On the road: Bands on tour in the UK this week
The XX

It’s been a good week for Mumford and Sons after they were nominated for six Grammy Awards. Their UK tour continues, and there are more shows from 80s favourites Squeeze, Madness and The Human League, while The xx take their second album on the road…

The XX
The XX

Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons may have been nominated for six Grammy awards this year but they’re not forgetting their UK fans, with their tour of the British Isles continuing this week.

Mon 10 Dec: Manchester Arena [formerly MEN Arena] (Manchester)
Tue 11 Dec and Tue 18 Dec: The O2 Arena (Greenwich)
Thu 13 Dec: Motorpoint Arena [Formerly CIA] (Cardiff)
Sat 15 Dec: Odyssey Arena (Belfast)
Sun 16 Dec: The O2 (Dublin)


A chance to catch Seventies stars Squeeze who still have a strong following thanks to classic songs like Cool for Cats. Support comes from The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton in selected venues.

Mon 10 Dec: The Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool)
Wed 12 Dec: HMV Forum (Kentish Town)
Thu 13 Dec: Shepherds Bush Empire (London)
Fri 14 Dec: IndigO2 (London)
Sun 16 Dec: University of East Anglia [UEA] (Norwich)


Suggs and the Madness lads aren’t ready to set down their pork pie hats just yet. Expect energetic renditions of their hits ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘It Must Be Love’ and ‘House Of Fun’ as well as songs from new album ‘Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da’.

Mon 10 Dec: SECC/ Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow)
Tue 11 Dec: Motorpoint Arena (Sheffield)
Thu 13 Dec: NEC/ LG Arena (Birmingham)
Fri 14 Dec and Sat 22 Dec: The O2 Arena (Greenwich)

Status Quo

They’re known for “Rockin’ All Over The World’ but Quo frontmen Parfitt and Rossi are limiting themselves to the UK this week, which will no doubt be music to the ears of their army of loyal fans.

Mon 10 Dec: Brighton Centre (Brighton)
Wed 12 Dec: The Sage (Gateshead)
Thu 13 Dec: Opera House (Blackpool)
Fri 14 Dec: Motorpoint Arena [Formerly CIA] (Cardiff)
Sun 16 Dec: Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham)

Lionel Richie

From his beginnings with soul act The Commodores, to his massive solo hits such as ‘Hello’, and ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, Lionel Richie still has the star power for a headlining tour.

Mon 10 Dec: The O2 (Dublin)
Tue 11 Dec: Odyssey Arena (Belfast)
Thu 13 Dec: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Fri 14 Dec: SECC/ Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow)
Sat 15 Dec: Capital FM Arena (Nottingham)

The Human League

The Human League have sold more than 20 million records over the last 35 years, though most people probably know them best for that one single – Don’t You Want Me. Their latest album Credo continues the synth-pop style which they pioneered.

Mon 10 Dec: Forum/ Attic [University of Hertfordshire] (Hatfield)
Tue 11 Dec: University of East Anglia [UEA] (Norwich)

Thin Lizzy

A welcome return for the legendary Irish rockers who released the hits ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ and ‘Whiskey In The Jar’. Expect lots of air guitar from the fans.

Tue 11 Dec: HMV Institute [formerly Barfly] (Birmingham)
Wed 12 Dec: The Limelight (Belfast)
Thu 13 Dec: Olympia Theatre (Dublin)
Sat 15 Dec: ABC 1/ 2 (Glasgow)
Sun 16 Dec: O2 Academy (Leeds)

Jools Holland and His Rhythm ‘n Blues Orchestra

The boogie-woogie blues pianist and mainstay of British music television Jools Holland tours with his 18 piece Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Orchestra and guest stars such as KT Tunstall and Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals.

Fri 14 Dec: Plymouth Pavilions (Plymouth)
Sat 15 Dec: Brighton Centre (Brighton)
Sun 16 Dec: Motorpoint Arena [Formerly CIA] (Cardiff)

The Hives

Tongue in cheek Swedish garage-rock band who rose to prominence with their album Veni Vidi Vicious in 2000 which included the tracks Hate To Say I Told You So and Main Offender.

Mon 10 Dec: Academy (Bristol)
Tue 11 Dec: O2 Academy [1, 2 and 3] (Birmingham)
Thu 13 Dec: ABC 1/ 2 (Glasgow)
Fri 14 Dec: Roundhouse (London)
Sat 15 Dec: Academy [1, 2, 3 and Club Academy] (Manchester)


The indie rockers from Oxford are releasing the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2010 album Total Life Forever in February 2013. Expect to hear new songs such as Inhaler and My Number on their current UK tour.

Mon 10 Dec: Concorde 2 (Brighton)
Tue 11 Dec: The Forum (Tunbridge Wells)

The xx

The understated indie popsters won the Mercury Music Prize for their debut album and reached the top of the charts earlier this year with the follow up Coexist, which is already appearing in the best of 2012 lists.

Mon 10 Dec: O2 Academy (Leeds)
Tue 11 Dec: O2 Academy [Academy 1 & 2] (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Wed 12 Dec: Civic Hall (Wolverhampton)
Thu 13 Dec: Guildhall (Portsmouth)
Fri 14 Dec: Colston Hall (Bristol)
Sun 16 Dec: O2 Academy (Brixton)

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