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Tony Iommi, Shrewsbury Food Festival and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published:

From food festivals, to rock gigs, comedy shows, ballet performances and a music competition, there's plenty to do this weekend across the Midlands and Shropshire.

Tony Iommi

FRIDAY

Zimmer vs Williams - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Zimmer vs Williams, Symphony Hall

The very best scores from two of the greatest film composers will be performed in Birmingham this weekend.

Zimmer vs Williams will celebrate the iconic music of Hans Zimmer and John Williams, featuring scores from blockbuster films such as E.T., Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Batman Begins, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman, Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Man of Steel and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Tickets start from £19.50.

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Roy Chubby Brown - Prince of Wales, Cannock

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Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown will bring his headline show to Cannock this weekend.

The Grangetown comedian is best known for his blue humour, which has been at-times considered controversial.

Tickets cost £20.

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Andrew Lawrence - Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence is set to bring his new show, Clean, to Wolverhampton.

The 38-year-old comedian is known for his appearances on Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow.

Tickets cost £8.

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Cinderella In Hollywood - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Cinderella In Hollywood

English Youth Ballet will bring new productions Cinderella In Hollywood to Shrewsbury this weekend.

Set in the glamorous era of Hollywood movies in the 50s, the show draws inspiration from film starlet Grace Kelly, who met Prince Rainier of Monaco at a press party and later married him.

The music combines Shostakovich jazz suites with tunes from Hollywood films, Tea For Two, China Town and Dancing In the Dark.

Cinderella In Hollywood will also be staged on Saturday.

Tickets cost £25.

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Ludlow Friday Festival - Multiple Locations

Ludlow Fringe Festival. Picture from: www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

Enjoy a range of live music shows, comedy, art and more at Ludlow Fringe Festival this weekend.

Entertainment on offer includes Summer Sounds in the Castle Gardens, Gary Delaney, James Acaster, Alex Kealy, The Paint Jam, Ludlow Arts Trail, and Ludlow's own pride festival.

Ludlow Fringe Festival takes place until July 1.

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Foodies Festival - Cannon Hill Park

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, returns to Birmingham Cannon Hill Park this weekend.

The event will have live music from Toploader, The Hoosiers and Dodgy, as well as demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Glynn Purnell, Kenny Tutt, Sophie Faldo, Brad Carter and Louisa Ellis.

Feast at more than 30 delicious street food stalls in the Street Food Avenue, enjoy prosecco and parmesan masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre, sample and Buy from artisan producers in the market area and more at the three-day event.

Tickets start from £5.

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SATURDAY

Tony Iommi - Town Hall, Birmingham

Tony Iommi

Birmingham metal icon Tony Iommi will talk about his life and career in his hometown this Saturday.

The guitar virtuoso, who was born in Handsworth, will speak at Birmingham Town Hall in an intimate evening for fans hosted by TV sports presenter Gary Newbon.

Tony is not only a founding member of heavy metal idols Black Sabbath, but also worked as the band's primary composer.

The 70-year-old star is also featured in the UK and US Rock 'N' Roll Halls Of Fame, is the owner of two Grammy Awards and his autobiography was a New York Times Bestseller.

Tickets cost £25.50.

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Shrewsbury Food Festival - The Quarry

Shrewsbury Food Festival

Up to 25,000 people will converge on Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park for the town’s annual food festival on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature more than 200 exhibitors, including scores of award-winning producers from across the region. There will also be the opportunity for people to buy crafts from Shropshire artisans, who will give demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Culinary experts that will be in attendance include Paul Askew, Leo Kattou, Gareth Ward Chris Burt, Karl Martin, Rob Swift and more.

Tickets start from £8.

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Soundwaves Music Competition UK National Final - O2 Institute 3, Birmingham

The Icon

The final round of the Soundwaves Music Competition UK will take place in Birmingham on Saturday.

Acts that will compete include Wolverhampton group The Icon, Ryan Smith, Escapade, Maxwell Avenue, Josh Newell Brown, Francesca Louise, Kingsmen, Tongue of Fire.

Previous competition winners include As Sirens Fall, who won in 2016 and then went on to perform at Download Festival twice, and Sam Lavery – who then went on to finish in the top few acts on The X Factor in 2016.

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Dickinson's Real Deal - Wolverhampton Racecourse

David Dickinson

David Dickinson will bring his Real Deal show to Wolverhampton Racecourse this weekend.

Uncover your antiques and find your collectables for a free valuation, and the chance to sell your item.

Real Deal began in 2006, and has since had 15 series broadcast by ITV.

This event is free to attend.

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WLV Alumni Homecoming Festival with Tom Stade - City Campus Courtyard, University of Wolverhampton

Tom Stade

Tom Stade will entertain crowds at the WLV Alumni Homecoming Festival at Univeristy of Wolverhampton.

Visitors will also be treated to a variety of food, drinks and music as part of the event.

Tickets cost £20 for graduates of the university.

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Steampunk Festival - Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge

Steampunk Festival

A steampunk festival is making a return to Shropshire this weekend for a two-day event.

The popular festival, which starts on Saturday, aims to blend the old with the new, taking a modern twist on Victorian tradition by mixing it with the latest modern technology and ideas.

The town will be filled with eclectic market stalls, unusual exhibitions, talks and shows celebrating all things steampunk.

Tickets cost £10.

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SUNDAY

WNO Family Concert - Town Hall, Birmingham

WNO

Welsh National Opera’s Family Concert is coming to Birmingham.

The orchestra and a selection of soloists will guide you through a selection of popular favourites from the world of opera, classical music and film.

Tickets cost £13.

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Hal Cruttenden - Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

Hal Cruttenden

Stand-up comedian, writer and actor Hal Cruttenden will appear in Wolverhampton this weekend.

The London star is best known for his appearances on Mock the Week, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News for You, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, and more.

Hal will be supported by author, comedian and voice actor Dominic Frisby at the event.

Tickets cost £5.

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Giovanni Pernice - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing professional Giovanni Pernice returns to Shrewsbury following his sell-out tour in 2017.

Dancer and assistant choreographer on Strictly Come Dancing, Luba Mushtuk will join the tour as his gorgeous leading lady, along with Dancing with the Stars Ireland professionals Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker, and Curtis Pritchard.

Tickets cost £33.

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Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones

Musical duo Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones come to Shrewsbury this weekend.

Ralph McTell is an English singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the 1960s.

Raymond Ronald Jones, better-known as Wizz Jones, is an English acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter; and has been performing since the late 1950s.

Tickets cost £25.

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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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