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October 2017


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Two shows announced in aid of Alder Hey Hospital featuring BGT icons, including Susan Boyle, Tokio Myers, Collabro, Attraction and Paul Potts

Legends of Britain’s Got Talent are coming together for two exclusive live charity performances, in aid of the world-renowned Alder Hey hospital.

Liverpool’s famous Empire Theatre will be the venue for the two BGT The Big Celebration shows on February 11th 2018, to mark the return to dance of MerseyGirls performer Julia Carlile. The shows will be hosted by musician and TV personality, Myleene Klass.  All proceeds will go towards the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

MerseyGirls were finalists on Britain’s Got Talent 2017 after which Julia successfully underwent life-changing spinal surgery following her appearances on the hit ITV show.

To celebrate 15-year-old Julia’s return to dancing, MerseyGirls will perform at the two shows alongside BGT winners including 2017 victor Tokio Myers, musical theatre group Collabro, who triumphed in 2014; dog trick act Ashleigh and Sully, magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones (2016); Attraction (2013) and Paul Potts (2007).

They will be joined by BGT icon Susan Boyle, who became a global phenomenon when she appeared on the programme in 2009. To date, Susan has record sales of more than 23 million worldwide.

Other BGT stars featuring include comedian Daliso Chaponda, dance troupe Boogie Storm, magician Jamie Raven, singers Lucy Kay, Sarah Ikumu and Richard and Adam and martial artist Jesse-Jane McParland.

Julia said: “I benefitted so much from Simon’s kindness this year and now I want to do the same for Alder Hey Hospital, who have treated me for scoliosis since I was young. They have stood by me and now I want to do what I can for them.

“I am so pleased and grateful that so many legends of BGT have agreed to help.”

Clare White, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, added: “We are really excited to see Julia perform with MerseyGirls at such a special event for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

“Julia is an inspiration to all of us and we can’t wait to see her on stage. Thank you to all the acts and everyone buying tickets for the show in support of Alder Hey.”

Tickets to Britain’s Got Talent The Big Celebration are priced from £21 and are available from Liverpool Empire Theatre Box Office from 9am Thursday October 26th and from 9am Friday October 27th.


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Pop icon Kim Wilde is heading out on a brand new 19-date UK tour in spring 2018.

The multi-award-winning artist – who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide – is currently completing work on her 14th studio album Here Come The Aliens.

And today, Kim is delighted to announce she will take to the road across England, Scotland and Wales in March and April with her HERE COME THE ALIENS TOUR 2018 – her first full UK tour since 1982.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday October 27th from

Kim said: “I’m really excited to be announcing a new tour. I don’t think I’ve toured the UK for over 30 years so I can’t wait to play this brand new show with my fantastic band.

“We are going to be playing my biggest hits and some fabulous tracks from the new album which is coming out next spring. We can’t wait.”

Kim has recorded her new album at London’s legendary RAK studios – the very same studios where she began her career back in 1981 and recorded such seminal hits as Kids In America, Chequered Love and Cambodia.

The Here Come The Aliens Tour is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “Kim Wilde is one of the most successful female pop stars the UK has ever produced. She has sold more than 30 million records and has been a trail-blazer for many of the British female artists who followed her success.

“Kim has played to sell-out crowds across Europe and the world and we expect this tour to be massively popular with her army of fans across the UK and beyond. It is going to be something really special.”


MARCH 2018
30TH FRI           IPSWICH                      REGENT THEATRE
31ST SAT           SOUTHEND                  CLIFFS PAVILION

APRIL 2018
2ND MON         GLASGOW                    OLD FRUIT MARKET
4TH WED          BATH                             THE FORUM
5TH THU           TORQUAY                    PRINCESS THEATRE
6TH FRI             YEOVIL                         WESTLANDS
11TH WED        WREXHAM                   WILLIAM ASTON HALL
12TH THU         PRESTON                      THE GUILDHALL
13TH FRI           SHEFFIELD                  PLUG
15TH SUN         YORK                              BARBICAN
16TH MON       GATESHEAD                 THE SAGE
19TH THU         HALIFAX                       THE VICTORIA THEATRE
20TH FRI           BUXTON                       OPERA HOUSE
21ST SAT           BIRMINGHAM             TOWN HALL
22ND SUN         SALISBURY                  CITY HALL
24TH TUE          HASTINGS                    THE WHITE ROCK THEATRE
26TH THU         LONDON                       KOKO
30TH MON       SALFORD                       THE LOWRY


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Pop superstars Steps are the first headline act to be announced for Greenwich Music Time 2018.

The Brit Award winning band will bring their sensational live show to London’s six-day riverside music festival at the historic Old Royal Naval College on Thursday July 5th.

Tickets for the show go on general sale at 9am on Friday October 27th and are available from

Steps – Lee, Claire, Lisa, Faye and ‘H’ – are well and truly back after returning this year with their stunning new album Tears On The Dancefloor and a string of sold out arena shows.

Greenwich Music Time Director Peter Taylor said: “2017 has been a sensational year for Steps and we are delighted to be bringing them to Greenwich Music Time in 2018.

“Their new material is brilliant – fresh but true to their feelgood pop roots. It stands so well alongside their best-loved songs which made them not only one of the biggest chart bands but a record-breaking live act.

“The speed Steps sold out so many dates on their arena tour shows this is going to be a hugely popular night at Greenwich and one we can’t wait for.”

In a hit-packed career, Steps have scored 14 top 5 singles, sold more than 20 million records and reached Number One with three albums and three singles.

And their dancefloor-filling, feelgood brand of pop – which gave us such monster hits as 5, 6, 7, 8, One For Sorrow, Stomp and Tragedy – is proving just as popular today as it’s ever been.

After announcing their return earlier this year to celebrate their 20th anniversary, the band released Tears On The Dancefloor – their first full album of original material since 2000.

Featuring such bombastic tracks as Scared of the Dark, Neon Blue, Dancing With A Broken Heart – together with the wondrous Story of a Heart written by Abba legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus – the album reached Number Two in the UK Charts and has been a hit with fans new and old.

Tickets for the band’s forthcoming ‘Party On The Dancefloor Tour’ sold out in a flash  with more arena dates added to meet the phenomenal demand.

It was clear proof that after 20 years Steps – who in 2001 set the then record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley Arena and have played to millions of fans over the years – remain a must-see live act.

Tickets for Steps at Greenwich Music Time go on sale at 9am Friday October 27th and  are available from (0844 844 0444) and

Unsung Heroes Of Racing Celebrated As Red Rum Day Returns

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Carlisle’s second annual Red Rum Day will celebrate the legendary feats of the world’s best loved steeplechaser – and support racing’s many unsung heroes.

Red Rum famously prepared for each of his three Grand National wins in the 1970s by first winning Carlisle’s Windermere Handicap Chase.

The landmark three-mile chase, held on Carlisle’s first jumps meeting of the season, was resurrected last year to mark 40 years since Rummy’s last winner in Cumbria in 1976.

And the Windermere Handicap Chase returns this year on Thursday October 19th with Carlisle Racecourse today launching a search for a race sponsor. All proceeds will go to Racing Welfare, the registered charity which supports British horseracing’s workforce.

The sponsorship is open to individuals or companies who will have the race named after them and every penny raised will go to help racing’s dedicated stable and support staff.

To submit a bid to sponsor the Windermere Handicap Chase please email or call the racecourse on 01228 554700. Bids must be submitted by 5pm Thursday October 12th

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “We are very proud of our connection to Red Rum and last year’s Red Rum Day was such a huge success we wanted to make it an annual event.

“This year we wanted to create something more than a tribute to the world’s most famous steeplechaser – we wanted to celebrate and support the many unsung heroes in our sport.

“Racing Welfare offers crucial guidance and practical help to the many hundreds of stable and support staff whose dedication is vital, for not only the success but also the well-being of our wonderful sport.

“Racing in this country would simply not happen without these fantastic people, many of who live away from home throughout their careers and give so much to the sport.

“Red Rum was a true star of racing who made headlines the world over. We think it is a fitting tribute that his name and fame should live on and help support the behind the scenes staff who help create such legends.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Carlisle have chosen to support Racing Welfare through this exciting sponsorship opportunity by celebrating the legendary steeplechaser Red Rum.

“We greatly appreciate Carlisle’s support in recognising all the dedicated staff working behind the scenes of British horseracing.”

Red Rum prepared for each of his National wins (1973, 1974 and 1977) by riding a winner at Carlisle’s first autumn meeting. A win in Cumbria – in 1972, 1973 and 1976 – was certainly a good omen as when Rummy failed to triumph over the jumps at Carlisle in the autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

Last year’s Windermere Handicap Chase was won by Carrigdhoun. The dashing grey is trained by Carlisle-based Maurice Barnes who himself rode Rubstic to victory in the 1979 Grand National.

As well as the stars on the track this year, it is the racegoers who make Red Rum Day so special.

And this year Carlisle Racecourse is offering 25% off the normal price of admission to all racegoers who get in the spirit and “Wear Red For Rummy”, be that a red frock, scarf, tie or hat!

Tickets for Red Rum Day at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 19th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). Gates open at 12.10pm. First race is 2.10pm. Last race is 5.25pm.

To submit a bid to sponsor the Windermere Handicap Chase please email or call the racecourse on 01228 554700. Bids must be submitted by 5pm Thursday October 12th.

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