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Olly Murs offers alternative tickets for cancelled Dorset show

Olly Murs has offered fans alternative tickets for his cancelled shows in Dorset.

The concerts in Exeter and Bournemouth were called off after the promoter, Stephen C Associates, went bust.

Only fans who had purchased tickets by credit card have been promised a refund and many have complained about losing hundreds of pounds on hotel and travel costs.

Those who have been unable to get a refund are now eligible to swap their tickets for the show at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth on August 27th, or at Singleton Park in Swansea on August 12th.

Fans who have already been refunded are being offered 'special offer' tickets to either of the shows.

We tried to find a way of still doing the shows or rescheduling them but ended up facing too many obstacles and we couldn't risk letting you down again.

Together with my management, agent and promoters of my other summer shows, we have come up with the most viable solution so I can still hopefully see most of you!

I know I'm asking you to travel to new locations, and it's far from ideal, but we've really tried to make something work.

– Olly Murs

Jerkjam - the family bbq that grew into a festival

It started off as a family Caribbean bbq that just grew and grew - into a food and music festival called Jerkjam.

The festival aims to provide a creative hub between Southampton and Portsmouth with an explosion of sights, sounds and tastes in celebration of the South’s rich, cultural diversity.

Festival perfomer Credit: JerkJam

The one-day event will feature a live cooking tournament, which will see chefs battle it out over the hot coals of four authentic Caribbean jerk pan bbqs. The cooked food will be distributed to the crowd for free tasting.

Alongside the food stages, there are three unique music stages where music legends Aswad and former Dexy's frontman Kevin Rowland will play alongside an eclectic mix of new and established local bands and talent.

Jerkjam takes place at Titchfield’s HoundHill Farm on Saturday July 22.

Festival performer Credit: Jerkjam


REVIEW: Ghoulish Addams family fun

The Adams family has been a sitcom, a film and now it's the turn of the musical of this death loving family.

This production at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton centres around crossbow-wielding Wednesday ( Carrie hope Fletcher) falling in love with normal boy Lucas (Oliver Ormson) much to the disgruntlement of parents Morticia and Gomez.

When his exceptionally straight parents visit for dinner from Ohio, Wednesday pleads with her family to try to be normaL, but normality is not on the Addams family menu.

Addams family Credit: Mayflower Theatre

It's always a bit of a risk taking a tweenager to the theatre but from the opening bars of this musical there was chuckling and a happy face. There was also lots of guffawing in the audience from the slightly risque jokes which I like to think went right over my daughter's head.

Cameron Blakely as Gomez gave a fabulous performance as love triumphed in its own peculiar ghoulish way, while Womack's Morticia was one of the show's standouts, she has the character's wicked smile and high cheekbones.

Somewhat surprisingly, Les Dennis was broad-shouldered bald-headed Uncle Fester and did a fabulous job as did Dickon Gough as Lurch

The show gleefully cackles and while I found the plot a little thin, the children loved it and there was a standing ovation from the audience.

The Addams Family runs at the Mayflower until Saturday 29th July

Gomez and Morticia Credit: Mayflower Theatre

Olly Murs fans out of pocket after concert is cancelled

Thousands of Olly Murs fans from across the region have been left disappointed and out of pocket after the company that had organised a gig in Bournemouth went out of business.

The show was due to take place at Kings Park on August the 5th, but Stephen C Associates, have released a statement saying it's been cancelled - and they will be unable to offer refunds.

The pop star has apologised to fans but many are angry that they've lost hundreds of pounds. Martin Dowse reports.


KT Tunstall headlines Wickham Festival

Sun sets on last year's Wickham fetsival Credit: Wickham festival

KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman and The Levellers alongside Eliza Carthy, 10CC, Show of Hands and The Selecter are playing this year's festival.

Perennial festival favourites Oysterband, Andy Fairweather Low, Peatbog Faeries and the Spooky Men’s Chorale are also putting in special appearances at the event which runs from August 3-6

K T Tunstall Credit: Wickham festival

In many ways we are returning to our roots with a very strong folk line-up which will appeal to the many regulars who come year after year as well as our new generation of fans.

Regulars know what they are getting and they like it. There is a real family-friendly feel to this event. Parents can let their children roam safely while they enjoy the music

– Peter Chegwyn

Comedian John Bishop on tour in the South

He's one of the most successful comedians in the country. John Bishop is coming to Sussex next Thursday.

He'll be at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley. But if that's too short notice for you, he'll be playing three nights in Brighton this October.

But he's not just a comic. He can also be seen on our television screens at the moment in ITV's drama 'Fearless'.

And, as he tells Adam Fowler, there's so much "stuff happening" at the moment, he's never short of inspiration.

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