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The stage is set for a weekend of live music

Duran Duran and Craig David are headlining the Common People music festival in Southampton this weekend. Katy B is also appearing. Organisers are holding a simultaneous event in Oxford at the same time.

The stage is set for the Common People festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of revellers are expected on Southampton Common as singers take to the stage for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Revellers arrive for festival Credit: ITV Meridian
World's biggest bouncy castle Credit: Common People

The world's biggest bouncy castle will make its debut in Southampton this weekend.

The castle, measuring 23.8 metres long, 20.7 metres wide and standing 12.8 metres tall, will appear at the Common People festival.

It can accommodate 100 people and is filled with 1143 cubic metres of air.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins comes to the Mayflower Theatre

A production of Mary Poppins has come to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton Credit: Mayflower Theatre

Finding the perfect childcare is a headache for parents the world over. But there's a new nanny in Southampton who is practically perfect in every way.

Her methods are a bit unorthodox - but her singing and dancing are a dream.

Christine Alsford went to meet the stars of the world class touring production of Mary Poppins that has just arrived in Southampton.

Aldershot to provide backdrop of blockbuster film

Aldershot will provide the backdrop for a blockbuster film this evening.

Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar for 'Black Swan' in 2011 Credit: PA

People living and working near Alison's Road have received letters saying the street will be used to shoot scenes for a psychological thriller called Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.

According to the film website, IMDb, the film is about a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition 'where the laws of nature don't apply'.

It is being produced and directed by Lighthouse Pictures, the same British team behind Ex Machina, which won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects earlier this year.

According to the letters sent to residents, Alison's Road is being used to to represent a ‘Baltimore street’. It added that Clubhouse Road and the western section of Alison’s Road will be closed between between 6pm and 5am tomorrow.

Motorhome cinema, tape room and woolly fish star in Open Houses art festival

Throughout the month, art lovers - and snoopers alike - have been taking the chance to visit peoples' homes transformed into galleries.

But it's not just two-up-two-downs starring in Brighton's biggest ever Open Houses art trail.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Tasha McDonnell of the Dreamliner Arts Club, Judy Stevens of Artists Open Houses and Kate Jenkins from Kate's Pantry.

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'The whole town gets involved' Laurie Anderson tells us about running the Brighton Festival

The Brighton Festival is about to enter its third and final week with a host of performances and events, including the Great Escape music weekend, still to come.

For guest director, US pop star Laurie Anderson, its been a chance to curate a festival she's not only performed in but visited during its now 50 year history.

So how has she enjoyed running the show? Andy Dickenson went to meet her, as well as Rachel Champion and Tristan Shorr, producers of The Last Resort.

Fatboy Slim has secret show for babies and toddlers

Fatboy Slim, one of the most influential names in the history of dance music and one of the country’s most recognised DJs, played a secret show in Brighton to his toughest audience yet - a hard-partying group of babies and toddlers (and their parents).

Joined frequently onstage by his six year-old daughter, Nelly, the MC, real name Norman Cook, played a two-hour set. He was guest DJ at the popular parents and kids’ 0-5 party, Baby Loves Disco.

Young dancers limber up for a life changing opportunity

Young hopefuls perform scenes from The Nutcracker Credit: English Youth Ballet

More than a hundred young ballet dancers from the region have begun rehearsals for the opportunity of a lifetime. After nerve wracking auditions, they've been hand picked to perform alongside professional dancers at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks. They'll be performing scenes from Ballet Etudes, and The Nutcracker with the English Youth Ballet from the 19th to the 21st May.

More than a hundred local children rehearse for the grand performance Credit: English Youth Ballet
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