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Date:- 06 May 2007

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CREAMFIELDS have announced that the inclusion of Mark Ronson as one of this year's headline acts has helped the UK's Number One dance festival achieve its highest ticket sales figures in its 10 year reign.  Festival organisers have revealed that they have sold 10,000 tickets to date - 60% up on previous years sales. Following on from last year's sell-out 40,000 show, it is the best ever start in the history of Creamfields - thanks to the line-up of Ronson and headline acts such as dance legends The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada as well as Kelis, LCD Soundsystem and Carl Cox - and the new kids on the block New York Pony Club - all performing tracks from their latest album releases.

Following the release of his sophomore album, Version - which features an eclectic mix of covers by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Robbie Williams and The Kaiser Chiefs - Ronson has become the UK's hottest pop star - topping the UK album, singles and download charts. The uber-producer is making his debut at the festival which takes place on Saturday August 25 in Daresbury, Halton, Cheshire - playing live and DJ-ing.

"Creamfields is a legendary festival, I've always wanted to play there and the fact that we'll be debuting there with the full live band is even fresher. I can't wait," says Ronson.

"We are delighted with the response we have had so far as it proves what an excellent lineup we have this year, along with our 2nd year on the site it seems Creamfields 2007 is well on its way to being one of our biggest to date" comments James Barton, CEO, Cream.

Creamfields UK 2007:- Saturday 25 August Bank Holiday Weekend. Daresbury, Halton, Cheshire, 3pm – 6am, Capacity: 40,000.  Tickets On Sale Now: £57.00+BF / Hospitality £100+BF.  Info: Tel: 0151 707 1309 / /

TICKETS:- Cream Ticketline:- 0870 242 7326 / Piccadilly Ticketline: 0151 256 5555, Ticketmaster (24hr) 0871 230 2640 / See Tickets: 0871 220 0260 / Quay Tickets: 0870 4280785 / Skiddle: 0870 896 5580


WITH Peter Andre, of I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here fame, discharged from hospital after suffering viral meningitis, the Meningitis Trust is urging people from the North West to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease, cases of which peak during the summer months.

Viral meningitis is a disease that on rare-occasions can kill and more commonly can cause lasting after-effects. The Meningitis Trust's Bridie Taylor says:- "Viral meningitis usually isn't as serious as the bacterial form of the disease, however, while most people make a full-recovery, some are left with serious and debilitating after-effects including damage to hearing, severe and recurring headaches, depression and extreme tiredness so we are urging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms."

In the initial stages the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis are the same as bacterial meningitis, they include fever, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, vomiting and diarrhoea, confusion and aching joints and muscles. In babies refusing feeds, fretful and a moaning or high-pitched cry are also signs. The symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all.

Like other viral illnesses, viral meningitis is not treatable with antibiotics meaning it can take patients months to recuperate and it can leave them with lasting and debilitating after-effects. Bridie says:- "Although viral meningitis doesn't respond to antibiotics it still requires urgent admission to hospital because until tests confirm that the meningitis is viral, there is every chance it could be the more serious bacterial meningitis which can kill within hours."

The Meningitis Trust provides practical and emotional support to people affected by meningitis and increases understanding of the disease through targeted awareness campaigns and specialist learning resources. If you would like further information call the Meningitis Trust's 24 hour nurse led helpline on 0800 028 18 28 or visit the website.

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