Showbiz Shorts

I WAS a little disappointed this week when I found some Keith Duffy merchandise for sale on EBAY.

The Boyzone star, who can currently be seen in Coronation Street, may have thousands of screaming fans the world over but when it comes to signed memorabilia it seems there’s just too much of it around.

I found this signed Coronation Street card which the seller claims is “very rare” selling for just £4.99 on EBAY.

FANCY yourself as a bit of a quiz champion? Do you have a quiz partner?

Wild Rover Productions in Belfast have secured an exciting new Saturday night game show for BBC1 hosted by Nick Knowles.
And of course they want lots of people from Northern Ireland to be given the chance to enter.

The show Secret Fortune will put your general knowledge to the test with a fabulous cash prize at the end of it.

They are looking for a family duo, competitive couple, best friends, colleagues or simply a great twosome that will work together.
If you’re interested email or call 02890 500 758 for more information. Closing date is Friday May 28, 5pm.

QUIRKY singer Juliet Turner was confirmed this week as special guest for Brian Kennedy’s forthcoming concert at The Waterfront Hall on June 17.
Tickets are £27.50 and available at The Waterfront Box Office (028 90334455/ and Ticketmaster (0844 277 4455/

LAST week Snow Patrol have teamed up with drinks giant Guinness to give fans unparalleled access to the band.

The band are set to play a homecoming concert at Ward Park in Bangor on June 5.

The agreement with Guinness will give Snow Patrol followers and music lovers access to unreleased content online at and a chance to win signed Snow Patrol merchandise.
The event at Ward Park will also feature the Guinness stage, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that will provide aspiring local bands and musicians with the chance to perform to thousands of music fans.

Gary Lightbody said: “Guinness has an amazing reputation for supporting music, especially in Northern Ireland.

“The main incentive for hooking up with Guinness is to be able to use our partnership to support new talent and get new bands in front of a live audience so we can get their music out there. We understand too well, how hard it is to get that break.”

ROCK band The Beat Poets have released a new single and it’s available for digital download only.

The song One By One is already getting fantastic airtime on local radio and is just the first in a long line of digital moves by the band.
They also have a Beat Poets iPhone app and will quickly follow this single up with another Bloodline.
For more information log onto

COUNTY Down rockers Ash were added to the bill at Oxegen last week.
They will join artists such as Cathy Davey, We Are Scientists and Joe Echo on the Hotpress Academy Stage.
Also lined up for Oxegen this year are Eminem. The Black Eyed Peas, Muse, Arcade Fire, Fatboy Slim, Mumford & Sons, Newton Faulkner, Kasabian, Fatboy Slim, Paolo Nutini, Faithless, Florence + The Machine, Stereophonics and much much more.
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By Tina Calder

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