Live music extravaganza to close virtual show

An evening of top-class live music will cap off a jam-packed schedule of entertainment, competitions and shopping experiences at this Saturday’s inaugural Shropshire Virtual Show.

The music will be live-streamed on the show’s website from 7pm on Saturday 22 August and includes local favourites The Endings, Jake Nelson and The Dirty Rockin Scoundrels.

The performances are taking place at the Cavalier Centre, Much Wenlock, which is home of Perry Riding for the Disabled and one of five charities benefitting from the show’s fundraising efforts.

Although there will be a small audience on the night, tickets are not on sale to the general public. Instead, people can watch live at home at www.shropshirevirtualshow.com and are invited to make a donation.

Paul Wilcox, lead singer of The Dirty Rockin Scoundrels said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting the Shropshire Virtual Show by performing at their live music event. It should be a great end to a fun-filled day and we’re looking forward to getting people partying in their homes and gardens!”

The Cavalier Centre’s transformation into a ‘one night only’ concert venue has been made possible due to the support of Telford-based Stage and Studio Services Ltd, which is providing the full staggering, lighting and sound, and MicroVideo, Shrewsbury, which is managing the live stream.

Trevor Wilkins, Director at Stage and Studio Services, said: “For a long time now, people have not been able to perform which is having a negative impact on audiences and the entire entertainment world. We at Stage and Studio Services recognise that there is an even greater need for charities to keep their income stream and, right now, we have the resources to help. It’s great to be able to offer the services and expertise that make this event possible, subsequently supporting five deserving local charities.”

Other evening highlights include wine tasting from Tanners Wine Merchants and cocktail making with Ludlow Gin. Shaun Ward, Director at Ludlow Gin, said: “Having virtual events like this is incredible for local producers who have suffered so much this year not having events in which they can engage with customers.

“Make sure you join me for my Ludlow Gin Cocktail Class on Saturday afternoon; I’ll be making two serves of Ludlow Gin, one using another excellent product by local producer Paso Primero wines, we’ll also share with you a little of the stories behind Ludlow Gin.”

The evening entertainment is taking place on the main stage, one of eight online arenas on the Shropshire Virtual Show website hosting over 70 other performances, films and workshops, between 10am and 9pm on 22 August.

The daytime line up includes cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Marcus Bean, ‘Shropshire Lad’ Adam Purnell and MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, plus a magical tale about a dream that comes to life from equestrian theatre team Theatrick and an ‘access all areas’ video for the spectacular Circus Funtasia.

The event has been organised by a group of volunteers to raise much-needed funds for five local charities: The Cavalier Centre, League of Friends to RJAH, The Movement Centre, Dog A.I.D. and Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

For more information on the Shropshire Virtual Show, visit www.shropshirevirtualshow.com and follow @shropshirevirtualshow on Facebook and Instagram.

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