Black Country Festival, Marc Almond, Ladies' Day and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published:

From Black Country Day celebrations, to theatre shows, festivals, comedy gigs and even a coffin race, there's plenty to do this weekend across the Midlands and Shropshire.

Marc Almond


Ladies' Day - Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Ladies' Day - 'Is This The Way To Wolverhampton?' with Tony Christie!

Tony Christie, Deena Payne, Cheryl Fergison and more are set to star in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's second in-house production, Ladies' Day.

Directed by Alasdair Harvey, the show will also star Hollyoaks' sweetheart Emma Rigby, and Darkest Hours' Roisin O'Neill.

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The comedy show, written by Amanda Whittington, follows the story of four women, who work at a fish factory, on a day trip to the races. As the day unfolds, their six-race bet keeps coming up trumps, and if their luck holds, they could win the jackpot.

The play, originally shown in Hull 15 years ago, has been tweaked and modernised to fit in with 2018 Wolverhampton.

Ladies' Day runs at the theatre until July 28.


Tickets start from £14.50.

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Dressed To Kill - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

Dressed To Kill

KISS tribute band Dressed To Kill are set to play Wolverhampton's Slade Rooms this Friday.

The quartet last played Wolverhampton in 1996, and have since toured across the world, and have had involvement with KISS icon Gene Simmons’ TV shows Rock School and Family Jewels.

W.A.S.P. tribute band Electric Circus will support the group at the show.

Tickets cost £10.

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Très Très Cabaret - Stafford Gatehouse

Tres Tres Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of cheeky decadence with Très Très Cabaret at Stafford Gatehouse.

The show will include a variety of burlesque performers, who will strut their stuff in the venue's MET Studio.

Tickets cost £15.50.

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Barbara Nice's Summer Special - MAC Theatre, Birmingham

Barbara Nice

Barbara Nice is returning to Birmingham with her Summer Special show.

The event will feature special guests and a live ban.

Tickets start from £12.

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Them Heavy People - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Them Heavy People

Kat Bush tribute act Them Heavy People will play Theatre Severn this weekend.

Vocalist Nadine Turner has been a fan of Kate Bush since her early childhood.

The singer will perform a variety of Kate's well-known hits, backed by her own band.

Tickets cost £15.

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Wolverhampton Fiesta - West Park, Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Fiesta

Roll up, roll up! All the fun of the fair will return to Wolverhampton this weekend.

The event, previously known as the City Show, is being billed as bringing a weekend of family fun and entertainment to Wolverhampton.

High-flying monster truck stunts, thrilling horse riders and tribute acts to Beyonce and Little Mix are among the headline attractions.

There will also be licensed bars, food courts and stalls.

This event will also take place on Sunday.

Entrance to the event on both days is £3 for adults and £2 for children.

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Lets Rock Shrewsbury - The Quarry

Marc Almond

UB40, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure and more will head to The Quarry this weekend for Lets Rock Shrewsbury.

Last year's inaugural event featured 80s icon Rony Hadley, T'pau and more.

Other acts confirmed for this year's show include Jason Donovan, Five Sata, Imagination, From The Jam, China Crisis, Katrina and Toyah.

Tickets cost £42.

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Dudley Fun Day - Stone Street, Dudley

Dudley Fun Day

On the official date of Black Country Day, this Dudley town centre event will feature live music, street entertainers, a poets corner, live wrestling, arts and crafts stalls and more.

The fun day will also include exciting vintage car and motorcycle displays.

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This event is free to attend.

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Coffin Race - Dudley Castle to Top Church

Coffin Race

The 'Coffin Race' is being resurrected for this year's Black Country Day - for the first time in 12 years.

The tongue-in-cheek event, related to a historical event in Dudley, will see teams supplied with an empty coffin for the race which they will run with through the town in timed heats.

Dudley Borough Council, which is organising the race, says the event is 'a humorous re-enactment of an English Civil War event'.

Teams can register by emailing their team name, team captain and phone number to by Thursday 12 July.

Black Country Cup - Dudley Golf Club

Dudley Golf Club

This tournament will place at Dudley Golf Club in Rowley Regis on Black Country Day.

Food and drink will be available all day.

Entry fee is £10 for members or £15 for guests.

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Black Country Pride - Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge

Black Country Pride

Stourbridge Pride returns to Katie Fitzgerald's this weekend.

The LGBT celebratory event will feature performances from drag queens, live music, poetry, DJ sets, and more.

This event is free to attend.

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Summer in Southside 2018 Festival - Outdoor and on streets around Birmingham Hippodrome

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This year, Birmingham Hippodrome’s weekend festival heads back to the carefree days of childhood with free fun for kids of all ages at Summer in Southside.

The event will include pop-ip performances, craft workshops, retro games, a picnic park, face painting, auditorium tours, street food and more.

This event also takes place on Sunday.

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SummerFest - Himley Park


Lemar, Matt Terry, and Reggie 'n' Bollie have been announced for this year's Mary Stevens Hospice's Summerfest.

The fundraising event, hosted by Signal 107, is set to take place at Himley Hall this weekend.

The event is set to raise money for Mary Stevens Hospice, a Stourbridge charity that has been providing vital care and support, free-of-charge to families, patients and loved ones since 1991.

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The Italian Job In Concert - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Italian Job

Fans of The Italian Job will be treated to a screening of the iconic film alongside a live big band and orchestra this Sunday.

The 1969 movie, starring Michael Caine, tells the story of Charlie Croker’s plan to steal a shipment of gold by bringing Turin’s traffic to a standstill, financed from prison by exquisitely-presented crime boss Mr Bridger.

A high definition remastered version of The Italian Job will be screened, with a live orchestra and band play the famous soundtrack by legendary composer and producer Quincy Jones, including the song On Days Like These during the opening sequence and The Self-Preservation Society.

Tickets start from £30.50.

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Rhythm Of The Dance - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Rhythm Of The Dance

Live spectacular Rhythm Of The Dance heads to Shrewsbury this weekend.

The show celebrates Irish culture through music and dance, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, singers, and more.

Tickets start from £23.50.

For more information and to buy tickets, click here

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me:


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