PREVIEWS: James Blunt and Sheffield Film and Comic Con

James Blunt plays Dalby Forest. Pic Adrian Sartain 142640c
James Blunt plays Dalby Forest. Pic Adrian Sartain 142640c

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Music

File photo dated 15/07/10 of Paul McGann who played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running series Doctor Who as the series approaches its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 17, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ DoctorWho. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

File photo dated 15/07/10 of Paul McGann who played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running series Doctor Who as the series approaches its 50th anniversary. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 17, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ DoctorWho. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

James Blunt, Doncaster Racecourse

Platinum selling singer James Blunt will take to the stage at Doncaster Racecourse this week.

Blunt, who has earned a string of Brit Awards and endless international awards, is touring his latest album Moon Landing, and will be watching the races before performing alongside his band.

Blunt, who performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse last month, said: “It’s an amazing day out. It works brilliantly because people can have a day at the races and then a concert starts exactly where they are. It makes for a great atmosphere.

“This is the biggest production I have ever taken on tour, but it looks fantastic and I hope people enjoy it.”

The star, whose uncle worked for The Jockey Club, rose to fame in 2005 with the release of his platinum selling, debut studio album Back to Bedlam before achieving worldwide fame with the singles You’re Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover and has since gone on to sell 17 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.

He said people can expect to hear some of his old classics alongside songs from his new album.

“I know people want to hear my new songs, like Bonfire Heart. but also my older songs like You’re Beautiful or Goodbye My Lover. I want to make sure people go home with smiles on their faces.”

“I’m really excited about coming back to Yorkshire and seeing what’s going on there. I just hope it’s a sunny day.”

The concert is on Saturday August 16 at the Town Moor track after the racing. Adult tickets start from £31, children’s tickets are £11. Hospitality options available from £103.20.

All tickets and options include racing followed by James Blunt live. To buy tickets call 01302 304 00, or for more information visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.

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Sci-fi

Sheffield Film and Comic Convention, Motorpoint arena

Doctor Who fans in South Yorkshire have been celebrating news of an out of this world opportunity - to have their photo taken with former Time Lord Paul McGann and his Tardis!

Sylvester McCoy, the seventh Doctor Who actor, who preceded McGann, will also be available for autographs and photos at the first Sheffield Film and Comic Convention.

A galaxy of other stars are due to attend the autograph and collectables fair at the Motorpoint Arena, on the weekend of August 30 and 31. Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord Of The Rings, Red Dwarf and stars of other film and TV shows will also be there in the biggest ever gathering of celebrities at an event of its kind in the city.

Amongst them will be Terminator 3 bad girl Kristiana Loken, who battled with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the big screen, and A Team TV series star Dirk Benedict, who played ‘Face’, Virginia Hey from Farscape and Mad Max 2, plus Jeremy Bulloch and Paul Blake from Star Wars.

Other Doctor Who stars scheduled to appear are Louise Jameson, Bonnie Langford, Sophie Aldred, Mat Irvine, John Leeson and Terry Molloy. Eve Myles will also be there, from spin off Torchwood. Also on display will be Michael Knight’s Kitt car from Knight Rider and the Van from the A-Team. Fans will also be able to buy collectibles, toys, posters, comics and much more.

Jason Joiner, director of promoters Showmasters, today revealed the unique Doctor Who photo opportunity,.

“Doctor who fans are in for a special treat. We’ve got the Paul McGann Tardis here - you can actually have a photograph on the Tardis with him. It’s a pretty cool thing.

“Sylvester McCoy, another Dr Who, will also be here along with other stars from the show.

“We’ve got many other guests from Lord of The Rings, Torchwood, Star Wars, Star Trek. A load of stuff.

“You will get to hear many of them on stage. We are doing free talks once you are in, throughout the day. A lot of guests will be doing talks to the audience. But we will also be doing other photo opportunities, so you can get a professional photo take with a guest, or you can buy autographs off them and get your favourite piece of merchandise signed. There will also be free photographs here that you can get signed.

“There’s a whole room of merchandise and collectables - really cool stuff from all over the world, from America, Japan and stuff you’ve never seen before.

“Fans don’t have to get dressed up, but a lot do and the costumes they walk around in are amazing. You’ll see Stormtroopers, Daleks and we might even have the Alien walking around - but it wil be on a leash, in case it gets a bit wild.

“It’s the first time we’ve been up here and we’re going to bring tons of celebrities and a lot of TV, film collectables, merchandise, film cars - everything. It’s really good fun and basically a place to celebrate your hobby.”

For tickets, visitTickets are £3.30 to £16.50, including booking fee. Buy in person from the Arena Box Office, call 0114 256 5656 or buy online, where you will find latest details, at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.