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No 'Happyland' return for Banksy to Weston

Dismaland drew the crowds to Weston-super-Mare during August and September 2015 Credit: PA

Hopes that the elusive urban artist Banksy might be returning to Weston-super-Mare have been dashed after the council denied any such rumours.

The Bristol artist pulled in the crowds in August and September 2016 with his antidote to theme parks, Dismaland, which he built in the former Tropicana on the seafront.

A Facebook group has claimed that he would be returning to the same venue with Happyland - in contrast to the miserable set up which proved so popular with visitors of all ages.

But any speculation has been quashed by North Somerset Council which says lots of events are planned for the Tropicana over the summer but none of them are Banksy's

The Tropicana is hosting a range of events... but not one organised by Banksy Credit: ITV News


Statement following Sir Elton John queues

Sir Elton John in concert Credit: PA

Westpoint Exeter, which hosted last night's concert by Sir Elton John, has issued a statement following the event.

Many people complained of long queues around the venue:

Here is the full text of the statement:

Last night’s Elton John concert was the largest single music event that Westpoint Exeter has hosted and attracted a thoroughly entertained audience of 15,000.

Unfortunately, with the adverse weather, exacerbated by unforeseen difficulties on the M5, reported on the day by the Highways Agency, some customers experienced delays in reaching the venue. Such factors are unfortunately beyond the control of the event organisers.

Westpoint Exeter who dealt with traffic management for the event worked closely with the various agencies, to plan how people would arrive and leave the site.

Elton performed a set containing 26 songs including a 2 song encore and lasting a staggering two and half hours. The steady rain did not deter the crowd from singing and dancing along to hits such as ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’. Elton responded by thanking them for their loyalty throughout his career.

In response to queries about timings, an information leaflet sent to all ticket purchaser’s made clear that gates opened at 4PM and the concert started at 6PM. It also made clear that purchasers should allow ample time to arrive at the venue and make their way to their seats. The support act, Foy Vance, took to the stage at 6.10PM with the headline act, Elton John, taking to the stage close to 7PM.

The T&Cs, which purchasers agree to when purchasing their tickets, make clear that: refunds are only given in the event that the concert is cancelled and; this is an outdoor concert, which will take place even in the event of inclement weather.

Anyone requiring further information about traffic management in relation to this event can contact Westpoint Exeter directly at

'England for Glory' raises money for children's charity

Daz Sims and band perform 'England for Glory' Credit: Daz Sims

A fundraiser from Bristol has written an anthem for Euro2016 which, as well as cheering on our team, is raising money for a good cause.

"England for Glory" has been written by Paul Hobbs and performed by Bristol singer Daz Sims. Daz is an ambassador for Variety the Children's Charity because of his work with young people. One of the young musicians performing on the video has autism while another is diabetic.

It is certainly catchy: judge for yourself

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Westpoint apologises for Elton John traffic chaos

Westpoint has apologised to Elton John fans who couldn't get to tonight's concert on time because of traffic problems around the Exeter venue. Some reported being stuck in jams for up to four hours.

We are extremely sorry for the long delays people have experienced getting here tonight. A mixture of issues have contributed to the traffic. With regards to refund requests, customers will need to contact the box office they purchased the tickets through in the morning.

– Westpoint, Exeter


Massive Attack offer Bristol fans free lift to gig

Massive Attack are offering Bristol fans a free lift to their headline gig in London’s Hyde Park in July ahead of their huge homecoming show on the Downs later in the year.

Credit: PA

With tickets for their homecoming gig selling out in under an hour, the band are arranging a fleet of coaches for their fans' journey to the capital at no extra charge.

The buses will leave Bristol coach station and travel directly to London.

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