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Weekend Picks: MTV Crashes

MTV Crashes: Fri 27th - Sat 28th May (Ricoh Arena, Coventry)

MTV to stage first Crashes live music event of the year in Coventry this weekend Credit: MTV

MTV Crashes Coventry will take over the Ricoh Arena this Friday and Saturday.

It’s the first time the MTV Crashes event has been staged in an arena. On stage there’ll be live music from chart topping DJ’s and singers.

The lineup on Saturday includes Basement Jaxx, Pete Tong, The Chainsmokers and Wilkinson and Kano.

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Weekend Picks: Jazz Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival: Fri 27th - Mon 30th May (Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre)

Jazz performer Roy Forbes Credit: Purple Sprout

Dozens of live jazz and blues bands will take over Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to celebrate its 11th annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

More than 80 live bands will perform at the festival including leading acts: Courtney Pine, Tipitina and Kent Duchaine.

Gigs will take place across 20 venues in town from Friday right through to Monday.Some of the venues are The Old Brown Jug, Lymestone Vaults,Revolution, Bar Social, The Full Moon, The Blackfriar and Blakeys.

As well as music, there will be a record fair on the Sunday and a charity market & fun-day on the bank holiday Monday.

“From swing or funk, bebop to blues, Newcastle under Lyme’s Jazz and Blues Festival never fails to deliver and delight music lovers of all ages and genres - and this year’s event will be no different!”

– Eddie Leligdowicz, BID Chair

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.newcastlejazzandblues.co.uk

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  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Jazz and Blues Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival: Fri 27th - Mon 30th May (Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre)

Jazz performer Roy Forbes Credit: Purple Sprout

Dozens of live jazz and blues bands will take over Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to celebrate its 11th annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

More than 80 live bands will perform at the festival including leading acts: Courtney Pine, Tipitina and Kent Duchaine.

Gigs will take place across 20 venues in town from Friday right through to Monday.Some of the venues are The Old Brown Jug, Lymestone Vaults,Revolution, Bar Social, The Full Moon, The Blackfriar and Blakeys.

As well as music, there will be a record fair on the Sunday and a charity market & fun-day on the bank holiday Monday.

“From swing or funk, bebop to blues, Newcastle under Lyme’s Jazz and Blues Festival never fails to deliver and delight music lovers of all ages and genres - and this year’s event will be no different!”

– Eddie Leligdowicz, BID Chair

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.newcastlejazzandblues.co.uk

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Weekend Picks: Fertility Fest

Fertility Fest: Sat 28th May (Rep Theatre, Birmingham)

Creatives will discuss what it means to start a family Credit: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

In the first UK event of its kind, Fertility Fest brings together twenty of the country’s leading writers, visual artists, theatre makers, film directors and composers in one day of performance and debate, to discuss starting a family.

“Fertility Fest will be a unique and uncompromising look at the pursuit of parenthood in the modern world … It’s a topic that has to be talked about more because despite affecting so many people it’s still a taboo.”

I hope Fertility Fest 2016 will begin to change this because I fundamentally believe that great artists tell it like it is and this is a subject that the world needs to hear more about.”

– Jessica Hepburn, Festival Director

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.fertilityfest.com/

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Weekend Picks: Summer Food and Drink Festival

Summer Food and Drink Festival: Sun 29 May (Leicester Market)

There’ll be street food from local producers and farmers Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/PAImages

A Summer Food and Drink Festival will take place at Leicester market this weekend.

There’ll be a host of street food from local producers and farmers, a licensed drinks zone, cooking demonstrations and live music to keep visitors entertained.

TV chef and actress Rustie Lee will also be attending the Festival as a special guest conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the event.

There’ll be delicacies from around the world as well as local treats including burgers, gourmet hot dogs, American-style smoked meat, cupcakes and baked goods.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.leicestermarket.co.uk/all/news/

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Weekend Picks: Birmingham Pride

Birmingham Pride 2016: Sat 28th - Sun 29th May (Birmingham City Centre)

A picture from Birmingham Pride 2014 Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham’s annual pride festival takes place this weekend starting with a carnival parade of floats and costumes from Victoria Square.

Organisers say it’s the largest LGBT two day festival in the UK which features a Carnival Parade through the city centre, plus the Main Pride Festival Site featuring the main stage, dance arena, cabaret marquee and funfair.

Birmingham Pride is a celebration of the city's diverse LGBT community and is open to all.

For prices, opening times and more information visit: http://www.birminghampride.com

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