Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, Kaiser Chiefs and Bastille are among big names appearing in the UK’s first ever ‘virtual festival’

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THE country’s first ever virtual festival kicks off from Thursday – as big-name acts perform intimate sets alongside up-and-coming stars to help boost their careers.

The Barclaycard-backed Share The Stage gigs, recorded over the past two weeks, will be beamed into your living rooms over July and August.

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Lewis Capaldi is set to headline the UK’s first ever ‘virtual festival’, which kicks off this week[/caption]

You can view on YouTube and at barclaycard.co.uk as they land.

Acts including Lewis Capaldi, Kaiser Chiefs, Bastille and Mabel have joined the party, each recording at London’s iconic Abbey Road   studios alongside a rising star.

The shows, all to be presented by Fearne Cotton, will let fans see their favourite musicians from the comfort of their sofas after Covid-19 put paid to live festivals and tours this summer.

I Predict A Riot rockers Kaiser Chiefs will kick off the fun, going live on Thursday, then other dates for your diary include Bastille on August 6 and Mabel on August 11.


The Share The Stage gigs will see stars like Mabel perform alongside up-and-coming artists[/caption]

Lewis, who is paired in the studio with one- to-watch Celeste, paid a heartfelt tribute to the many acts who have helped to launch his own career over the years — such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rag ’N’ Bone Man and One Direction’s Niall Horan.

Speaking to me exclusively, Scots singer Lewis said: “Anyone that took me on tour, I owe a tremendous debt to them.

“There are so many artists that have given me the opportunity to support them.

“That’s why now, if we can help in any way to return the favour . . . which we have been able to do a couple of times, it is nice.


I Predict A Riot rockers Kaiser Chiefs will kick off the fun and perform on Thursday[/caption]

“There’s no greater compliment than an artist who you admire and who you love taking you out on tour with them.

“Then obviously when you are supporting them, if you mess up, you set the tone for the whole show.

“If you are horrible, and I’ve been horrible a couple of times, it’s difficult then for those artists to come out and rile people up again and get people into it again.

“So, yeah, everyone that took us on tour, obviously also people like Niall Horan, who really helped us in terms of, like, reaching out and supporting the music. . . and we supported him as well, and Ed Sheeran and every-body.”

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Joining the party on August 6 will be Bastille, who recorded at London’s iconic Abbey Road   studios[/caption]

Lewis added: “I’m just very lucky. There’s so many people who gave us a shot at opening up for their shows that I’ll for ever be indebted to.”

And I’m sure it won’t be long until a long list of upcoming talent will be saying exactly the same about you, Lew — thanking them for standing by them.

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The series of gigs will be hosted by Fearne Cotton and will be available to watch on YouTube[/caption]

Hailey heavenly on honeymoon

AFTER the heatwave came to an end over the weekend Hailey Bieber is the ray of sunshine to give a little lift to your Monday.

The American model posed in this yellow bikini during a road trip with her husband, Canadian pop superstar Justin.

Hailey Bieber looked phenomenal as she soaked up the sun during her road trip with husband Justin

Hailey shared a series of pictures online of the couple on their break which they’re using as a second honeymoon following their wedding last year.

In one, Hailey and Justin shared a kiss during a stop on their travels through the US in a luxury motorhome.

It’s been a tough few days for Justin, who over the weekend issued a £16million defamation lawsuit after he was accused of attacking two women in 2014 and 2015.

The superstar also released texts in a bid to prove his innocence, insisting he had never even met the two women.


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Shaggy’s Jamaican Xmas song

R&B legend Shaggy will be putting his own twist on Christmas this year.

The singer, real name Orville Burrell, has revealed he is planning on dropping his first ever festive single.

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Shaggy has revealed he’s planning on dropping his first ever Christmas single[/caption]

And as a word of warning, don’t expect snowflakes, reindeer and holly – in fact, he has other green foliage in mind.

However, the It Wasn’t Me singer, who was born in Jamaica, reckons the track he has written could top the charts.

Shaggy explained on the How To Kill An Hour podcast: “I’ve just started a new project. “I’m doing this Christmas carol album so I’m trying to do songs with Christmas stuff.”

“Last night one of the lines we came up with was, ‘I don’t want no icy Christmas, the only ice I want to see is in my cup with some rum’.


He promises the song will have a ‘Caribbean-style Christmas vibe’[/caption]

“It’s creating a Caribbean-style Christmas vibe ’cause the only Christmas I know is in Jamaica.

“If you’ve ever been to Jamaica at Christmas it’s the most fun you can have.

“In America or Europe Christmas is about a jacket and it’s cold and there’s snow.

“I’m not from that culture. I’m from a culture where there’s beach, rum and weed.

“I don’t see why Christmas should be any different.”

Sounds like Shaggy could end up on the naughty list, but I’m still excited to hear what he comes up with.

I’m purl-diving

OLYMPIC champ Tom Daley has swapped diving for knitting to beat lockdown boredom – and is now hooked,

He said: “The thing I do now to relieve stress is knit. Gloves are harder than they look but I’ve done scarves, hats, jumpers, a poncho, blankets.

Tom Daley has been keeping busy in lockdown by taking up knitting

“I am now in the middle of making a throw blanket. My happy place is now on the sofa with knitting needles.”

Staying home also helps him bond with baby Robbie.

He says: “I’m normally up at 6.15am, out the door to train, and back about 4.30pm. Now I get so much extra time with him.

“The fact the Olympics has moved to next year takes away stress, too.”


AFTER her 2011 headline set at Glastonbury was repeated on BBC2 over the weekend, 24 of Beyonce’s songs have re-entered the UK iTunes chart, including If I Were A Boy, Halo and Irreplaceable.

Hello, it’s me…back on Insta

ADELE has finally regained control of her social media accounts after her management banned her from keeping the passwords more than five years ago.

The Hello superstar shared the snap of herself watching her 2016 Glastonbury performance on Saturday night, which led to her good pal Skepta teasing her about being allowed to post her own content.

Adele shared this snap of herself watching her 2016 Glastonbury performance after finally regaining control of her social media accounts

Underneath the snap, which Adele captioned: “Five ciders in,” the rapper commented: “Finally got your Instagram password, lol.”

Adele replied with a laughing face and heart emoji.

The superstar had to give up social media access after he management got wary of her using the forums after having a drink.

And seeing as she’d had five pints before making this latest post, they clearly had a point.

She also indulged fans in another throwback, posting a pic of herself wearing the dress she originally wore at the gig

After she relinquished control in 2015, Adele confessed: “I now go through three people.

“I’m not allowed any passwords to anything because of drunken tweets and all that. I’d put my foot in the mouth with that.”

Adele, who also posted a snap of herself wearing the same embroidered frock she wore for her headline gig at Worthy Farm, used her time online to chat with fans too.

And she confirmed the news that her next album, which was due for release in September, had been delayed.


The singer recently hit the headlines for her impressive weight loss[/caption]

She was replying to an eager fan who demanded: “Album’s coming out today? Tell me now!”

Adele said: “Of course it’s not. Corona ain’t over. I’m quarantining. Wear a mask and be patient.”

Someone needs to put Adele in touch with Matt Hancock.


X FACTOR singer Lucy Spraggan has celebrated 11 months sober.

In an emotional Tweet the singer said: “I had no idea what impact giving up alcohol would have on my life but I knew that I’d had enough of burying my problems.”

Maura merrier

AFTER leaving the Love Island villa last year, Maura Higgins has banked more than a million quid in TV and endorsement deals.

And now the savvy reality star is putting out her first cosmetics collaboration.

Maura Higgins is releasing her first cosmetics collaboration

To celebrate the launch of Inglot X Maura, she has given me this exclusive snap of her showing off her flawless complexion.

Speaking about the range, which is released on Wednesday, Maura said: “I literally cannot believe this is happening, it’s a dream come true.”

Her accountant must be made up too.


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