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Clowning around in Lowestoft for unusual convention

2016 Clown convention Credit: ITV News Anglia

There'll be lots of laughs in Lowestoft this week as clowns from allover the country meet up for the start of their annual gathering.

It's a chance to clown around, swapping ideas and find out more about things like makeup and props.

The convention runs all week in different venues across the town.

It kicks off with a make-up workshop at the Hatfield Hotel.

Clown convention comes to Lowestoft Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Depeche Mode to headline 6Music Festival

Depeche Mode to headline music festival Credit: PA

Electronic music veterans Depeche Mode will headline the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow.

The Essex trio, whose 14th studio album Spirit is to be released in March, will be joined at the event by Scottish groups Belle & Sebastian and The Jesus And Mary Chain, and a host of other acts.

The three-day festival takes place at several venues across the city with Depeche Mode playing the 2,000-capacity Barrowland Ballroom on Sunday March 26.

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Uk's first sci-fi and fantasy centre opens in Cambridge

Una McCormack (right) is a leading science fiction writer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy has been officially launched in Cambridge.

It's the first university-based research group of its kind in the UK.

The Centre, which will connect the areas of writing and publishing with literary criticism, will hold a series of events and conferences designed to bring together academics, authors, editors, and members of the book publishing industry.

We're living in a very uncertain time, and I think science fiction and fantasy offer us tools to think about the world.

So that's what the centre is doing. It's bringing people with those shared interests together to work on these texts, discuss ideas and in my case, to write science fiction novels.

– Una McCormack, Science fiction writer

Bandits head for forest

The band Clean Bandit will play at Thetford this summer Credit: PA

Cambridge band Clean Bandit will play in Thetford Forest this summer.

The band will play as part of Forest Live at Brandon on Sunday July 2.

Formed in Cambridge in 2008, Clean Bandit’s debut album ‘New Eyes’ included ‘Extraordinary’ (feat. Sharna Bass) and the No 1 smash hit ‘Rather Be’ (feat. Jess Glynne) a track that took the band into the international mainstream.

Their song ‘Rockabye’ (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) was UK number one for 9 weeks.

Tickets £33 (plus £3.80 booking fee) available from 9.00am on Friday 17 February from the Forestry Commission box office tel 03000 680400, or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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