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Songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy drops into Calendar studio

He's sold 80 million records around the world, picked up a grammy along the way, and has currently got a hit show on Broadway with his best mate Gary Barlow.

Songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy has never chased the limelight that comes with his extraordinary talent and still lives in Sheffield where he was born and bred.

As a child he didn't even take music lessons and there were no signs of what was to come until his headmaster at Dinnington High School near Rotherham heard his first album and talked him into quitting school.

He has worked with Take That, written for the Spice girls, who've stayed at his house, and is pals with Bryan Adams.

Right now his show Neverland, the life story of playwrite JM Barrie is a hit on Broadway.

Kennedy joined Duncan and Christine in the ITV Calendar studio - and you can watch their extended chat below:


Emmerdale nominated for dozen gongs at Soap Awards

Emmerdale is up for a dozen gongs at this year's British Soap Awards.

Emmerdale nominee actress Natalie Anderson, who plays Alicia Metcalfe
Emmerdale nominee actor Michael Parr who plays Ross Barton

The soap, which is made at ITV Yorkshire , has been nominated in a dozen categories in the annual awards which take place next month.

Among the Emmerdale nominees are Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton, who is up for Best Actor and best -on screen partnership with Verity Rushworth, who played Donna Windsor.

Natalie Anderson, who plays Alicia Metcalfe, is also up for two awards - best actress and best dramatic performance.

Charity single to raise cash for the Bradford Burns Unit

A special charity single is set to be released next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster and to raise funds for the Bradford Burns Unit, which was founded in the wake of the tragedy.

The song - Everywhere We Go - is the brainchild of City's orthopaedic surgeon Steve Bollen, who plays with a Harrogate-based band 'Never 2 Late'.

The single includes radio commentary from the Bantams' memorable FA Cup run this season, with the chorus sung by the crowd and recorded at last month's League 1 match against Fleetwood Town at Valley Parade.

The song - which also features members of City's first team squad - will be played ahead of the Bantams' final home game of the season against Barnsley on Saturday, when there'll also be a minute's silence to remember the 56 fans who died in the tragedy on May 11, 1985.

It's due for full release on Tuesday 28th April, priced at just 99p, and it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.


First acts announced for Hull's 2015 Freedom Festival

The first acts for Hull's 2015 Freedom Festival have been announced including Public Service Broadcasting, and new work from internationally renowned, pioneering sound artist Scanner.

Public Service Broadcasting are among the first acts to be announced for Hull's 2015 Freedom Festival Credit: Press Association

Under the 2015 festival theme of 'Broadcast: Voices of Freedom', the three-day street festival on 4th-6th September will also feature Tubular Bells For Two, a reworking of Mike Oldfield's multi- layered, 20-instrument masterpiece.

The festival’s opening night will include Voices of Freedom, a performance which explores the River Hull, its past and its impact in shaping the future of the city.

Now in its eighth year, Freedom Festival celebrates Hull’s historic link as the birthplace of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce.

It will feature more than 200 acts – music, street theatre, outdoor arts, comedy, spoken word and more - across three days, set on the streets of Hull’s historic Fruit Market and in other city centre locations.

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.

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