Bands taking to stage for The Brick

Trish and Howard Green from The Brick

Trish and Howard Green from The Brick

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The Wigan music scene will do its bit to help keep people off the streets at a three-day festival in aid of a homelessness charity.

The Boulevard is staging The Brick Project Music Festival over the second Bank Holiday weekend in May, with more than 20 bands from across the borough signed up to perform.

Many of the best-known names on the Wigan scene, including prog rockers John the Baptist and the Second Coming, ferocious hardcore-punk two-piece Riggots and ska act RedEyed Jedi, have already confirmed they will take to the stage to raise money.

The charity festival is the brainchild of Emma Black from the Wallgate venue, who is arranging it in partnership with Wigan music promoter Dave Kaaria.

As the three-day bash is in aid of a Wigan charity the organisers have decided to go for an entirely home-grown line-up, making the weekend something of a celebration of the town’s artistic talent as well the chance to raise money for a good cause.

Promoter Dave said: “The Brick is a Wigan-based charity so one thing we wanted to do was have all the Wigan bands playing on the same festival with no out-of-town groups.

“I think sometimes The Brick gets a bit overlooked for fund-raising compared to other Wigan charities.

“People don’t always see homeless shelters in the same category of importance as other causes but it’s becoming a bigger issue with the way the world is.

“People are usually quite generous and show their support when they know what the charity is and especially if it’s a local one.

“It’s good for the scene too and it gives people the chance to be on the bill with bands they probably haven’t played with before..”

Other bands on the bill include hard rockers Invisible Ducks, metal groups Pedant and Bloodwork Salvation, indie act GrassRoots and eclectic garage band Midwich Cukoos.

Entry is free but music fans are asked to make donations. Items such as food, toiletries and clothing for The Brick’s service users and charity shop will also be gratefully received.

The festival is at The Boulevard from Friday, May 27,to Sunday, May 29. For more information search for The Brick Project Music Festival on Facebook.