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Stealing Sheep, Madame JoJo’s, London

Seeing various musicians carefully arrange flute and tambourine, tune mandolin and ensure the core band members' mics can be heard, you would be forgiven for thinking this Scouse trio are preparing to take us up country for some acid folk.

Pixie Lott, Roundhouse, London

There is no denying that Pixie Lott is a consummate pop star. She smiles! She sings! She waves! She has nice hair! But in such a competitive field, a pop star needs something altogether more important to succeed: good songs. And for Pixie Lott, tonight it becomes evident that these are severely lacking.

Bradshaw defends regional news plan

Proposals to use part of the television licence fee to fund a replacement ITV regional news service are expected to be defended today by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw.

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Savoy Theatre, London

It's party time at St Mungo's youth club in Essex and you can go all the way to heaven and back again, just like Yuri Gagarin. The year is 1961, the show is based on a best-selling record album of pretty good rock'n'roll items – Del Shannon, Roy Orbison, Phil Spector, Eddie Cochran, Helen Shapiro – and there's a national songwriting competition to be won.

Party of the Week: No sardines in sight as King Eric returns

The lights of Old Trafford were left on to celebrate the return of the footballing cult hero Eric Cantona in his new incarnation as movie star.

The well-groomed Manchester United legend, fresh from Cannes, was back in town to attend the UK premiere of his new movie, Looking for Eric.

Cantona was flanked by his two brothers, Jean-Marie and Joel, at the glitzy after-party, which was held at The Lowry Centre, Salford, just a stone's throw from his old stomping ground.

Guests included the film's director Ken Loach and his wife Lesley Ashton, who munched on typical northern fare, such as miniature Yorkshire puddings.

A giant cookie decorated with the image of Cantona's number 7 shirt, baked by a local cake shop, also did the rounds. Cantona, 42, who stars as himself in the comedy, has also featured recently in the low-budget movie French Film.

He spent most of the time at the party graciously signing autographs, having already been mobbed at the shopping centre as he went into the premiere.

Also at the party were the film's writer, Paul Laverty, Looking for Eric star Steve Evets, who plays the postman and football fan who receives life-coaching from Cantona, as well as other cast members, including Lucy-Jo Hudson and the Shameless star Gerard Kearns.

Cast members from Hollyoaks queued up excitedly to have their photograph taken with the footballer-turned-actor who happily wandered around before heading into Manchester to enjoy a late-night curry at one of his favourite local restaurants.

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