Music food of love at Valentine’s Day fest

Wigan Live Festival organisers
Wigan Live Festival organisers

THE love of live music will be in the air when Standish hosts a major festival showcasing local talent on Valentine’s Day.

Standish Live will see four pubs in the village putting on music by 16 acts ranging from acoustic singer-songwriters to full rock bands on February 14.

The free festival, which will take place in The Globe, The Last Orders, The Black Bull and Potters Bar, is the creation of Wigan Live Festival organiser Tim Critchley who had long dreamed of having a festival on his doorstep.

He has attracted an impressive roster of talent for the inaugural event, with ‘60s-influenced group The Quaintest Show On Earth, Tyldesley group Mugshot Alley and guitarist Rik Jones among those performing.

Tim, 25, said: “Following the success of Wigan Live Festival I thought it was time Standish had one.

“I’ve seen the way everyone gets together for parades and events, because being a village I find people in Standish like things which are community based.

“I went to each pub to ask what music their clientele would like, and I think it’s a really nice line-up. If this goes well I definitely want to make it an annual event.”

Bands will play in all four venues from 7pm until 11pm, with the festival finishing with acoustic music in The Black Bull until 1am.

The festival will also be raising money for community groups, with the 1st Standish Scout Group this year’s beneficiary.

Standish Live is on Valentine’s Day from 7pm until 1am, with free entry to all the venues. To find out more, visit