Mel C to team up with Jools at town’s main event

Coming to Wigan International Jazz Festival - Melanie Chisholm
Coming to Wigan International Jazz Festival - Melanie Chisholm
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NOT content with Jools Holland and Marc Almond in the line-up for next year’s Wigan International Jazz Festival, organisers have now added a Spice Girl too!

The award-winning singer songwriter Melanie C will be joining former Soft Cell lead singer as a special guest of Jools in one star-studded night.

It will be the festival’s headline gig at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday July 10 next year.

The borough is facing an unprecedented influx of musical big names and chart-toppers in 2014 with Elton John playing Leigh Sports Village in June.

Melanie started her career as Sporty Spice in world-famous girl band The Spice Girls. She has since achieved over three million album sales as a solo artist and has also crafted a career in theatre, starring in shows including Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Darrington, Festival Director, said: “This is another exciting coup for the jazz festival, which is building up to be one of the best yet.

“Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the exciting opening night line up – tickets are selling fast so book now before it’s too late!”

In addition to Mel C and Marc Almond, popular composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster Jools will be performing with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring original Squeeze band member and drummer Gilson Lavis, plus guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Turner was born in Jamaica and but has lived in England since she was nine. Her major break came in the mid 1980s when she was asked to join Culture Club at the height of their stardom. She has released 14 albums plus the BBC’s Live From Glastonbury, as well as appearing on releases by the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Mick Jagger.

Oldham-born Marshall started singing at 15 months old and over the years she has worked with stars including Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Lulu and Van Morrison.

The Jools Holland show, sponsored by Bradshaw, Gass & Hope, takes place at the start of a four-day jazz spectacular which promises to be a treat for music lovers across the region.

Tickets for the show are on sale now. Prices range from £33 to £79 for a VIP Experience which includes front of stage seating and a meal with wine. Book by visiting WLCT’s box office at or by calling 828 271. A booking fee of £2 will apply for online transactions. The full programme of the Wigan International Jazz Festival sponsored by Manchester Airport will be published early in the new year. For further information and Festival news visit