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X Factor hopefuls pack pub for first auditions

Hopefuls for this year's The X Factor on ITV packed a Norfolk pub last night to audition to take part in the show.

They were at The Bird Cage in Norwich for an open mic style evening. The singers were watched by a panel of judges from the show, who will decide if they go through to the next round. Successful performers will be invited to sing in front of The X Factor's famous line-up of judges later in the year.

Broadcasters recreate the golden age of pirate radio

Cambridge 105 presenters recreated a pirate radio station on the River Cam. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

In the 1960s, pirate radio stations were a vital part of every teenagers' evening, and the bane of every politicians' life.

Broadcasters from East Anglia were at the heart of the movement and now, 50 years on, a station in Cambridge has taken to the waters to recreate that golden age.

Russell Hookey went to see how they got on.


X Factor's audition pod arrives in Cambridge

The X Factor's mobile audition pod has been in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Hundreds of people have spent the day queuing today to get their chance to prove they could be the new One Direction or Ella Henderson.

The X Factor's mobile audition pod rolled into Cambridge, following a visit to Northampton yesterday.

The performances were filmed and will be sent to the show's producers for them to judge.

Radio 1 say don't risk buying second hand tickets

Taylor Swift is one of the headline acts in Norwich Credit: PA

It's emerged that tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich are being sold second hand on the internet for prices reaching over £200..

50,000 tickets were snapped up in just 40 minutes this morning for the event being held at Earlham Park in May.

The radio station is warning people to not be tempted to buy them. In a statement on their website they said....

"We’re sorry if you missed out this year – we had 50,000 tickets for the two days, but with well over 100,000 people living in Norwich alone, there simply were not enough for everyone hoping to go. Please do not risk buying tickets. Those offering tickets for sale or as prizes are breaking the Terms & Conditions they agreed to during the booking process and we reserve the right to cancel them.Unfortunately a small handful of people do try to take advantage of those disappointed at missing out on getting tickets and claim – often falsely - they have tickets you can either buy, or win, via social media. We ask those running major auction websites and sales outlets to have posts offering tickets for sale or trade removed. There is a high probability that any tickets offered for sale for the event will have been cancelled and will not allow entry to the event."

– Radio 1
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