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Rod Stewart concert 'to give Stoke a £2m boost'

20,000 fans have bought tickets to see the singer perform Credit: Herb Dehler/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/Press Association Images

Promoters are claiming Rod Stewart's concert in Stoke-on-Trent tonight will give the city an economic boost of around £2 million.

20,000 people have bought tickets to see the 69-year-old perform in the city for the first time since 1974.

Peter Taylor, concert director at Cuffe and Tatylor said:

“Businesses across a range of sectors will benefit from the influx of Rod fans to the city.

“Hoteliers, pubs and restaurants as well as shops will be among those feeling the benefit.

"We’re already hearing that business is looking good across the city on Saturday.

“As this is just one of a handful of UK dates, people are flocking to the Potteries from all over the country and beyond to catch a glimpse of their musical hero."

Rik Mayall's World Cup anthem heading towards no.1

Rik Mayall’s 2010 single Noble England could finish this week in the Top 5 Official Singles Chart.

Rik Mayall died on Monday Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A fan-led drive to get the comedian's 2010 World Cup song to number one started after he died unexpectedly on Monday.

The song did not make the chart the first time around but after a social media campaign it entered the midweek chart at number 38. It has now broken into the Top 10 and is at number 8, based on sales up to midnight last night.

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Mayall's chart rise 'a reflection of how much he was loved'

An online campaign could see Rik Mayall top the charts less than a week after his death Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

As sales for Rik Mayall's 2010 World Cup song have been sent rocketing after his death, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive for the Official Charts Company, said:

Rik Mayall's death this week was a shock to a whole generation of comedy fans - and their reaction in pushing his 2010 single is a reflection of how much he was loved. In turn, his new hit also underlines how the Official Singles Chart remains a modern-day barometer of public opinion.

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Rik Mayall post-mortem results 'inconclusive'

Comedian and actor Rik Mayall pictured in July 1999.
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall pictured in July 1999. Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

A post-mortem examination into the death of comedian Rik Mayall has proven inconclusive and more tests will have to be carried out to determine the cause of death, West London Coroner's Court has said.

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Rik Mayall's 'lost' song heads towards top of charts

An online campaign could see Rik Mayall top the charts less than a week after his death after it sent sales of his failed football anthem rocketing.

Noble England - recorded for the 2010 World Cup - jumped 27 places overnight and is now just outside the top 10 at No. 11, according to data from the Official Charts Company.

The music video for the track has reached over 514,000 views on YouTube so far despite never reaching the charts the first time around.

Read: DJ kickstarts campaign to get Rik Mayall's 'lost' World Cup song to No. 1

Read: Rik Mayall's post-mortem results 'inconclusive'

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Sir Cliff Richard pays tribute to 'fan' Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall's character in The Young Ones was a Cliff Richard-obsessed sociology student and this evening the veteran pop star paid tribute to the comedian, who died today aged 56.

Sir Cliff said: "I became a fan of his when he was in The Young Ones show and was always thrilled when he used my name during his series.

"I am so sad at his parting."

In 1986 the singer recorded a charity version of his hit single Living Doll with the Young Ones cast for Comic Relief.

Read: Young Ones comedian Rik Mayall dies aged 56

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Rik Mayall post-mortem to be held tomorrow

Rik Mayall. Credit: PA

A post-mortem to establish how legendary comic and actor Rik Mayall died is expected to be carried out tomorrow, a spokesman for West London Coroners Court has said.

The Young Ones and Bottom star died aged 56 at his London home earlier this week.

Once cause of death is established an inquest may be scheduled at a later date, the spokesman added.

James Arthur & Kiesza among latest names at V Festival

Kiesza performing on stage Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

X Factor winner, James Arthur, and Kiesza are among the latest names announced to be performing at this year's V Festival, which takes place at Weston Park in Staffordshire.

It takes place on the weekend of the 16th and 17th August. Organisers have also released the stage splits for the festival today.

Acts announced in the line-up today are:

  • James Arthur
  • Kiesza
  • Neon Trees
  • Fuse ODG
  • Neon Jungle
  • Sheppard
  • James Bay

They will join acts already announced, including Justin Timberlake, The Killers and Bastille.

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