Helping hands for new bands

Promoter Pete Owen of local band The Vicious Circle, right, with Mortimer's bar manager Darren Lee
Promoter Pete Owen of local band The Vicious Circle, right, with Mortimer's bar manager Darren Lee

A GUITARIST is determined to help the next generation of Wigan musicians get off to a flying start after becoming a promoter.

Worsley Hall musician Pete Owen, who plays in The Vicious Circle, has started organising the Thursday Club Live, a monthly night at King Street venue Mortimers.

The first event, an alternative lights switch-on event, was a success, and Pete now hopes to offer as many acts aged 18 and over as possible the chance to kick start their bid for glory on the live scene.

Pete, 28, said: “I know from my own experiences it can be hard finding places which will let new bands play original material.

“I think there’s an untold amount of talent in Wigan and the town needs a stage for unsigned acts to make themselves heard.

“I’m particularly hoping to inspire people who play an instrument but are sat home and don’t know where to go to form a band and give playing live a go. There was a really supportive atmosphere on the night and it wasn’t at all daunting.”

The opening evening at Mortimers featured sets from husband-and-wife duo The Tulips, indie group The Cue Tigers and a headlining turn from classic hard rockers Cautious Retreat.

Pete has already had a lot of interest from bands for the second night, which is on December 19, and wants to work with studios and rehearsal venues to promote new acts.

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