Two days of music at Halloween fest

The Boulevard
The Boulevard

A WIGAN promoter will bring the curtain down on a decade on the music scene with a spectacular two-day festival for Hallowe’en.

What Rocks Beneath Fest will see a packed line-up of more than 30 indie, rock, punk and metal bands as well as acoustic acts descend on The Boulevard for 12 hours of live music on Friday and Saturday.

Action will be divided between the electric Trooper Stage and the acoustic Hobgoblin Stage, with headlining sets from metal band Sacrament, melodic punk-influenced group The Midwich Cukoos and Alex Hurst on the acoustic stage.

The line-up includes a host of Wigan acts with sets from the likes of indie group The Chandeliers, punk rock acts Low Street and Somos Muchos, hard rockers Bigfoot and metal band Bloodwork Salvation, while performers on the acoustic stage will include Pauline Blackburn and Daniel Leyland from RedEyed Jedi.

There will also be appearances from several groups from further afield, including a set from a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band on Saturday.

The festival will also be the last organised by Worsley Mesnes promoter Dave Kaaria, who says it will be one of the biggest events he has been involved in putting together.

Dave, 31, said: “We wanted to get the younger bands involved with it being half term and I’ve also tried to get as many Wigan bands involved as possible. There’s also a few new bands who haven’t played in Wigan before and a few names people will recognise.

“As it’s Hallowe’en the place is going to be decorated and I hope a few people will choose to come in costume too.

“I will miss promoting but it will be nice to go out and watch bands in a more relaxed atmosphere rather than worrying about organising gigs.

“I’ve been able to put on a lot of different genres and made some good friends who I will keep in touch with.”

The festival weekend will also include a raffle with prizes such as tickets to the Download and Bloodstock Open Air festivals.

What Rocks Beneath Fest is at The Boulevard on Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1. Music is from 2pm on the Trooper Stage both days and from 12.30pm on the acoustic Hobgoblin stage on Saturday.

Entry to the pub is free but festival-goers will have to pay £3 per person or £5 for two to enter the back room.