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Henley Rewind Festival announces 2015 line up

The stage at Henley's Rewind Festival in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

Rewind South at Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames returns for its seventh year on Friday 21st August until Sunday 23rd August with headliners OMD and Human League.

The line up includes 80s stars - Billy Ocean, ABC, T’Pau,Midge Ure,Kim Wilde,Nik Kershaw,Hot Chocolate,Belinda Carlisle,Go West, Soul II Soul, Bananarama, and for the very first time, Black Box, Dave Edmunds, Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats, plus British Electric Foundation featuring M’s Robin Scott,Thomas Dolby, Joy Division’s Peter Hook,Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, The Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, and Fairground Attraction’s Eddi Reader, plus many more big names.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday January 23rd.


Paloma Faith to perform in Kent for Forest Live this summer

Paloma Faith Credit: Press Association

Paloma Faith has announced a welcome return to seven spectacular woodland locations this summer as part of Forest Live, the Forestry Commission’s outdoor concert series, having performed to sell-out crowds in 2013.

Paloma’s third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ was one of the huge success stories of 2014 and her fastest selling album to date, certified platinum and scoring hit singles with, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ and ‘Can’t Rely On You’. As a side project she notched up her first number one collaborating with British drum and bass duo Sigma on the single ‘Changing’. Debut album ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’ and follow-up ‘Fall To Grace’ have also contributed to sales of over 1.7 million in the UK alone; no mean feat for an artist only three records into their career.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences.

Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 14 year history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors.

With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

I am so excited to do the forest tour. I did it before and had such a wonderful time. We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again. See you all in the summer.

– Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith will perform with guests on Saturday 20 June at Bedgebury Pinetum, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Crosby, Stills & Nash to perform on Queen Mary 2

The trio will perform aboard Queen Mary 2 Credit: Cunard

Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform a series of exclusive concerts on board the Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, during her 4-11 September transatlantic crossing.

The Grammy Award-winning trio, who first performed together at the now legendary Woodstock Festival over four decades ago, will perform three exclusive concerts for passengers during the seven-night voyage from New York to Southampton.

"This will be a unique experience for us,” said Graham Nash. "We're really looking forward to making music, bringing back memories and creating new ones - and this journey from New York to Southampton, on this beautiful vessel, will do just that.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash burst onto the music scene in 1969 with their self titled debut LP, now one of Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’.


Lionel Richie to perform at 2015 Henley Festival

Lionel will perform on the floating stage Credit: ITV

Lionel Richie is to perform at this year's Henley Festival.

He will make his henley debut on the floating stage. The international superstar has been on the forefront of the music scene with a career spanning over three decades.

He has over 100 million album sales worldwide to his name and hits including Hello, All Night Long and Dancing On The Ceiling.

Lionel Richie said: “I’m looking forward to playing at Henley Festival as I don’t think I’ve ever played on a Floating Stage on the River Thames before! There've been some great acts over the years at Henley so I’m very excited for it to be my turn.”

South of England is star of Hollywood

Director Rob Marshall during the filming Credit: Creative England

Creative England has teamed up with Disney and the Britain is Great Campaign, to promote filming in the Meridian region.

Disney’s latest fairytale blockbuster, Into The Woods, was shot on location in Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Berkshire and Kent.

The film has already topped the American box office and been nominated for three awards at this weekend’s Golden Globes.

The spellbinding backdrop included Dover Castle in Kent, where Cinderella marries her prince and Great Windsor Park, the setting for mythical woods where characters from Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella seek to make their dreams come true.

Director, Rob Marshall, said: “England is so rich in terms of so many things we needed for fairytales. It has period villages still. It has magnificent forests and woods with ancient trees with scale and size. And it has castles, part of our fairytale world."

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Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt wins Golden Globe

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Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt has won a Golden Globe for her role in the TV series - and revealed it was the "most shocking moment" of her life.

The Yorkshire-born actress ditched her maid's outfit for the glamour of the red carpet as she was awarded the plaudit at the Hollywood ceremony for for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie.

Froggart, 34, who plays the loveable lady's maid Anna Bates in the ITV television show, has been given some hard-hitting storylines in the past season as her character had to cope with the aftermath of being raped and being wrongly accused of murdering her attacker.

Petworth House used as location for award-winning film

Petworth House in Sussex has been used as a location for the award-winning film, Mr Turner.

Filming took place in its opulent rooms and across its views of the South Downs where one of the country's favourite artists once worked.

Now a major new exhibition focusing on Turner's works, and how the film was made, begins this weekend. Andy Dickenson was given a preview.

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