Weekend city guide: 14 – 16 October

Concerts, theatre and sport, oh my! Some great things are happening across the UK this weekend.

Why not take inspiration from the nippy, wet weather? Chill out with curling or ice hockey. Catch several cool bands which have recently kicked off UK tours. Get carried away to a wintery wonderland with Disney. Or immerse yourself in real-life survival stories from places like frozen Antarctica with Bear Grylls. So many choices!

Want even more? Our London, Manchester and Scotland guides also list of shows and activities that should really be on your radar.


Goo Goo Dolls
14 October
Eventim Apollo

Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac’s latest album Boxes has already spawned the hit track So Alive. We can’t wait to hear them perform it live as well as power through their other chart-topping hits like Iris, Black Balloon and Slide.

Steel Panther
15 October
The SSE Arena, Wembley

These legendary glam metallers are launching their UK arena tour Saturday night and the next evening they’ll perform at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. With songs like Death to All But Metal and Party Like Tomorrow Is the End…, expect this fearsome foursome to rock your world.

David Baddiel
Closes 15 October
Vaudeville Theatre

Baddiel mixes intelligence with humour and a hefty dose of disrespect in My Family: Not the Sitcom. He makes light of everything from ageing and infidelity to gay cats in this thoroughly enjoyable and critically acclaimed show.

The Go-Between
Closes 15 October
Apollo Theatre

Don’t miss out on this West End treat featuring the legendary Michael Crawford in his first major musical role in more than a decade. He plays a man haunted by events that took place one hot summer 50 years ago


Disney on Ice presents Frozen
13 – 16 October
Manchester Arena

This enchanting show skates into Manchester for four days. Based on the hit movie, join heart-warming characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on an epic journey where they discover love is the most magical power of all.

Warehouse Project
14 – 15 October
Store Street

The underground clubbing scene is thriving in Manchester thanks to the Warehouse Project. Their DJ line-ups always bring dance fans flocking. Take this weekend, for example – Hannah Wants is at the helm Friday night and Paradise headlines Saturday evening.


Jean-Michel Jarre
14 October
The SSE Hydro

He isn’t called The Godfather of Electronic Music for nothing. A pioneer in his field, Jarre is famous for extravagant live shows using cutting-edge digital technology. So expect a truly immersive experience as the French superstar showcases material from his latest two-part LP Electronica along with classic stuff.

Intu Braehead Curling Sweep
15 October
Intu Braehead Curling Rink

Ever wanted to learn curling? Here’s your chance to try the sport. The Sweep Programme is a special series of events for beginners of all ages. Tickets include an introduction to curling, warm-up and game.

Braehead Clan v Fife Flyers
15 October
Braehead Arena

An intense rivalry will be played out on the ice when the Fife Flyers arrive at Castle Clan. Purple Army, come out and show your support!


Gerry Cottle’s WOW Circus
Until 18 October
Recreation Ground Car Park

Roll up, roll up! This fearless and fantastic troupe of circus performers – including trapeze artists, illusionists, acrobats, jugglers, unicycle riders and more – will make your jaw drop and leave you uttering one word: “WOW”. 


Bear Grylls presents Endeavour
14 October
First Direct Arena

The survival skills reality TV star is going to take you on an immersive theatrical expedition that celebrates feats of courage. So prepare for mind-blowing action and adventure tonight in Leeds or catch Grylls at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday or Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Sunday.

Bad Company
15 October
First Direct Arena

Gig goers, get ready for a big show. Bad Company is kicking off a UK arena tour tonight. The supergroup’s original members are back together again for their first tour here in four years, plus they’re bringing Richie Sambora and Orianthi along as special guests.


14 October
Genting Arena

We’re feelin’ way too damn good about seeing these Canadians rockstars live! Tonight is Nickelback’s second show after launching the UK leg of their 10th world tour just two days ago – and they’ll be at Sheffield Arena on Saturday night.