MUSIC SCENE: Festival offers Inside View

Wigan rockers Inside View are hoping that the sun will be shining this weekend for their performance at the annual WOW Festival.

The talented four-piece will be joining Tiredness Kills and Love On Hold at Sunday's event, which will feature dance, music, theatre and arts from the borough and across the globe.

Thousands are expected to turn out for the festival at Mesnes Park, which Inside View guitarist Danny Heaton is eagerly anticipating.

The 20-year-old, from Ashton-in-Makerfield, said: "Last year around 9,000 people turned up, so it would be amazing to play for a crowd of that size.

"Chris Wyatt, from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, had listened to some of our tracks and asked us if we were interested in playing at this year's event.

"We jumped at the chance as we thought it would make a change from playing the usual indoor venues."

Inside View, who formed only last September, have made a big impact on the local music scene.

Their gigs across the borough, and the North West, have received rave reviews.

The same goes for EP Picture Perfect, which was recorded with Wigan music mogul John Kettle.

John will be working with the band once again in October when they record another EP which is as yet untitled.

Danny said: "We always enjoy recording with John as he's a great guy and great producer.

"We've written around 20 songs and are currently discussing which ones will make it onto the EP.

"We have a new song called Judas, which we will be playing live for the first time at the WOW Festival.

"The set is going to be made up of old and new tracks – it's a great chance for us to showcase our music for a big crowd."

The band, whose influences range from the cream of Britpop to the heaviest of metal acts, are full of praise for the music scene in Wigan at the moment.

"There are a lot of really good acts coming up in the borough at the moment," said Danny.

"For us, things are continuing to go from strength to strength and we hope to take the band as far as we can."