Festival brings back Pier memories

The Park Hall nightclub
The Park Hall nightclub

DANCE music fans will be able to take a trip back in time to remember the glory days of the Wigan scene when a leading festival arrives in Charnock Richard this weekend.

The SSW4 three-day event sees more than 60 top DJs bringing the very best in soul and house music to revellers at the Park Hall nightclub.

The festival, which sees performers travelling from around the world to spin the decks and features acts including Danny Krivit, Claptone and Crazy P, starts today and runs until Sunday.

Other highlights include Graeme Park playing a set of tunes made famous by Manchester’s iconic Hacienda club, Mad Mats travelling from Scandinavia to perform and John Grant reviving memories of the Blackpool Mecca.

There will also be plenty of live music across the three days, with performances from top US soul artists Ann Sexton and Garfield Fleming as well as highly-acclaimed up-and-coming singer Big Brooklyn Red making his debut on British shores and American house music singers Michael Watford and Ce Ce Rogers.

With four arenas playing three days of setlists, there is sure to be plenty to satisfy dance music fans of every persuasion with sets of classic, new and acid house, ‘60s and Northern soul, boogie and disco, jazz, funk and disco.

The Park Hall nightclub has become something of a Mecca for those who used to attend venues such as Wigan Pier as one of the few remaining dance and rave clubs in the North West.

SSW4 starts today and runs until Sunday, with weekend tickets available on the day priced at £120. There is also an afterparty on Sunday, with tickets at £15 on the door.