Justin Bieber banned from China over 'bad behaviour'

Justin Bieber will not be invited to perform in China because of his past "bad behaviour", Beijing officials said.

Singer-songwriter Jash meets pupils at Shevington High School

Singer tackles bullying and discrimination on school visit

An up-and-coming singer-songwriter visited a Wigan secondary school with hard-hitting messages about bullying and discrimination.

The Verve's lead singer Richard Ashcroft live in front of a home crowd at Haigh Hall in Wigan

Verve’s gig at Haigh Hall to be released

The Verve’s famous outdoor gig at Haigh Hall in front of thousands of devoted fans is being released on CD for the first time.

"I've actually come off Twitter completely, I can't read it."

Ed Sheeran forced off Twitter by trolls

Ed Sheeran has said that online abuse has driven him off Twitter.

James Walsh from Starsailor

Starsailor back with fifth studio album and tour

Wigan rockers Starsailer are to release their first new album in eight years.


Adele tells fans: I don't know if I'll ever tour again

Adele has hinted that she may never tour again.

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Win: Pupils from Shakespeare Primary in Fleetwood

Shakespeare Primary School crowned 2017 Last Choir Singing County Winner

Shakespeare Primary School has been crowned Last Choir Singing 2017 County Winner – winning Lancashire’s foremost school singing competition title at the Grand Final event held at King George’s Hall on 16 June.
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at Robin Park, Wigan

Top pianist Jools cannot wait for Wigan jazz festival

Iconic pianist Jools Holland has spoken of looking forward to returning to Wigan for the borough’s biggest celebration of jazz.


A festival of 'Hope & Glory'

With so many festivals setting up camp throughout the UK nowadays, it can take something special for a fledgling event to push its way to the fore.
Pink Floydian

Singer Sam’s hometown gig on the dark side of the moon

A Wigan singer in a top tribute act to an iconic prog rock band has a simple message for music fans ahead of this weekend’s gig in the town: if you don’t turn up you will wish you were here.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande releases live charity version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Pop star Ariana Grande has released her emotional rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow as a charity single after performing it on stage at Sunday night's benefit concert.
The Relays

Joy of six for Haigh Fest

Festival season is just around the corner and the buzz of live music and local talent is returning to Haigh Woodland Park next month.


Songwriter's powerful tribute to Manchester bomb victims

A Wigan musician is set to perform a tribute song which she has written in memory of the Manchester bomb victims.
Festival-goers will be able to take their drugs to a testing tent run by The Loop, which will then tell them what is in the drugs before destroying what was handed over

Music festivals to allow revellers to test illegal drugs

Some of Britain's biggest music festivals are poised to allow revellers to test their drugs before they take them.

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Take That Wonderland tour

REVIEW: Take That supported by All Saints at Manchester Arena

Along with tens of thousands of my closest friends, I popped out to see the Mancunian boys made good who have arrived for a barn-storming return to the city they call home.


Rock star Chris Cornell 'may have taken own life'

The death of rock star Chris Cornell is being investigated as a possible suicide, Detroit police have said.

Will Young will be a judge in the summer

Will Young and Chaka Khan among guest judges for new BBC show Pitch Battle

Will Young, Seal and Chaka Khan are among the singing stars who will join judges Kelis and Gareth Malone to choose the next big music group in new BBC show Pitch Battle.


Last minute search for indie band to fill vacant slot at popular venue

A Wigan band is making a last minute plea to aspiring musicians to fill a vacant performance slot at a popular town centre venue.

Humanz by Gorillaz

Gorillaz back with anthem for our times

Gorillaz release Humanz, Cranberries remix old favourites while we round up new sounds from Mark Lanegan and Cattle and Cane

Rag 'N' Bone Man

Gig review: Rag ‘N’ Bone Man at Manchester Academy

A sea of phone screens recording videos which will never get watched necessitated the need to crack your neck to see Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on stage.

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