Rugby gig will be a homecoming for singer

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A FORMER footballer for a Wigan amateur side cannot wait to showcase his new band for the borough’s rugby league supporters.

Singer and guitarist Mike Johnson, who previously lived in Pemberton and played football for Hindley AFC, is booked with his group, hotly-tipped Kassoma, to perform during a Wigan Warriors’ Super League match at the DW Stadium this summer.

The band, made up of Mike, singer, guitarist and pianist James Moon, bassist Nathan Gibbons, and drummer Isaac Needham, has created quite an impact on the music scene since performing its debut gig in June 2013, with appearances at venues including Manchester’s Ruby Lounge and the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park.

The group has not yet heard which Wigan Warriors fixture they will be appearing at with their music, which has been praised for its drama, atmosphere and anthemic quality.

Manager Simon Moorehead said: “The band is really looking forward to playing at the DW Stadium and they would love to play at other good venues in the borough too.

“There are so many great venues in Greater Manchester and we hope to play at all of them in time. The band wants to record, gig and develop as much as possible to reach a big audience.

“The live gigs run the gamut of Kassoma’s catalogue from stadium anthems like Oxygen and Control to rock songs and the unreleased, more danceable and lively tracks such as Breathe, which have gone down really well with audiences on our recent tour.”

Kassoma will arrive in Wigan after touring students’ unions up and down the country in support of debut single Control and EP Natural Selection, which was recorded with Mark Winterburn who has been on production duties for the likes of Plan B, The Script and New Order.

The group also plans to return to the studio in August to record its second EP, which is scheduled for an autumn release, and plans to return to universities across Britain during Freshers’ Week celebrations in October.

The band cites a wide range of indie and rock bands as influences on its Facebook page, encompassing acts including The Editors, Oasis, Coldplay, Foals and White Lies.

The band also has plans to visit Europe, the Far East and the USA.

Kassoma will perform at the DW Stadium before a Wigan Warriors match which has yet to be confirmed. To find out more about the band, visit or

The band can also be followed on Twitter, and examples of their music are available on SoundCloud.