

Afrika Bambaataa

One of the godfathers and true originators of hip hop behind the seminal 'Planet Rock' which helped kick start the entire scene, way back in 1982.

O2 ABC, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£8.55–£15.75 / 0141 565 1000

O2 Academy Liverpool

Fri 28 Nov

prices vary / 0141 565 1000

O2 Academy Oxford

Sat 29 Nov

£9.56–£15.75 / 0141 565 1000

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Big Girls Don't Cry: A Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Oh what a night you'll have at this tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with all the hits from 'Sherry' to 'Grease is the Word'.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£19.75–£27.50 / 02476 553055

IndigO2, London SE10

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 220 0260

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Sat 30 May 2015

£16.50–£18.50 (£17.50) / 0141 332 1846

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The Orchids

Glasgwegian indie veterans promoting their Beatitude #9 album.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

£6 / 0141 636 6119

With Bodyheat.

Russell Watson

  • Written by: Claude-Michel Schonberg

One of the country's most popular crossover singers returns to the stage.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 24 Mar 2015

£28–£50

Beverley Minster

Fri 28 Nov

£25–£55 / 01482 868540

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 26 Apr 2015

£28–£45 / 08441 717620

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Joan Armatrading

Multi award-winning, MBE awarded artist with a sublime voice, playing self-penned soul and sophisticated pop from her impressive back catalogue.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Mon 1 Dec

£28.50 / 01284 758000

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Thu 26 Mar 2015

£29.50 / 020 7638 8891

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£27.50–£29.50 / 0844 907 9000

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Kiesza

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her recent single Hideaway.

Albert Hall, Manchester

Thu 19 Mar 2015

£14

The Institute, Birmingham

Mon 23 Mar 2015

£14 / 0844 844 0444

O2 ABC, Glasgow

Sat 21 Mar 2015

£13.50 / 0141 332 2232

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Live'n'Spittin

Annual freestyle rap battle tournament with live performances from hip hop artists. Featuring Manchester's Shotty Horroh.

Audio, Glasgow

Fri 28 Nov

£8–£12 in advance; £15 on the door

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Thoughtful contemporary pop from Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, ex The Beautiful South.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Tue 9 Dec

£22.50 / 01424 229111

O2 Academy Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£22.50 / 0844 477 2000

O2 Academy Leicester

Tue 2 Dec

£22.50 / 0844 477 2000

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The Solid Silver 60s Show 2014

Relive the nostalgic sounds of 60s pop in the company of Vanity Fare, Chris Montez, Chris Farlow and Brian Poole & the Tremelos.

Bristol Hippodrome

Tue 31 Mar 2015

£25–£30 / 0844 847 2325

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Wed 22 Apr 2015

£25.50–£29.50 / 0844 871 3014

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£25.50–£29.50 / 01253 290190

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Tartan Underground

Scottish acoustic talent hosted by Sher Watson.

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Nov

Free / 0131 220 4298

Fri 5 Dec

Free / 0131 220 4298

Fri 12 Dec

Free / 0131 220 4298

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 0131 220 4298

The Charlatans

The ever-durable Charlies have weathered all kinds of upheaval over the years and but have managed to plod along happily with considerable fan support.

Albert Hall, Manchester

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£32.50

Fri 6 Mar 2015

£32.50

Barrowland, Glasgow

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£27.50 / 0141 552 4601

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£27.50 / 0141 552 4601

Hull University

Mon 9 Mar 2015

£27.50 / 01482 466943

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Martyn Joseph

Cult singer-songwriter, described as the 'Welsh Springsteen', making social and spiritual comment through his acoustic songs.

Bush Hall, London W12

Sun 30 Nov

£16 / 020 8222 6955

Colston Hall, Bristol

Sun 7 Dec

The Lantern

£16 / 0117 922 3686

Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot

Fri 5 Dec

£16–£18 / 01803 873006

  • 19:00 – 22:30 Martyn Joseph Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot

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That'll Be the Day

Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£24.50 / 01256 844244

Assembly Hall, Worthing

Sun 28 Dec

£24 / 01903 206206

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 6 Dec

£23–£25 / 01892 530613

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Buddy Holly: A Legend Reborn

Marc Robinson and his counterfeit Crickets roll back the years with hits like 'Rave On', 'Raining in My Heart' and 'Doesn't Matter Anymore'. Plus Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (note: not the real ones).

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Thu 15 Jan 2015

£17.25–£24.25 / 02476 553055

The Brook, Southampton

Fri 19 Dec

£17; £15 adv / 023 8055 5366

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