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.

Joe Bonamassa performing at the Opera House, Blackpool. Pictures: Pete Doherty

CONCERT REVIEW: Joe Bonamassa at Blackpool Opera House

“I threw open the curtains of my hotel room and children were riding a rollercoaster right past my window!” Joe Bonamassa told the sold-out crowd at the splendid Opera House.

The Shires

REVIEW: The Shires, Opera House, Blackpool

British country duo The Shires got the second leg of their UK tour under way with a fine performance in Blackpool.

Little Anthony makes his first full UK performance at Blackpool International Soul Festival this summer

Soul festival debuts to make an impression

A ‘once in a lifetime’ line up is set to wow soul fans for the second Blackpool International Soul Festival.

Music 3
The Railway Children

Railway Children hoping for hometown gig

A successful Wigan indie-rock band is looking forward to bringing its reunion back to the region’s fans - but would love to play another hometown show.

Haigh Fest Rewind

Haigh music festival set to return

Local musicians are being invited to take part in a popular festival which returns after a six-year absence.

Boo Hewerdine

Take a peek at top songwriter Boo

Music fans in Wigan will get their first chance to hear one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business up close and personal with his debut solo show at the parish church.

Katie Barker

Katie scores a hit in singing contest

An aspiring young singer from Wigan has been given a huge confidence boost by her progression in a local singing competition.
Chetham's School of Music student Molly Noon

Wigan teen Molly hits the highest note

A star singing student from Wigan is celebrating after achieving the highest mark in the country in one of her exams.

Slydigs on stage supporting The Who. Picture by Radka Dolinska

Rockers Slydigs hope new EP will be a beast

One of the region’s most successful rock bands featuring a guitarist from the borough are asking fans a simple question with their new EP: How Animal Are You?

George Formby and Pat Howson

Actor wanted to play George Formby in upcoming film

A Lancashire author is on the hunt for a George Formby impersonator to play the iconic musician in a big screen production.

Thunder opened their new tour in Manchester

GIG REVIEW: Thunder at 02 Manchester Apollo

‘Everybody, scream!’

Yes Lad

Former X Factor group ready to storm charts

A young singer from the borough hopes to take pop fans back to the glory days of boybands when his group which found fame on a TV talent search releases its debut single.


Johnny Vegas stars in St Helens band Stillia's video

When you are being stalked by a famous comedian you know you have made it big.

Indie-rockers Grapefruit’s tales of sweet success

With indie bands emerging left, right and centre; one Wigan band is surging onto the scene with a sound “like no other”.

Steps are back!

90s pop group Steps announce UK tour and comeback album

Pop group Steps will celebrate 20 years since they formed with a comeback album and UK tour.

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Speak Easy performing at Band on the Wall

Young rockers Speak Easy at top venue

Young musicians learning their craft at a School of Rock project gave everyone a lesson in how to perform on stage when they represented the borough at a top music venue.

Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Theatre review: Dreamboats and petticoats at Manchester Palace Theatre

It was cold, it was 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.

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