Musical chance to shine

The Klang
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UNSIGNED bands hoping to be the next big thing in music will have more chance to strut their stuff than ever after one of the town’s venues announced an ambitious slate of live shows.

Indiependence, on King Street West, will turn its stage over to up-and-coming local talent every Friday night next year to give new acts a helping hand in their search for the crucial break in the music industry.

The nights, which will begin on January 11, will see three acts from Wigan or the surrounding area get the chance to play a set and get crucial experience of the live arena under their belts.

The nights will also give more experienced Wigan bands the opportunity to play headlining home town gigs, with acts such as successful young indie band The Klang and Leigh-based folk rockers The Portlands already expressing interest in taking slots.

The idea seems to have been something of a hit with acts so far, with staff at the venue saying the line-ups for January and February are already rapidly taking shape.

Mike Vaughan, Indiependence DJ and promoter, said: “We are aiming to go all out on live music here in 2013, we want to offer as much support to local bands as possible and keep live music going in the Wigan area.

“We want to work with as many local bands as possible and build up a community between the bands and ourselves.

“We’ve already spoken to a lot of talented bands such as The Stetsons, Grassroots and The Ninth Watch, and everyone is really enthusiastic about the idea.”

In other good news for music lovers feeling the financial pinch in difficult economic times, the nights will be free entry with a number of drinks deals also available at the bar.

The Friday night gigs for local acts will take place at Indiependence, starting at 8pm. Any acts interested in playing can visit the venue’s Facebook page or email