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Tap dance? Bieber to make a splash at V Festival

Bieber makes unusual request Credit: PA

Justin Bieber has requested 800 gallons of purified water - which must be kept at 40 degrees - for his show at the music festival in August.

At some stage during the Love Yourself singer's set - he'll be drenched by it. Organisers of the Festival - which takes place in Chelmsford next month - say Bieber's production is one of the most challenging in the 21-year history of the event.

Bieber, 22, who is making his V debut, will headline the Virgin Media Stage in Hylands Park on August 20.

Also on the bill is Rihanna, playing the festival for the first time in five years.

Other acts among the line-up include the group Faithless, Australian songstress Sia, DJ David Guetta, American singer-songwriter Halsey, British indie rock favourites Bastille, garage star Craig David, Grammy winner Jess Glynne and Kaiser Chiefs.<

Olly Murs speaks of 'first love' football before joining Coggeshall Town on the pitch

Olly Murs Credit: PA

Olly Murs has spoken of his "first love" for football, before joining Coggeshall Town in their match against Ipswich Town on Friday (22 June).

It's not the first time the popstar has joined the Essex side on the pitch. He previously played with them for a Soccer Aid match in June, held at Old Trafford.

The match was was a draw at 1-1.

"I have a fantastic career and I get to do the most amazing things but part of my life - which is a huge part of it - is football.

People have seen me play football, but genuinely it's all I've ever done since I was a kid.

Forget about music. Music's kind of the second thing, my second love. Football's been my first."

– Olly Murs, popstar


Lagoon opens on Southend seafront

Video report by ITV Anglia's Serena Sandhu

A lagoon has official opened on the Southend seafront.

The Three Shells lagoon cost nearly two million pounds but the council says the investment is vital to keep tourism alive.

"This has been a really good partnership between the council, local business and the Coastal Communities Fund which is a government scheme providing communities with an economic strength for their future. This is going to provide new jobs because it keeps people here and is another reason for people to come and visit this part of the world."

– Scott Dolling, Southend Borough Council


Latitude festival gets underway in Suffolk

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.

The music kicks off at the 11th Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk tonight.

More than 35,000 are expected to attend the four day event which also features theatre, comedy and literature.

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 500 acts will be on stages and areas dotted across this site over the next couple of days.

The big headliners include The Macabees, The National, New Order, and in the comedy tent there's Russell Howard, Josh Widdicombe and Bill Bailey.

Quentin Blake unveils new artwork

Quentin Blake with some of his artwork in 2013. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The children's illustrator Sir Quentin Blake is unveiling new artwork at Cambridge's Zoology Museum today.

The artist, who is best-known for his work with Roald Dahl, has created a series of blinds for the newly-refurbished Museum of Zoology.

An alumni of Cambridge University, he will return to the city on Monday to reveal the design. It will be visible from the outside of the David Attenborough Building on Pembroke Street, the recently-renamed home of the museum.

The bespoke designs include illustrations depicting museum specimens and the stories behind them. They include a cartoon of a Finback Whale, inspired by the 70-foot skeleton which will hang in the museum's entrance.

Professor Paul Brakefield, director of the Museum of Zoology, said: "I am delighted that Sir Quentin Blake is working with us on the re-opening project. His skill at depicting the specimens and their collectors in a fun and colourful way really adds an extra dimension to the museum. We are very excited that the blinds are now up, and that the exhibits will now start heading back to the museum from our stores, ahead of the re-opening in 2017."

Bishop of Peterborough abseils down cathedral

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

The Bishop of Peterborough got a little bit closer to God today - as he abseiled from the top of the city's cathedral.

More than 200 people had signed up to abseil down the historic building Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was taking part in a sponsored event to raise funds for improvements at the Cathedral, in time for its 900th anniversary in 2018.

The historian and television presenter Jonathan Foyle was among those taking part.

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