Wiganer took Iron Maiden singer to Bosnia for secret gig

The extraordinary story of a Wiganer who took heavy metal legend Bruce Dickinson to Bosnia for a secret gig in a war zone has been put on screen.

Ariana Grande performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

No Tears Left to Cry: Ariana Grande unveils first new track since Manchester Arena attack

Ariana Grande has released her first new track since the Manchester Arena attack which claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers.
Dave Wakeling, frontman with legendary ska-poppers The Beat, is bringing the band back to Preston

The Beat goes on... Dave Wakeling on getting back on the road again

As California-based Dave Wakeling plans his UK return and a series of dates on this side of the Atlantic promoting a new LP by The Beat – 36 years after the last – MALCOLM WYATT got the lowdown from their acclaimed singer-songwriter

Merry Hell

Folk fans make it an awards double for Merry Hell

Thousands of folk fans have given the seal of approval to a Wigan band which scooped two top awards voted for by music enthusiasts.

Classical music has some dark and scary masterpieces

Classical Chat: Dare to descend into darkness and terror

There are many adjectives we could use to describe classical music: beautiful, uplifting, thrilling, noble, thought-provoking, complex.

The Courteeners

MUSIC REVIEW: The Courteeners return home with a smash, bang and almighty wallop

It was 2007 when I first set eyes upon what was then a misfit bunch of indie rock ‘n’ roll wannabes.

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Crowds look at the floral tributes in St Ann's Square, Manchester, to remember the victims of the terror attack

Mass sing-a-long to mark first anniversary of Manchester Arena terror attack

A mass sing-along led by choirs will be held to mark the one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

KOYO release their new single Jettisoned this month.

Music interview – KOYO: ‘People can expect a relentless, sonic spectacle from start to finish’

Less than seven months have passed since KOYO launched their critically acclaimed debut album, and with festival dates at Download, Camden Rocks, Bliss Camp, Great Escape Festival and Live at Leeds upcoming this year, the band are heading around the UK with a series of exclusive free warm up shows.

Elliott Carter

Classical Chat: With age and experience comes brilliance

Previously Classical Chat delved into the cult of youth to explore masterpieces written at terrifyingly young ages.
Liberty Howarth and Megan Graham performing

Wigan college music students find The Venue for fund-raising gig

Kind-hearted music students used their talents for a good cause by holding a charity gig in Wigan.

Embrace. Picture: Lou Barber

REVIEW: Embrace, Manchester O2 Ritz

‘Right, hands up...who’s bought the album?’

Leon Murphy

Remembering Wigan musician Leon at charity gig

Wigan’s music scene will come together to remember a popular musician and raise money for a local charity.

Franz Schubert

Classical Chat: All the brilliance of youth

The child prodigy, brimming with freakish talented at such an early age, has proved an irresistible image in classical music's history.
Chamber music group Ensemble 360

Classical Chat: Chamber pieces are music by numbers

Small groups of instruments have been very well served by classical composers: there are huge numbers of brilliant and beautiful trios, quartets and quintets.

Mark Peters

Wigan musician takes audiences on journey through local innerlands

A Wigan musician has been inspired by the borough’s landscapes and history to create his debut solo album.


Ravellas building a Reputation with new song

A Wigan indie band is hoping to gain a good reputation for its new single ahead of the release of a four-track EP.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke heading to Manchester after announcing new solo tour

The Radiohead frontman has included the north west as part of only three UK appearances this year.

Aston Merrygold, Louis Smith and Harry Judd

Aston Merrygold forms dance troupe with Strictly's Harry Judd and Louis Smith

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold has teamed up with Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith to form a new dance boy band.

Opera North performing Wagner's Ring Cycle. Photo by Clive Barda

Classical Chat: Going beyond into the truly epic

Although classical pieces can take whatever form a composer’s imagination dictates, many will stick to a length of somewhere from about 20 minutes to over an hour.
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