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Birmingham gets ready for Fusion Festival

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran who is to be made a doctor as he is awarded an honorary degree by University Campus Suffolk Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fusion Festival with Vimto expands to three days for the first time, with the opening night headlined by Ed Sheeran.

He stepped in earlier this month after Justin Bieber cancelled his first full UK festival appearance.

Other headliners are Rudiments, The Vamps and Rixton.

The festival also marks Adam Lambert's UK festival debut, who has famously been working with Queen's guitarist, Brian May.

Upon announcing the news, Sheeran tweeted "I know I said Wembley was my last UK show of this tour, but my mate had a cancellation on his festival so I'm filing in last minute,"

Justin Bieber pulled out of the concert. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment


Visitors enjoy the sunshine at Leicester's City Festival

A week long family festival is being held to celebrate the rich history of Leicester's Old Town, as part of this year's City Festival.

Jubilee Square and Cathedral Gardens has been transformed into a medieval village with weapon demonstrations, traditional arts and crafts, puppet shows and circus skills.

Tightrope walking on a unicycle. Credit: ITV News Central
Sand sculptures are beginning to take shape. Credit: ITV News Central
A court jester entertains the crowds. Credit: ITV News Central


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Justin Bieber pulls out of Birmingham's Fusion Festival

Justin Bieber Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Justin Bieber has angered fans by confirming that he has pulled out of Birmingham's Fusion Festival.

It is unclear why the headliner has cancelled his appearance at the Friday night show, which is being held in support of the Prince's Trust.

Fusion Festival said in a statement: "It is with great regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber has withdrawn from his performance at Fusion Festival on Friday 28th August 2015.

"We are now working hard to secure another exciting act for the festival and will hopefully have some news shortly.

"We will also announce details of how you can apply for a refund should you require one. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for further announcements soon..."

Labrinth, Ella Henderson, The Vamps, Clean Bandit, Rixton, Gorgon City, Jess Glynne, Union J, Conor Maynard and Sigma are also due to perform at the two-day event.

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