Chicago, Armed Forces Day, Jeff Lynne's ELO and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

With choir concerts, food festivals, tribute shows and more - there's a lot to see this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

Chicago, Armed Forces Day, Jeff Lynne's ELO and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

Chicago is set to hit the stage at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre this weekend


Jeff Lynne's ELO - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

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Jeff Lynne's ELO brings some of the first new music from ELO in 15 years to Birmingham this Friday

Known as one of the most iconic bands in the music industry, Jeff Lynne of ELO is set to appear at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena with some of the first new music from ELO in 15 years.

This follows the release of his brand new album Alone In The Universe and the success of his headline set at BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day 2014 in Hyde Park, where he played to a sold out crowd of 50,000 people.

Tickets are priced at £56.95 with doors opening at 6.00pm

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Romany Wood - Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Romany Wood is comprised of massed choirs of young voices, soprano soloist, symphony orchestra and narrator.

The music is by David Gaukroger, setting a libretto by David Carr. his project is part of King Edward's School's Outreach Programme. 

The remarkable KES/KEHS Symphony Orchestra will accompany young choirs from Birmingham, together raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. 

Tickets range from £5 to £8 with doors opening at 6.00pm

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Grimes - O2 Institute, Birmingham


Multi-media artist  Grimes will showcase her uniquely immersive live experience in her much-anticipated AC!D Reign European headline tour that makes a stop at the O2 Institute in Birmingham.

The self-taught producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist's live performances create an ethereal atmosphere filled with haunting vocals, dazzling effects and passionate music that will take the crowd's breath away.

Tickets are priced at £20.81 with doors opening at 6.00pm

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The Elvis Years - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

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The Elvis Years celebrates the extensive career of the king of swing, Elvis Presley

The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which celebrates the story and life of the 'King of Rock and Roll' - Elvis Presley. 

With a line-up of actor-musicians, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage, this glittering two-hour production charts the musical and emotional highs and lows of Elvis'  journey.

Tickets range from £18.50 to £21.50 with doors opening at 7.30pm

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Whitesnake UK -The Civic Halls, Wolverhampton

Formed in January 2005, Whitesnake UK play tribute to the very best of David Coverdale's Whitesnake with support from Poizon

With a combined musical experience of over 100 years Whitesnake UK can proudly boast of having some of the most accomplished personnel in any tribute band. 

Tickets range from £11 to £13.50 with doors opening at 7.00pm

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Chicago - The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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The glamourous Chicago appears on the stages of Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre for the final date of this tour this Saturday

Starring the likes of John Partridge, Hayley Tamaddon and Sam Bailey the glamourous Chicago comes to the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton

Based on real life events back in the 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Tickets range from £24.50 and £48.50 with the show starting at 7.30pm

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Shakespeare Triple Bill - The Hippodrome, Birmingham

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As part of Shakespeare 400, Birmingham Royal Ballet bring their own interpretations of the bard's work to life.

A triple bill of Shakespeare will be brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet at the city’s Hippodrome for the last time this weekend.

BRB has won rave reviews for its production, with The Times describing one of the three pieces as being ‘witty, dramatic and cleverly drawn’.

A spokesman for the event said: “Our celebration of Shakespeare continues with a combination of tragedy, comedy and poetry, all translated into dance."

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Ritchie Blakemore's Rainbow - The Genting Arena, Birmingham

Ritchie Blackmore will take to the stage to celebrate the era-defining music of Rainbow and Deep Purple in a one-off UK Tour that will appear at the Genting Arena in Birmingham

With a background immersed in classical and r’n’b he was a founding member and driving force of Deep Purple, going on to form Rainbow in 1973, who went on to sell in excess of 28 million albums.

Tickets are priced from £51.53 with doors opening at 6.00pm

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Armed Forces Day - Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

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Events will take place across the UK for Armed Forces Day, with one at RAF Cosford.

The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to  heroes past and present, including current serving personnel, service families, veterans and cadets with special events across the country, including on at RAF Museum Cosford.

This special day will commence in Hangar One at 11.00am with refreshments, followed by talks, entertainment and access to the Conservation Centre including an update on the Dornier Do 17, salvaged from the English Channel a year ago.

There will also be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota at 1.35pm.

Places must be advance booked and are free of charge for current or ex-serving members of the armed forces.

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Shrewsbury Food Festival - Quarry Park, Shrewsbury

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The Shrewsbury Food Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever

The fourth annual Shrewsbury Food Festival will also feature more entertainment and a bigger site as well as celebrity chef demonstrations, free cookery workshops and a series of trails showcasing real ales and great cakes.

Live music will come from the best bands in the region on The Buttermarket’s #ShropshireUnsigned stage and there will be a separate family entertainment stage featuring singing, dancing, acting and more besides.

People can enjoy the spirit of Shrewsbury festival either side of the event by taking part in the town’s Restaurant Safari. The event, run by Monks, features low-cost lunches at Peaberry Café Bar, O Joy, The Peach Tree, The Coach and Horses, The Olive Tree, CSons, Shrewsbury Market Hall, Havana Republic, Panacea and Momo No Ki.

Tickets are priced from £6 for adults and £12 for families (two adults and three children)

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Vintage and Steam Show - Craven Arms, Aston-on-Clun

The Vintage and Steam Show will feature once more at the Craven Arms this weekend.

Exhibits include cars, tractors, commercials, motor bikes, miniature traction engines, oil engines, full size steam engines, model displays, trade stands, auto jumble and more with all proceeds going to charity.

Tickets are priced at £5 with the event going on from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

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Sara Pascoe - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

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Sara Pascoe brings her brand new show, Animal, to Theatre Severn this Sunday

Comedian Sara Pascoe brings her brand new show Animal to Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn this weekend.

The show is a mixture of completely true stories about Tony Blair, Oedipus Rex and the wildlife of Lewisham, plus a load of stories that don’t sound true at all about Jason Donovan, Henry the Hoover and when God took over the tannoy in Sainsbury's.

Sara has featured on the likes of Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, QI and more.

Tickets are priced at £13 with the show beginning at 7.30pm

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Goldie - The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

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Legendary artist Goldie will appear at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham

Circles have announced that Goldie MBE will appear at the Hare and Hounds this weekend in Birmingham.

Goldie has embarked upon a multi-faceted career that involves being a Contemporary/graffiti artist, drum & bass icon, DJ, actor and producer. Goldie ihas sold more than 3 million records worldwide.

Tickets are priced at £15

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Summer Concert 2016 - The Gatehouse, Stafford

The students at Stafford Music School will showcase their talents and perform a variety of songs with a full live band. 

Students of all ages and stages will take part to provide an entertaining afternoon of live music.

Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £4 concessions with the show starting at 2.00pm and 4.30pm

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The Sons of Pitches - Town Hall, Birmingham

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The multi-award winning Sons of Pitches are set to appear at Birmingham Town Hall

The Naked Choir winners The Sons of Pitches are set to bring their soaring vocals and entertaining stage presence to Birmingham Town Hall

The multi-award winning vocal group have nearly two million YouTube hits and a growing international reputation, along with a reputation for being an awe-inspiring and fun-loving live act.

Tickets are priced from £23.50 to £25.50 with the doors opening at 7.30pm

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