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Virgin V Festival 2017 is
set to bring you the best in Pop
ALREADY boasting an unrivalled line up
bursting with the freshest pop talent from across the globe, Virgin V Festival
2017 and this star studded line up now includes British golden girls:- Ellie
Goulding, Jess Glynne and Ella Eyre and lots of others... If you do not already
know, Virgin V Festival takes place over the 19 August and 20 August 2017, in
Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Huge performances will come from pop sensation P!NK, who is set to:- "Get
The Party Started" with her incredible acrobatic stage craft and major
pop anthems as well as British golden girls Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne and Ella
Eyre who all return to the Main Stage across the weekend with a surplus of smash
Jason Derulo will be turning the temperature up with his club bangers
including:- 'Want to Want Me', 'Talk Dirty' and his
latest anthem with Nicki Minaj, 'Swalla'. Bringing the party
classics will be Clean Bandit, known for their unique blend of Grammy winning
classical and dance music, alongside Anne Marie who features on their number 1
hit 'Rockabye.' James Arthur is set to perform fresh off the back
of his North America tour where he's taking the States by storm with heart felt
guitar tune:- 'Can I Be Him', while the UK's most loveable boy
band The Vamps are sure to get the crowd dancing 'All Night.'
Leading the newly announced V Street Stage Powered by Utilita Energy line up at
Staffordshire, on 19 August 2017 and Chelmsford, on Sunday, 20 August 2017, is
British singer songwriter Zak Abel, who rose to fame on Gorgon City's UK Top 20
hit 'Unmissable.' Having worked with a host of big league
producers from Kaytranada to Wookie, he'll be dropping his hotly anticipated
debut album:- 'Only When We're Naked' just ahead of hitting the
stage at Virgin V Festival this summer.
Brit School graduate Imani Williams stormed up the charts, last year, after
featuring on Sigala and DJ Fresh's track:- 'Say You Do', having then went on to
record:- 'Don't Need No Money' with house DJ's Sigala and Blonde, making her an
act not to be missed this summer.
Playing host to some of the world's hottest talent, the V Street Stage Powered
by Utilita Energy will also welcome Unsigned Music Award winner Jerry Williams.
With 5 million streams on Spotify and acknowledgments from BBC Introducing, the
self producing pop songstress is a one to watch.
London lad, SLANG also joins; bringing the soulful, poetic sound of his self
titled EP to the Virgin V Festival crowds, alongside viral phenomenon NAATIONS,
electro pop sensation Alex Ross and Scottish singer songwriter Callum Beattie.
Tickets are now on sale with fans advised to visit:- VFestival.Com
for official outlets.
Ed Sheeran announces 2018
FOLLOWING his triumphant Glastonbury
Festival headline performance, Ed Sheeran is delighted to announce his
nationwide 2018 UK stadium tour, marking the biggest tour of his career to date!
Kicking off at Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields, on 9 May 2018, Ed will follow
with shows in the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on 24 May 2018. He will finish the
tour at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, on 22 June 2017. General sale commences,
on Saturday, 8 July 2017, at 10am, aside from Belfast, which will be on sale, at
9am, on the same date, at:-
NB - there are no presales for this tour. All tickets will only become
available, on Saturday, 8 July 2017, at 10am, aside from Belfast, which will be
available, at 9am, on the same date.
Ed's 2018 tour news; which is on course to become the UK's biggest tour routing
of 2018; closely follows the troubadours' phenomenal Glastonbury headline
performance. Commanding thousands, at the Pyramid Stage, on Sunday evening,
pulling in 1 of the festivals' biggest ever crowds, and with over 3 million
viewers tuning in from home, Ed continues his rise as one of the world's most
successful and unique musical talents. Next year's tour will see 26 year old
Sheeran return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since his record breaking
stint in 2015, when he became the 1st ever artist to play the stadium solo [with
just his loop pedal and guitar] over 3 consecutive, sold out nights.
Released in March this year, Ed's 3rd studio
album:- 'divide' reigns as 2017's biggest selling album of the
year thus far, having sold over 8 million copies, globally, in the space of
three months: 2 million sales come from the UK alone. Not to mention Ed's
gigantic comeback single:- 'Shape of You' which is discribed asa track that has surpassed 1.5 BILLION streams in less than 6 months!
It was recently announced that Ed, who was
recently awarded a Songwriters Hall of Fame 2017 Hal David Starlight Award for
his contribution to music, is soon to be honoured with an MBE for his services
to music and charity.
Ed and his team have a strict stance
against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit. On this tour, any
tickets that are resold will not be valid unless they are bought and sold
through Ed's official resale partner, Twickets, which allows fan to fan sales at
face value + booking fee only; this means no profit to touts and no 1 getting
ripped off. On all the stadium dates you will be required to bring your tickets,
booking confirmation and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or you will not be
granted entry to the show.
Lions ₤1,800 gift to
DOUGLAS Valley Lions Club are helping
relatives of expectant mums have a more comfortable stay when visiting Ormskirk
The West Lancashire fundraisers gave ₤1,800 towards recliner chairs in the
Maternity Assessment Unit for relatives needing to make extended stays. The
donation will also allow Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust to buy three
further chairs at a discounted rate.
Evan Jones, club treasurer welfare officer Harry Johnson presented a cheque for
the money to Shirley Pennington, Clinical Lead Midwife for Maternity Assessment
Unit, and midwife Carly McNally.
Liverpool students look to the past to
create game of the future
WITH an incredible range of consoles,
enabling virtual reality gaming with interactive experiences and multiple; even
global; player options, arguably we're living in the golden age of gaming right
now. Yet, for four Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) students the
simpliCity of popular 1980's platform games will always reign supreme.
Some 30 years before the BSc Computer Games Technology students were born, a
game that launched the career of a certain plumber inspired the winning game of
LJMU's annual GameJam competition, now in its 3rd year.
The winning game, Tiny Tuggers, was inspired by the smash hit computer game,
Super Mario Kart, which was first launched in 1985. Sharing a platform gaming
style, with 'power-up' features, Tiny Tugger racers are required to collect
items to the detriment of the opposition(s) through its three levels to complete
the game and win.
Neatly answering the GameJam 2017's brief, to create a marathon game themed by
'steam technology,' a nod to the Course Leader, Dr. Stephen Tang's work on
Danny' a restoration project to revive the Daniel Adamson steam boat.
On winning, LJMU student, William Langley, 23, from Garston Liverpool, said:- "A lot went into the game planning, the power features and multiple levels,
including the bath, kitchen sink and garden pond level visuals. Our strategy was
to keep the game routes simple, then impress by increasing the number of players; with more players around the screen, the game becomes more fun and competitive
We're thrilled to have won GameJam 2017, and will be back next year to make sure
we retain our winners title."
On judging the competition entries, BSc Computer Games Technology Course Leader,
Dr. Stephen Tang, said:- "It's great to see the week-long competition
result in such high quality completed games, that are a joy to play. The buzz at
the university surrounding GameJam is infectious. The students' competitive
sides come out, as all teams gear up to win the title of GameJam 2017.
I am very proud of the standard of work entered in to this year's competition,
each year my role of judging the talent here at LJMU gets harder and harder."
GameJam is open to LJMU students and any external budding gamers wishing to take
part and compete. The competition runs annually, in June 2017, to close the academic
year. Winners receive ₤200 worth of Amazon vouchers to aid study and hobbies in
To find out more about Liverpool John Moores University visit their
Southport firefighters to hold charity
car wash for victims of Grenfell Tower disaster
FIREFIGHTERS from Southport Community
Fire Station will be holding a car wash, at the Station, on Saturday, 1 July 2017, to
raise money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, which is helping
people affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, and The Fire Fighters
All are welcome at the event, which will run from 10am to 4pm.
Watch Manager Dave Shanahan said:- "As firefighters, we were heartbroken
by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and the consequences for the residents
who lost loved ones.
Our thoughts also went out to our colleagues at London Fire Brigade who did
their very best in unimaginable conditions.
As a Station we decided right away to hold a car wash to raise money, to help
all those involved in this tragic event." A portion of money raised will also be donated to The Fire Fighters Charity,
which supports fire service staff in times of need.
Checking in on Miss Liverpool City
Region 2017's training Photos and video by:-
THIS years Miss Liverpool City Region
winner, Elli Wilson, is ready to raise the bar in her quest to compete in the
fast approaching Miss England competition, in Birmingham. With just days to the
event, that could see her going on to Miss World, we popped over to the West
Kirby Concourse Leisure
Centre to see Hayley Lundy training her.
You may think being beautiful is the only key
ingredient when is comes to winning
Miss England, but you will be surprised to
know it takes far more... Beautiful looks are only 1 of the many key ingredients
that included personality along with other elements such as fitness, charitable
work, talent and lots more.
Thanks to Hayley, the
Queen, Elli is getting 1 of the many
sections polished, as she builds up her strength and fitness up to ensure she
has a good chance of putting Liverpool on the map in this year's competition,
and hopefully on the World map.
Her personal trainer Hayley Lundy says:- "I think it's a really positive
message to set by incorporating fitness into the Miss England competition. In
the past modelling has been associated with simply being slim which can be
linked to poor eating habits. Having fitness ensures the models eat well and
keep fit. If they don't eat a good diet then their energy levels and fitness
will show for it! Elli is a lovely girl, really positive and well grounded. I
think she's going to do a fabulous job representing Liverpool. All the fitness
work we have done has shown her determination and staying power! We are
following high, intensity, interval training know as HIIT because the
competition requires a combination of strength and fitness elements! If you
would like to follow Elli's fitness journey add my Instagram account
A limited number items of this fitness kit will
be on sale soon on:-
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