Bands warming up for festival

The Boulevard
The Boulevard

MUSIC fans will get to warm up for one of the borough’s biggest celebrations of local talent with a packed bill at The Boulevard this weekend.

Wigan Live Festival is putting on a four-band line-up at the popular Wallgate venue with a headlining set from rock ‘n’ rollers The Stetsons Electric on Saturday.

The night will also include appearances by Wigan indie-rockers The Chandeliers, funky alternative reggae group Psychic Robots whose members hail from Southport and St Helens and psychedelic indie-rock group Fourth Circle.

The night will also raise money for Wigan Live Festival, which takes place over two music-filled days on August 29 and 30 and will see almost 80 bands performing on stages at pubs and venues across Wigan.

Organiser Tim Critchley said: “We’re really looking forward to this gig, the bands we’ve picked are really good so it’s going to be an absolutely amazing night.

“The bands are all completely different, Fourth Circle have pop and alternative elements, The Chandeliers have a sound influenced by Oasis and the Britpop movement and Psychic Robot are reggae while The Stetsons Electric are a classic rock band with a real 1980s vibe.

“The bands on the bill are also all playing at Wigan Live Festival so it’s a good chance for people to check out some of the acts who will be performing later this month.”

The Boulevard gig will be the second live appearance of headlining three-piece The Stetsons Electric, who shot to notice last year by winning the Revolution battle of the bands and using the prize money to record debut EP Das Giddy, as they are also performing in Skelmersdale tonight.

Six-piece Fourth Circle, meanwhile, are taking a break from writing and recording new songs in the studio to head out on the live circuit.

There will also be a serious side to all the fun, with the gig raising money for Wigan Live Festival’s nominated charity helping patients and their families suffering from kidney disease PKD.

The second running of Wigan Live Festival on August 29 and 30 will see live music taking place at no fewer than 10 venues around the town centre including a main stage on The Wiend outside the Wigan Life Centre, with the event concluding with a huge afterparty at The Cube featuring performances from some of the region’s top DJs.

The Stetsons Electric, Fourth Circle, Psychic Robot and The Chandeliers will perform at a Wigan Live Festival warm-up gig at The Boulevard on Saturday August 2. Doors open at 8.45pm and entry is by donation.

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