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.

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.

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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.

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