SPECIAL EVENTSABBA THE CONCERT PERFORMED BY ABBAGAIN Germany: Koblenz (Sporthalle Oberwerth) Jan. 20, Sinsheim (Messe) Jan. 21, Karlsruhe (Europahalle) Jan. 22.

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL featuring System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, more to be announced U.K.: Castle Donington (Donington Park) June 11-12.

GAUCHO POLO INTERNATIONAL U.K.: London (O2 Arena) Feb. 24.

LATITUDE FESTIVAL U.K.: Beccles, Suffolk (Henham Park) July 14-17.

LEEDS MUSIC FESTIVAL U.K.: Leeds (Bramham Park) Aug. 26-28.

MATTHEW BOURNE’S “CINDERELLA” (ballet) U.K.: London (Sadler’s Wells) runs through Jan. 23.

MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS Germany: Mannheim (Kulturhaus) Jan. 20.

NATIONAL TV AWARDS U.K.: London (O2 Arena) Jan. 26.

PANTOMIMES Musical-comedy theater productions traditionally performed during the holiday season: U.K.: Cambridge (Arts Theatre) “Aladdin,” through Jan. 16, Harrogate (Harrogate Theatre) “Dick Whittington” through Jan. 15, Oxford (Playhouse) “Cinderella” through Jan. 16, Bury St. Edmunds (Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds) “Mother Goose” through January, Norwich (Theatre Royal Norwich) “Jack and the Beanstalk,” through Jan. 16, York (Theatre Royal) “Jack and the Beanstalk” through Jan. 29.

PLANET EARTH — LIVE: music and film U.K.: London (02 Arena) July 30.

READING MUSIC FESTIVAL U.K.: Reading (Little Johns Farm) Aug. 26-28.

THE BIG CHILL U.K.: Herefordshire (Eastnor Castle Deer Park) Aug. 4-7.

X FACTOR LIVE 2011 U.K.: London (Wembley Arena) March 5, Manchester (Evening News Arena) March 12, London (O2 Arena) March 19, Nottingham (Nottingham Arena) March 22.

IN THE WINGSauditions

Germany: Tryouts at The Amelia Earhart Playhouse in Wiesbaden, for “Incorruptible,” 7-10 p.m. Jan. 12 & 13; also needed are volunteers for backstage roles; performances in mid-March; 0611-816-2473 or DSN 336-2473, or see

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