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Shock Cancellation of Newcastle’s Leazes Live Festival

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The festival was due to take place on May Bank Holiday weekend featuring headliners James and North-East indie-rockers The Futureheads.

Music fans are set to be left out of pocket and performers have been left ‘angry and confused’ at shock news that an eagerly-awaited new music festival has been cancelled just over a month from its planned debut.

The inaugural Leazes Live had been due to take place in Newcastle on the May Bank Holiday weekend, with Manchester indie-rockers James headlining a bill which also included North East favourites The Futureheads; The Pale White and Mercury-nominated Lanterns On The Lake. But just days after promoters were heralding new additions to the line-up there came abrupt news of its cancellation.

It seemed that news came out of the blue to those due to take to its stage too, with local singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson claiming artists had been asked not to post anything about it on social media but, being ‘mad’ about the situation, she decided to make her own apology to ticket-holders.

And one ticket-holder who had paid a total of £87.90 for two to attend the May 1 festival at Leazes Park said his only notification had been an email from the ticket company telling him the festival would not be going ahead. He said: “There is no explanation other than ‘matters out of their control’,” and he added that he is now out of pocket having paid booking fees which are not being repaid.

“The refunds are only on the face value of the ticket and not the additional booking fee which is approximately £4 per ticket, which I’m really not happy about to be honest, paying almost £8 for two tickets that I’m never going to receive,” he said. “Also, I note that the Leazes Live website has disappeared as well as most of their social media pages.”

The festival is yet to confirm why the event was cancelled.

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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Former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to enter I’m a Celebrity!

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News had not long broke that ex Health secretary Matt Hancock was to enter the jungle in I’m a celerity that he has had his Tory Whip suspended.

 

Matt Hancock is expected to be added as a surprise final addition to the line-up of celebrities who will travel to Australia as part of the reality TV show this year.

 

Asked about Matt Hancock appearance, Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: “The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country MPs should be working hard for their constituents, whether that is in the House or in their constituency.” The spokesman said it was “unlikely” Mr Sunak would be watching the programme.

 

Simon Hart, the chief whip, confirmed that Mr Hancock would have the whip removed – “Following a conversation with Matt Hancock, I have considered the situation and believe this is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”

 

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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?

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Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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