Ticket Alert: Graham Coxon, Tom Petty, The Shins and Fanfarlo

Dave Newbury
By Dave Newbury Last edited 84 months ago
Ticket Alert: Graham Coxon, Tom Petty, The Shins and Fanfarlo

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon is offering local London bands the opportunity to support him at his forthcoming headline show at the HMV Forum on 25 April.

Bands wanting to play can be nominated by uploading a YouTube video onto Graham Coxon’s website with fans invited to like on Facebook or share on Twitter to show their support, although the final decision as to who plays is Coxon’s.

Leading the pack at the moment is Sean de Burca, an instrumental acoustic fingerpicking guitarist from Kent who stands head and shoulders above the majority nominations - mainly boring boys with guitars.

Far from boring are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers who return to London to headline the Royal Albert Hall on 18 and 20 June, as part of their first major UK gigs in over a decade.

The dates will be the legendary American songwriter’s only mainland shows, the others being Dublin and the Isle of Wight festival, with spare tickets likely to be rarer than a free seat on the 8.15am Northern Line from Archway.

Other Americans booking their flights into Heathrow are The Shins who bring their swooning indie dream-pop to the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on 22 March. The All Tomorrows Parties show is in support of their frankly fantastic forthcoming long player Port of Morrow, and their only UK date.

London indie folk collective Fanfarlo return to the city’s gig scene with a headline show at Scala on 1 March in support of their ace second album Rooms Filled With Lights.

Tickets for Tom Petty and The Shins (£20+bf) go on sale Friday 20 January at 9am and 10am, through The Royal Albert Hall and ATP websites respectively. Graham Coxon (17.50+bf) and Fanfarlo  (£11+bf) are available now through See Tickets.

Last Updated 19 January 2012