Getting Cracking in 2016

We’re already making plans for Summer 2016! It’s our 4th year with Wigan Live, and we want to make it bigger than ever, attracting folks from all over the North West to see what Wigan has to offer! The team had our first meeting this week, and we’re all really excited and starting to plan. The date of this year’s festival will be the weekend of 19th & 20th August – with bands playing all Friday night and all Saturday – so get it in your calendars! We’ve had some truly fantastic musicians join us over the past 3 years and many hundreds of guests, and it looks like this year will continue to get better and better. We plan to have at least 3 new venues involved this year, plus more involvement from other local community groups (and possibly

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Artist Interview: Calvin Snape

Who writes the songs, what are they about ? In my last band, I co-wrote the songs with the other singer. Obviously solo, I write my own stuff. And most of my songs are about girls and love (go figure) What is your favourite song that you’ve produced? My favourite song has to be Great Escapes, that I wrote with my last band Pray For The Weekend. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why? That would have to be at last years Wigan 10K. There was so much excitement and energy in the crowd, and we just fed off it. It was amazing! If you could gig with any musician alive or dead who would you pick? Can I pick one of each? Alive: Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day Dead: George Harrison from The Beatles How much time do you put into your music per week? I try to play at least an

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Competition: Win a Free Wigan Live T-shirt

We have a brand new competition for you! For your chance of winning a totally free exclusive Wigan Live Festival t-shirt as seen here All you need to do is head to our facebook page, specifically this post facebook.com/WiganLiveFestival/posts It’s very simple to enter! Like the post And comment on it “Wigan Live rules” The winner will be announced on our facebook page next Wednesday (29th July). Good luck!!

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Band Interview: Sky Valley Mistress

Why did you pick your band name? Because no one else has it. Who writes the songs, what are they about? We all write the songs but lyrics are all by Kayley. I know a few are about how women should be respected as much as men as musicians/in bands. I challenge anyone to watch us live and tell her she isn’t as bad ass as the rest of us. What is your favourite song that you’ve produced? That’s like asking a parent who their favourite child is. We’re lucky and have great genes so we don’t have an ugly one to pick on. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why? The next one because that’s the one we’re trying to make the best. But Download festival was pretty cool too. If you could gig with any musician alive or dead who would you pick? We like

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Band Interview: Invisible Ducks

Why did you pick your band name? It came from a singer in a band our guitarist was in before Invisible Ducks. The singer had young kids and instead of telling them he had farted in front of them he said he had Invisible Ducks following him round quacking. We thought it was funny and memorable so we used it. Who writes the songs, what are they about? We all have a hand in the writing of songs, Tony (guitar) does the chords and most of the music, Emma (Vocals) takes care of the words and vocal melody. John (drums) writes the drums and Sarah (bass) does the bass lines and everyone helps to arrange the songs. Our songs are about personal life experiences, funny stories and things we feel our audience can relate to. What is your favourite song that you’ve produced? This is a hard question

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Band Interview: Quaintest show on Earth

  Why did you pick your band name? I wanted to create a name that had the allure of an old time traveling circus act or magician. Something to suggest that you are about to be entertained but you’re not quite sure how or in what way. I find the name really sells our quirky side before we’ve even showed up to play the gig adjective, quainter, quaintest. 1. having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house. 2. strange, peculiar, or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way: a quaint sense of humour. 3. skilfully or cleverly made. Who writes the songs, what are they about (if relevant)? I myself ( Tom ) tend to write nearly all the lyrics as its something i’ve been into since a young age spiralling from an interest in

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Press Release

WIGAN LIVE FESTIVAL – 2015 Friday 29th August & Saturday 30th August 2015 Showcasing some of the best unsigned bands and soloists from the local area and further afield, Wigan Live Festival returns for a third year. This August bank holiday weekend sees the centre of Wigan once again play host to a smorgasbord of musical talent, with free entry to all 10 venues throughout the weekend. With so many genres represented, from rock to blues to folk and beyond, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Tim Critchley, Head organiser of Wigan Live Festival, says “It’s such a great time to watch some of the best live music around, support our community and promote this year’s charity which is Derian House”. Wigan Live proudly supports one charity each year, and

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Band Interview: Tokyo Taboo

Why did you pick your band name? We love all things Japanese – Kawaii  fashion to anime cartoons. Tokyo is such a chaotic colourful city and we embody that craziness! Who writes the songs, what are they about? Dolly usually writes the lyrics and then we collaborate and come up with the rest. What is your favourite song that you’ve produced? Dolly: It really changes depending on the mood I’m in. Bubbilicious is a psychotic pop rock song that’s a lot of fun to perform live as it’s so high energy…..Then we have Drowning which is more meaningful for me written about a very tough time I went through. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why? We played an amazing show to launch our last record in Cargo (London) The room was completely packed and we

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Band Interview: Cannon Fodder

Why did you pick your band name? Matt: It picked us. Danny: I own a game called Cannon Fodder for the Snes (if you young-uns don’t know; top console of the 90s) Tom: Also happens to be the name of a play that we wrote in High School – A black comedy about WW2. Had other dodgy names before this one. In the end though, this is the one that meant something to us. Who writes the songs, what are they about? Danny: Tom here usually writes the main layout and sends them over to me to twiddle with and sort out my parts. So it’s usually between me and him what songs get brought through to live play. Tom: Yeah, mostly me and Danny. I tend to get a chord structure, singing melody and lyrics, and then Danny will do his thing and fill in the gaps if you like. Very much a team

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Band Interview: The Proposal

Why did you pick your band name? We were struggling to think of a name for our band for quite a few weeks! Eventually our bassist came up with the name, when he said ‘so what do we propose for a name?!…oh …hang on…The Proposal!’ Who writes the songs, what are they about? I (Lindz) write the songs at home on my guitar or keys and then bring them to practice – then then play them to the rest of the band and then they add all their parts – which really make the songs what they are. The band came about this way really – I had written loads of songs and roped the boys into playing…they all met each other for the first time ever at our first band practice – even though I knew them all individually from other bands and the pub! Lately our guitarist Benjie has written riffs/chord

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Wigan Live Promo Video!

So we’ve just released a brand new video – check it out!   Thanks to the artists featured in this video from our previous Wigan Live Festivals, including: Reason to Lie, Somnium, Red Eyed Jedi, Sharmane, The Quaintest Show on Earth, Rothwell, Rich Scholes, Emma Winstanley, Jan Hough, Tim Critchley, Sky Valley, Mistress, Rik Jones, Andy Unsworth and more! This year we’re planning to film much more the festival – so expect tons of videos to be released next year!

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Kickstarter Campaign

We have just launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign Although we have previously managed on a very low budget-we have high aim for this year, and we need some of your help to make this the best Wigan Live yet! There are a number of rewards to each level of payment offered – as low as £2! Click this link to read about our festival (if you don’t already know!) and make a donation. Anything, no matter how big or little, will be accepted and very much appreciated! Donations mean that we can spend more on production and get every element of the festival as good as we can for the bands and audience alike. Note: Any Kickstarter money we receive is strictly for production of the festival. Any money we raise outside of Kickstarter can and will be donated to charity. This year, the

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