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.

Theatre and Comedy 1
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.

Wigan cabaret band Radar back in the 1970s

Radar back on stage after 40 years

A Wigan band will provide a blast from the past when they play their first gig in almost 40 years for a leading local charity.

Wigan World Formby inpersonator Anthony Mason has a CD out in time for Christmas

Geoffrey Shryhane’s My World

Let’s face it, it’s not Christmas without being wooed by the everlasting songs of our own George Formby.


Boomin unplugged on latest album

A Wigan rock band is unveiling a new twist on its particular brand of musical craziness with its first acoustic album.

Birchall performing at last year's Wigan Christmas lights switch-on

Switch-ons a bright spot in duo’s year

For duo Birchall, the annual Christmas lights switch-ons around the North West are definitely the most wonderful time of the year.

Craig Harrison

Michael Jackson tribute provides Viva thriller

One of the world’s most well-respected and talked about Michael Jackson tribute acts will be moonwalking his way to Viva this Thursday, for a stunning tribute to the King of Pop.

Beverley Craven

Music legend back in the borough

A one-time chart-topping musician is returning to the borough.

Influential punk band The Vibrators head to Preston

Influential punk band The Vibrators head to Preston

Influential punk band The Vibrators is coming to Preston with their legendary live set

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Chris Connor performs as Elvis

‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is coming to Lowther Pavilion

The Elvis tribute who was voted as ‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is playing two nights at Lowther Pavilion, this weekend.

Rachael Webster

Rachael’s crowd fund plea for help

A singer-songwriter and former high-class call girl is seeking public help to turn people’s lives around by founding a record label.

Rockets The Who pictured in their early days

Searching for fans of The Who

Legendary rockers The Who played gigs right across Lancashire on their rise to global stardom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now author Richard Houghton is looking for fans who saw the band play in the early days to share their memories for a new book.
Nostalgia 2
Rik Jones

Songwriter Rik’s debut solo album

A Wigan singer-songwriter will take music fans on a journey beyond the Earth for his debut full-length solo album.

Andy Nicholls, manager of The Venue and Lindsey Holding, events programmer at The Old Courts

Birthday celebrations for music venue

A music venue for teenagers is all set to celebrate its first birthday by launching a new programme of events.

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