Town gears up for first major Irish music festival

The Ryans, father and son Jacky and Paddy Ryan, who have organised the Wigan Irish Mega Festival at The Orwell

The Ryans, father and son Jacky and Paddy Ryan, who have organised the Wigan Irish Mega Festival at The Orwell

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THE countdown to the borough’s first major bonanza celebrating Irish music is well and truly on.

The inaugural Wigan Irish Mega Festival is set to be held at The Orwell at Wigan Pier from May 24 to 26, and will feature top Irish music acts from all over Europe.

Among the acts set to perform are The Wakes, Scougs, Beware Of The Pig and the Shevington-based event organisers The Ryans.

And the event has a charitable angle too with all profits set to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Paddy Ryan, from The Ryans, who were named top duo in a pub or festival and best CD at the Irish Music Awards earlier this year, said: “We’ve only got about 60 tickets left, so the sales have been going really well.

“We’ve got people coming all the way from Holland, Scotland, London and Manchester just to be there.

“It’s going to be fantastic.

“It’s taken a lot of organisation and planning but it’s all come together now. We have some absolutely terrific acts on too.

“Irish music is brilliant, it creates a special atmosphere and everyone enjoys themselves.

“So whether you’re really into it or have never heard it before, it will be entertaining for everyone.”

Following jam-packed schedules on the Friday and Saturday, from 5.30pm on Sunday, May 26, there will be the opportunity for festival-goers to bring their own instruments and join in.

On Saturday afternoon there will even be a Gaelic football exhibition match!

Weekend passes, priced £20, are on sale now.

To buy your tickets, go online at: www.theryansirishband.co.uk