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Gary Barlow announces first of musical's cast

Gary Barlow has revealed that two local actors are among the cast for his musical "The Girls". In a tweet he says he is proud to announce Ben Hunter, from Hull, as Danny and Josh Benson, from York, as Tommo.

Ben replied saying he was 'buzzing".

"The Girls" is based on the story of the Rylstone WI members in North Yorkshire who bared all in a calendar for charity. The musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, will have its premiere at Leeds Grand on November 14th.

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X Factor Joe to take on Joseph stage role

X Factor winner Joe McElderry is to play another famous Joseph on stage next year.

The 24-year-old, from South Shields, will wear the coat of many colours for a UK tour of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical continues on its record breaking tour having sold to date an estimated 15 million tickets.

The dates and venues for the 2016 tour have yet to be revealed.

'No refund' for some Tom Jones concert-goers

The moment before the lights went out on Sir Tom Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

One of the companies which sold tickets for the Sir Tom Jones concert in Alnwick, has told its customers it will not be offering refunds.

The gig at Alnwick Castle, on 8th August, ended early because of a power failure. Around 7,500 people were in the audience.

The Teesside-based organiser, Loose Cannon, has since apologised for what happened, blaming the power cut on the failure of two generators which it says were provided by a contractor. Loose Cannon says it will not discuss the issue of compensation until more facts are known.

Now the ticket sales company Ticketmaster has e-mailed its customers to say it will not be offering a refund on the grounds that the 'majority' of the concert went ahead. Ticketmaster stresses that proceeds from ticket sales have now been passed to its clients and are no longer in its control.

Below is the full text of the e-mail from Ticketmaster to customers:

Loose Cannon have confirmed that the majority of the set did go ahead.

As a ticket agent, we sell on behalf of the event organisers, so now that the event’s passed the funds from ticket sales have now been forwarded to our clients and are no longer under our control.

We do understand that the main act started a little later than planned, and the end of the show was abrupt because of the power failure, so we’ve been liaising with Loose Cannon on your behalf regarding this matter – however, on this occasion we wouldn’t be in a position to offer a refund for your tickets as the majority of the event did go ahead.

As outlined in our previous response, if you’d like to discuss any other issues regarding the event, we’d recommend that you contact the event organisers directly by emailing alnwickenquiries@loosecannonevents.com.

I’m sorry again that we can’t help you further with this, but I trust that Loose Cannon will be able to fully address your concerns.

– Ticketmaster
Sir Tom entertains the crowds in Alnwick Credit: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette

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Sir Tom Jones concert organiser: 'We are not in a position to discuss compensation'

Loose Cannon Events, the Middlesbrough company behind Sir Tom Jones' concert at Alnwick Castle on Saturday August 8th, which was cut short by a power failure, has released the following statement.

Loose Cannon is a small, independent company and we used our best endeavours to organise the Tom Jones concert with a team of proven and experienced people, together with fully complying with all statutory requirements.

< Each event we undertake and deliver allows us to go onto the next event, bringing bigger acts to the North East for everyone to enjoy. We have done several outdoor shows over the years (Olly Murs, Snoop Dogg, and a whole host of well-known international DJ’s).

< In staging a concert of this calibre and size of the Tom Jones concert, we brought on board recognised experts in their chosen fields along with local Northumbria agencies and partners including; Live Nation, TicketMaster, Skiddle, Groupon, Alnwick Castle, and the Northumberland Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and its partners. Their help and assistance was, and still is greatly appreciated.

< Regarding the Tom Jones concert, the main issue is undisputable, that due to reasons beyond our control and reasons not yet known, both the generators that were synchronised together failed. We contracted a large national company. This company provide generators too many large scale events and were engaged to look after the production’s power needs; they fully installed and had staff on site for the duration of the concert.

< The failure of the generators caused the abrupt end to the Sir Tom Jones’s concert.

< People have listed various other issues and whilst we respect these comments, it is however the abandonment of the concert that we believe we need to address as a priority. As soon as we have the facts and information available, this will be made public.

< As a company, until the principal issue of the generators failing is resolved, we are not in a position to engage in any discussion about compensation.

< As and when this changes we will of course inform all interested parties. We appreciate that this is what ticket-buyers want to know about, but the facts need to be established and confirmed and the legal involvement needs agreement between a number of parties. This must be finalised before we can advise on any compensation.

< This is not how was had envisaged our flagship event concluding and I would like to again apologise for concert-goers disappointment. As previously mentioned all emails are being replied to and will be responded to within 28 days.

– Neil Winterbottom, Director, Loose Cannon Events

Perrie Edwards breaks down on stage performing Little Mix song 'The End'

As she sang the lyrics “And no one can love you, the way I used to do”, her voice faltered and her bandmates rushed to her shield her from their audience and cameras which were live-streaming their performance online.

Perrie's ex-fiance, Zayn Malik, reportedly regrets dumping her via text message.

Perrie Edwards on life after Zayn Malik: 'I'm having an absolute blast'

Little Mix appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden in the US on Monday night, in their second major interview since band member Perrie Edwards split from her fiance Zayn Malik.

Video courtesy CBS

I'm good. I'm having an absolute blast in America.

Things are going so well.

I wake up every day and I thank my lucky stars for these three girls.

– Perrie Edwards

Council reviewing power cut at Sir Tom Jones concert

Northumberland County Council has said they have launched a review after Sir Tom Jones' concert was cut short due to 'major technical issue'.

A spokesperson for the council said, “NCC has initiated a review into the abrupt conclusion of the concert and the arrangements put in place for the organisation and staging of the event.”

Credit: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette

Were you at the concert? Tell us about your experience by emailing pamandian@itv.com or tweet @ITVTyneTees.

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