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More than 60 new acts announced for Leeds Festival

More than 60 new acts have been added to to the line-up of this year's Leeds Festival, the organisers have announced.

alt-J performing in London in 2013 Credit: Press Association

The event, on August Bank Holiday Weekend, is being headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines. Indie rock band alt-J will also be performing on the main stage this year.

We're really over the moon to be returning to Leeds. It'll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time.

– Gus Unger-Hamilton (alt-J)

Palma Violets will be joining alt-J on the main stage on Saturday at Leeds, treating revelers to cuts from their upcoming album ‘Danger In The Club’.

Fusing dub step and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks FIDLAR and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

Friday at Leeds will see the return of The Gaslight Anthem, after performances from Against Me! and Feed The Rhino.

Leeds band Hawk Eyes have also been named as one of the 60 new acts to take to the stage this year

The Leeds Festival will take place on the Bank Holiday Weekend of 28th to 30th August.


Zayn Malik thanks fans for support after quitting band

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has thanked his fans for their support following his decision to leave the band.

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik thanks fans for support Credit: Press Association

The singer, 22, returned to the public eye last week at the Annual Asian Awards, where he showed off a new shaved hairdo.

Malik has been quiet on Twitter ever since he declared his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards, after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

He flew home from the boyband's world tour with "stress" before suddenly quitting the group, saying that he wants to be a "normal 22-year-old".<

At the Annual Asian Awards, which Malik attended with his mother, the star paid tribute to his former bandmates, calling them "four of the best guys that ever met".

"Some of the things that we did will stay with me for the rest of my life," he said.

One Direction mania hits the Keepmoat Stadium

One Direction fans were out in force in Doncaster where after getting wind that one of their idols was in town.

Louis Tomlinson took time out of his schedule to take part in a legends game for Doncaster Rovers' veteran James Coppinger

The singer posed for photographs and talked with fans who had camped overnight to secure their place at the front of the cordon:


Paula Tilbrook retiring from Emmerdale after 21 years as Betty Eagleton

Paula Tilbrook will leave Emmerdale this year after playing Betty Eagleton for 21 years, it has been announced.

Betty first appeared in April 1994 for just three episodes when she ordered a sweet sherry in the Woolpack. Being an old friend of Seth Armstrong, she soon put down roots in the Village and even fell prey to wheeler dealer Eric Pollard. Seth proposed at the end of her first year but the marriage never happened as they postponed it indefinitely - remaining a couple until Seth's passing on a trip home from Australia.

The 85-year-old's final scenes will be aired in mid-May.

Today is both the saddest and the happiest day of my life. Happy because I've got everyone here with me but the sad part is I'm leaving. But there is a great atmosphere and it is nice to go out on a high.

– Paula Tilbrook

Marc Almond to perform at Leeds Town Hall

Marc Almond will perform at Leeds Town Hall as part of his new UK tour.

Credit: Press Association

He'll be appearing at the venue on Friday 24 April, following the release of his new record, The Velvet Trail.

Almond, who released a four track EP in 2014 with collaborations including Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Carl Barat (The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things), will perform a mix of old and new material.

The singer and songwriter lived in Harrogate and Leeds during an unsettled upbringing. It was at Leeds Poly that he met David Ball and together they formed the internationally successful 'electro duo' Soft Cell in 1979.

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