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Rock/Pop at Tower!

Is Rock Music Back In Southport?
 
(Above) Organizer and DJ.
Over the last few months all the venues that had Rock Music have  either closed or stopped doing rock nights. 
 
This week though, Excels held a test night to see if they could stage Rock Music events.  The night started quietly, but soon picked up as old regulars from the now closed Fox and Goose and the Carlton came in.  The night was organized by the groups who went, in the hopes of doing this monthly.  This is a slow but steady recovery and we at Southport Reporter wish them the best of luck.  As we have stated before, Southport needs to keep the rock nights going.

 

 
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Glastonbury 2002!

The Glastonbury Music Festival will go ahead after all this year, despite initial fears that local councilors would refuse to grant a a license. Following a lengthy debate at Mendip County Council, an entertainment license was granted to the event expected to attract around 100,000 revelers over the course of the weekend in June. The event was cancelled last year as a result of police fears over safety. In addition to the 100,000 paying customers at the festival in 2000, it was estimated as many again gate-crashed the event. This year's festival will see £2 million earmarked for security measures alone, which will include a new "superfence". Festival organizer Michael Eavis said, "We have been working on this for over a year and are all very pleased and have a lot of work to do now." Should the festival organizers not fulfil their promises over safety, they have been warned by local authorities that this is the last chance. Mr. Eavis said, "It's a make or break thing for us, but we really do have to make it work this year." He continued, "People should not come without a ticket - we have to plead with people not to come along unless they do." The festival, which has long been the highlight of the summer season, is expected to be one of the best ever this year. Organizer Michael Eavis said, "We have already had interest from numerous top acts." It is also rumoured that  Rod Stewart, The Who and Pink Floyd have all      expressed an interest in appearing at this year's event.

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Tyson Politically Correct?

The ever loveable Mike Tyson has admitted he is not "Mr. Politically Correct" after starting a twenty man brawl with Lennox Lewis's and his entourage. Everything had been going fine at the Las Vegas press conference to promote the proposed $100 million fight, until Jimmy Lennon Jnr introduced the "bad boy" of boxing. Tyson subsequently went mad, throwing wild punches and attempting to bite the British heavyweight Champion. Lewis appeared shaken after the event, admitting he is "unsure" as to what will happen next. The possibility of actually staging the fight in Las Vegas was already slim as Tyson is facing rape charges within the State of Nevada. For Tyson, this could represent a knockout blow in his bid to be seen as a boxer rather than a pathetic pantomime dame, a shallow shell of a once great fighter. His attempted comebacks, after his spell of incarceration for rape, have been less than emphatic. His disqualification for biting Evander Holyfield's ear was perhaps the lowest ebb.  The fight against Lennox Lewis however, will more than likely happen around
April. It will be extremely interesting to see if the Nevada authorities will take a moral stand and ban the fight. If, however, the fight were to go ahead, it would bring much needed revenue back to Vegas, which has suffered greatly since September 11.  Other possible venues include Madison Square Garden in New York City, a venue more than equipped to stage what could turn out to be a great fight,
or an absolute joke. At the time of going to press, it was reported that the application to fight in Las Vegas has been refused.

Article by Miranda.