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Massive Attack pull out of Dismaland finale

Dismaland ask people to attend finale in masks Credit:

The final batch of tickets for Banksy's Dismaland art show sold out this morning - but finale headliners Massive Attack have cancelled plans to perform.

They were due to play at the pop-up Tropicana exhibition next Friday, but show organisers have confirmed that the Bristol Band has pulled out due to 'technical complications'.

A post on the attraction's website says that Banksy has requested people come in masks so he can attend the event without being photographed by paparazzi.


More Weston beach hut controversy: did council break own rules?

Toby Blackburn believes the size of the huts means North Somerset Council breached the terms of its own planning application. Credit: ITV West Country

Controversy over new beach huts at Weston-super-Mare has intensified, with claims from local residents that the council which installed them has breached its own planning application.

Campaigners, already angry they've been told not to walk in front of the huts, now say they're bigger than they're allowed to be, and they've made an official complaint.

Bob Cruwys went to find out more.

'Some Disney is very good', says Banksy

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We may have all been thinking that Dismaland is a direct sneer at Disney, but Banksy has told a Sunday newspaper that it isn't at all - and admitted that, like millions, he has a bit of a thing for Frozen.

"I don’t have an issue with Disney. I’m not a hipster, so I don’t think something is evil or vacuous simply because its popular. The Dismal Land branding isn’t about Disney at all – its just a framework that says – OK, we accept that making art puts us in the light entertainment industry, and we’ll attempt to engage at that level – but for the left.

Some Disney is very good, the Let it Go sequence in Frozen is brilliant – the ‘journey’ between the beginning and end of that three minute song is pure cinematic gold."

– Banksy

The enigmatic graffiti artist talks more about the inspiration behind Dismaland, and answers some of his critics, in the rest of the interview - which you can find here.

Banksy speaks up for Dismaland in interview

Banksy: "I came here every summer for the first 17 years of my life." Credit: ITV West Country

In a discussion with a Sunday newspaper, Banksy has spoken up for his newest project.

Dismaland has been described as a 'flawed concept', but the artist speaks up for his 'bemusement park'.

It’s an experiment in offering something less resolved than the average theme park. For some reason it’s been labelled as ‘twisted’ but I’ve never called it that. We just built a family attraction that acknowledges inequality and impending catastrophe. I would argue it’s theme parks which ignore these things that are the twisted ones.

– Banksy

The exhibition at the Tropicana in Weston super Mare has done much for the town's economy this summer. Banksy says the location was an easy decision to make: "I came here every summer for the first 17 years of my life."

Read the full interview here.

Griff Rhys-Jones has something to say about Birnbeck Pier

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Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare has been listed as one of Britain's top ten endangered Victorian buildings.

Damaged by a mine during the war, it was used as a lifeboat station until recently. Now with one walkway on the verge of collapse, its future is in doubt.

It is hoped that today's listing by The Victorian Society could lead to some badly needed investment. Actor Griff Rhys-Jones is the Society's Vice-President, and had this to say.


Dismal weather doesn't stop Dismaland for long

After closing due to high winds Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare has re-opened.

North Somerset Council say those with tickets can use them at any session apart from Friday and Saturday.

Weather too dismal for Dismaland

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Dismaland, Banksy's popular 'Bemusement Park' at Weston-super-Mare, has been closed due to high winds.

North Somerset Council says the exhibition should re-open this evening.

For those not able to attend once Dismaland reopens this evening, the Council say you'll be able to attend any other session, except a Friday or Saturday night, provided you bring confirmation of your 2pm booking (for today, Monday) with you.

Mark Ronson takes a selfie at Banksy's Dismaland

A quick selfie for Mark in the appropriately named 'selfie hole' Credit: Jo Brooks PR

Musician and producer, Mark Ronson, has taken time out of his busy schedule to drop by Banksy's Weston-super-Mare exhibition.

He was spotted posing in the 'selfie hole' by several visitors. But he's not the only A-list star whose visited the Tropicana - others include Duran Duran, Russell Brand and Jack Black.

The musician is best known for his worldwide hit single "Uptown Funk".

Weston-super-Mare booming thanks to Banksy

One of the attractions at Dismaland Credit: Teresa Dapp/PA

Banksy's dismaland has been good news for other venues in Weston-Super-Mare.

44,000 people have flocked to see the pop-up exhibition, and it's had a knock on effect on other attractions.

The Grand Pier recorded an extra 9,000 visitors this August- and it says it has Banksy to thank for them. B&B and hotel owners have also reported a 20% increase in bed occupancy.

"There is no question that Banksy’s work has bought more tourists to Weston-super-Mare who would not ordinarily visit.

Dismaland has already welcomed 44,000 visitors since it opened less than two weeks ago, including international visitors coming to our town, which we have not seen in any great number before.

This has had a positive contribution to the Grand Pier with an extra 9,000 visitors through our gates, who are spending longer enjoying our facilities."

– Paul Charalambous, Pier General Manager
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