Sun beats down on Haigh Fest revellers

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THIS year’s Haigh Fest has been hailed as the best yet.

A gloriously hot day, 8,000 people passed through the gates at the annual concert which took place on Sunday at Haigh Hall Country Park.

The third and final day of the Cuffe and Taylor events went with a bang as 11 Wigan bands and special guests from Warrington graced the stage which world famous pop and rock stars had sang on earlier in the week.

For the first time, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust introduced a £2 entry fee into the festival but undeterred, young people, families and elderly music lovers poured into the festival for a day of original music under the blazing sun.

Ian McCluskey, 30, Glassheads lead singer, said: “We really enjoyed being out there, it was a top day.

“You feel like a rock star when you’re out on stage and see all the people looking back at you.

“It was brilliant to play where The Verve did their homecoming gig.”

Peter Taylor, director of Cuffe and Taylor Event Management, added: “We are proud to have such a good response from the people of Wigan.

“All the concerts have been a fantastic success and we look forward to presenting more gigs, working in partnership with WLCT.”

The festival saw a mixture of acts - all making their Haigh debut - belt out a mixture of sounds from heavy rock, to ska to folk.

Rock outfit, Secondson opened the concert while Merry Hell which features six original Tansads members, closed the day as the sun was setting.

Another first for Haigh Fest was adding a band from outside of the borough as special guests, Sly Digs from Warrington rocked the crowd.

Keith Bergman, head of events and hospitality at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “It was a fantastic day for Wigan, to finish three days of live music.

“It was great to see thousands of local people enjoying themselves listening to great local music and to top it off, the sun came out.”