Wigan set to party!

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A MAJOR new music festival is to be held in Wigan this summer.

Wuchiefest will make its debut in Woodshaw Park, Aspull, on August 10 and 11.

Although the bands are still to be confirmed, organisers say they are on the verge of securing several big names both new and established, from all over the world.

Details of the line-up and tickets will be announced later this month or early April.

Organiser Martin Jump (left), chairman of Aspull Rugby Football Club, said: “The rugby club has been struggling financially for the last few years, so I thought rather than doing small fund-raising events we would do one big one.

“We had the opportunity to do a small land deal and got some cash, so we thought we would try and make the money work to put on a big event and secure the future of the club.

“Music festivals seem to be the thing at the moment but not everyone has the opportunity to go to the bigger ones such as Glastonbury or V, but we can provide a more affordable option.

“Prices will be kept as low as possible for punters, in what is an extremely competitive market.

“The festival will include a mix of current and old bands, rock and pop.

“We are aware that it is the line-up which will sell the tickets, and we have a couple of good bands lined up so far who have sold a lot of records and have been touring again.”

Planning permission has been granted, as Wuchiefest will be spread over three stages across the two rugby pitches, comprising the main stage, a marquee and an acoustic area collectively holding up to 3,000 people.

Tickets, which will be limited, are expected to sell for between £25 and £45.

Organisers will also provide transport from certain locations.

Mr Jump added: “I have gone from being nervous about the event to being really excited.

“It is a great coup for the area, especially with the calibre of bands playing.

“Wuchiefest will be an annual event and we will be looking to build the festival year upon year.”

Joining Mr Jump on the organising panel are Fraser Boon, owner of the Mad Ferret pub in Preston, and The Ark Preston founder Gareth Butterworth.

Mssrs Boon and Butterworth have hosted and promoted hundreds of events at their venues over many years, featuring star acts including The Vaccines, Alt-J, The Joy Formidable, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T and Frightened Rabbit.

The name for the festival comes from the location, as it will be held in Woodshaw Park alongside the picturesque silhouette of Wutchie Rook.

For more information visit www.wuchiefest.com

This will be Wigan’s first large music event in two years, as, the popular Haigh Hall Live and Haigh Fest weekender was axed last year.

The date clashed with The Stone Roses reunion gig at Heaton Park, following Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s concerns it would not be able to get enough ticket sales.

Details of any future concerts at Haigh Hall are yet to be announced.