Chris Andrews ready to wrestle for Varsity Pro Wrestling title

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AS VARSITY Pro Wrestling (VPW) gets ready to return to Basingstoke tonight, with its headline match carries huge implications for the two competitors.

The next show at The Vyne School, will see the Devonshire Powerhouse Chris Andrews go one-on-one with the Body Warren Brady, with the winner getting a shot at the VPW heavyweight championship.

With the stakes so high and a shot at The Destroyer Max Von Schultz’s title on the line, The Gazette caught up with Andrews ahead of the match.


Basingstoke rapper Signal finds his sound and is set to release new six-track EP

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AFTER getting a huge reaction at Basingstoke Live, rapper Dan Amps, better known as Signal, is showing no signs of slowing down.

Off the back of what the 25-year-old has called “the biggest gig of his career to date”, he is now set to release his new six track EP Progression, which is due out on August 11.

The aptly named EP marks a significant moment in his musical career.

Talking to The Gazette, Signal said: “The name speaks for itself and there is a clear outline in the sound and development of where I am now.

Paige Cakey set to be first female headliner of Basingstoke Live

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“I WANT to be the voice for young people.” These are the worlds of Basingstoke Live’s first ever female headline act Paigey Cakey.

The Hackey MC will close proceedings of the first day of the two-day music extravaganza on July 8, with her unique brand of hip-hop.

Having performed music under her alter ego of Paigey Cakey since 2011, the 24-year-old has now found a sound which she is comfortable with and has made 2017 her own.

French stand-up, Marcel Lucont, finds the comedy in British cultural short comings

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THERE are certain people in the world of entertainment who have an aura about them and they pull the focus of the room.

This can be down to their physical presence, or the talents they are displaying in front of an audience.

For Britain’s premiere French comedian Marcel Lucont it is his dry wit and ability to point out the oddities in British culture which has people gravitating towards his shows.

His latest show The Whine List, is set to come to the Forge on May 11, and Lucont says the show will be like a therapy session for the audience, but those seeking any answers will be out of luc

Comedian Zoe Lyons plays the fool with no shame

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WHEN you get into comedy as a performer you need to find your niche. Whether that be playing a character, having a catchphrase or are just outright opinionated, there is something that makes them stand out from a crowd.

For Zoe Lyons it is the art of being herself and not having any shame in her performance.

The Brighton-based comic has been a regular on the comedy circuit for a number of years now, and she has used her constant touring to really grow as a performer.

“I have no dignity and I have no problems making a fool of myself on stage,” said the 45-year-old.

Mexican sensation El Ligero set to add Basingstoke to his list of destinations when he appears for VPW at the Vyne Community School

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HAVING wrestled in more than 1,900 matches, in 14 different countries, El Ligero has gained himself quite the reputation for being one of the hardest working people in British wrestling today.

Now, “the Mexican sensation” is set to add another promotion to his growing list of 185 when he takes to the squared circle for Basingstoke promotion Varsity Pro Wrestling (VPW) on February 24.

 A 15 year veteran of the ring, the masked wrestler takes great pride in his busy schedule – even at times working two shows in one day.

Speaking to The Gazette through the use of a translator Ligero said: “A lot of it comes from a drive to be as busy as possible and work as much as I can, but I never thought I would get to the point where I would have this busy as schedule so I just wanted to embrace it as much as possible.

Dylan Moran – Laughing in the doom and gloom

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After stepping away from touring for nearly four years, Dylan Moran returns with his latest stand-up show claiming: ‘I’m here to save souls.’

The Irishman, from County Meath, has never been short of words and thinks the world is now in a time of crisis, with people being bombarded with bad news.

A famously angry young man, but now 43 and married with kids, Dylan’s view of the world comes from an older, wiser perspective and the comedian hopes this comes across in his upcoming stand-up tour, Off The Hook.

Having had a break from doing stand­-up, Dylan is revitalised and cannot wait to get back on the stage.

Country duo, The Shires, bring their whirlwind adventure to the Anvil

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IN THE three years that duo Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes – better known as The Shires – have been performing it has been a bit of a whirlwind adventure.

After enjoying critical acclaim with debut album Brave, the pair has been afforded the privilege of playing to audiences all across the globe.

With the release of their second album My Universe now under their belt the country music duo claim they are still in the adjustment period.

“Every day we are still doing something new,” Ben tells The Gazette.


Derren Brown brings his talk ‘No Tricks’ to the Anvil

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Derren Brown

MAGIC, the power of influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces, is something people have used to baffle the minds of many for years.

But what do you do when something so childish becomes your career? You adapt, you evolve, you make it relevant to the here and now.

This is something that illusionist Derren Brown has done for nearly 16 years, and his latest evolution has seen the mastermind delve deep into the idea of happiness.