Maidstone gets ready to party

Revellers are getting ready for a brand new festival in Maidstone this weekend featuring bands like Sister Sledge and Brand New Heavies.

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Singer & actress Clare Grogan appears at 'Let's Rock'

Clare Grogan on stage at 'Let's Rock' event in Southampton Credit: Kim Hewitt

The singer and actress Clare Grogan has appeared st Southampton Common for the 'Let's Rock' music concert. The entertainer used to be with the band 'Altered Images', and featured in the 1980s film 'Gregory's Girl'. According to our source, all acts have gone down to rousing screams and cheers.

Crowds at 'Let's Rock' event
Thousands of people have spent the day listening to music at Southampton Common
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Liam Neeson's nephew suffers serious head injury

Liam Neeson, whose nephew suffered has serious head injury. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Actor Liam Neeson's nephew is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from the top of a phone box.

Ronan Sexton, 31, had been enjoying a night out with friends in Brighton when he climbed on top of the phone box at around 4 a.m on Sunday morning. He suffered a serious head injury after falling around 20ft.

He was admitted to a local hospital but then transferred to Hurstwood Park neurological centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, in a critical condition.

His mother Bernadette - the sister of Taken and Stars Wars actor Mr Neeson - has reportedly been at her son's hospital bedside.

The accident is the latest upset for Mr Neeson whose actress wife, Natasha Richardson, died in March 2009 at the age of 45 from head injuries following a ski accident in Canada.

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Students put on musical in 24 hours for charity

A group of students from the University of Reading have staged a musical in just 24 hours. They have taken on the challenge to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

The proceeds will go to the Ollie Young Foundation, which supports research into how brain tumours affect children. The performers had just 24 hours in which to announce, cast, rehearse and stage their live performance of Beauty and the Beast. Sam Simmons told us about the project.

Final rehearsals are under way in Winchester for a production of Tales from the Arabian Nights

Final rehearsals have been taking place today for the latest performance by a theatre company which gives people with learning difficulties the chance to act, sing, and dance.

Blue Apple was founded nine years ago and has just received a grant of almost 300 thousand pounds to expand its work. Richard Jones reports

Tour dates Dawn French is covering in the South

Dawn French's 30 Million Minutes Tour is starting tonight in Birmingham but below are the dates she hits the South!

  • Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th June at the Theatre Royal in Brighton
  • Wednesday 2nd July at the Anvil Arts in Basingstoke
  • Thursday 3rd July at New Theatre in Oxford
  • Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th July at Hawth Theatre in Crawley
  • Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading
  • Wednesday 8th October at the Anvil Arts in Basingstoke
  • Thursday 23rd October at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking
  • Friday 24th October at The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth
  • Thursday 30th October at G Live in Guildford
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing
  • Thursday 20th November at the Bournemouth Pavilion
  • Friday 21st November at the Lighthouse in Poole

Queen of Comedy hitting the South with her solo tour

Dawn French, Queen of British comedy, is travelling around the country with her first ever solo tour.

Dawn has started her tour in Birmingham and she's in Brighton from Tuesday. She's also heading to Basingstoke, Oxford, Crawley, Reading, Portsmouth, Guildford, Woking, Worthing, Bournemouth, Poole. Fred spoke to her a bit earlier today.

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SciFi By The Sea(quel)

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Hoards of aliens from outer space invaded a seaside town today but they seemed to be quite friendly. Thousands of people flocked to Herne Bay to meet Darth Vader, Dr Who and any number of tentacled creatures from other worlds.

Our reporter, David Johns, explains, speaking to David Prowse who played Darth Vader; Hattie Hayridge who played Holly in Red Dwarf; and Gerald McCarthy who organised the event.

Stars are in Windsor for polo & The Queen's Cup Final

Actress Michelle Dockery
Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery was among the celebrities at today's event

Cartier International Day is typically one of the most star-studded sporting events of the year. The event hosts the Queen's Cup Final in the sport of polo. The actress Michelle Dockery, who stars in Downton Abbey, was one of those attending the prestigious event in Windsor.

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