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Following the announcement of his UK headline tour British Soul icon Billy Ocean has added a further two dates due to high demand. Billy will perform at Grimsby Auditorium on 6th April and Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on 28th April with tickets on sale 10am Friday 26th August.


With the release of his latest album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number 4, Billy celebrated his highest charting album since 1989. The ‘Caribbean Queen’ star is Britain’s biggest selling black artist of all time, with a string of multiplatinum hits. Announcing a huge run of UK headline dates for 2017 Billy Ocean will perform all of his greatest hits from the new album and favourite tracks.


The 2CD set features a personal collection of Billy’s interpretations of songs which helped the young Leslie Charles become the Billy Ocean we all know today, alongside a career spanning celebration of his biggest hits.


Billy said: “I’m humbled by the success of this album am grateful that people continue to find joy in my music. I have so many people to thank, but I owe this one to my fans.”


Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean is available now on Amazon , iTunes and in stores.




Fri 24 March – Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre – Sold out

Sun 26 March – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Mon 27 March – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Wed 29 March – Plymouth Pavilions

Fri 31 March – Harrogate International Centre

Sat 01 April – Blackpool Opera House

Mon 03 April – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Thu 06 April – Grimsby Auditorium – New date

Fri 07 April – Gateshead The Sage

Mon 10 April – Ipswich Regent

Sat 15 April – Southampton Mayflower

Mon 17 April – Salford The Lowry Lyric Theatre

Tue 18 April – Oxford New Theatre

Thu 20 April – London Palladium

Fri 21 April – Southend Cliffs Pavilion – sold out

Sun 23 April – Cardiff St David’s Hall

Mon 24 April – Brighton Dome

Wed 26 April – Bristol Colston Hall

Thu 27 April – Leicester De Montfort Hall

Fri 28 April- Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – New date


Tickets for the extra dates go on sale 10am Friday 26th August. All other dates are on sale now via www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051











“The greatness of these songs is undeniable” Q ****

“Timeless and cosmic music, buzzing with energy” Uncut 8/10

“…a cohesive, imaginative psych-rock record that grows with every listen” NME ****


The Coral have announced details of a headline UK Tour and new single, ‘Million Eyes’. The December tour, which takes in Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Manchester Academy and Liverpool’s Olympia, is the influential Hoylake quintet’s second headline UK tour this year and follows the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Distance Inbetween’, The Coral’s first new studio album since 2010. Tickets on sale from 10am on Friday 5th August from http://gigst.rs/thecoral


New single ‘Million Eyes’ is available to stream and download now and impacts on September 1st. ‘Million Eyes’ is the third single to be taken from ‘Distance Inbetween’, following ‘Miss Fortune’ and ‘Holy Revelation’, which were both A-Listed at BBC 6Music and added to Radio X’s Daytime Playlist.


The Coral are currently appearing at Festivals across the UK & Europe, having already headlined Liverpool Sound City and played festivals including T In The Park and Benicàssim.


The Coral UK Tour December 2016:

Thurs 8            Leeds O2 Academy

Fri 9                 Glasgow O2 Academy

Sat 10              Liverpool Olympia

Mon 12            Coventry Kasbah

Tue 13             Norwich Waterfront

Thurs 15          Bristol O2 Academy

Fri 16               London Shepherds Bush O2 Empire

Sat 17              Manchester Academy


Tickets on sale from 10am on Friday 5th August from http://gigst.rs/thecoral


Remaining festival dates

Sun 14 August            Lakefest, Ledbury

Sun 21 August            Beautiful Days, Devon

Sat 27 August             Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

Sat 3 September         Moseley Folk Festival

















 Main Stage Host:


We are T-minus 69 days and counting until Camp Bestival’s adventures in Outer Space begin! As lift off preparations get underway, we are very pleased indeed to unveil the latest astro-nutters and space cadets who will be joining us at Lulworth Castle this 28-31 July for some truly out of this world family fun at a castle campsite by the sea!

Rob da Bank says: “New music is always at the heart of our festivals and Camp Bestival proudly breaks loads of new acts. Were you there when Ed Sheeran played to 100 people in the Dingly Dell or when Lianne La Havas did a secret gig for about 50 people playing out of a garden shed?! These are the acts I tip for big things, so welcome Beaty Heart, Alice Jemima, Anne-Marie and Xylaroo. Add to that we all love a damn good rave up at Camp B, so I’m super chuffed to have Altern-8 and Shadow Child playing an old skool set. It’s what we’re all about!”

Launching us into a stratosphere of sound, there will be amazing live music from South London’s Beaty Heart, long-time Rudimental collaborator Anne-Marie, London Music Awards Rising Star Espa, Sunday Best’s soon-to-be not-so-secret weapons Xylaroo and Alice Jemima, and chap-hop don Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer. We’ll also have an intriguing collision between festival legend and horn-powered hip-hop when DJ Chris Tofu Meets Brass Funkeys and rowdy sing-along fun with Dorset Wrecks Sea Shanty Group.

Dancing out in space is very much encouraged, so we have even more stellar selectors manning the flight decks including Shadow Child who will be treating us to an old skool set, masked rave legends Altern-8, party machine Russ Cuban, and the world’s best, and, let’s be honest, possibly the only, skanking town crier, DJ Dapper Dan. There will also be sets from Dave Hornby, Feet to the Floor Vs Back To The Beat, Katie Wilson and our unmissable old friends the Mix It UP DJ KRU.

And there’s more. Hopefully rocking a spandex spacesuit, Mr Motivator will be helping us to stay limber during the weekend, while improv comedy genius Stephen Frost will be keeping things lively as our Main Stage host.

Summer is coming and tickets are flying. Don’t miss out. And keep on checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest sub space communications. 

Camp Bestival Festival Ticket Info:

Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410


Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:

Adult Weekend Ticket – £197.50*

Student Weekend Ticket – £185

Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket – £118*

Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket – £93*

Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket – £45*

Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket – £15*

Babes In Arms (1 & Under) – FREE (but ticket required)*

All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday.


*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions

Weekly Payment Plan:

Use our five-week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £42 per week over four consecutive weekly payments following your initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select ‘Camp Bestival 2016 – Weekend Payment Plan’. Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£27.50 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.  More info here.

Car Parking – £20 in advance

Campervan Ticket – £85 per vehicle – please read Campervan T&Cs before booking

Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket – £96 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions). Please read Caravan/Trailer tent T&Cs here.




The Heart Speaks In Whispers is the stunning new album from Corinne Bailey Rae. Released last Friday to an incredible reception around the world, it is a remarkable collection of songs that showcases one of Britain’s most mercurial and exciting musicians at the peak of her powers.

“’The Heart Speaks In Whispers’ is the sound of her getting it right again. It stands midway between ‘The Sea’’s bleakness and her debut’s friskiness… with added dollops of sultriness and life-affirmation”Q Magazine (4/5) 

“The sound of someone alive with renewal; a brilliant and very welcome return”
MOJO (4/5)

“Gloriously slick futuristic soul from Yorkshire’s finest”Uncut (8/10)

“An emotional soul-soaked record”Glamour (5/5)

“Corinne’s prodigious growth over only three albums has been remarkable. Few others could weave lush Minnie Riperton-esque chamber soul, Ellie Goulding-style power pop and the elemental spirit of Laura Nyro into such a ravishing tapestry. Outstanding”Echoes (5/5)

“…it’s the joy that shines through in the soul wonder’s comeback”
Daily Star (5/5)

“The Leeds soulstress sounds rhapsodic, sure of her powers. ‘Stop Where You Are’ and ‘Do You Ever Think Of Me?’ equal anything on Adele’s ‘25’” Evening Standard (4/5)

“…glowing third album. Gorgeous”Daily Mirror (4/5)

“Ms Bailey Rae is back with a funky, finger-clicking delight” Daily Mail (4/5)

“This lustrous, strikingly contemporary jazz-soul/R&B set throbs with emotional vitality”
Metro (4/5)

“On ‘The Heart Speaks In Whispers’, the beauty that flickered through her music has become a steady flame” Mail On Sunday (4/5)

“Bailey Rae at her funkiest”The Sun (4/5)

“Luxurious new album [which] dreams in technicolour”The Arts Desk (4/5)

“One of the most addictive voices in contemporary music” Drowned In Sound (8/10)

“’The Heart Speak In Whispers’ represents the best of Rae’s first two albums, connecting the understated charm of her debut with a fascinating listen. Her light permeates this record, leaving a shining example of strength and perseverance”Pitchfork

“A gorgeous piece of psychedelic soul” Daily Telegraph

“Her soulful vocals are given space to bloom over a billowing pop backdrop”
The Guardian 

“Rich with on-point retro-futuristic sounds”The Observer 

“This is a keeper”The Sunday Times

“A vibrant testimony of survival and joy”The Fader

“An incredibly moving listen”Stylist

The Leeds soulstress is currently on a headline tour in the USA and will be returning to the UK this summer to play Glastonbury Festival and heading out on an arena tour with Lionel Richie. She is also a special guest to Stevie Wonder at British Summer Time, Hyde Park as part of his Songs In The Key Of Life extravaganza.

As well as receiving rave reviews across the board, Corinne has appeared on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland, performed a live session on BBC Radio 2 and has received further widespread national UK radio play from her new singles ‘Been To The Moon, ‘Stop Where You Are’ and ‘Green Aphrodisiac’.

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  • Tribute is being paid to the fallen of the Battle of the Somme thanks to a limited edition run of Somme 100 Poppy Pins made using materials from the battlefield
  • The pins are crafted using British shell fuses fired during the battle, while enamel paint contains earth from the British front line, meaning each one contains a small part of the historic battlefield
  • 19,240 pins are being made in total, one for every soldier killed on the first day of the Somme – the heaviest loss of life in British military history for a single day’s fighting
  • The Somme 100 Poppy Pins are made by British company TMB Art Metal, specialists in working with provenance materials
  • Proceeds from the sale of the pins will go to The Royal British Legion, which provides care and support to the Armed Forces community, which includes Service men and women, veterans and their families


The fallen soldiers of the Battle of the Somme are being individually honoured in a touching and evocative series of Poppy Pins, made using materials recovered from the historic battlefield.


TMB Art Metal is creating a limited series of pins – 19,240 in total – one for every soldier killed on the opening day of the battle, 1 July 1916. A masterful combination of aesthetic and symbolic appeal, the Poppy Pins will form a fitting tribute to every son, brother and father who lost their lives fighting for their country. An official project commissioned by The Royal British Legion, the pins are being crafted to mark 100 years since the famous Battle of the Somme in Northern France. Each has been hand made in the UK in London and in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.


The materials used to make the pins are what make them truly special. They are crafted from brass taken from British shell fuses salvaged from the Somme battlefield. By taking these fuses and using them to create something of poignant beauty, the Somme 100 Poppy Pins are turning metal that was forged for the purposes of war into silent tributes commemorating the British soldiers who died at the Somme.


The bright golden coloured pins are finished by a spot of red enamel in the centre of the poppy, and this too pays tribute to every British soldier that lost their life at the Somme, as it contains a small amount of earth recovered from the 1 July 1916 British frontline, which stretched for 25 kilometres (18 miles) across the countryside.


As well as being a poignant tribute to the fallen, the beautiful Poppy Pins will also benefit modern day Service men and women, veterans and their families, as all profits will go to The Royal British Legion.


The pins are the creation of Christopher Bennett, the man behind TMB Art Metal. Christopher has experience of similar projects with TMB, having crafted pieces using materials from many historic vehicles and planes, including a Hurricane fighter that famously crashed in London in 1940 following a successful attempt to bring down a marauding German bomber intent on attacking the capital.


Creating the Poppy Pins is something he describes as an honour, saying: “While holding a piece of a legendary car or plane in my hand is fantastic and a privilege, it is truly humbling to hold a piece of profound history in the form of a shell fuse found on the Somme.


“To walk along the old front line and find these fuses linked to such an important event in our country’s history is what this project is all about. These men were loyal everyday volunteers, and none of them understood the situation they were going to be encountering, but all of them – the men who died and who lived – were heroes. This was very much a labour of love, and is a project that has meant a lot to me personally.


“This is the first poppy that honours the fallen of our World Wars that allows you to wear and carry a piece of history with you at all times. The annual Poppy Appeal is a wonderful tribute, but is very seasonal. The Somme 100 Poppy Pin is a subtle and tasteful tribute that can be worn by anyone, all year round. By crafting the pins by hand, I feel we have recognised the individuals in a way that anonymous factory mass production could never achieve.”


Christopher personally collected shell fuses and the earth from the Somme, with additional fuses coming from a recycling centre in the local area. These had been gathered by local farmers, unearthed whilst harvesting potatoes in the peaceful fields that now form the site of the former battlefield.


The metal from the fuses was melted down to remove impurities, before being cast, fettled and polished to create the miniature poppies. The finishing touch is a spot of red enamel paint in the centre of the poppy, which contains granules of Somme earth within.


The idea to add the earth came when Christopher was walking the front line during one of his visits. He knew that he needed to honour the very battlefield itself, by incorporating the ground the soldiers of 1916 fought upon, died upon and that many still lay at peace beneath.


The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said: “The Somme 100 Poppy Pin is a poignant tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the Somme, one hundred years ago. There are very few UK communities which were unaffected by the terrible losses sustained at frontline in Northern France and, as the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion has commissioned this special pin as part of a programme of activity to mark the centenary of the battle.”


The pins are available from mid-May through the Royal British Legion online Poppy Shop priced at £39.99, with all proceeds benefitting the charity.





Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio

To Play United Kingdom June 2016


Nashville – (March 11, 2015) – Stars of the hit series “Nashville” are set to play for audiences in England and Scotland during a first-ever international tour in June.  Launching June 13 in Manchester, England, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, and Sam Palladio performing songs from the series and original material.  Later stops include Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and London. All shows go on sale Friday, March 18. “Nashville” staged sold-out tours across the United States in 2014 and 2015.


“The ‘Nashville’ cast is comprised of individuals who excel as actors, musicians, songwriters, and performers,” said Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment. “Since the first night the series went on the air, the cast members have also become incredible ambassadors for our Tennessee home, connecting with viewers around the world via television. Everyone is thrilled about the opportunity to be face to face with our fans throughout the UK during these intimate, exciting performances celebrating the best of Nashville.”


All shows go on sale Friday, March 18 at 9am at www.gigsandtours.com; www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.axs.com.


6/13                 Manchester      Bridgewater Hall

6/14                 Birmingham     Birmingham Symphony

6/16                 Glasgow           Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

6/17                 Bristol              Bristol Colston Hall

6/18                 London            London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith


The tour is produced by Opry Entertainment.


“Nashville” airs on six continents and in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, which will air season four this spring. During its third season in the U.K., the series beat the network’s primetime average by 22% and reigned as its #1 10 p.m. show for women 16+ as well as the #2 show at 10 p.m. for total viewers. Since its debut, the show has inspired seven “Music of Nashville” soundtracks as well as a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million soundtracks and millions more single tracks to date.


About “Nashville”

Now in its fourth season, the critically-acclaimed series “Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.


“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Aubrey Peeples as Layla Grant. “Nashville” is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. Buddy Miller is Executive Music Producer and Frankie Pine is Music Supervisor. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment.


About Opry Entertainment

Opry Entertainment®, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry®, the historic Ryman Auditorium®, and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.


About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses.  These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.


Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.


Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com




Jade Jones smashed her own course record today as she won the women’s wheelchair race at the 14th adidas Silverstone Half Marathon. Jones finished in 58:55, with Mel Nicholls second in 58:56. Both women took more than three minutes off Jones’s course record of 62:09, which she set here in 2013.

In the men’s wheelchair race David Weir took the win in 46:53, while in the mass race Michael Aldridge and Nicki Nealon were the winners in the men’s and women’s events, finishing in 73:07 and 83:00 respectively.

Jones was delighted with her third victory in four years, saying after the race: “I’m very happy with that time. I knew it would be quicker than normal as the weather was a bit better than last year. I felt pretty good going round.

“I’m still coming back from injury so it’s nice to know that the training is going well,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m still in quite a heavy block of training so I didn’t expect my time to be so quick.

“I was on my own for nine or 10 miles then Mel suddenly crept up on me. It’s always good having someone pushing you on.”

Ahead of Jones, David Weir was first across the Finish Line, clinching his fifth consecutive victory to win in a time of 46:53 – a little outside his course record of 45:20, which he set here in 2012.

Weir’s win was never in any doubt: the six-time Paralympic gold medallist led from start to finish in a race that he has dominated in recent years.

“This race is great for clearing out the cobwebs after a winter of training,” Weir said after crossing the line. “I feel great – my speed and endurance are good and I felt stronger out there than I did last year.

“Usually when it’s cold and windy the first six miles hurt but they didn’t today so that shows I’m in good shape.

“The year I broke the course record I was lucky with the weather – it was 16C and there was hardly any wind. I thought it might be like that today but the conditions were deceiving. You didn’t feel the wind at the start but out on the course it was really windy.

Weir will target his seventh win at the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April as he builds up to the Rio Paralympics in September.

“I’m focusing on the next few races rather thank thinking about Rio,” said Weir. “I want to do well at the Lisbon Half Marathon next week then I’ll think about the Boston and London Marathons. I’m taking it one race at a time.

After winning the 2015 Berlin Marathon back in September in a new personal best time of 1:27:36, Weir acknowledged that he’ll need to change his tactics if he’s to take his seventh win in London next month.

“To win in London I’ll need to be more aggressive and race like I did in Berlin. I pushed hard and managed to split up the pack. Maybe that’s the way I need to race in London; believe in my ability and not worry about everyone else, let them worry about me.

“Since getting the PB in Berlin I feel like I have a lot more confidence. It’s driven me to train a bit harder this winter and target that seventh win in London.”

Behind the wheelchair athletes, 6,755 runners crossed the Start Line, set on their way by Becky Doyle, founder of the charity Liam’s Smiles. Doyle set up the charity with her husband Colin – former Birmingham City FC goalkeeper – to raise awareness after their son Liam was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis aged just seven weeks old in July 2010.

After dropping the chequered flag, Doyle joined the masses of runners crossing the Start Line for the 13.1-mile challenge. Like many of the runners who took part in the race, Doyle was completing the run as part of her training for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 24 April, when she’ll be running and fundraising for Liam’s Smiles.

Making the most of the bright, sunny conditions at the world-famous race track was Michael Aldridge of Wootton Road Runners who was first across the Finish Line in a time of 73:07. The 42-year-old was running in memory of his friend Graham Mutton.

“I haven’t done a half marathon for two or three years, but I came back to the distance to do this race for a good friend of mine who passed away, so this is in memory of Graham Mutton. This is an emotional win today; I was doing it for him, so I’m very happy.”

The first woman to finish was Nicki Nealon of Huncote Harriers in 83:00. “It was surprisingly windy – the last mile was really hard work – but apart from that I absolutely loved it. There was loads of support from the crowds all the way round and it was great to hear all the bands around the course.”

Top Five Men (wheelchair race)

1. David Weir (Weir Archer Academy) 46:53

2. Charles Smith (Weir Archer Academy) 52:19

3. Ben Rowlings (Coventry Godiva Harriers) 56:07

4. Will Smith (City of Norwich AC) 56:50

5. Dillon Labrooy (Weir Archer Academy) 58:04


Top Two Women (wheelchair race)

1. Jade Jones (New Markse Harriers) 58:55

2. Mel Nicholls, 58:56


Top Five Men

1. Michael John Aldridge (Wootton Road Runners) 73:06

2. Dominic Kiralyfi (Hercules & Wimbledon) 73:18

3. Timmy Davies (Leeds City AC) 75:02

4. Ross Christie (Gateshead Harriers) 75:13

5. Stephen Green (Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics) 76:02


Top Five Women

1. Nicki Nealon (Huncote Harriers) 83:00

2. Marie Louise Shirley (Colchester Harriers) 86:19

3. Rhian Martin (Burnham Joggers) 86:46

4. Alexandra Longton (Hillingdon AC) 86:57

5. Sally Baker, 87:04



The Virgin Money London Marathon is the world’s largest one-day fundraising event and more than 75 per cent of the 37,000+ runners on Sunday 24 April will be raising money for charity, adding to the incredible total of £770+ million raised in the first 35 years of the event.
Here are some of their stories:
London-based Orin Lewis (OBE) will be running in memory of his son Daniel De-Gale who in 1999, aged six, was the first black individual in the UK to receive a life-saving stem cell bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Daniel beat the leukaemia but died in 2008 from multiple organ failure. Orin is hoping to raise £20,000 for the charity African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), the charity he and his wife Beverley founded 20 years ago.
Running in memory of her daughter Pennie, is Natasha Greenway from Caerphilly in Wales. Pennie was in cardiac arrest when she was born in July 2015 and despite the best efforts of the medical team, Natasha and her husband had to make the heart-breaking decision to turn off the life support machines. Now, Natasha and her sister-in-law Emma will run to raise money for the charity The Lullaby Trust, which has supported their family through their loss.
After her own personal battle with a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer, West Lothian resident Heather Duff will be running to raise money for the charity Cancer Research UK. Now in remission, Heather will be making her London Marathon debut after running the Mini London Marathon in 1999 aged 12. She promised herself that she would one day return to take on the 26.2-mile challenge and will fulfil that promise on 24 April for the charity she credits with saving her life.
Family rivalry will take centre stage when Nicholas Finill runs the London Marathon for the first time alongside his father Chris, one of only 12 ‘Ever Presents’ who have run every London Marathon since its inception in 1981. The last of three siblings to follow in his father’s footsteps, Nicholas is running in support of the Orchard Vale Trust, a charity that improves the quality of life for people with learning disabilities and their families.
Grace Havard will run the London Marathon two years after a car accident left her in an induced coma. She was left with 28 broken bones, a punctured lung, her liver split in half and part of her bowel removed, and skin grafts on her thighs and arms. Having made a swift and miraculous recovery, Grace has now set her mind to running the iconic course to raise money and awareness for St George’s Hospital, where she was cared for in the aftermath of the accident.
Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon press office receives hundreds of moving and inspiring stories from the thousands of runners who are preparing to take on the challenge of running the marathon. One runner taking that challenge to new heights is Ben Smith from Bristol who is not only running a marathon on 24 April but aims to complete 401 marathons in 401 days, across 309 locations in the UK. The London Marathon will be number 237.
Ben is hoping to raise £250,000 for the charities Stonewall and Kidscape in their bid to tackle the issue of bullying in society, particularly in schools. Having suffered from bullying himself, Ben knows the trauma and destruction it can cause after he twice tried to take his own life as a young adult. Now 33, he is hoping that his epic challenge can help others learn that no matter what happens in life, there can be a positive outcome.

Following the recent announcement of Joe Bonamassa’s live DVD, Blu-ray and album, Live At Radio City Music Hall, and 2014’s critically acclaimed studio album Different Shades of Blue, the internationally renowned guitarist has re-scheduled his recently postponed Bournemouth BIC concert to Sunday 20 March 2016. click  here to  see photos


In addition to the re-scheduled Bournemouth BIC concert, Joe Bonamassa will perform two new dates – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (Saturday 19 March) and Plymouth Pavilions (Monday 21 March). Tickets go on sale to the general public from the venues at 9am on Friday 13th November.  Tickets will also be available online to purchase from www.jbonamassa.com, www.eventim.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.seetickets.com.

Bonamassa will perform songs from his classic albums including Sloe Gin, Dust Bowl, The Ballad of John Henry, Driving Towards The Daylight (the latter reached #2 in the Official UK Album Chart 2012), and his critically acclaimed 2014 album Different Shades of Blue.

Joe Bonamassa – March 2016 UK Tour


Birmingham Barclaycard Arena       Saturday 19 March

Bournemouth BIC                              Sunday 20 March (re-scheduled date)

Plymouth Pavilions                           Monday 21 March


“Joe Bonamassa’s concert was billed as ‘the guitar event of the year’ and it certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering two hours of mind blowing guitar virtuosity.”South Wales Echo

“Joe Bonamassa is undoubtedly one of the finest living blues guitarists, and the Arena witnessed over two hours of jaw dropping, ear splitting fretwork from a genius clearly in his element.”Nottingham Post

“Joe Bonamassa, quite possibly the most gifted guitarist on the planet.”Liverpool Echo



The Monkees featuring Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, will perform their first concert in the UK since their sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, at London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Friday 4th September 2015.  Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 871 88190844 871 8819 or 0844 249 43000844 249 4300 or www.alt-tickets.co.uk and www.eventimapollo.com.

An Evening With The Monkees presents a full evening of magic, music and multi-media splendour, including rare films and images, plus footage from their iconic TV series.  The multimedia concert features all of the Monkees hits Last Train To Clarkesville and Daydream Believer, plus an intimate acoustic set, and selections from their cult classic, HEAD.

The Monkees’ cult runs deep in the UK, inspiring boy bands everywhere and racking up two more Top 20 albums in 1989 and 1997.  In 1965, when four young men were cast in the TV roles of a struggling rock band inspired by The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, few could have predicted the global impact The Monkees would make on music and pop culture at large – an impact that still reverberates 50 years later.