Telegraph guide to the Night Sky

This weekend the Telegraph Newspaper is offering readers the chance to get two inspirational, glossy guides to the night sky which are  free inside The Telegraph on Saturday, February 25th  and inside The Sunday Telegraph on February 26th , Introduced by Sir Patrick Moore and produced in association with Astronomy Now magazine, they  provide practical stargazing tips and facts for astronomers both old and new.

On Saturday, February 25, A Guide to the Solar System is a picture-packed exploration of the sun, the planets and their moons, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets – supported with detailed scientific explanation, fact files, trivia and useful observation tips.

On Sunday, February 26, A Guide to the Stars and Galaxies ventures further into the Universe, exploring the beautiful and fascinating life cycle of stars, taking a closer look at our own Milky Way Galaxy and its nearest neighbours, and featuring practical, year-round stargazing charts

OsFest 2012

This years annual OsFest is again being held at Oswestry Showground in the Shropshire market town of Oswestry. It has been organised by Seventh Sense Management who have again joined forces with Live & Unsigned. The Event takes place from Friday 1st until Monday 4th June 2012 at the Oswestry Showground, Shropshire, on the outskirts of the town, the showground is usually host to a variety of farming markets throughout the year, perhaps most notably Oswestry Show.

Performers confirmed for this years event include

  • Razorlight,
  • Hard-Fi,
  • Dappy(N-Dubz),
  • Benjamin Francis Lefwich,
  • Loick Essien,
  • The Big Pink.
  • Delilah,
  • One Night Only,
  • Angel,
  • Katy B,
  • One Night Only,
  • Young Guns,
  • Goldie Looking Chain,
  • The Jude,
  • Daytona Lights,
  • Tom & Bowen,
  • The Making,
  • No Flash Lucy
  • Spraggen
  • Levi Roots

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

More than 5,000 fans are expected to descend on  the County Showground in Shrewsbury during August to see KT Tunstall play at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. – Hell yeah! It was great fun when I went a few years ago.

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, who has a clutch of musical accolades including a BRIT award, an Ivor Novello award and a Grammy nomination to her name, was recently confirmed as the final headline act for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival, The Scottish star will close the four-day event, performing on the main stage on the afternoon of August 27th.

Organisers of Shrewsbury Folk Festival today said their four-day August event is on course for its fastest-ever sell-out, after announcing chart star KT Tunstall as a headline act. They are encouraging people to buy tickets now – or face disappointment when the festival sells out. The event takes place at the County Showground in Shrewsbury from August 24th till the 27th and has become one of the most popular on the British folk music calendar.

Festival organsiers say tickets this year are selling faster than ever, last year the event sold out in April, Tickets are presently on sale at a reduced early bird rate, though that offer will end on February 29, a month earlier than usual. Over the years The event has attracted some of the biggest names in folk including Bellowhead, Ade Edmondson & The Bad Sepherds, Richard Thompson, Show of Hands, Plainsong and KT Tunstall.

This year there will also be sets from Kate Rusby, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates, Jon Boden, Lau, Karine Polwart, The Sweetback Sisters Show of Hands, Dervish, Blowzabella, A9, Plainsong, Vin Garbutt, Session A9 and Faustus.