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June 15, 2013


kerrrrrrannnnggggggggg. Rock returns to its spiritual home this weekend as Download is back to take the shhhh out of Leicestershire.

The Donington festival kicked off yesterday with sets by Bullet for my Valentine, Korn and masked men of metal Slipknot.

Today it's the turn of rabble-rousers Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age and the mighty Iron Maiden.


Tomorrow's line-up features Rammstein, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Springsteen faves The Gaslight Anthem and Leicester's own Surrender The Coast.

For tickets and more information, go to: a tip for Leicestershire tourism bosses. Get down the bookies and lump the entire annual budget on a horse. Any horse will do, after all, your luck is clearly in.

First, in the archaeological find of the century, the lost body of King Richard III was discovered under a car park in the city, bringing the kind of publicity for Leicester that must have made teeth ache at Visit Nottingham, or whatever it's called.

Then, just as life was beginning to settle down again, along comes a major 10-part BBC costume drama, set during the Wars of the Roses, with Aneurin Barnard playing the man with a date with fate in Bosworth.

And if that wasn't enough, The White Queen (9pm, BBC1 tomorrow) stars Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, wife of John Grey of Groby, an ancestor of Lady Jane Grey.

So: a chance of yet more spin-off tourism trade for the city and county.

Perhaps Go Leicestershire should save some of their winnings for a flutter on Hollywood making a blockbusting version of the life of Mr Motivator.

there's quite a buzz on campus at De Montfort University today as the annual degree show gets under way. One of the artists has created an installation using sex toys.

If that's not to your taste, there's plenty of other work to be seen, including sculptures, ceramics, photography, intricate glassware, footwear and fashion, architecture, graphic design ... oh, you're still thinking about the sex toys, aren't you? Apparently it's a comment on consumerism.

The degree show runs from 11am to 4pm today, and from Monday to Thursday at the Fletcher Building at DMU.

the Pitmen Painters, by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed story of a group of Northumbrian miners who take up art.

The Financial Times called it a wonderful piece of theatre: comic, sad and stirring in the same breath''. Superb was the Daily Telegraph's verdict.

Following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, the play ends its run at Leicester's Curve today. ? .M: READY TO ROCK: The Download festival, featuring Slipknot, Motorhead and Iron Maiden, roars into action at Donington this weekend

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