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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.

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James

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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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