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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.


Kent Youth Orchestra celebrates fifty years!

The Kent Youth Orchestra has entertained audiences for half a century, and during that time has produced a number of world class musicians. To mark its fiftieth birthday, the orchestra is staging a special concert this evening. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are:

Ana Vandepeer, lead violinist; and Geoff Dixon, the manager of the Kent Youth Orchestra

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Meet the singing MP as his new album is released

He is best known as a Liberal Democrat MP - and a Government Minister, but Norman Baker - from Lewes in Sussex - has another string to his bow.

Mr Baker is the lead singer in a rock band called 'The Reform Club', and they have just released their first album. So what do his constituents think of their MP's flip side?

More importantly - would they buy the album? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.

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