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Florence and the Machine confirmed as second act to play at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich

Florence and the Machine will play on the Saturday. Credit: PA

Florence and the Machine have been confirmed as the second act to play at this year's Radio 1 Big Weekend in Norwich.

The news was announced on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning.

Taylor Swift was confirmed at the first act. Credit: PA

The band, fronted by lead singer Florence Welch, join Taylor Swift in committing to the festival at Earlham Park on May 23 and 24.

They will appear on the main stage on the Saturday.

Newmarket Racecourse stunned by "unprecedented" Kylie demand as tickets sell out in just 30 minutes

All 22,000 tickets for Kylie Minogue's performance are sold out. Credit: PA

Staff at Newmarket Racecourse say that they've been stunned by the "unprecedented" demand for Kylie Minogue tickets.

All 22,000 tickets for the Australian singer's performance on June 19 sold out in just 30 minutes.

To put that in perspective, the previous record was the three weeks that it took to sell the same number of tickets for Jessie J's gig in 2012.

Click below to hear from Amy Starkey

"It's been an incredibly busy day.

It's been unprecedented demand for Newmarket Racecourse. We went on general sale, and we sold out in 30 minutes.

We've been doing these nights for 25 years, and we've never seen such a demand for an artist."

– Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses

Tickets for Kylie Minogue's Newmarket gig sell out in less than an hour

Tickets for Kylie Minogue's performance are now sold out. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Tickets for Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue's performance at Newmarket Racecourse have sold out - in less than an hour.

The tickets went on sale earlier this morning, but were quickly snapped up by excited fans.

46-year-old Minogue is opening this year’s Newmarket Nights concerts on Friday 19 June.


Plenty of laughs in Lowestoft as town hosts Europe-wide clown convention

Now let's be honest conventions and conferences can often be pretty dreary affairs but one for clowns in Suffolk this week is proving to be a right old hoot!

Giggling, classes in falling over and general jolliness are just some of the fun and games on the agenda.

Natalie Gray joined clowns from up and down the country for some lessons in laughter.

Click below to watch Natalie's full report:

Redmayne tipped for awards hat trick for Hawking portrayal

Eddie Redmayne dedicated his award to those who suffer from ALS, like Hawking Credit: Reuters

Eddie Redmayne scooped another top acting award last night for his portrayal of the Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything - and dedicated it to those living with the scientist's condition.

The Brit beat Birdman star Michael Keaton in the most outstanding actor category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Redmayne has already won a Golden Globe, but it is thought he could now score a hat trick at the Oscar's next month.

The SAGs award ceremony, held in LA last night, is widely held as an indicator as to who will win at this year's Oscar's.

In his acceptance speech, Redmayne told the audience he had learned a lot while making the biopic about Hawking, who suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I would like to dedicate this award to those people around the world living with ALS, to those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease.

In preparing to play Stephen I met many people fighting ALS, and I met their families fighting alongside them. And the courage and the bravery and the spirit, this triumph of spirit that I witnessed, blew my mind. So I'm incredibly grateful to them."

– Eddie Redmayne making his acceptance speech

Billy Elliot star lands lead as Edward Scissorhands in Bourne ballet

He was the child star who wowed audiences as Billy Elliot on the West End stage - even going on to bag an Olivier award.

Well Liam Mower is 22 now and is playing Edward Scissorhands in Matthew Bourne's latest ballet which comes to Norwich's Theatre Royal in February.

He's been telling Natalie Gray about the challenges of dancing with giant blades for fingers!

Fans excited by Taylor Swift date

Taylor Swift Credit: PA

Fans have been giving their reaction to the news that some of the biggest names in international pop music, inlcuding Taylor Swift, will be performing in Norwich in May.

The American global popstar is the fist act to be confirmed for BBC Radio One's 'Big Weekend' - which attracts tens of thousands of music fans. Most of the tickets for the free festival will go to people living in and around the city.

Here's what some of the fans had to say...

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