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JLS reuniting for HUGE comeback tour with Manchester date

‘We’re talking to special guests who will come out at different shows so it’s going to be a unique experience every night for fans.’

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Popular boy band JLS have announced they’ve reunited for a huge arena comeback tour — including a Manchester date.

After a long hiatus, JLS, consisting of Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, JB Gill and Ortise Williams, are planning on an epic arena tour where they will be performing their greatest hits, including number ones, Beat Again, Everybody in Love and The Club Is Alive.

In an exclusive interview to make the announcement, Marvin said: “There is going to be an element that audiences have never seen before from us. People know that I DJ and the fans have asked that I do some sort of DJing in the show.

“But that would mean the other three getting a rest, which I’m not up for. Aston is DJing now, so there will be a part of the show where Aston will be playing tunes and JB and Ortise will be hyping the crowd.

“We’re not just talking about JLS songs, we’ll be playing big records that represent the era that people know us from.”

Aston added: “You’ve seen flying cars from us and you’ve seen us come down from the ceiling.

We’ve set trends by doing outlandish stuff on tour so I’m not sure what else we can do to shock people. But everyone’s always expecting greatness from a JLS show, which we will try and provide.”

The Everybody Say JLS: The Hits Tour will kick off first at Dublin’s 3Arena on October 20th, before taking in 15 arena shows ending at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena on November 11th.

Ortise continued: “We just want to get out there and play the hits. It’s those nostalgic songs which remind people of all their experiences growing up. And now some of those fans have children and they want their children to experience what they experienced growing up in the JLS era.”

Marvin added: “We’re not ruling out new music, we just haven’t had the chance to get into the studio yet. If we manage to get some tracks down this year then it will be a big bonus.”

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The lads are keen to get back to the gym, admitting that their decision to do a comeback tour has given them the motivation they need. Aston joked: “I need to get in some serious shape. Trust me, I’m trying to be out here looking like Michael B. Jordan.”

Many JLS fans were also eager to know if they could hope for some kind of comeback from The Saturdays — the band Marvin’s wife Rochelle was a member of. Asked if she would return to the stage just like him, Marvin said: “I honestly don’t know. She hung up the microphone a long time ago and she’s so busy with everything else she’s doing.”

He added: “The aim for us is to make the show different every night. We’re talking to special guests who will come out at different shows so it’s going to be a unique experience every night for fans.”

The band are heading to Manchester’s AO Arena on Thursday November 2nd, with tickets going on sale on March 3rd at 9am.

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Hot Wheels interactive experience hosting its first-ever European event in Trafford

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Hot Wheels City Experience

A Hot Wheels interactive experience is coming to Trafford Park this summer, the first time the event has ever taken place in Europe.

Coming from Live Nation, BeFUN, and Mattel, the Hot Wheels City Experience is heading to the B.E.C Arena in Trafford Park this August, making its European debut as it brings the legendary toy cars to life.

Spanning a series of immersive stations and interactive activities, the event will have something for families and devoted collectors alike.

Hot Wheels City Experience

The 6,000 square metre experience will let fans step through a nostalgic and educational journey consisting of 10 stations, including a design centre, immersive museum, playground, gamer zone and Hot Wheels Lab.

Fans will go on a journey through the colourful world of Hot Wheels, starting with an introductory video which will take a deep dive into the history and culture of the brand.

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The next station features an immersive museum and expo where visitors will get to see the best of the Hot Wheels collections – including graphics with the history of Hot Wheels, classic arts of the brand, and the Hot Wheels legendary life-sized cars. 

There’s also the Gamer Zone, where gamers can show off their skills, the Design Centre, where the latest technology is used to introduce colour and graphic projection onto virtual cars, and a Digital ‘build your car’ and painting workshop where fans can create and have their work emailed to them or projected on the walls.

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Lastly, the Hot Wheels Lab will let guests play with the most popular Hot Wheels toys, including giant tracks and pre-built racecourses – with the opportunity to win prizes.

The Hot Wheels City Experience opens its doors on August 13th and runs until September 12th 2024, with presale tickets launching at 10am next Wednesday, April 24th – sign up for pre-sale HERE.

On-sale tickets will be available at 10am on April 26th, starting from £27.50 for adults and £22.50 for children – head here for more info.

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Epic indoor inflatable park reopens with huge new ball pit filled with nearly half a million balls

Take advantage of the discount while it’s still available

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A Greater Manchester indoor inflatable park has reopened after a revamp revealing the addition of a huge new ball pit filled with nearly half a million balls.

Inflata Nation has reopened its doors in Trafford Park after undergoing a renovation, revealing some exciting new features for visitors to enjoy.

If you’re wondering what you can do to keep the kids entertained, why not take them to this newly upgraded indoor park?

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An incredible blue ball pit filled with 418,000 balls looks like an ocean as it floods the open space. Other new features include the epic double tipping slide, a ballcano, ball pit blasters and obstacle courses.

The park has also upgraded its mini arena, which is exclusively for children under four.

Packed with ball pits and engaging soft play activities, this area offers sensory stimulation and opportunities for cognitive development, tailored specifically for the little ones, the park says.

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Since opening back in 2017, the site has attracted thousands of visitors looking for fun-packed family days out. 

Visitors have jumped into its ball pits, bounced on its inflatables and dived down its slides, where they’ve enjoyed plenty of fun and laughter that has brought them back time and time again.

Tickets for Inflata Nation Manchester cost £13.99 for visitors aged four and above and £6.99 for under fours. You can add an extra hour for £8.50 and £3.50 respectively. The park is also offering 15% discount of all visits when booked in advance online until April 17th.

To get the discount simply head to the booking panel on the website, choose the location, complete your details and enter the correct discount code at checkout. For Manchester use the code: EASTERMANC. For discount on bookings and more information, click HERE.

Inflata Nation Manchester is located on Textilose Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1WA. 

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Charity pop-up with up to 70% off designer clothes coming to King Street

Funds will be used to help women looking for employment support

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A sustainable charity fashion pop-up is coming to Manchester’s King Street this month.

The pop-up marks the first event as part of a new concept ‘King Street Presents’ and will feature some of the best and newest names in fashion including the likes of Adanola, Barbour, Nobody’s Child, Pretty Lavish, Rixo, Saint & Sofia, Whistles and more.

Shoppers can enjoy up to 70% off items with all proceeds raised being donated to the female-founded charity, Smart Works.

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Smart Works Greater Manchester can be found at 35 King Street from Thursday, April 18th to Saturday 20th, with its sustainable fashion pop-up shop, selling brand new high street, designer and pre-loved clothing and accessories.

The pop-up will raise vital funds to support Smart Works’ two Greater Manchester centres, in Manchester city centre and Stockport.

The team will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on how to access their free services to any women looking for support in finding employment and preparing for job interviews.

During its time on King Street, Smart Works will share the postcode with its roster of high- profile tenants which include; GAIL’s artisan bakery, The White Company, El Gato Negro restaurant and vintage football shirt hotspot, Stunner, to name just a few.

Smart Works Greater Manchester

Thomas Royston, director at DTZ Investors, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Smart Works Greater Manchester to King Street. At its core is a female founder on a purpose-led mission to make a difference to women. 

“For them to choose King Street as their platform for reaching and showcasing their offering and commitment to women across Manchester is a testament to the reputation this now renowned street has developed in recent years. 

“As part of our ongoing ESG policy we will be continuing to work with a selection of exclusive brands throughout 2024 to take up pop-up stores in currently vacant units on the street, enriching the retailer experience for visitors and giving a physical presence to out of area and online brands.”

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