July 16, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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MTV Crashes Plymouth – Information for Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd July 2015

MTV Crashes Plymouth 2014With just days to go until MTV Crashes Plymouth, people are urged to plan ahead to ensure a fantastic time is had by all.

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day music event, which takes place on Plymouth Hoe on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July.

Tickets are currently being dispatched and can be tracked on the See Tickets website.

Plymouth City Council, which is organising the event in partnership with MTV, is urging people to plan their journeys and use public transport where possible. For general bus information and times call Traveline South West on 0871 200 2233 or visit the website.

Park and ride services will be running later on both nights for people leaving the event and Plymouth Citybus is arranging extra buses from Royal Parade to help people get home. Buses will run until queues have cleared.

Several city centre car parks will be open until midnight, including Civic Centre, Colin Campbell Court, Drake Circus, Elphinstone, Guildhall, Theatre Royal and Western Approach. Anyone dropping people off or picking people up is asked to use one of these car parks. Car park locations can be found on our car parks page.

A number of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions will be in place around the Hoe.

Tuesday 21 to Friday 24 July, 7am until midnight

  • Hoe Road closed from the Royal Citadel to Madeira Road. No parking.
  • Lockyer Street closed from the Esplanade to the Hoe promenade. No parking.
  • No parking on the Armada Way ‘loop’ outside the Holiday Inn or between the pitch and putt and the bowling green on Citadel Road. (These roads may need to be closed to traffic at busier times to provide safe access for pedestrians.)

Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July, 7am until midnight

  • Princess Ope closed

Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July, 10.30pm until midnight

  • Citadel Road closed from Lockyer Street to Hoe Approach
  • Notte Street closed from Hoe Approach to the Crescent
  • Princess Street closed from Lockyer Street to Princess Ope

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July, 10.30pm until midnight

  • Lockyer Street closed from the Esplanade to Notte Street

A small section of the cycle lane on Hoe Road will also be closed from Monday 20 to Friday 24 July.

There will also be limited access to the Hoe over the next week while the event infrastructure is being built and following the events. Details of the build schedule can be found on the Visit Plymouth website.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “This event attracts tens of thousands of spectators and to ensure everyone has the best time it’s important for people to take a few minutes to plan ahead. There will be increased traffic into the city so everyone is advised to allow extra time for this when travelling.

“There are also a number of terms and conditions, such as what you can and can’t bring to the event and the ratio of how many children are allowed per adult. To avoid any disappointment I urge people to ensure they have fully read and understood these before attending the events.

“It’s going to be a great couple of days – let’s enjoy them!”

There will be two main entry points to the site on both days: Gate A near the Holiday Inn on Citadel Road and Gate B on Hoe Road. Gates will open at 3.30pm on Wednesday 22 July and 3pm on Thursday 23 July. Queuing is expected and this could take up to two hours at peak times.

When reaching the gate entrance, you will need to show your ticket (displaying the official hologram). This will be exchanged for a wristband which will need to worn at all times. Anyone without a ticket can purchase them at the box office, located at Gate A, on Tuesday (1pm to 8.30pm), Wednesday (9am to 11.30pm) and Thursday (9am to 8pm), subject to availability.

Search procedures will be in operation and any prohibited items will be confiscated. These include food and drink, chairs, umbrellas, flags, flares, any illegal substances and glass. Each person will be allowed to take up to 500ml of water into the site, as long as it is in a plastic container with an unbroken seal. Sunscreen and sunblock are also allowed. Food and drink will be available to purchase at the event. For a full list of items that can and cannot be taken see the terms and conditions on the Visit Plymouth website.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at the event by an adult (18 or over), with a maximum of three children per adult.

Councillor Smith added: “These events are held for people to enjoy and have a good time. The weather can play an important part in that and taking precautions as necessary, such as staying hydrated or wearing waterproof clothing, are essential. Follow the Council and Visit Plymouth on social media for regular updates about how the forecast is looking.”

For more information see the Visit Plymouth website, email visit-plymouth@plymouth.gov.uk or call 668000

Source: Plymouth City Council

July 16, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth Megaride 2015 – 9th August on the Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Megaride 2015Plymouth Megaride along with members of Plymouth Motorcycle Club recently held their ‘Meet the charities’ event at City Business Park.

The Megaride is celebrating its 21st annual run on the 9th August this year and supporting two great local charities, Operation Henry and Dartmoor Mountain Rescue.

Riders come from all over the country and Europe to join us and support this event that meets at Lee Mill from 9am and leaves for Plymouth Hoe at 11.30am. The motorcycle community helps raise thousands of pounds each year for charities.

The event is an amazing spectacle for the people of Plymouth who line the roads from the bridges on the A38 to the Hoe to see the bikes pass by.

The event on the Hoe is for all the family to enjoy with different attractions for all ages from bouncy castles to face painting for the young megariders through to XLR playing all afternoon on the stage to all the latest motorcycles from a variety of local motorcycles dealers. There is all round family entertainment from 10.30am.

As the event gets bigger each year we are always looking for new traders for the event and we also have some great sponsorship deals available for local businesses.

Megaride organiser Ritch Bounds said: ‘There are not many charity events that have been running for twenty-one years. We bring together the motorcyclists and the general public who we greatly acknowledge have helped and supported us over the years.’

Please contact the Megaride team at info@plymouthmegaride.co.uk for more info or check out all the latest updates on our website or Facebook page.

July 4, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth City and Waterfront Awards: Nominations now open

City and Waterfront Awards 2015PLYMOUTH’S best and brightest businesses will be honoured at The Herald’s dazzling City and Waterfront Awards on Thursday 22nd October.

You are invited to nominate your favourite Businesses across 15 categories, including best event of the year, best visitor/leisure attraction, best restaurant, best accommodation provider, best fashion retailer, best after dark venue, best fast food, best gift/homeware/arts & crafts/hobbies and interests, hair and/or beauty salon, local produce or sustainability champion, best customer service, and new for this year, best market trader and professional services business.

Full details here…

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2015

June 23, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth Armed Forces Day – 27th June 2015

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2015

For the full details see: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday

Magnificent air displays including the Royal Navy’s Black Cats Wildcat and the RAF’s Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will take place at Armed Forces Day on 27 June.

Organised by Plymouth City Council visitors will be able to see incredible performances from some of the UK’s leading pilots in our Armed Forces on Plymouth Hoe at 1pm and 4.30pm.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith said: “The air shows are definitely a main attraction for our Armed Forces Day celebrations and we have a great show planned for everyone to enjoy.”

The Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog will be the first to take to the skies, followed by the Royal Navy Black Cats Wildcat, Dr101 One Design and the RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter.

UTC Aerospace Systems, based in Plymouth, sponsors the air shows and provides technology for military aircraft. Kevin Pindard, Managing Director of UTC Aerospace Systems in Plymouth, said: “Sponsoring this excellent Armed Forces Day air show offers us an opportunity to visibly demonstrate our commitment to, and pride in, our armed forces. Our TERPROM digital terrain system supports Typhoon pilots in operations every day and we believe the technology developed by our 270 strong, Plymouth-based, team is helping make life safer for UK forces wherever they are in the world.”

The Typhoon will be flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby who will put on a display that will showcase what this aircraft can do as well as demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.

Flight Lieutenant Shaun Kimberley returns for his second year flying the Grob 115E Tutor. The Tutor is the RAF’s elementary trainer and Shaun will superbly demonstrate the agility and performance of this aircraft.

The Tutor replaced the Bulldog as the RAF’s elementary trainer some 15 years ago and today the Bulldog is owned privately and will be flown by Rod Dean who will demonstrate its classic aerobatic capability. Rod is a very experienced display pilot and is well known for his displays in the Hunter, Spitfire and other ‘heavy metal’ warbirds. It is hoped that the Bulldog will formate with the Tutor so two generations of aircraft can be seen together.

The Black Cats Wildcat will provide an exciting helicopter display that will thrill audiences with their air shows. Wildcat is the latest generation of multi role helicopter specifically procured to operate from the Frigates and Destroyers of the Royal Navy, a task it is taking over from the Lynx.

The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. It will be flown by Phil Burgess, an RAF avionics engineer, who is one of the UK leading aerobatic pilots.

The RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will be the final aircraft to make a flying visit to Armed Forces Day. The aircraft is a standard Rolls Royce Avon powered Hunter T7 trainer. It is capable of a wide range of aerobatic manoeuvres as well as speeds approaching 600kts. The aircraft will be flown by retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames who has been displaying this particular aircraft since 2001.

Visitors will also be able to get a closer look of a military aircraft by visiting the static Sea King, located on The Promenade.

Key highlights of the day include:

  • 11.15am – Sea Cadet Display in the arena
  • 12pm – Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
  • 12.15pm – Military Wives perform on the main stage
  • 1pm – Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog flying displays
  • 1.30pm – Field Gun competition heat one: HMS Raleigh vs. 29 CDA RA in the arena
  • 2.40pm – Field Gun Competition heat two: HMNB Devonport vs. HMD Raleigh in the arena
  • 3.45pm – Field Gun Competition heat three: 29 CDA RA vs. HMNB Devonport
  • 4.30pm – Royal Navy Blackcat Wildcat air display. DR 107 Aerobatic display and Hawker Jet Fighter display

Evening entertainment (on main stage)

  • 5pm – Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth
  • 6pm – Jay James
  • 7.15pm – Beatlemania
  • 9.30pm – ZU2

The air shows are part of a wider entertainment programme for Armed Forces Day in Plymouth. For more information and to download programmes go to visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday.

*Note – the above aircrafts and times may be subject to change.

June 8, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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Local bands to perform on MTV Crashes stage for third night of live music

LMTV Crashes Plymouth 2014ocal bands will once again get an opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people on Plymouth Hoe following this year’s two-day MTV Crashes live music event.

Organised by Plymouth City Council, the community music event will take place on Friday 24 July, with entertainment starting from 2pm.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We’re really pleased to be holding another community music event as part of MTV Crashes. This is an amazing opportunity for local bands to experience performing with a full arena set-up and be part of the live music event of the summer. This year we’re teaming up with Radio Plymouth, who are hosting the evening, to run a competition for bands to take part.”

To be in with a chance of performing on the MTV Crashes stage, local singers and bands need to contact Radio Plymouth by Sunday 14 June.

Twenty acts will be shortlisted and residents will be able to vote for their favourites, with the five most popular bands and five most popular acoustic singers going on to perform on the day.

Voting will take place from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 30 June.

For more information about the competition and how to enter or vote visit www.radioplymouth.com/win/perform-at-mtv-crashes-live-and-local.

May 2, 2015
by Scott Grenney
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Plymouth Armed Forces Celebrations – Music Line up confirmed

Armed Forces Day 2014 webZU2, Beatlemania and X-Factor star, Jay James are warming up to perform at this year’s evening concert at Armed Forces Day, Plymouth 2015.

Thousands are expected to visit Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 27 June for a fun-filled day of activities, air-displays and demonstrations to celebrate the city’s Armed Forces.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day celebrations are renowned to be one of the biggest and best in the whole of the country. To give a little extra back to the community we have an evening of entertainment lined-up with some fantastic acts. With a number of up-beat, well-known songs, it certainly is going to be fun night.”

Jay James will kick off the evening concert, sponsored by C & G Catering, at 5pm and will get the party started with a mixture of well-known and new tracks.

Fresh from his association as a finalist with the ITV show the X Factor in 2014/15, and recently finishing the 2015 X Factor live tour, Jay has been playing to over 300,000 people across 23 dates in the biggest arenas and venues in the UK and Ireland.

Jay is a former Royal Navy fitness Instructor from Saundersfoot in South West Wales and he spent some of his serving years in HMS Raleigh. After serving 9 years Jay was badly injured playing Rugby for the Royal Navy Rugby League side and whilst on sick leave decided to learn to play a guitar he had bought 3 months previous as a ‘drunken bet’.

From his first audition Jay caused widespread international interest with his unique voice and background. During the show Simon Cowell described Jay ‘Incredible and a Genius’ with great renditions of ‘Changing’ (Sigma/Paloma Faith), ‘500 Miles’ (Proclaimers) and ‘Skyfall’ (Adele) amongst others.

Jay said: “It’s going to be amazing coming back to Plymouth after all these years, it’s where I started a life changing journey in the Royal Navy at 16 years old and led to a career that sculpted & made me the person I am today, I’m buzzing for it.”

Beatlemania, the ultimate Beatles experience will also be part of the evening concert.

Regarded as one of the UK leading tribute acts, Beatlemania play to ecstatic sell-out audiences throughout the world and regularly appear on television and radio.

The band, which was formed in the summer of 1992, quickly built up a huge nationwide following and since then have gained such a high reputation on the tribute scene that they are constantly in demand internationally.

The evening will come to an end with a performance by ZU2, the world’s most authentic U2 tribute band.

Armed Forces Day will begin at 9.30am and finish at 11pm, for more information go to visitplymouth.co.uk. Also taking place on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 28 June will be the Royal Naval Band Association Festival.