He's a celebrity and he's playing jungle at Aston University

8 May 2003

He's a celebrity and he's playing jungle at Aston University

POPTASTIC DJ TONY BLACKBURN will have the eastside of Birmingham in a spin tonight (Friday 9 May) when he hits the decks at Aston's May Ball.

'It's great to get out to Birmingham to meet all my millions of fans,' said the legendary Radio One DJ and winner of the last series of the TV hit, 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here'. 'I only hope the queue doesn't get too long,' he continued, tongue firmly in cheek.

Tony headlines a list of performers that gather together at Aston to help celebrate its becoming a university in 1966.

Other acts on the list include: Brit Award nominees Big Brovaz, forecast to reach number 2 in Sunday's 'Hit Parade' (as Blackburn would have it) with their 'top tune' 'Favourite Things'; Robbie Williams' tribute band, Probably Robbie; while The Anthems Band play 80s and 90s rock favourites. Jazz lovers are also well catered for with The Fat Cats and Katz Keily and the Brothers Devout.

The theme of Aston's 37th May Ball is 'world party', which will help students currently living in Birmingham celebrate the fact that it is now officially known as UK's most culturally diverse city.

The city's inclusive approach has been mirrored by the collaborative work that has gone on behind the scenes by the Ball's organisers. There has been a strong working relationship between Aston's in-house design team and graphic design students from UCE. They got together to produce the promotional materials that have been used extensively to help publicise this year's event.

'It has been an opportunity for students to work creatively within the confines of deadlines and budgets,' said Alison John, head of marketing and communications at Aston. 'The promotional materials the team came up with are fantastic and I've no doubt will help make this year's event a great success,' she continued.

Other attractions include a huge fireworks display, funfair rides and a casino. RnB DJs play till 8am Saturday with licensed bars open till 6am. The last remaining tickets are being sold through Aston University's campus shops. Contact Chrissie Govette on 0121 359 3611 for further ticketing information.

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For further information please call 0121 204 4549 or email: b.a.l.coombes@aston.ac.uk

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