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Echo Arena Liverpool Appoints Concert Sales Co-Ordinator

Echo Arena Liverpool Appoints Concert Sales Co-Ordinator

Echo Arena Liverpool has appointed a concert sales co-ordinator.

Robbie Owen has been recruited to the newly created role from his previous position as a client account manager in the venue's ticketing department. He will be responsible for liaising with concert promoters as well as booking and managing the programme of… events.

He joined The ACC Liverpool Group, also home to BT Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, prior to opening in 2008.

Owen said: 'I have worked for The ACC Liverpool Group since the venue opened more than seven years ago and have built up a strong network of contacts in that time.

'I am looking forward to working with promoters to ensure we maintain a diverse range of events - not just in the arena but across all our venues including EchoTwo and The Auditorium Liverpool.

'Exhibition Centre Liverpool, opening in September, has capacity for 6,000 for standing concerts and we are currently developing an exciting entertainment programme in our new facility which we hope to announce soon.'

Echo Arena Liverpool has hosted artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Katy Perry. Forthcoming highlights include Michael McIntyre, Duran Duran and Dynamo.

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UKFE announce new Irish venue as sponsor for Hosted Buyer and V.I.P Lounge at the Venue Expo

UKFE announce new Irish venue as sponsor for Hosted Buyer and V.I.P Lounge at the Venue Expo

UKFE are delighted to announce that the new multi-million pound Northern Irish venue, Eikon Exhibition Centre, as sponsor for the Hosted Buyer Programme and VIP Lounge at the Venue Expo 2015. A key element in securing this overseas investment was the vision of UKFE for this unique concept. The support… from UKFE specialists to provide the opportunity to develop face to face business relationships with exhibitors was an integral part of Eikon Exhibition Centre coming on board.

As Theresa Morrissey, Commercial and Financial Director for Eikon Exhibition Centre explains;

'The passion from UKFE to develop this scheme shows the forward thinking elements in place to grow the Venue Expo to European and International proportions. The location in Liverpool is fantastic and we feel that buyers will have a unique and fulfilling experience visiting the city. We are also delighted to be attending one of the first events at the new Liverpool Exhibition Centre in such a capacity, just a few weeks before we open the doors to our own multi-million pound exhibition and events venue in Ireland.

We have created a buzz back on the island of Ireland as Eikon will be the largest bespoke venue in the country. Our team from the King's Hall Complex will be relocating to form the backbone of our venue, providing a world-class service to event organisers. Sponsoring at the Venue Expo has given us a dynamic opportunity not only to showcase our innovative team to event organisers but to provide a personal connection to exhibitors and hosted buyers at the Expo from all over the U.K and abroad. We feel this will be a fulfilling experience and already hope to attend the Expo in 2016 as event sponsors and exhibitors.'

The night before an event is always a vibe of activity and anticipation. Exhibitors scramble to complete stands, venue managers and operations teams work to the small hours detailing the final touches. However, the night before the Venue Expo will have a different vibe as Hilton Liverpool will host the inaugural 'Exhibitors & Hosted Buyers Drinks Reception', again sponsored by Eikon Exhibition Centre.

Theresa continues;

'Providing such a great platform, enabling hosted buyers and exhibitors the opportunity to meet at close quarters the night before the Expo begins is a real highlight. Our team from Eikon will be present and look forward to meeting these representatives from different event professions from around the country.'

Bringing Eikon Exhibition Centre on board is testament to The Venue Expo's broader reach this year. The event has secured exhibitors from all around the UK and abroad including Wembley Stadium - the UK's largest sporting stadium, ticketea - Spain's leading ticketing platform and Zephyr Solutions - an event supplier from the United States.

Registration to attend The Venue Expo is FREE, go to to register now

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Gorgeous Contemporary Christmas Craft Fair Enginuity, near Ironbridge 21st and 22nd November

Gorgeous Contemporary Christmas Craft Fair Enginuity, near Ironbridge 21st and 22nd November

Experience the first taste of Christmas at Gorgeous, a contemporary designer craft fair held in Enginuity at Coalbrookdale, one of Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge Museums on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.

Hosted in conjunction with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, the event will see skilled craftspeople and artisans from… across the West Midlands showcasing a huge variety of handmade designs and individual artworks. There will be a wealth of Christmas gift ideas with items to suit all pockets from magnificent one-off designer pieces to affordable goods.

Designer-makers will be selling their exquisite and unusual pieces of jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints and metal work in the festively decked main hall, while talking to visitors about their trade. In addition, tasty delights from a few of the region's renowned food producers will also be on offer.

Throughout the weekend visitors can enjoy watching a range of expert craft demonstrations delivered by master craftspeople.

This year exhibitors include Emily Richard who makes jewellery in precious metals and is influenced by geometric patterns and shapes, Paul Jaques, a sculptor whose work is functional, sensual and often contains amusing conceptual 'traps' and Jen Colquitt who creates decorative wall panels in fine quality porcelain clay often featuring trees, leaves and flowers.

Now in its 11th year, Gorgeous is a celebration of creative skills, promoting the work of designers and craftsmen in the region, many of whom enjoy status as internationally recognised artists. It also builds on The Gorge's rich heritage of creativity; the place where early industrialists mined for raw materials to make iron, tiles and porcelain goods, many of which are still produced and displayed at the museum sites today.

Entry is Ł2.50 per person (all ages), under 5s free, including admission into the Enginuity hands-on interactive design and technology centre; admission is also free for Ironbridge Annual Passport ticket holders. The fair will be open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.

For further information, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

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Disney's The Lion King At London's Lyceum Theatre

Disney's The Lion King At London's Lyceum Theatre

Disney's award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 16th triumphant year at London's Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End's best-selling stage production. It also recently became the… sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until March 2016 for individual bookings and July 2016 for Group bookings.
Julie Taymor's internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by almost 80 million people across six continents. Nine productions are running concurrently around the globe: In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, THE LION KING can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Brisbane, Basel and on tours of the North America and Japan. A tenth production is currently in rehearsal in Mexico City, and due to begin performances in May. In the future the production is set to open at Shanghai Disney Resort.
Julie Taymor, one of the world's most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. THE LION KING was the first musical she directed in the commercial theatre, and Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for 'Best Director of a Musical'.
The show's full creative team, all of whom won Tony Awards® for their work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show for British audiences. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan.
The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay of 'The Lion King'.
The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.
As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina. Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of 'The Lion King' is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.
THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

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Complimentary G&Ts and CTs for Excursions 2016!

Complimentary G&Ts and CTs for Excursions 2016!

In honour of the UK's leading one day group travel exhibition's 40th birthday, global brand Bombay Sapphire will be premiering an exclusive ruby red gin cocktail, free to all visitors from the Bombay Sapphire Cocktail Lounge at Excursions™ 2016. Complimentary coach transfers to the show have also been increased to… accommodate an even wider reach of free travel for organisers to attend the 2016 show, which is taking place on Saturday, 23rd January at Alexandra Palace in north London (10.30am-4pm).

Nigel Smith, Chief Executive of organisers Tourism South East, said; 'Bombay Sapphire is one of the newest and most exciting attractions in the UK and we are so pleased that they are partnering with us on such a landmark year.' Will Brix, Estate Manager at Bombay Sapphire Distillery added; 'This is a great opportunity for us introduce the many visitors to Excursions™ to the tours and experiences we offer to groups. We hope they enjoy our special ruby red gin cocktail and look forward to celebrating the show's 40th anniversary.'

Complimentary Transfer Coaches
Getting to the show is easy, Excursions™ is once again extending its already successful programme of free coach transfers for visitors with the addition of one new route and eight pick-up points; this increases the number of coaches to 14 transferring visitors from 57 locations to Alexandra Palace.

The new coach will call at two points in and around Bristol offering, for the first time, visitors from the South West the opportunity to attend the show on a complimentary service. New pick-up points will also extend the coverage of major towns across the Midlands, South East and East Anglia; they include Birmingham, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Dartford, Leigh-on-Sea and Winchester. For those that find the pick-up points out of reach there is also a morning service operating from six central London main line railway stations.

These popular coaches are organised in partnership with Confederation of Passenger Transport UK and members of the Coach Marque quality scheme. Although the coach travel is free, it is essential to pre-book a seat. Visit the show website for full route information or call 02380 625 506 to book your seat.


Registration opens soon
To keep up-to-date with the show and anniversary celebrations, organisers and itinerary planners are encouraged to pre-register for Excursions™ 2016 online at from mid-September onwards.

Travel Trade Manager at Tourism South East, Joanne Channon commented; 'Watch this space! As the year unfolds we are excited to share new stories and themes to bring alive the 2016 show in its special anniversary year. This already includes Bombay Sapphire, a VIP coach tribute to the 400 year legacy of world famous playwright Shakespeare and familiarisation weekends in London and the Cotswolds. And we have many new exhibitors including Goodnestone Park and Gardens, University of Wolverhampton, Brighton i360 and Sussex Prairie Garden.'

Excursions™ is organised by Tourism South East supported by London & Partners and VisitEngland and, for the first time this year, welcomes Group Leisure magazine as the show's main media partner. With an expected attendance of 1,300 quality buyers and some 300 exhibitors from the UK and Europe, Excursions™ will be the place to meet, network and pick up new inspiration for group day trips, short breaks and holidays.

For more information visit; follow Excursions™ 2016 on Twitter @Excursionsshow or visit the show's Facebook page at 'Excursions: Group Travel Trade Exhibition'.

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Upcoming Events

LEAF TEA SHOP AND BAR - Spotify Wednesdays

Wed 2nd September 2015

Festival No 6 Portmerion 2015

Thu 3rd September 2015-Sun 6th September 2015
Various, Portmerion , Wales

End of the Road Festival 2015

Fri 4th September 2015-Sun 6th September 2015
Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury

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