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Sean Paul joins 2018 RiZE Festival line-up at Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Sean Paul. Picture: ISLAND RECORDS VIA CODA AGENCY

Sean Paul. Picture: ISLAND RECORDS VIA CODA AGENCY

ISLAND RECORDS VIA CODA AGENCY

Hit maker Sean Paul has joined the line-up of this summer’s RiZE Festival.

Performing on Saturday, It will be one of the Grammy Award winning dancehall legend’s only UK appearances this year.

Also appearing across the four stages are Ash, Bilk, Alma, Black Honey, Sam Henshaw, Jake Shears, Belly, Call Me Loop, Bad Sounds, Nick JD Hodgson, Kawala, Danny Howard, Sam Divine, Icarus, Mele, Kideko, Cliq, Punctual, Mista Jam, Tom Zanetti, Majestic, Riton and Kahlo, Jaguar Skills, DJ Target, Nathan Dawe, Conducta, Louis Berry, Gerry Cinnamon, Catherine McGrath, Cloves, Feet, Kara Marni, Into The Ark, Samantha Harvey, Alice, Spring King, Ten Tonnes, Sheafs, Taya, Mullaly, Kyko, Apre, Over Atlantic, Folly Rae and Bobii Lewis.

Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics have already been revealed as headliners for RiZE, which takes place at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, August 17-18.

There’s something special about a well-performed pantomime. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Karen Simpson, from Bury Theatre Royal, about what makes this great theatrical tradition so successful

It’s safe to say that the Dreamboys received a grand reception at the Regent theatre in Ipswich on Friday night.

From rambling stories about dispensing sockfulls of change into an ATM to regaling the vagaries of living with a jazz musician, Irish funnyman David O’Doherty’s latest bonkers brand of comedy proved a hit.

With the Christmas season now almost upon us, our theatres are dusting down their stock of bad jokes, readying themselves for two months of festive fun. Arts editor Andrew Clarke casts an eye over the pantomimes seeking to entertain us this year

Gym goers of Ipswich are invited to a free workout with exotic-dancers The Dreamboys to raise money for Children in Need.

When you watch a comedian like Ross Noble, you’ve got to expect the unexpected.

Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen is touring the region next celebrating his 80th birthday and raising money for regional theatre. Arts editor Andrew Clarke finds out more about this ‘must-see’ event

Ipswich boy and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Robin Windsor explains how wanting to finish at the top of his game and the lure of a permanent natural tan convinced him to waltz into the sunset.

Within minutes of this witty and revealing play starting, you can see what attracted Private Eye’s Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, to write this extraordinary piece of professional biography.

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