THIS weekend is when the town really gets rocking, with legendary guitarist Steve Cradock taking centre stage.
The former Ocean Colour Scene member and guitarist for Paul Weller is in Wigan for one night only on his acoustic tour at the Indiependence.
As quintessential as beans on toast and a parka jacket, Steve epitomizes British cool and is constantly regarded as one of the finest guitarists and songwriters in the land.
Steve said: “I have never played Wigan before, which is crazy as this place is the birth place of Northern Soul, although I did visit the precinct once with Russ Winstanley, who showed me the great pictures of the Wigan Casino and all the dancers.
“Russ used to DJ there back in the day.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Mike Vaughan, club promoter and DJ, said: “Getting names like Steve Cradock down to Indiependence is great for us.
“It is the type of thing that we are cracking on with, getting big-named acts down to the venue.
“We have got plenty more exciting things in the pipeline as well and 2012 is going to be a massive year for us.
“This is the first major gig in our new venue as well, so it will be exciting to see how in attendance reacts to the new layout, including Steve himself.”
Cradock’s stop-off at Wigan tonight (Friday) is the first high-profile gig to be hosted at Indiependence since its new premises opened.
The 16-date tour will allow the accomplished musician to showcase tracks from his two acclaimed solo albums, Peace City West and Kundalini Target.
Once his tour of intimate venues is complete, Steve will rejoin Paul Weller on stage for another round of dates.
Support tonight comes in the form of Danny Mahon, No Tokyo and Stolen Haven.
Doors open from 7pm and, after Steve’s performance, the club’s regular DJs will spin records well into the early hours.
Tickets are £11, and can be purchased from www.seetickets.com.
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