THE borough launched The Verve and Starsailor to success and stardom, and now The Nouvelles are hoping their enthusiasm for Wigan will also see them heading onwards and upwards.
The hotly-tipped rockers, who have created a buzz on the Manchester scene, have spoken of their love of the town after choosing to record their debut full-length album with Merry Hell guitarist and record producer John Kettle at his Jaraf House studio in Bamfurlong.
The group’s stint in the town saw them produce This Modern Sound, which will be released later this autumn, and also emerge from the studio with an anthem for the Northern Ireland football team.
The band have been quick to praise Wigan since choosing it as their recording base, and hinted music fans in the borough may be seeing lots more of them in the future.
Frontman Johnnie Jackson said: “Wigan’s nicer than Manchester and the people are friendlier.
“We came here to finish the job after a hiatus in France but the way things are going I for one will be staying in Wigan longer than planned, I love it.
“We conquered the Manchester scene despite our core following being in Belfast, so now we just want somewhere away from fuss.”
The Nouvelles also chose Wigan to launch the album, with a gig at the Edington Arms in Hindley last week.
This Modern Sound is out in October. To find out more, search for The Nouvelles on ReverbNation.