Eli headlines Youth Zone music festival

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FORGET Glastonbury, V and Leeds, Wigan Youth Zone is hosting the music festival of the summer this weekend.

An amazing array of acts across three stages has been organised to celebrate the achievements of the facility, its 6,500 members and mark the end the holidays in style.

Youngsters are looking forward to the WYZ Fest - a music festival with three stages at Wigan Youth Zone. From left, Jodie Morris, 12, Rhiann Rigby, 12, Sarah Donnellan, 13, and Hayley Fairhurst, 13

Youngsters are looking forward to the WYZ Fest - a music festival with three stages at Wigan Youth Zone. From left, Jodie Morris, 12, Rhiann Rigby, 12, Sarah Donnellan, 13, and Hayley Fairhurst, 13

An acoustic stage outside on the skate park will showcase hot new indie and acoustic acts throughout the evening. The stage will be headlined by R&B soul singer Eli Cripps and a full band that have been making huge waves on the Manchester music scene recently.

The main stage in the sports hall will be headlined by Taz, the UK’s first rapper to be signed by Def Jam records in America. The act will also feature special guests Jaya Kosa and stars of the emerging afrobeats scene in London. Also performing is Manchester artist Shotty Horroh who has made a name in freestyle battle leagues, toured internationally and will feature on X Factor winner James Arthur’s new album.

Further North West rappers including MTV star Kapital KO & Batz Inda Belfrybwil perform as will Ben James Miller and bands who cut their teeth at the WYZ battle of the bands.

The rave stage which will be hosted in the blacked out, glow stick filled dance studio, with big beats and bigger basslines from some huge DJs including former Radio 1 in DJs Mistress De Funk, Unity Radio’s Bizzy B and Sideprojek.

The event runs from 4pm and 10pm and will be of no extra charge to Wigan Youth Zone members with the usual entrance fee of just 50p as per usual evening session.

Any money raised from the event will be put back into the Youth Zone to benefit our young members.

The youngsters have many opportunities to learn new musical instruments at the club and have bene buzzing with excitement ahead of the festival.

Music and Media Youth Worker Nikki Varley said: “Since we opened just three months ago Wigan Youth Zone has gone from strength to strength and our membership numbers have far outstripped anything we could have hoped for.

“This event is to celebrate everything the Youth Zone and our members have achieved so far.

“It will also be a great showcase of acts from across the UK to inspire young people and give them a taste of live music. We’ll have a host of other fun activities around the centre as well as freebies and prizes.”

WYZ Fest is an event for the senior members, who are in high school and up to the age of 19 (25 for those with additional needs).