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Madness at the O2 arena – 10th December 2016

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One of Britain’s favourite pop bands Madness has announced their first major arena tour in over two years and will perform at The O2 on Saturday 10 December 2016.

The band has been in the studio finishing their new album ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’ due for released in October this year. The new tour will see the band showcase new tracks from their forthcoming album, as well playing all the hits and fan favourites.

For more information and buy tickets, visit the O2 website here

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Radio 2’s Festival in a Day in Hyde Park – 11th September 2016

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The ever popular Radio 2’s Festival in a Day returns to Hyde Park in London with a star studded line up which includes

Elton John

The legendary singer and musician will be headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, with what promises to be a stellar hit packed set, also featuring tracks from his well received 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night.

Madness

One of the most successful bands of the early 80s, Madness were Top Ten regulars and hit No.1 in 1982 with ‘House of Fun’. Still going strong, forty years after they formed, 2016 will see the release of a new album ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’

Status Quo

Status Quo have been rockin’ for six decades, notching up 65 hit singles, selling over 100m records worldwide and spending more than 400 weeks in the British singles chart. It’s no wonder Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt from the band were awarded OBEs in 2010 for their services to music.

Gregory Porter

Two years on from his Festival in a Day debut, the Grammy-winning Jazz star returns to wow the Radio 2 faithful. Gregory Porter had planned a career in American football, but following a shoulder injury he found solace singing in local jazz clubs.

LeAnn Rimes

Festival in a Day has established a tradition of bringing you some of the finest country acts, with Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Ward Thomas and The Shires all having wowed the Hyde Park crowd in previous years.

This year we’re delighted to welcome the one and only LeAnn Rimes, celebrating two decades at the top of her game, with over 44 million album sales and huge hit singles including How Do I Live and Can’t Fight The Moonlight.

Jamie Lawson

An experienced live performer, Jamie Lawson’s rise to fame took longer than most, having released his first album over 12 years ago. He shared a bill with Ed Sheeran when they were both regulars on London’s acoustic circuit.

Andreya Triana

British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has made two albums of her own, sung on top 10 single ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)’ and been nominated for a MOBO award. In 2009 she performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, returning to play again at the festival in 2015.

Travis

Scottish rock band, Travis formed in Glasgow in 1990 and rose to fame after the release of their acclaimed debut album Good Feeling in 1997. The Man Who followed in 1999 and brought hit singles ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me’, ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Writing to Reach You’. Some 25 years after they began, 2016 has seen the release of their eighth studio album ‘Everything At Once’.

Tickets

All regular tickets for Festival in a Day 2016 have now SOLD OUT.

If you would like further information, visit the Event website here

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A Short Guide to Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) which is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is also the surrounding neighbourhood. The top of the hill is one of the most popular vantage points in London giving clear views of central London.

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This part of London was part of a large forest and there is evidence that trees populated the hill’s slopes until the fourteenth century. The summit had been cleared long before that and there are suggestions part of the hill was used as a burial mound, this part of Primrose Hill became known as ‘Barrow Hill’ which survived until the 19th century when it was levelled to accommodate a large water reservoir.

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Like many London parks, Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase which was appropriated by Henry VIII and was then owned by Eton College until 1841 when it became Crown property and secured as a public open space. Primrose Hill with its proximity to central London has been a popular landmark for centuries attracting a large number of writers, poets and artists.

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On the summit is a stone with a William Blake inscription, which reads: I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill. Watching the sunrise or the sunset from the top of the hill is a popular attraction for a large number of people. The hill has been popular for less savoury pastimes, Duels and prize-fights have taken place and in the 17th century, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found mysteriously murdered on the hill.

From the 19th century, residential development around Primrose Hill has created one of the more fashionable districts in London between the centre and the suburbs. Fortunately this development all around the hill did not to fulfilment of the prophecy of Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess of the 16th century who said that when London shall surround Primrose Hill the streets of the metropolis will run with blood.

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The hill and the area has been a popular place to live for a large number of writers and have featured in a large number of books. It has also been popular with musicians, the Beatles, Madness and Loudon Wainwright III are just a few to be inspired.

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The Primrose Hill district is surrounded by St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Belsize park, Chalk Farm, Camden and Regent’s Park is south of the hill. The nearest underground stations to Primrose Hill are Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage.

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OnBlackheath Festival on Blackheath Common – 12th and 13th September 2015

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After the success of last year’s festival, OnBlackheath, the music and food festival returns on 12th and 13th September 2015. The wide open green space of Blackheath Common in south-east London will be home to the family-friendly festival.

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The music line up is full of crowd pleasers with Saturday headliners Elbow supported by special guests, including Manic Street Preachers, Anna Calvi and Jack Savoretti. On Sunday, headliners Madness will be supported by special guests including Kelis and Laura Mvula. The supporting stages will showcase  world and  alternative music curated by Gilles Peterson and Heavenly Records.

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Also confirmed for the Sunday of the festival is a special performance from the cast of Sunny Afternoon, the hit West End musical that tells the story of legendary British rock band The Kinks. The cast of the award winning musical will be performing hits including “Waterloo Sunset”, “You Really Got Me”, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Lola”.

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The popular Food Village will offer a wide range of attractions for food lovers including a food demonstration stage, celebrity cooks, pop up stalls and street food, all under the curation of the broadcaster and chef John Quilter.  The Chef’s Club Banquet is the Food Village’s own mini restaurant where  diners are treated to a 2 course feast – complete with wine or cocktail – cooked and served by some of London’s best celebrity chefs. There are seven sessions each day of the festival, each hosted by a different chef. Chefs include Honestly Healthy’s Natasha Corrett, DJ BBQ, Gennaro Contaldo, Michelin starred Pascal Aussignac, Martin Morales from Ceviche, Hemsley & Hemsley, Duck and Waffle’s Daniel Doherty,French Guy Cooking, British Vogue’s Calgary Avansino, Tom & Henry Herbert and Kelis.

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The family-friendly festival will have plenty of activities for chidren in the dedicated kids area ‘The Playground’ which will include Workshops, reading sessions, screen printing, bubble making, kids magic, swing dance, hula hooping and plenty of surprises planned for the weekend.

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Of interest to kids and adults will be magicians, illusionists and entertainers in the ‘The House Of Mystery’ and some of the UK’s finest roaming performing artists, interactive street theatre and site art installations.

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The  OnBlackheath  festival tickets  are available for the whole weekend, or for just the Saturday and Sunday, and 12’s and unders get in free.

If you would like to find out more about the festival or buy tickets, visit the festival website here

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