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"It's kind of kicking off," said Radio 1's Matt Edmondson, half an hour into his preamble to the annual Teen Awards that had already seemed to last for three days. "This is amazing, there are pop stars literally everywhere," panted his co-presenter Jameela Jamil, as if she had just clapped eyes on the Virgin Mary and not Jade from Little Mix.

First Night: Calling time on good old rockers

Status Quo Ruskin Arms Manor Park, London

POP: ... AND FIVE VETERANS

Wayne Kramer

SFX withdraws Wembley bid

THE CONTROVERSIAL deal to sell Wembley Stadium to a trust backed by the Football Association for pounds 106m looks set to go ahead today after SFX Entertainment, the American leisure giant, yesterday abandoned its plans to mount a bid for the stadium's parent company, Wembley.

People and Business: Comedy figures

EDDIE IZZARD'S dad was a former president of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

comedy Eddie Izzard

Despite an increasingly successful film career, Eddie Izzard (below) remains one of our top live draws. In Izzardworld, pieces of bread in the toaster conspire deliberately to burn themselves by whispering to each other "stay down, lads". His act is not a straight up and down "autobahn" observational routine, but a weird and wonderful ramble through the winding highways and byways of his mind. He performs his Dressed to Kill show, previously only seen in the States, in front of an anticipated audience of 11,000 at Wembley Arena (0181-902 0902) on Wednesday in aid of the Prince's Trust. Tickets won't be easy to come by, but you may get lucky with returns.

Preview: First call, last call

Adults and children alike will be thrilled to learn that Slava Polunin is returning to London with his highly acclaimed Snowshow. Opening with the clown's startling discovery of life instead of death at the end of a hangman's noose, the mimed show continues in tragi-comic style, climaxing with a breathtaking snowstorm, complete with giant juggling balls and music from Carmina Burana. Polunin captivates the audience's childish excitement, while embodying the traditional clown's melancholy joy. If you have never seen it, book now, as those who have already been are bound to go back for more

Preview: First Call. Last Call

The 1970s gave Britain the Three-Day Week, flared trousers and Chicory Tip, but not everything about the era was bad. A year before Margaret Thatcher came to power, Plenty, David Hare's study of idealism seen through the eyes of a woman, arrived at the National. This powerfully affecting portrait of hope and betrayal has rarely been revived since, possibly because no one could imagine doing it better. Chances of revivals were further scuppered by the impossibly flat film with Meryl Streep. All the more reason to book for Jonathan Kent's forthcoming Almeida production starring Cate Blanchett (above).

Pop: Superb vixen

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Pop: Five Arena shows

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Box office: First call last call

Mel Blatt will barely have given birth before All Saints begin their debut UK tour in April next year. Presumably extensive childcare arrangements are already in place because, prior to their first gig in Blackpool, the bouncy foursome will be in the studio finishing off an album that will be released to coincide with the tour. Tickets for their 24 June appearance at London's Wembley Arena have already sold out, but another date has been added to ensure their legions of fans won't be disappointed.

Pop: Five Big Guitar Sounds

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First Night: Bright night for hard rock revival

Deep Purple Wembley Arena London

Equestrianism: Whitaker follows a family tradition

LOUISE WHITAKER opened the account for her well-known family when winning yesterday's Young Riders Stakes during the opening session of the Horse of the Year Show. She was riding the little Russian-bred Perepliot whom her father, John Whitaker, had been trying to buy for a year before the Norwegian owner finally agreed to the sale four months ago.

Equestrianism: Barton storms to victory on Valhalla

GRACE BARTON followed the instructions of her trainer, Rob Hoekstra, with devastating effect when riding Valhalla to victory in the Young Riders Championship of Great Britain last night at The Horse of the Year Show.

Equestrianism: Elite to grace Golden Jubilee

THE HORSE of the Year Show celebrates its Golden Jubilee this week with substantially more cash in the till than the pounds 69 that had been collected before the inaugural fixture of 1949. Then staged in Harringay Arena, the initial show enjoyed a stirring finale to its three days when a 20-year-old woman won the Leading Show Jumper of the Year title. Her name was Pat Smythe.
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