Music fans ready for Devilution

Degeneration Fuzz
Degeneration Fuzz

A PACKED line-up of some of the region’s best bands will rock Wigan to its foundations at one of the borough’s biggest annual one-day events.

Devilution Festival will see 17 bands take to two stages in The Boulevard tomorrow, with the line-up ranging from solo acoustic acts to bands from the extreme frontiers of metal taking to the stage.

The Wallgate will be the venue for a marathon day of music making organised by Davestock Promotions, with the first acts kicking off the festival shortly after noon and bands playing late into the night.

The main Jeremiah Weed stage will be devoted to some of the region’s heavier and more rock-oriented acts, with bands including eclectic rockers Metro Manila Aide, whose brand of thrashing metal and elements of the alternative rock scene are backed up by an energetic live presence.

Other groups on the bill include Wigan grunge act Degeneration Fuzz, Newton-le-Willows alternative rock band Junction 23 and metallers Oceanis, who will play at Devilution fresh from an appearance at Bloodstock, one of the country’s biggest metal festivals. The stage will be headlined by tech-metal band Red Seas Fire, who will make their first Davestock appearance.

The acoustic stage also promises to be intriguing, with the line-up including a rare unplugged appearance from Alex Hurst, who usually plays in alternative rock and metal acts The Hicks and Boss Keloid, and an acoustic show from power trio Fantasist, who have previously headlined shows at The Boulevard.

Promoter Dave Kaaria says he is also looking forward to seeing acclaimed act Halfling’s Leaf return to the Boulevard for their set on the main stage, and hopes the festival as a whole will match the success of last year’s Devilution.

Dave said: “They took Wigan by storm last time and drew a massive crowd. It’s a while since I saw a band which had that kind of effect.

“It’s a really varied bill and there should be something for everyone. I’ve particularly tried to ensure there’s lots of different styles on the acoustic stage.

“I’ve got quite a few bands who haven’t played one of our events before, and a few acts on the acoustic stage don’t normally play that style.

“Last year we got roughly 450 people through the door during the day, so I would urge anyone who has missed out on previous Devilutions to come down and enjoy the day.”

The day will also include a pop-up bar and a merchandise stall selling exclusive Devilution T-shirts and compilation CDs.

Devilution Festival is at The Boulevard, on Wallgate, tomorrow, with the first band playing at around 1.30pm.

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