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Hollywood Vampires, Gary Barlow, BBC Good Food Show and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published:

From rock supergroup shows, to cooking and gardening exhibitions, comedy gigs, poetry evenings and a charity run, there's plenty to do this weekend across the Midlands and Shropshire.

Hollywood Vampires

FRIDAY

Gary Barlow - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

GARY BARLOW ANNOUNCES UK TOUR

Take That star Gary Barlow will play Birmingham's Symphony Hall this weekend.

This will be the first performance that the pop icon has done at the venue in 20 years.

Since forming in 1989 Take That have won eight BRIT awards, sold over 45 million records and over eight million concert tickets.

Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.

Tickets start from £38.

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Benjamin Zephaniah - Town Hall, Birmingham

Benjamin Zephaniah

Birmingham poet Benjamin Zephaniah will bring his new Life and Rhymes show to the city on Friday.

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During the show he will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems.

Signed copies of The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah will be available after the show.

Tickets cost £25.

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Good Food Show - NEC, Birmingham

BBC Good Food Show Birmingham

Celebrate summer as the BBC Good Food Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live heads back to Birmingham’s NEC.

With one ticket, visitors will gain entry to both events, which will attract over 400 exhibitors from the culinary and horticultural world, as well as A-list gardeners and chefs.

Stars that will be present at the event include the likes of Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers, Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and more.

BBC Good Food Show will take place until Sunday.

Tickets start from £20.

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Gardeners World Live - NEC, Birmingham

BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017 highlights

Celebrate summer as the BBC Good Food Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live heads back to Birmingham’s NEC.

With one ticket, visitors will gain entry to both events, which will attract over 400 exhibitors from the culinary and horticultural world, as well as A-list gardeners and chefs.

Stars that will attend the event include the likes of Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Adam Frost, Carol Klein and more.

Tickets start from £20.

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Wolvcoll Presents Live, Loud and Local - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

The Slade Rooms

City of Wolverhampton College Music Technology are set to host annual show Live Loud and Local.

This year's event will see performances from the likes of Tinned Astronaut, Suns of Rest, Matt Sayers and Joe Karchud.

Tickets cost £6.75.

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Tony Christie - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Tony Christie

Music icon Tony Christie will bring his solo tour to Shrewsbury this Friday.

The English musician, singer and actor is best known for hit singles such as (Is This The Way to) Amarillo, Avenues & Alleyways, Las Vegas, I Did What I Did For Maria and more.

Tickets cost £28.50.

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International Model Air Show - Weston Park, Shifnal

International Model Air Show

Model aircraft enthusiasts from all the over the UK and Europe will take to the skies to demonstrate their flying skills at Weston Park.

There will be the Battle of Britain pyrotechnic display and the Swift Glider display team will perform their mid-air acrobatics.

Kids can get hands on in free model building workshops and there is everything you need to create your own model aircraft at the mega swap meet and trade stands.

The Weston Park Steam Gala Weekend will also be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, where four guest steam engines will be taking visitors on rides on the Miniature Railway.

Tickets start from £6.

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SATURDAY

Hollywood Vampires - Genting Arena, Birmingham

Hollywood Vampires

Supergroup Hollywood Vampires is made up of rock legends Alice Cooper and Aerosmith's Joe Perry, plus Hollywood idol Johnny Depp.

The story of the Hollywood Vampires began in the 1970s on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar and Grill’s upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through Los Angeles.

The trio will be joined at this Birmingham show by support acts The Darkness and The Damned.

Tickets start from £52.05.

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Wolvesfest - Wolverhampton Rugby Club

Wolvesfest

Wolvesfest 2018 is coming to Wolverhampton Rugby Club this weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the festival aims to showcase 'the best in Birmingham and Black Country talent' with local bands performing across two stages.

Acts that will feature at the event include Tinned Astronaut, The Icon, The Uproars, Reuben Archer's Personal Sin, Alex Ohm and Rhythm Dogs.

Tickets start from £10.

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Trampoline and Tumbling Regional Teams Final and NDP Qualifier 2018 - Arena Birmingham

Trampoline Finals

The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline Regional Team Finals take place at Arena Birmingham this Saturday and Sunday.

There will be high-flying somersaults a-plenty as some of the country’s top gymnasts come together, vying for glory.

Tickets start from £9.68.

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Peaky Blinders night - Spring Meadow Social Club, Cradley Heath

Peaky Blinders Night

Delve into the murky world of Birmingham-based drama Peaky Blinders during this immersive event.

The Cradley Heath event will include live music from duo Peaky Blonder, and stand-cup comedian Cheeky Blinder.

There will also be a disco, raffle, best dressed competition and more.

Tickets cost £10.

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The Kilkenneys - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

The Kilkenneys

The Kilkenneys will wow Shrewsbury crowds with their headline live show this weekend.

The quartet play old Irish folk songs and new songs of their own.

May 15, 2015 marked the worldwide release of the band’s first studio album, The Colour Of Freedom, which features original compositions and new arrangements of classic folk songs.

Tickets cost £21.50.

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Joel Dommett - Brierley Hill Civic Hall

Joel Dommett

Comedy star Joel Dommett is set to wow fans in Brierley Hill.

The 32-year-old, who gained a legion of female fans after flashing his abs during the show, also co-hosted ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Extra Camp last year and has appeared on a host of other TV shows.

He will be supported by two acts who are regular headliners on the UK comedy circuit in their own right – musical comedian Rob Deering and character act Troy Hawke.

Hosting will be regular resident compere Wayne Beese, from Dudley, who also promotes the regular shows.

The Ska45s - Robin 2, Bilston

The Ska45s

The Ska45s will return to Bilston's Robin 2 this weekend on their headline tour.

They are a young and energetic band covering the best of British Ska & 2-tone.

The group have played a string of support shows with The Beat feat. Dave Wakeling, Bad Manners feat. Buster Bood Vessell, and lead guitarist/songwriter from The Specials, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers.

Tickets cost £7 in advance and £10 on the door.

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Family Fun Day - Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

With something for everyone, you won't want to miss the Family Fun Day event at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Entertainment on offer includes children’s activities, a licensed bar with Pimms, and a delicious barbecue alongside strawberries and cream

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SUNDAY

David Byrne - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

David Byrne

Music star David Byrne will bring his solo American Utopia tour.

David will be performing songs from his new album American Utopia, as well as classics from his solo career and days with the Talking Heads.

Performing with the singer/songwriter will be an 12-piece untethered band.

Tickets start from £36.50.

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RAF In Concert - Town Hall, Birmingham

RAF Concert

Enjoy an evening of uplifting music to celebrate the Centenary of Royal Air Force and the integral and unique role music plays in military life in Birmingham this Sunday.

Performed by the Central Band of the RAF with the award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices, directed by William Prideaux, the programme will feature iconic military themes including Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Royal Air Force March Past, Battle of Britain March, 633 Squadron Theme and Pomp and Circumstance March No.4.

Tickets start from £20.

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Katie Fitzgerald's 18th Anniversary - Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge

Katie Fitzgerald's

Stourbridge's Katie Fitzgerald's turns 18 this weekend, and to celebrate they're hosting a special event.

The evening will begin with a BBQ and live acoustic music, before culminating in a jam night.

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Laughs for Labour: Ms Barbara Nice - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Barbara Nice

Ms Barbara Nice will bring her hilarious act to the Hare and Hounds on Sunday.

The comedian performs on the comedy circuit as a headline act and has performed one-woman shows across the UK.

She appeared as Barbara Nice in solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 and 2014.

Tickets cost £5.50.

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Cancer Research UK Race For Life - West Park, Wolverhampton

UGC Race For Life West Park Wolverhampton

The Wolverhampton 5K run in aid of Cancer Research UK takes part this Sunday.

The route starts and finishes in West Park. The double lap course follows many of the tarmac paths, passing the bandstand, boating lake, the conservatory and the play area.

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Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.stanley@expressandstar.co.uk

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