- New Hurts album Surrender
Hurts’ third album Surrender is out 9/10 and includes singles Lights (YouTube clip above, and Hurts’ best single since Wonderful Life) and Some Kind Of Heaven. We’ve also heard tracks Rolling Stone, Slow, Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us, Weight Of The World and the title track and saw the band for the tenth time at their last UK gig at the Scala in June. We’d imagine this album would be their best because it’s the most pop. They play Brixton Academy in February. Tickets here.
- Read on for reasons 2-8 including Medea, Years and Years, Teddy Ferrara, John Grant and Jeremy Hardy
2. Kate Fleetwood in Medea at the Almeida
The Almeida’s Greeks season struck gold with Oresteia (now at the Trafalgar Studios until 7/11) and misfired with Bakkhai. Kate Fleetwood was outstanding in the Old Vic’s High Society (YouTube clip above) and completes the Greeks season with the starring role in Medea, which we last saw Helen McCrory boss at the National last year. Much to live up to but anyone who saw Fleetwood whip up a mid-show standing ovation on her last High Society night wouldn’t bet against her.
3. Years and Years on tour
Y&Y have scored a number 1 single (King, YouTube clip above) and album this year. monstagigz last saw them at Glastonbury in June and lead singer Olly Alexander certainly seemed to be revelling in the spotlight. This 16-date UK tour is their biggest thus far and runs from 9/10, climaxing with two sold-out nights at Brixton Academy at the end of the month. It’s mostly sold out but tickets can be found here.
4. Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar
Have you heard of the £10-a-ticket Barclays Front Row scheme that runs at the Donmar a fortnight before each performance? It’s one of our favourite and most economical ways of seeing brilliant new theatre and in August we had the best seats in the house for the 5* Splendour. Teddy Ferrara (original trailer as YouTube clip above) runs 1/10 to 5/12 with a 7/10 press night and we’ll be at one of the previews.
5. John Grant album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
We’re loving the sharp sense of humour Grant has found in the gym/sauna/cake video for Disappointing (featuring Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn, YouTube clip above). We’ve previously written about everything we know of this album out 9/10, Grant’s third, which we’re guessing won’t be the lyrical walk in the park this take on Madonna’s Vogue delivers.
6. Jeremy Hardy on tour
We first saw this left wing comedian almost 30 years ago – and most recently at Glastonbury. He was hilarious in the wake of Ed Miliband’s May election defeat and we’re guessing (especially having seen the YouTube clip above) that he might be more enthusiastic about Jeremy Corbyn’s recent triumph. He’s on a mammoth tour although we’re seeing him this month. We’ve never quite looked at a branch of Jojo Maman Bebe the same since our last Hardy gig.
7. Lady Gaga in American Horror Story
We’ll be honest we’ve never seen American Horror Story but news that the next season (called Hotel and airing on FX in the US from 7/10) features our favourite pop star is causing much excitement.
8. Beau Willimon at the BFI
Kevin Spacey-starrer House of Cards has been one of the best things on TV in recent years. We’ll be at a lecture with its creator and show runner Beau Willimon at the BFI.