Tribute to Oasis for troops

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A GROUP of Wigan musicians are coming together to raise money for those on the front line with a night of music inspired by Manchester’s most famous bunch of Britpop artists.

Three bands will take to the stage at the Crispin Arms, in Scholes, to raise money for Help for Heroes, with the night having a distinct Oasis flavour.

The headlining slot will be taken by Oaces, a recently-formed Wigan band paying tribute to the music of the Gallagher brothers and their bandmates, who will play their hometown after a successful slot at Manchester’s Dry Bar last month.

The support on the night comes from indie-pop covers band Silverstone and Latics-themed band Empty Seats, who may be familiar to music scene fans who also follow the football from their charity fund raising exploits.

The gig is being organised by Oaces and Silverstone drummer Gaz Ronan, from Whelley, who was inspired to put on the show for Help for Heroes by the experiences of friends serving in the armed forces.

Gaz, 28, said: “This is the first time I’ve organised a charity gig and so far it’s been good fun. All of us have friends of friends who are in the armed forces so it’s something we’re all aware of, and it’s a really good cause.

“With Oasis splitting up there’s a lot of interest in the Wigan music scene in them, and hopefully lots of people will come out to see us.

“We try and do everything how Oasis did it. With the vocals, our singer Chris Maddocks is the closest you are going to get to his voice. We’re going to be playing the hits like Wonderwall, but we also want to do some more unusual album songs for the die-hard Oasis fans.

“With Silverstone playing a range of covers too it should be a good night of music and if it’s a success I hope it will be the first of many fund raising nights.”

The organisers will also be holding an auction of Oasis albums signed by their drummer Alan White, after Gaz got in touch with his brother Steve, who played drums for Paul Weller, over Twitter.

The gig will be held on Saturday, May 26, starting at 6pm. Entry is free but there will be donations taken. For more information, visit www.oaces.co.uk