ORGANISERS of Haigh Fest have announced plans for a town centre concert.
In conjunction with Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the gig will replace the annual summer festival, Haigh Fest which was axed just a few weeks ago due to clashes with a major out-of-town event.
In a bid to still provide the borough with a highly successful music event, giving local bands a chance to showcase their talents, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust bosses and town centre management have worked together to arrange Diamond Festival on June 4 which is set to be the biggest event of the year with appearances from local celebrities.
Chris Skoyles, Young People’s Media Assistant at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Both myself and my colleague Helen Seddon who works in our Arts and Festivals team were gutted about Haigh Fest being cancelled this year and still wanted to try and do something for local bands.
“We’ve had a couple of conversations with Mike Matthews, the Town Centre Manager, who was also keen that we try to keep the spirit of Haigh Fest alive this year and after a meeting, can confirm that between us, we’ll be doing an eight-hour Haigh Fest-style festival in the town.”
The culmination of the event will see a large beacon lit in the town centre in line with other authorities across the country doing the same to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Coun Chris Ready, cabinet champion for customer services, said: “The day will be one of the biggest events Wigan town centre as seen for years.
“It will be a full day of entertainment for all the family, including the Diamond Fest, finishing off with the beacon event.
“I am in talks with major sponsors and I am keen to use all local talent.”
Diamond Festival will use the same selection process as Haigh Fest, and application forms are now available online until March 31.
The selection panel will then meet on April 18 to select the line-up.
Festival bosses are accepting applications from all acts including who have played Haigh Fest the last two years.
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