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Weather Forecast for the Leeds Festival

Damp underfoot! Credit: MIKE NEWTON

The Leeds Festival is looming so that means rain right? Right! (but hopefully not too much).

Thursday will see a drop of rain in the form of light showers, but they won't amount to very much.

Thursday night is expected to be chilly, especially for camping.

Friday will see sunshine and mainly dry weather but a few showers are possible late afternoon/evening. Another chilly night will follow.

On Saturday expect a sunny morning but a few heavy, possibly thundery showers late afternoon/evening.

Saturday night will be really chilly due to clearing skies but that means a nice day on Sunday with long sunny spells.

Then it all goes pear shaped as rain edges in Sunday night to give a wet and windy day Monday.

Have a great time and stay up to date with the latest forecast here.

JON MITCHELL

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Leeds Festival booker: Arctic Monkeys can own the main stage

The man responsible for booking bands at Leeds Festival says the time is right for Arctic Monkeys to headline after a five year absence.

Final preparations are underway for the festival which begins on Friday.

Jon Mac also told Daniel Lynch about the importance of having local bands playing across the three day event at Bramham Park:

First trailer for Cilla biopic starring Sheridan Smith revealed

The first footage from a new ITV drama looking at the rise to fame of Cilla Black has been released.

It stars Sheridan Smith, the Epworth born actress who made her name in shows like Benidorm.

The move to more serious roles has been a smooth transition for her and she says she has studied Cilla Black in great detail to make the portrayal as accurate as possible.

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Melvin Benn: Leeds Festival can cope with any weather

Melvin Benn says Leeds Festival can cope with any weather and new drainage systems have been put in place for this year's events.

The 2013 festival was a mucky affair and drew criticism from residents and council bosses in Leeds about mud being trailed into the city centre.

The festival boss says that will not be the case this year though:

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Arctic Monkeys could 'get the bus' to Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn has joked that headline band Arctic Monkeys could get the bus to the gig.

The Sheffield band are making their first appearance at the three-day event since 2009.

Speaking about how important it was to have local bands on the bill he told Calendar Alex Turner and co. could probably get the bus from South Yorkshire:

Educating Yorkshire's Mushy "gets TV show of his own"

Musharaf Asghar, one of the teenage stars of Channel 4's award-winning Educating Yorkshire documentary series, is to lead a TV show of his own, according to The Observer.

Musharaf Asghar Credit: Channel 4

Musharaf, a former pupil of the Thornhill Academy, Dewsbury, where the series was filmed, captured the hearts of viewers when he overcame his stammer to speak at the school assembly thanks to his English teacher Mr Burton borrowing a technique he had seen in the film The King's Speech.

Teacher Matthew Burton helped Musharaf Asghar find his voice Credit: Channel 4

Fellow pupils and staff wept as Musharaf conquered his acute stammer by wearing headphones as he made his speech.

Now it is reported that he is to lead his own programme Stammer School: Musharaf Finds His Voice. The programme will follow a group of children, as they learn how to overcome their problem from other stammerers. "I hope it will have a positive impact on other people with stammers to speak more and not give up on their dreams," he told the Observer. The programme, will be broadcast on Channel 4 on August 28.

Double-headliner a 'cheeky' idea from Leeds Festival boss

Bringing bands on to the Leeds Festival bill as a double headliner was a "cheeky" idea according to the man behind the three day event.

With Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys and punk-pop supremos Blink 182 already confirmed, Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age were vying for the remaining spot.

Melvin Benn told ITV Calendar it was "cheeky" to ask them to share, but it was worth taking the chance:

Sir Cliff's home searched by South Yorks police

Police are searching a Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an alleged historical sex offence being investigated by South Yorkshire Police.

A police spokesman said the allegation involved a boy under 16 and dated from the 1980s in the South Yorkshire area.

No one has been arrested and the owner of the property was not present.

Sir Cliff Richard Credit: ITV News
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