Wigan Live 2017 is here!

So we had the first night of Wigan Live last night – the atmosphere was so good. Thank you so much to all the bands, solo artists and the crowds, we’ve had a seriously great time so far. Feedback from the audience has been really awesome too – they loved it! If you enjoyed yourselves last night or you’re going out tonight, tag us on twitter with @wiganlivefest or #wiganlive17 Or find out snapchat filter, you can search for our frame by geo location! And we’re only half way through, so get yourselves ready for a huge huge line up tonight – we have over 40 gigs, so don’t miss out! Saturday 19th Aug, sees a massive line up across all of our venues; The Old Courts (Baliff Bar and The Grand Vault), Casino de Cuba, Doc’s Symposium, Rok Box, The

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Best Band Award arrives!

Our mission at Wigan Live Festival is to champion great music, supporting new talents in Wigan and beyond. And this is the first step towards recognising and rewarding the great talent we feature on our fantastic stages each year. We’re proud to announce that this year we will be presenting a new special ”Wigan Live Festival Best Band” debut award. The bands and artists will be judged based on their performance on the night. The judges this year will be the festival organisers, with input from venues and audiences Throughout the festival we will be asking the audiences, the venues and ourselves…. “Who deserves the title and trophy of WLF Best Band 2017!?” We need your help! To nominate your favorite band or artist on Twitter, use the hashtag #WLFBestBand – and tell

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Wigan Live 2017 Video has landed!

We recently released our brand new promo video for this year’s Wigan Live Festival (August 18th & 19th)! And we completely beat last year’s record –  on facebook we got over 6000 views in just a day! now we’re heading up to 16,000! We have received some fantastic comments. We’re so chuffed with all the bands and artists from last year – it really shows how much you all brought to the fest. Thanks very much to Shane Green, and Louie for filming and to Digital Finch for producing the final video,  generously donating their time and skills. And, if you think it looks like fun! Then head to Wigan Live Festival come 18th and 19th Aug 2017! To keep up to date with all the latest news, then just follow our facebook & twitter and instagram pages.

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Line Up 2017 Announced!

Wigan Live Festival is very very soon!! Have you checked out the 2017 line up? We’ve been releasing the confirmed bands and artists to play over the past few months, and we have some great local legends, as well as bands from further afield. There’ll be many different music genres, and each band has their own page with music playing directly on the site, so check them out and have a listen. To see the full list so far go to our line up page Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing all the rest of our acts, so stay tuned! To keep up to date, head to our facebook page, where we’ll be updating you regularly, you can also join our facebook event page to see who else is going. Our Wigan Town Centre takeover kicks off on 18th August and 19th 2017 with over 60 bands

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More Line up Announced!

So now we have almost 60 bands added to our amazing Line up page  – and with less than 5o days to go! If you haven’t done so yet, go have a look, and of course listen! to some of the newly confirmed bands – seriously there’s so much variety, I think you’ll find a few new favourites. Newly added artists include; indie group Smashing Lads, the Wang Dang Doodle, with some rock and blues from London, Randolph Swain and the Red Lights for a bit of space rock,  Rik Jones with a great acoustic set and hard rock from The Senton Bombs – see the full list of bands and artists here. Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing all the rest of our acts (there are loads more goodens coming), so stay tuned! To keep up to date, head to our facebook page, where we’ll

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Wigan Live Fundraiser – Wigan Central on 26th June

We are showcasing just 3 performers that will be playing at Wigan Live Festival 2016! Wigan Central at 2:30pm on 26th June Free entry! Alec Martin – 2:30pm Alec is one of the hardest working musicians in the north west. As well as being a founder member of Night Train (never missed a gig!), he is also responsible for The Buskers Ball of Bolton, England…one of the country’s original ‘open mike’ sessions. An accomplished singer/songwriter, as well as singing with Night Train and running The Buskers Ball, Alec can also be found doing solo gigs at various folk,blues and open mike sessions in the area, with a repertoire that not only includes his original material, but also covers by people ranging from Dylan to Howling Wolf. Tim Critchley – 3:30pm Tim

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The Platform – Later….With Wigan Live

Wigan’s finest artists will be arriving at The Platform this Sunday 29th May. Wigan Centrals new room and big stage is opening its doors for the first time this Sunday. To celebrate its arrival, Wigan Live Festival are putting on some of Wigan’s finest artists from 7pm – 11pm. Artists have already been booked for this event however if you would like to play just bring your music or guitars and we will do our best to fit you in to what promises to be a marvelous music mashed merryment and celebration. Sarah Hardman 7:15 Moondog 8:15 Calvin Snape 8;45 Road to Poppyville 9:15 Craig Lawlor 9:45 Little Miss P and the Projects Acoustic 10:15 https://www.facebook.com/events/1164612730245249/

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Announcing the Line Up

Wigan Live Festival is just 90 days away! Have you checked out the 2016 line up? Today we’ve released the first 20 confirmed bands and artists to play, we have some great local legends, as well as bands from further afield. There’ll be many different genres, and each artist has their own page with music streaming on the site, so check them out and have a listen. Just a few of our awesome bands added today include Hanzo, The Working Man BIRCHALL, Joe Symes and the Loving Kind and James Holt – to see the full list so far go to our line up page Over the coming weeks we’ll be announcing all the rest of our 40 acts (and believe me, there are loads more beauts coming), so stay tuned! To keep up to date, head to our facebook page, where we’ll be updating you

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Artist Application Deadline – Coming Soon

We’re looking for a real variety of local music talent – there are really no bounds! And our panel listen to every single application (that’s a lot of listening time!). The deadline for Artist Applications this year is 2nd May 2016 – and we will be in contact with successful applicants no later than 24th May 2016. Then comes the exciting part, we’ll be releasing the full timetable and band profile listings on our website asap after that! The festival itself is 19th – 20th August across Wigan Town Centre – the town will be bursting with gigs and live music fans in over 9 venues. We’re now in our huge 4th year of free music, and it’s getting bigger and better. Applying So we can review your act properly, please ensure you

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Standish Live Festival – Coming 27th Feb 2016

Standish Live Festival is run by our head organiser Tim – it’s our little sister fest :) It’s a community free music festival on 27th Febuary 2016 where the venues in Standish join forces to put on a festival of singing and dancing! And this year we have a cracking line up! To keep up with news – follow our Standish Live Festival page on Facebook. LINEUP [one_half] GLOBE 7:15 PM Quaintest show on Earth 8:15 PM Rik Macfeegle 9:15 PM Craig Lawlor 10:15 PM MAPLE CLOUDS[/one_half] [one_half_last] THE HOOT 7:10 PM Craig Lawlor 8:10 PM Moondog 9:10 PM Tim Critchley 10:10 PM Robbie Cavanagh [/one_half_last] [one_half] THE SHAMROCK 8:00 PM Sarah Hardman 9:00 PM QSOE 10:00 PM Honey badger project 11:00 PM Smashing lads [/one_half] [one_half_last] THE LAST ORDERS 7:20 PM

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Acoustic Artists Wanted for Gigs

We’re looking for some new acoustic artists to play a number of gigs in Wigan over the Spring and Summer 2016. Music style isn’t limited, but we’re looking for solo / duos only – no full bands please. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more! This isn’t an application for The Wigan Live Festival by the way – it’s for our other gigs. If you’d like to apply at the main festival as well, head here Apply

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New Wigan Live Festival Video

We have just released our first new promo video for this year’s Wigan Live Festival (coming August 19th & 20th)! And it’s already hit well over 1000 views on our facebook page. It features many of our fantastic bands and venues from our 2015 festival – you can see what a great time we had! Thanks very much to James Lindsay for filming and to Digital Finch for producing the final video,  generously donating their time and skills. To keep up to date with all the latest news, then just follow our facebook & twitter pages.            

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