Jazz festival headline gig tickets are selling fast

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TICKETS for Jools Holland’s headline gig at The Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014 are selling fast.

In fact more than 75 per cent of seats have already been filled since the show was announced last month.

The popular composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster will be performing with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring original Squeeze band member and drummer Gilson Lavis, and special guest stars Melanie C and Marc Almond, with guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Ian Darrington, Festival Director, said: “I’m absolutely delighted by the response we’ve already had from music fans, who are guaranteed a fantastic show on the night.

“I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already booked their ticket to make sure they don’t miss out on the chance to watch these talented performers on stage in Wigan.”

A few questions have been asked as to why the festival is playing host to several performers who one would struggle to categorise as jazz musicians.

This isn’t the first time that this has happened and a spokesman for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust explained that there was very much a desire to draw as wide an audience as possible while retaining jazz at the heart of a concert.

Jools Holland is unquestionably a jazz performer whereas Melanie C and Marc Almond will bring fans of their own who will then perhaps get a first taste for jazz and like it.

The gig takes place at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday, July 10, at the start of a four day spectacular which promises to be a treat for music lovers.

Tickets range from £33 to £79 for a VIP Experience which includes front of stage seating and a meal with wine. You can book by visiting WLCT’s box office at https://boxoffice.wlct.org/ or by calling 828271. A booking fee of £2 will apply for online transactions. The Jools Holland gig is sponsored by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope.

The full programme of the Wigan International Jazz Festival, sponsored by Manchester Airport, will be published early in the new year. Rover tickets incorporating the Jools Holland concert will go on sale at the same time.