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February 2017


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Rod Stewart is to play two exclusive UK Hits gigs in 2017.

It is announced today that Rod is heading to Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s Greenhous Meadow stadium on Wednesday 7 June and Emirates Riverside, the home of Durham County Cricket Club, on Friday 9 June.

The concerts are being billed as Hits 2017 and tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 24 February from

The announcement Rod is to play the two gigs comes after it was announced he will be headlining at the Isle of Wight Festival on June 11.

The Durham and Shrewsbury concerts will be his only mainland UK appearances in 2017.

Rod delighted fans across the UK in 2016 with two sold-out tours – The UK Hits Stadium Tour and the arena tour “From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits.”

He will be bringing two spectacular live shows to Durham and Shrewsbury performing a set of both classics and new hits in his dazzling signature style. As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, his performance will include show stopping classics spanning five decades including ‘Maggie May, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Baby Jane, The First Cut is the Deepest and I Don’t Want to Talk About it’.

Concert-goers will also be treated to tracks from his most recently released critically acclaimed platinum album ‘Another Country’, which debuted at Number Two.

The two concerts are presented by Cuffe and Taylor, who promoted Rod’s eight-date sell-out UK Hits Tour in 2016.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Rod again this year. These are two very special concerts ahead of the Isle of Wight Festival and we expect them to be hugely popular.

“We have now worked with Rod on numerous occasions and the reception he receives is always absolutely fantastic.

“Rod continues to entertain both his loyal followers and a new generation of fans at every concert and we expect Durham and Shrewsbury to be no exception.”

Tickets to see Rod Stewart at Shrewsbury Town FC and Durham County Cricket Club go on sale at 9am Friday 24 February from

The Rod Stewart Fan Club pre-sale begins at 9am Tuesday February 21. More info at:


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Music legend Tom Jones – whose iconic hits span six decades – today confirmed he will play at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Sunday July 2, 2017.

Tickets for the show at Europe’s largest open air theatre will go on general sale at 9am on Friday February 24.

Sir Tom said: “I played Scarborough OAT in 2015 and we had a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to coming back to this beautiful open air venue on the Yorkshire coast for another great night of music and good times!”

With a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, Tom Jones has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006, the global star has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits.

Fans at this summer’s Scarborough OAT show are assured of a fantastic night as Tom and his band present a stunning set-list built from a career that traverses all eras and genres of popular music.

Peter Taylor, of Scarborough OAT promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Tom is a true music legend and I’m thrilled we are bringing him back to the Open Air Theatre.

“We have done many many gigs with Tom across the UK over the last few years. All have been amazing events, none more so than at Scarborough two years ago.

“That was a great night and we cannot wait to bring Tom back to this wonderful venue for another night we feel sure will live long in the memory.”

Tom Jones joins Kaiser Chiefs, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Olly Murs, Madness, Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue, George Benson, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, 80s v 90s night and indie stars The Charlatans among the star-studded headliners at Scarborough OAT in 2017.

Tickets for Tom Jones at Scarborough OAT, go on sale at 9am Friday February 24. They are available from (0844 844 0444) and or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Louisa Johnson Joins Olly Murs On Bill For Lytham Festival 2017

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X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson will support Olly Murs at Lytham Festival 2017.

The singer-songwriter will perform in the Main Arena at the Festival on Wednesday August 2.

Tickets to see Louisa and Olly Murs are on sale now from

Louisa shot to fame in 2015 when she became the youngest person ever to win The X-Factor at the age of just 17, with Simon Cowell calling her ‘the best singer he had ever seen on the show’.

The 19-year-old has since had hits with the songs Forever Young and So Good and featured on the Clean Bandit top five single Tears.

R’n’B and pop star Louisa performed last year to 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium with the likes of Ariana Grande and Little Mix. Her debut album is due out this year.

Louisa joins a mega line-up for Lytham Festival 2017 which, as well as Olly Murs, includes headline performances from experimental orchestra Haçienda Classical, 80s and 90s stars The Human League, Midge Ure, and Dodgy, Ska legends Madness and a host of West End stars over five nights in the Lytham Green Main Arena.

Olly Murs shot to fame in 2009 when he came second on The X-Factor. Since then he has recorded four multi-platinum albums and produced four Number 1 singles with total record sales exceeding 10 million.

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said having Louisa support Olly will provide audiences with a fantastic night of live entertainment.

He said: “Louisa is a fantastic artist and has a sound which will perfectly compliment the main performance of the night from Olly Murs.

“Olly has enjoyed enormous success since his X-Factor days and appeals to both teens and adults alike. With the announcement now that Louisa Johnson is to support him, Wednesday night at Lytham Festival 2017 just gets better and better.”

VIP tickets and hospitality are available at all events in the main Lytham Green arena.
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Racing Returns As Bumper 2017 Gets Underway At Carlisle

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Racing returns to Carlisle this Wednesday as Cumbria’s premier racecourse hosts its first meeting of the year.

And 2017 is already shaping up to be a sensational year both on and off the track at Carlisle Racecourse.

More than £150,000 is being invested in improving facilities including the refurbishment of all hospitality areas – the sumptuous Swifts Restaurant, located on the first floor of The Grandstand, as well as The Patterson and Red Rum bars.

A number of improvements are also being made to the course including work to increase drainage in some lower parts of the flat, hurdles and chase tracks.

There are a total of 26 race meetings this year which promise to be fun for all the family.

They kick-off on Wednesday and some of the nation’s leading trainers – including Jonjo O’Neill, Mick Channon, David Pipe and Donald McCain – have runners entered.

O’Neill includes Big Penny, an impressive winner by 10 lengths last time out in Ireland, together with Join The Clan and Celtic Tune who will look to go one better than their recent second places at Chepstow and Hereford respectively.

Elsewhere, local favourite and Brampton-trained Carrigdhoun will be looking to make it three wins from three runs at Carlisle, having won twice here back in October including a thrilling triumph in the Red Rum Day meeting.

He is one of two Maurice Barnes trained runners, the other being Oishin who won on his last time out at Newcastle.

McCain tops the entries list with nine runners, including Lastbutnotleast who won last time out at Hexham in December, following on from placing first and second in her first two races.

On top of the mid-week afternoon and evening meetings Carlisle hosts weekend racing on Sunday March 19th; Saturday April 15th (the annual Easter Family Fun Day); Saturday July 8th; Sunday November 5th, Sunday December 3rd (the new Northern Lights meeting with £150,000 prize money is up for grabs) and Sunday December 17th.

There are a number of music events this year at Carlisle Racecourse with chart-topper and Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne performing live after racing on Saturday July 8th.

The annual Ladies Day #AmazingMonday – the world’s only all-female jockey race event – is on Monday August 7th. BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley will host a special ‘Party In The Paddock’ following the racing.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “We can’t wait to open the gates on Wednesday and get racing underway here at Carlisle.

“We are very excited about 2017. We have some wonderful events such as #AmazingMonday, our live music event on July 8th with Jess Glynne and the many family racedays.

“But above all we are looking forward to another fantastic year of racing. We have some great meetings over the next 12 months including our very first Northern Lights meeting which is a brand new and top class fixture for Cumbria.

“We are sure that what we have lined up for this year will bring many new faces here. We can’t wait to welcome them together with our regular racegoers and show off the improvements we have made to our facilities.

“So come on down and enjoy a wonderful day of racing in 2017.”

Tickets for Wednesday’s meeting are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). Under-17s get in free when accompanied by an adult. Gates open 11.50am. First race 1.50pm, last race 4.30pm.


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Yorkshire’s favourite sons KAISER CHIEFS are heading home for what promises to be an amazing night at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Fresh from their first UK arena tour in two years, the multiple Brit Award-winning and platinum-selling, indie-rock band will headline Europe’s largest open air theatre on Saturday May 27.

Tickets for what promises to be one of the gigs of the year go on sale this Friday, February 10, at 9am.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson said: “As everyone knows we are proud Yorkshire lads and so we can’t wait to head to the beautiful Scarborough seaside for what we know is going to be an amazing gig.

“There is something truly special about playing in front of a Yorkshire audience. We know the crowd and the setting of the Open Air Theatre will make for a brilliant atmosphere and a real night to remember.”

Since bursting into the nation’s psyche in 2004, the Leeds-based band have scored two Number One albums and a string of hits including the sing-along anthems
I Predict a Riot, Oh My God and UK Number One single Ruby.

2016 saw Kaiser Chiefs return with a headline slot at V Festival before the release of their sixth album Stay Together which included the euphoric, pop-infused singles Parachute and Hole In My Soul.

Scarborough OAT promoter Peter Taylor, of Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Kaiser Chiefs are without doubt Yorkshire’s favourite sons.

“They have an amazing back catalogue with some of the biggest sing-a-long anthems of the last 20 years. Added to that, they returned last year with a great album which has introduced them to a new generation of fans.

“We cannot wait to see 8,000 fans singing along at Scarborough OAT. It’s going to be a fantastic night.”

Kaiser Chiefs join Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Olly Murs, Madness, Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue, George Benson, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, 80s v 90s night and indie stars The Charlatans among the star-studded headliners already announced at Scarborough OAT for 2017.

Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs at Scarborough OAT, priced from £29.50, go on sale at 9am Friday February 10. They are available from (0844 844 0444) and or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Ice Stars Get Go Ahead For Cool New Business Venture

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Exciting plans to create the Fylde coast’s first dedicated indoor climbing centre have been given the go ahead.

Fylde Council has approved plans to open Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool – an adrenaline-fuelled and fun new attraction which will create more than 30 new jobs.

Ice skating stars Daniel Whiston and Karen Barber are behind the venture with business partners Anne and Ben Wade.

Aimed at ages 5 to 105, Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool, which will be based at Whitehills Business Park, will provide a host of climbing obstacles that are fun and challenging for all as well as climbing walls all standing at more than 25ft.

The obstacles are themed and include Face 2 Face climbing, Speed Climb, Stairway to Heaven, Twister and Dry Ice. There will also be a Vertical Drop Slide which at 8.5m is the highest of any Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK.

Speaking about Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool, Dancing on Ice star Daniel said: “We are very excited about Clip ‘n Climb as it has such a wide appeal.

“Whether you are a parent looking for a new, fun activity for your children, an MD who wants to engage in team building, or you are a seasoned climber, Clip ‘n Climb is a fantastic facility which is enjoyable and challenging at the same time.

“This is a completely different type of business for us all to be involved in but we love a challenge and cannot wait to welcome customers Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool.”

The 2,500 sq ft Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool will see the Fylde-based business partners create 10 full-time and 25 part-time positions and the attraction will also include a 50-plus seater café and viewing area.

Daniel is joined in the venture by fellow TV ice star and Olympian Karen Barber and Fylde-based business partners Anne and Ben Wade. Between them the team already operate eight Subway restaurants as well as the recently launched Beach Tavern food-court in Blackpool’s South Shore.

Anne added: “We’ve all been talking for some time about expanding our business interests and the rise in popularity of Clip ‘n Climb makes this the perfect venture for us.

“We are really excited about the brand and it’s fantastic to be the first business to bring Clip ‘n Climb to the Fylde coast as it offers something completely new and different to the area and something that we feel confident will appeal to such a wide range of people.”

 Work will now start to transform the business unit at Orion Court, Whitehills, with plans in place for Clip ‘n Climb Blackpool to open in March.

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 Clip ‘n Climb was first introduced to the UK 15 years ago after being launched in New Zealand. The Blackpool attraction will be the 16th Clip ‘n Climb to open in the UK.

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