Best tickets to buy this week: 16 July
- Kevin Fullerton
- 16 July 2021
Including James Taylor, Harry Potter, Tori Amos and Frank Carter
It's official – on Monday 19 July in England all major virus-related restrictions will be lifted, allowing nightclubs and large event venues to open their doors. And with a foresight that could give Nostradamus a run for his money, a slew of dates in big venues have been announced for music, theatre and comedy in the very near future.
In this bumper week for gig listings we've seen high-profile performers announce tours for 2022, old favourites returning to the live circuit, and London's West End preparing the long road to revitalisation with high-end productions in winter. Here are some of the finest tickets to go on sale this week.
One of the most highly regarded singer-songwriters of the past half-century, James Taylor is set to hit the road in 2022 with his All-Star Band. Taylor released his 20th studio album American Standard in February 2020, with the album winning Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys. Expect to hear plenty of songs from his latest release alongside a host of old favourites.
James Taylor will tour the UK throughout January and February. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Raucous roustabouts Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have announced a gargantuan tour for November 2021 and January 2022. It comes in support of their latest album Sticky, which is due for release on Friday 15 October.
Carter said the album is, 'Pure rock 'n' roll energy wrapped up in a bow made of fun and carnage and then dragged through the streets of East London by two naughty little foxes.' We've no idea what that means, but count us in.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will tour the UK in November 2021 and January 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Soothing rock miserablists Eels will play the UK in March 2022 in support of their latest album Earth To Dora. Maintaining a huge fan base since the 90s, Eels have forged a unique place for themselves in the indie scene with sad bangers 'Novocaine for the Soul' and 'Susan's House' continuing to enjoy millions of plays on Spotify and YouTube.
Eels will tour the UK in March 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Natalie Imbruglia is poised to play a one-off show at the Lafayette in London on Wednesday 22 September. The performance will celebrate the release of new album Firebird, her first new material since 2009. Best known for the runaway hit 'Torn', Imbruglia has had similar success in the charts with her songs 'Wrong Impression', 'Instant Crush' and 'Big Mistake'.
Natalie Imbruglia will perform at Lafayette in London on Wednesday 22 September. Click here for tickets.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
The most successful theatre production of all time, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will return to the Palace Theatre in October. This eighth instalment of the Potter story sees the boy wizard all grown up and embarking on a new adventure as his son heads to Hogwarts and new forms of evil appear.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will reopen its doors on Thursday 14 October. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
The Windsors: Endgame
Based on the popular channel 4 sitcom, The Windsors: Endgame will play at the Prince of Wales Theatre for 10 weeks from Monday 2 August. With a star-studded cast including Harry Enfield, Kara Tointon and Tracy-Ann Oberman, this is sure to be a hilarious production you don't want to miss.
The Windsors: Endgame will play from Monday 2 August until Sunday 3 October. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Twelve Foot Ninja
Heavy metal fusionists Twelve Foot Ninja are preparing to hit the UK with their unique brand of noise in February. If you're a fan of heavy metal that isn't afraid to experiment, then this is a must-see.
Twelve Foot Ninja will perform in the UK throughout February. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Drag sensation Pabllo Vittar will visit the UK for one extra-special show at London's Electric Brixton on Sunday 5 June. Singer, songwriter and one of the most popular drag queens on the internet, Vittar is a star with a lot to offer anyone who loves their dancefloor fillers dolloped in chic.
Pabblo Vittar will perform at Electric Brixton in London on Sunday 5 June. Click here for tickets.
Piano-playing legend Tori Amos will grace the UK with her presence in March 2022. She's promised a new album announcement soon, so expect the tour to be crammed with fresh material amidst a few classics.
Tori Amos will perform in the UK throughout March. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Champions Of Magic
The Champions Of Magic show is getting ready to hit the road for a UK tour in 2022. Bringing together some of the most impressive illusionists working today, you're almost guaranteed to be blown away by the awe-inspiring tricks on offer.
Champions Of Magic will perform across the UK in 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Britain's favourite comedian Katherine Ryan will make a one-off appearance at EartH (Hackney Arts Centre) on Friday 24 September to promote her new book, The Audacity. She's billed the event as her way of telling more intimate and inspirational stories while still providing plenty of laughs.
Katherine Ryan will perform on Friday 24 September. Click here for tickets.
The wildly popular true crime podcast Criminal will make a handful of live recordings across the UK. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the show or simply want a dose of grisly stories told in a live setting, this is the show for you.
Criminal will appear across the UK in April. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters
Basketball superstars The Original Harlem Globetrotters will show off their athletic prowess across the UK this September. In feats of ball-dribbling excellence, the team will turn even the sports averse into hoop-dunking obsessives.
The Original Harlem Globetrotters will perform across the UK in September. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Michael Flatley's 25 Years Of Lord Of The Dance
Legs will flail, jigs will be jigged and lords will make hyperbolic claims about dancing. You wouldn't expect anything less from Michael Flatley's 25 Years Of Lord Of The Dance, a 25th anniversary celebration of the stalwart Irish dance troupe.
One of the most popular dancing shows in the world, this special series of performances will play throughout 2022.
Michael Flatley's 25 Years Of Lord Of The Dance will perform across the UK throughout 2022. Click here for performance dates and tickets.
Just The Tonic Comedy Shindig
With headliners like Milton Jones and Bill Bailey on the line-up, Just The Tonic Comedy Shindig is promising to be an unmissable tour of hilarious proportions. Making stops across the country throughout the summer, you've got plenty of time to catch the finest names in British comedy live.
Just The Tonic Comedy Shindig will play throughout 2021. Click here for performance dates and tickets.