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Norwich: Excitement building on eve of Big Weekend

The stage is set at Earlham Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The final sound checks will take place today for Europe's biggest free music festival being held in Norwich on Saturday and Sunday.

50,000 people are going to Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Taylor Swift will perform on Sunday. Credit: PA

Taylor Swift, Olly Murs, The Foo Fighters and Muse are among the acts performing at Earlham Park.

"It's brilliant to finally be in the East of England.

The sun will hopefully be shining and I know there's a lot of excitement in the city."

– Neil Wyatt, Head of Live Events for BBC Radio


Sheeran duets with Kermit for charity

Ed Sheeran has recorded a duet with Kermit the Frog for US Red Nose Day.

Ed Sheeran and Kermit Credit: Instagram

The Suffolk singer-songwriter is used to sharing the stage with 'mega-stars' including: Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Taylor Swift.

The muppet mash-up is due to be broadcast on NBC tonight.

Drivers warned to allow extra journey time ahead of Duxford Air show

The Imperial War Museum, Duxford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers planning to attend the VE day anniversary air show at Duxford this weekend are being warned to allow extra journey time and plan ahead, as nearly 10,000 tickets have already been sold.

Highways England say it's to help keep traffic flowing and minimise disruption.

""Although there won't be any road closures, we expect the M11 at junction ten to be much busier than normal throughout the weekend.We'll have extra traffic officer patrols and recovery vehicles on standby, and we'll keep customers informed with real-time travel information online and via variable message signs."

– Nigel Allsopp, Highways England Events Planning Manager

Singer Sam Smith's vocal chord surgery said to be 'successful'

Sam Smith Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith has undergone successful vocal cord surgery at a Boston hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement, on the singer's 23rd birthday, that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding was performed by Dr Steven Zeitels, who has performed the same procedure on Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie and Adele.

Smith's next live show is scheduled for July 18.

The Cambridgeshire singer was due to perform on the main stage at the Radio 1's 'Big weekend' this Sunday in Norwich, but had to pull out.


Festival of Plants

The Botanic Garden in Cambridge is hostimg its third annual Festival of Plants on Saturday 16th May.

Organisers say the festival has something for everyone, and brings together horticulture and cutting-edge science in a day designed to inspire the visiting public about all things plant - from propagation to pollination, from seed to shopping.

Some of the region's top plant scientists will be packing out the pop-up plant science marquee, bringing a wide range of displays and have-a-go activities all designed to illuminate how fundamental research into how plants work could help address some of today's most challenging concerns from how to feed a growing population of 7.5 million to finding ways that biodiversity and agriculture can co-exist.

There'll also be plenty of unusual plants on sale and visitors can ask the experts about their gardening concerns.

Norwich: Catfish and the Bottlemen to replace Sam Smith at Big Weekend

Catfish and the Bottlemen will now play on the main stage. Credit: PA

Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen will replace Sam Smith on the main stage at Radio One's Big Weekend in Norwich.

The indie rockers were already scheduled to play at the festival on the 'In New Music We Trust stage', but will now perform on the higher-profile stage.

Sam Smith has been ruled out of the event because of an operation on his vocal chords.

Lethal Bizzle has been added to the bill. Credit: PA

Catfish and the Bottlemen's place on the 'In New Music We Trust stage' will be taken by rapper Lethal Bizzle.

Aston Merrygold to play V Festival

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold is to perform at this year's V Festival.

Aston Merrygold Credit: PA Images

It will be the first time the Peterborough star has been on stage since going solo. He will join other acts including: Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and Tom Jones.

The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 22 and 23 August.

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