STARSAILOR frontman James Walsh says he can not wait to perform at the DW Stadium after confirming he will perform at the Big One 5.
The former Wigan student - who shot to fame with his band’s platinum-selling debut album Love is Here - will take to the stage before the Warriors’ showdown against Leeds on September 5.
Former X-factor star Carolynne Poole, the New York brass band and a game involving a Joining Jack legends team featuring Jason Robinson and Henry Paul will also add to the pre-match entertainment.
James, who hails from Chorley, said: “It’s very exciting to be heading back to Wigan to play in front of what will be a huge crowd.
“I have a lot of great memories about my time in Wigan. It’s a great place and one that will always be close to my heart.
“I’ve also heard a lot of great things about this game and I’m looking forward to capping off a spectacular entertainment line up before the Warriors and Rhinos go to battle.
“I’ve seen that Wigan have been going well this year and Leeds are right up there too so I think it will make for a great game as well as a great night.”
Starsailor followed up their hugely-successful debut with three further albums, supported U2 in Paris, and recently reformed to play the Isle of Wight Festival. The group will support Manchester band James on their UK tour in November. James has also recorded as a solo artist and written songs with Eliza Doolittle, Mel C and Suzanne Vega.
Simon Collinson, marketing director at Wigan Warriors, reckons it could “possibly the best night of entertainment we’ve ever put on at the DW.”
He added: “To have someone of James’ stature perform live at the DW ahead of the Big One will only serve to help make this event bigger than ever before.”
Wigan will also be staging a Big One 5 afterparty in the marquee with The Whisky Sessions, giving fans a chance to unwind and mix with the Joining Jack legends and invited celebrities.
Tickets are free for Seasonal and Loyal 18 members, but must be claimed before Monday September 1 before they are released for sale.
Big One 5 tickets - and afterparty tickets - are on sale from the DW Stadium or by calling 0871 6633 552.