Theatre review: Dreamboats and petticoats at Manchester Palace Theatre

It’s cold, it’s dark and I needed cheering up on a Monday evening - so what better than a song and dance?

Theatre and Comedy
Leon Murphy

Music scene uniting for tragic Leon

The borough’s music community is coming together to pay tribute to a tragic young performer who lost his battle against a brain tumour.

Great Reckoning

Rockers set for Great Reckoning with new EP

Rock fans are set for a Great Reckoning with the latest up-and-coming group on the borough’s music scene to release its debut EP.

Screen grabbed image taken from the Twitter feed of Ringo Starr of the former Beatles drummer with Sir Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr come together for studio session

The last two living ex-Beatles have teamed up for the first time in seven years.

Offbeat 1

Indie-rockers Ravellas hope for big year as momentum grows

Wigan indie-rockers Ravellas are hoping for a big 2017 with their latest single pulling at the strings of success.

Paul Davies

Pianist’s concert reimagines Northern Soul

A Northern Soul singer is preparing to play in the hometown of Wigan Casino – but will offer a radical new take on the songs that made the venue famous.

Prince, back on Spotify

Prince's music back on Spotify after deal reached

The music of late singer Prince will return to streaming service Spotify, the company said.

Green Day

Review: Green Day, Leeds First Direct Arena

Punk rockers Green Day have never been afraid about getting political.

Adam Bradbury. Picture by Jack Valentine

Stripped-down sound for Adam’s new EP

A singer-songwriter is embracing life in the slower lane after abandoning plans for a rock-influenced album to explore mellow acoustic music.

Jon Bates

Northern Soul charity single to help stricken DJ

A Northern Soul singer has teamed up with some of the most famous names on the scene to record a charity single in aid of a Wigan DJ.

Dirty Circus live on stage. Picture by John Latham

Dirty Circus moves with the times

The Dirty Circus has well and truly returned to the Wigan music scene, with one of the borough’s most notorious groups looking forward to unleashing its new material in 2017.

Crowds at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling line-up announced

Part of the line-up has been announced for this year’s Kendal Calling Festival in July.

Revellers at a Sankeys event

Legendary nightclub Sankeys may be coming to Wigan

Dance music fans have the chance to bring a legendary nightclub’s events to Wigan as part of a fightback against the closure of top venues.

Ed Sheeran is heading to the North West

Ed Sheeran announces UK and Ireland tour dates...and he's coming to the North West!

Hot on the heels of his double single release earlier this month Ed Sheeran has announced his UK and Ireland tour dates.
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Olivia Garcia recording her song Freedom Hearts for this year's Song for Europe

Olivia launches bid for Eurovision gold

A Wigan student who last year took The X Factor by storm is now looking to conquer Europe!

Les Hilton

Musicians are rallying round to support Les

The sound of music will help to make a difference to a popular performer recovering from a stroke.

Danny Simm meeting Chris Bourne for a documentary

Radio presenter’s film about singer

A young Wigan radio presenter and songwriter has made a short film giving music fans an exclusive look behind the scenes at a major tour.

Jools Holland

Jools Holland back at Jazz Festival

Iconic rhythm and blues pianist Jools Holland will return to Wigan for another headlining show at one of the borough’s biggest music events.

Zoe Unsworth

Young star Zoe to release new single

A young singer-songwriter from the borough hopes to continue her ascent through the music scene when her latest single is released this month.

Sarah Morgan with a Wigan kebab

Comedian Sarah’s song about her love of pies

A Wigan stand-up comedian and musician says her light-hearted tribute to the town’s favourite foodstuff has been given a boost by an out-of-this-world publicity stunt.

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