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Jason Manford, Faith Evans and more: What's on this weekend in the Midlands and Shropshire

By Rebecca Stanley | Best of | Published: | Last Updated:

From comedy shows, to rock gigs, festivals, theatre performances and celebrity talks, there's plenty to do this weekend across the Midlands and Shropshire.

Jason Manford

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Jason Manford - Arena Birmingham

Jason Manford

TV comic Jason Manford is coming to Birmingham this weekend.

His new show, Muddle Class, promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’.

Jason is best known for his appearances on 8 Out o 10 Cats, Show Me the Funny, A Question of Sport: Super Saturday and Bigheads.

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Tickets cost £31.98.

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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

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John Lynn

Shrewsbury crowds will be in fits of laughter when the International Comedy Festival begins this week.

Acts that will perform on Friday include Dan Nightingale, Glenn Wool, John Lynn and Late & Lively.

Tickets start from £6.

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An Evening with Paul Gascoigne - Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton

Paul Gascoigne

Football icon Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne will talk about his career with fans in Wolverhampton this weekend.

The former England player will speak about his life on and off the pitch, as well as answer fan questions.

The evening will also feature live entertainment and a charity auction.

Tickets start from £35.

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Jewellery Quarter Festival - Birmingham

Jewellery Quarter Festival

The annual Jewellery Quarter Festival returns this weekend.

The three-day event will include live performances, workshops, tours and activities that will celebrate the area.

This event will take place until Sunday.

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Inside Out Festival - In and around Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Inside Out Festival

Free festival Inside Out begins this weekend at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Events that will take place include Digbeth Arts Market, Gorillaboy, Headgear, Kids' Cinema, Bostin' Brass, Dressing Room Discoveries, and more.

This event also takes place on Saturday.

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The Superskas - Robin 2, Bilston

The Superskas

The Superskas are set to play Bilston's Robin 2 this weekend.

The eight-piece group perform authentic covers of ska classics from the last 50 years that are guaranteed to fill the dance-floor.

Tickets cost £10 in advance at £12 on the door.

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Oakengates Theatre, Telford

Horrible Histories

A brand new Horrible Histories show is coming to Telford for a world premiere ahead of its West End season.

Be reduced to rubble by the ruthless Romans, survive axe-factor with the Vikings, and find out if you would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III, and if Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth in this show.

This show will also take place on Saturday.

Tickets start from £12.

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SATURDAY

Cosford Food Festival - RAF Cosford

Highlights from the Cosford Food Festival 2017

A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers will be heading to this year’s Cosford Food Festival.

The two-day event will be held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, with the VC10 and Hercules aircraft acting as a backdrop to the bustling food market.

Visitos will be able to learn tips and tricks from top chefs, watch live music from the Military Wives Choir, and more.

This event will also take place on Saturday.

Tickets start from £2.

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Faith Evans - O2 Institute, Birmingham

Faith Evans

Skip a Party On The West Coast tonight and head to Birmingham to see Faith Evans.

The I’ll Be Missing You, My Everything and Soon As I Get Home hitmaker, the 45-year-old singer/songwriter became the first female artist to contract with Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment recording company in 1994.

Other than her recording career, Faith is most known as the widow of New York rapper Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace.

Tickets cost £28.75.

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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Anil Desai

Shrewsbury crowds will be in fits of laughter when the International Comedy Festival begins this week.

Acts that will perform on Saturday include Anil Desai, Scott Bennett, Rob Rouse, Milo McCabe, Geoff Norcott, Catherine Bohart, Nick Page, Chris Washington, and Rik Carranza.

Tickets start from £6.

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Wolverhampton Reggae Festival - Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton

Reggae Festival

Three The Hard Way, Macka B and more will perform at Wolverhampton Reggae Festival this weekend.

The event will also have a dub room, food hall and much more.

The festival will also take place on Sunday.

Tickets start from £13.75.

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A Self Help Guide to Being In Love with Jeremy Corbyn - Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

A Self Help Guide to Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn

Following the success of their first show, Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves are bringing this production to Wolverhampton.

When Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philarmonic pub.

Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the monolith of Ed Miliband.

After a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet she’s fallen head over heels in love with Jeremy Corbyn.

Tickets start from £10.

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Independent Birmingham Festival - Aston Hall, Birmingham

Independent Birmingham Festival. Picture from: http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

After last year’s huge success, Independent Birmingham Festival returns to Aston Hall.

Expect pop-up restaurants, cocktail bars, street food, craft beer, fine wine, coffee, independent retailers, and live music from local bands on the main stage.

This event will also take place on Sunday,

Tickets cost £10.

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SUNDAY

Staffordshire Cycling Festival - Town Centre, Stafford

Staffordshire Cycling Festival 2018

Staffordshire Cycling Festival returns to Stafford Town Centre this weekend.

Races begin from 5pm, with the RideStaffs Grand Prix set to start around 7pm.

The event will also include a Tour De France big screening, food and drink stalls, and more.

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Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Abandoman

Shrewsbury crowds will be in fits of laughter when the International Comedy Festival begins this week.

Acts that will perform on Sunday include Steve Day, Nick Doody, Carl Donnelly, Abandoman, and The Comedy Cruise.

Tickets start from £6.

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Grand Indian Circus - Mac, Birmingham

Grand Indian Circus

The Grand Indian Circus, the super-group of Rajasthan's elite circus and street performers, will perform in Birmingham this Sunday.

The event will include a cast of dancers, illusionists, aerialists, acrobats and rope walkers performing in colourful and vibrant costumes and set pieces.

Tickets cost £5.

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Dave Kerzner - Robin 2, Bilston

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Former Sound of Contact member Dave Kerzner will play a solo show at Bilston's Robin 2 this weekend.

Over the years Dave has worked with many iconic artists such as Genesis, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Neil Peart of Rush, Jerry Marotta of Peter Gabriel, Billy Sherwood and Jon Anderson of Yes, Rolling Stones, The Who and more.

Tickets cost £16 in advance and £18 on the door.

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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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