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.

AC/DC Experience are Back in Black(pool)

AC/DC Experience are Back in Black(pool)

Arguably the biggest AC/DC tribute band in the country, have announced two homecoming gigs in Blackpool.

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The big showbiz quiz

Big showbiz quiz 2016

From dancing politicians to showbiz bust-ups, 2016 has been a busy one in the world of celebrity.

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George Michael

Tributes to George Michael from his 1980s friends and rivals

Star names from the 1980s pop scene were among those hailing the impact of George Michael, who died on Christmas Day aged 53.
George Michael

Ex-Wham singer George Michael dies aged 53

Pop superstar George Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.
Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies from severe infection aged 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died after suffering from a severe infection at the age of 68, his manager has said.

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Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer at Kennington Oval with their awards gained in the Melody Maker Polls

Greg Lake has died aged 69

Former King Crimson frontman Greg Lake has died aged 69, his manager has confirmed

Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo

Album review: African legends’ sunny sounds

Sultry, sun-kissed and sophisticated: the music of West Africa is some of the finest and most instantly recognisable on the entire continent.

What's your favourite Christmas song? Help us find the best one!

Vote: Help us decide on the best Christmas song of all time

You came in your hundreds to help us draw up a shortlist of Christmas songs - but there can only be one winner.
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Merry Hell

Merry Hell go fourth on new album

One of the best-known bands from Wigan has decided it is time for another bout of Merry Hell-raising with fourth album Bloodlines.

Olivia Garcia at the Wigan Christmas Cracker event

X-Factor starlet Olivia Garcia releases her first single

Singing sensation Olivia Garcia hopes it will be a Christmas to remember as her first single is released today.

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

New to Manchester and on its first UK tour, the full production of Billy Elliot has arrived at the Palace Theatre and if you haven’t seen it before, you must.

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John Anderton

From DIY shopping to star gig support

A Wigan singer-songwriter got a dream last-minute call-up to support a chart-topping star at a hometown gig while he was in a DIY store.

Richard Ashcroft

New single for ex-Verve frontman

One of Wigan’s most famous musicians has released the latest single from his massively-acclaimed solo album ahead of two very special shows next month.

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