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Fans will be entertained at 2010 Isle of Man TT

After criticism of the off-track entertainment during the 2009 TT, the Isle of Man Department of Tourism and Leisure has announced an action-packed programme for the 2010 races.
At the Carole Nash International Motorcycle Show in Birmingham, it was revealed the programme will see seven nights of thrilling entertainment on Douglas seafront as well as the return of many old favourites around the rest of the Island.

Extreme sports, stunt shows, air displays, music, comedy and film will all feature in the action-packed calendar. Fans will also have numerous opportunities to meet and greet their heroes at the chat shows and fan zones during the festival. And if that wasn't enough, the 2010 Isle of Man TT will also feature the 50th anniversary celebrations of leading Japanese manufacturer Suzuki's involvement in the TT Races.

The entertainment programme kicks off on Thursday 3rd June with the TT 'Day of Champions'. Former motorcycling champions and TT legends will be interviewed on the main stage at the TT Grandstand. All the stars will also be on hand to meet fans, give racing tips and sign autographs. With even more stars appearing daily during race week, the TT Main Stage will be at the heart of the action.
Some of the UK's leading stand-up comedians are also being lined up to appear on the Island during the TT festival. The Island has earned itself a reputation as a comedy hotbed in recent months with performances from the likes of Lee Evans, Alan Carr, Sean Lock, Ross Noble, Al Murray and Michael McIntyre and negotiations are currently at an advanced stage in confirming appearances in 2010.

Saturday 5th June sees the beginning of the seven-night 'Extreme Sports' extravaganza on Harris Promenade. The TT Entertainment Zone will feature seven individual shows featuring the best extreme sports acts, stunt shows and classic bikes. These shows are sure to be extremely popular but fans needn't worry too much about missing any of the action as everything will be replayed on a huge video screen.
Thrill seekers will be able to experience an adrenaline rush of their own with a choice of bungee jumping, gyroscopes, simulators, slingshots and more. There will also be a dedicated children's experience as part of the activities.
There are a large number of live music experiences scheduled throughout the Island during the fortnight and the official action will take place on Douglas Promenade. The TT Live stage will be situated high above the crowds on the Villa Marina Colonnade and will host an eclectic mix of bands every night. The Villa Marina Promenade Suite will turn into a TT Nightclub for the duration of the Festival with live music every night, cabaret and extended bar opening till 2am, whilst some of the UK's leading headline music acts are being lined up to play the Villa Marina Royal Hall during Race Week. There will also be live music every evening at the ever-popular 'Bushy's Beer Tent' featuring the best local talent.

The Villa Marina will also host the post race prize presentations on Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th June with fans getting the chance to mingle with the prize winners from the Superbike, Sidecar, Superstock and Supersport races.

Manx National Heritage will be hosting a temporary exhibition celebrating Suzuki's 50th anniversary of competing in the TT at the Manx Museum in Douglas. Suzuki machines have been hugely prominent at the TT Races since 1960 and the exhibition promises to be a treat for anyone interested in motorcycle racing. It will feature historic machinery, leathers and memorabilia marking the highlights of Suzuki's participation on the Isle of Man. Among the Suzuki names featured will be Mitsui Ito, Ernst Degner, Mick Grant, David Jefferies, Adrian Archibald and Bruce Anstey. The exhibition is the first in a number of events being planned by Suzuki during the 2010 TT to celebrate their anniversary.

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