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Rock and soul nights keep the music flowing this weekend

The town centre is a fiesta of music this weekend courtesy of Wigan Live Festival but anyone getting to evening and requiring even more tunes are in luck.

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"It's going to be so exciting. It doesn't happen very often, does it?"

Bonnie Tyler to sing total eclipse of the heart during solar eclipse

Bonnie Tyler will sing her classic hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart during next week's solar eclipse in the US.
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Pineapples will not be allowed into either the arena or the campsite

Reading and Leeds festivals ban... pineapples

Pineapples have been banned from this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.

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Siobhan Fahey (right), Sara Dallin (left) and Keren Woodward of Bananarama

Bananarama lead line-up for 1980's-themed Children In Need concert

Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure and Jason Donovan will take to the stage in a 1980s extravaganza concert for Children In Need.

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Spice World is 20 years old

Girl Power: Take our Spice World quiz

As Spice World the film turns 20, we celebrate with a look back at the band that started it all.

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Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

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Festival Republic launch drive to address music industry's gender imbalance

The organisers of Reading and Leeds festivals have launched a new campaign aiming to address the gender imbalance at UK festivals and the wider music industry.

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Rascal Flatts - 'Back To Us'

Music review: Rascal Flatts - 'Back To Us'

Back for their 10th album are country singers Rascal Flatts. The collection is reminiscent of the trio's distinctive sound and a real winner.

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Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams

Music review: Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams

What a fabulous tribute to country singer and legend Don Williams. This album celebrates Don's retirement and concludes an impressive five-decade career.

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This One's For You byLuke Combs

Music review: This One's For You by Luke Combs

Country and western fans will be blown away by singer Luke Combs' debut album "This One's For You.''

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Eighties Eurovision champions Bucks Fizz who are to release their first new album in more than three decades

Former Eurovision champions Bucks Fizz to release first album in more than 30 years

Eighties Eurovision champions Bucks Fizz are to release their first new album in more than three decades.

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The Original (1st Generation) iPod was introduced in 2001

Apple's ditched iPods no longer core as music moves to phones

The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.

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Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock

Former Sex Pistol's date in (the old) court

He was once a member of the most notorious band in British music...and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock is still rocking as an acoustic artist.

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Glastonbury is taking a year off

BBC launch brand new music festival for 2018 as Glastonbury takes year off

The BBC has announced its biggest ever music event with a brand new festival across four different nations.

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Craig Breen, a Royal Marine turned rapper

'Writing helped me through dark days'

A Royal Marine turned rapper is aiming to hit the high notes in music after using his writing talent to come through his darkest times.

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Justin Bieber performs on a stage during his world tour concert in Beijing

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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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