If you’re not hopeful of getting a spot in the Glastonbury mosh pit at the Olympic opening ceremony, here are our picks of the gigs on sale this week. Most take place after the Olympics and tickets to all should be available from around 9am on Friday.
The former Mrs Cole, and now plain old Cheryl, has announced her A Million Lights arena tour, promising songs from all three albums and ‘some surprises’. If you missed her underwhelming performance at the Jubilee concert then you could catch her at The O2 on 7 October. Tickets £40 + bf.
Frankly, Bat For Lashes at HMV forum on 29 July is a far more tempting prospect. Enigmatic, futuristic and with an occasional penchant for unusual costumes, you’ll hear yet-to-be-released material from her third album. Tickets £20 + bf.
If you’re looking for something less nuanced but arguably just as much fun, how about Alice Cooper at Wembley Arena? In his mid-60s he seems a ludicrous proposition, yet he’ll probably get away with it. Appropriately enough the show’s just before Halloween, on 28 October. Tickets £37.50 + bf.
There’s a cracking line-up at The Roundhouse on 29 August for the inaugural Able2 UK concert. Mystery Jets, Miles Kane and Pulled Apart By Horses are all on the bill. Tickets £30 + bf.
Apparently Mancunian rockers Nine Black Alps once cancelled a tour due to a case of the mumps. After being pushed briefly into the spotlight in the mid-2000s, they’ve since ploughed their own furrow. With album number four on the way, you can see how they’ve developed at Borderline on 10 October. Tickets £10 + bf.
Image of Bat for Lashes by Flickr user alterna2 under Creative Commons.