Soundtrack to the festive season

Mortimer's bar manager Darren Lee and promoter Pete Owen
Mortimer's bar manager Darren Lee and promoter Pete Owen
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WIGAN bands are preparing to ensure that one particular night of the festive season next week is going to be anything but silent.

Six bands from the region’s scene will take to the stage at Mortimer’s for an evening of festive tunes and some of the best in local songwriting on Thursday December 19.

The night at the King Street venue is the latest outing for the Thursday Club Live, a promotion outfit founded by The Vicious Circle guitarist and vocalist Pete Owen to ensure up-and-coming acts have a chance to showcase their talents in public.

The line-up shows off the diversity of the town’s scene, with everything from stadium-sized classic rock riffs to intimate acoustic sets on the bill and a few Christmas-themed twists included in the proceedings as well.

Promoter Pete said: “It’s going to be an excellent night with a selection of bands all in keeping with our local ethos.

“Every band is going to play a Christmas song as part of their set, and I also want to get everyone up on stage at the end playing Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid.

“Since putting our first night on we’ve had lots of support from Phill and Jayne at the 21:12 Music Community, they’ve been fantastic with us.”

The night will see performances from acoustic solo artist Tom Rowe, punk rockers Skive and folk-rock outfit The Tulips, who played the first Thursday Club Live as a duo but will return to Mortimer’s with a full band line-up.

The night will be rounded off with music from indie-rock group GrassRoots, St Helens-based rockers Titor’s Insignia and classic rock band Cautious Retreat.

The Thursday Club Live is at Mortimer’s, on King Street, on Thursday December 19 with doors opening at 7pm. Entry is free but the night is for over 18s only.