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Ashford's new bandstand is music to the town's ears

Ashford's on the up. That was the message coming out of the town loud and clear today, as a new look bandstand was unveiled. It's being used as a sheltered venue to showcase the thriving local music scene. The farmers' market has been drawing the crowds as well. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to events co-ordinator Dan Fairhurst, photographer Lewis Brockway and Rachel Heather, who's the farmers' market manager.


Pub landlord: Ed Sheeran's performance was amazing

Pub landlord Dan Friend, who enjoyed a private performance of Thinking Out Loud, when Ed Sheeran popped into his pub for a drink, said the singer was amazing.

He released the video this week, of the star's spontaneous performance at the Surrey Cricketers in Windlesham.

It was filmed on the night Ed finished recording the song, which is now battling for number one in the charts.

Mr Friend said: "The studio is around the corner and he'd just finished recording the album he just released, so he came in for the evening to celebrate and he had a couple of drinks."

"He decided to play my wife and I a couple of songs. It was amazing," he added.

Ed Sheeran performs at local pub in Windlesham

Video footage of Ed Sheeran singing to locals at a pub in Surrey has emerged, after a spontaneous performance in Windlesham earlier this year.

The 54 -second clip, filmed by the Landlord of The Surrey Cricketers, shows Sheeran leaning on the bar and singing Thinking Out Loud on the night he finished recording it.

The star, who is a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, even got behind the bar and poured himself a pint.

The YouTube video has had more than 166,000 hits and it was posted on the pub's Facebook page.

Alvin Stardust, Sussex star of 70s, dies from cancer

Alvin Stardust at the peak of his career Credit: PA

Sussex singer and actor Alvin Stardust, died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said. Alvin, from Billingshurst, had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died at home with his wife and family around him.

Alvin Stardust had a rich and varied career in both music and, latterly, acting and musical theatre. The singer - real name Bernard Jewry - started out in the music business in the 1960s but became a huge star on the back of the 1970s glam rock craze scoring hits with tracks including My Coo Ca Choo and Jealous Mind.

Video of My Coo Ca Choo, courtesy Rhino Records.


Kent's Hop Farm Festival reveals line-up

The Hop Farm Music Festival returns for another year in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

The line-up has been revealed for a popular annual music festival based in Kent.

Russell Kane, Nerina Pallott and the Noisettes complete the line-up at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

This follows the earlier announcement that Grace Jones will headline the event on the 4th-6th July.

Hop Farm Music Festival’s Neil Butkeraitis commented: This is our first year in charge of the Hop Farm Music Festival, and, having started with a clean slate, we couldn’t be happier with our inaugural line-up.

"We’ve got three bona-fide legends headlining and fantastic music both familiar and new all weekend, plus killer comedy and brilliant activities right across the farm. So, I think it’s safe to say, for all round entertainment, this year’s festival is breaking new ground for Hop Farm”.

Showcasing musical talent in Parliament

There is less than a week to apply for Parliament's biggest competition - not a political one but a musical one.

Every summer a one off concert is held at the Houses of Parliament - to showcase some of the nations undiscovered musical acts.

And the man who has organised the whole thing - is a Sussex MP. David Wood reports.

HMS Pinafore...but not as you know it

Something for music lovers now - together, the writer and composer, Gilbert and Sullivan, wrote 14 comic operas and their work is as popular today as it was more than a century ago.

But now, a modern version of one of their productions, HMS Pinafore, is coming to the south. As Charlotte Wilkins reports, It's G& S but not as you know it.

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