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Are You “Tuned-In” To Wigan?
Tuesday 23rd February, 2010

Are You “Tuned-In” To Wigan?

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), in partnership with Wigan Council, is currently organising one of the biggest series of music concerts in the history of Wigan.

For five days from 5 July to 9 July 2010 some of the UK’s top acts will perform in an open air arena near to the grand Grade II listed Haigh Hall on the outskirts of the borough of Wigan.

McFly and The Saturdays have already been signed to appear at the Wigan Life Tuned-In Concerts and WLCT are currently in contract negotiations with three other artists.

McFly will perform on Monday 5 July and The Saturdays on Thursday 8 July. Tickets for these two events will be on sale from 9am Friday 26 February and are available from national ticketing partner Ticketmaster or via Wigan Tourist Information Centre on 01942 825 677. Tickets cost Ł27.50 and booking fees will apply.

Pete Burt is WLCT’s executive director for Service Development.

He said: “Haigh Hall, with its panoramic views, is the perfect backdrop for what will be one of the biggest and best open air concert series of its kind in the north west.
“Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust works hard to ensure that every year there are a multitude of leisure and cultural opportunities for the people of the borough to participate in. This concert series will bring some of the very biggest names in the music business into the borough’s backyard and because it’s close to both the M6 and M61 it’s within easy reach for the whole of the north west.”

Chris Walne, manager of Haigh Hall has been instrumental in signing the artists and putting the concert series together. He said: “There’s going to be a real variety amongst the performers. We’ve tried to bring something different every night to this wonderful setting so that all generations will be entertained.”

The Wigan Life Tuned-In Concerts series is part of a much wider “summer of sound” planned across Wigan in 2010. On 4 July the borough’s best unsigned acts will be able to perform at the arena ahead of the concert series for the 2010 Haigh Fest. This free annual celebration of the borough’s best unsigned bands is now in its eighth year. Immediately following the Wigan Life Tuned-In Concerts Wigan’s 25th International Jazz Festival (10 July to 17 July) will start at Robin Park.

Cllr Brian Baldwin, Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, said: “This fantastic event will enhance the reputation of the borough, boost the local economy and create a feel good factor for 2010. Last year was a tough year for everyone but with creative ideas such as this combined with the Wigan Food and Drink Festival, Jazz Festival, new Museum of Wigan Life and host of other arts and sports activities throughout the year there’s plenty on offer in Wigan to help revitalise the local economy and put a smile on people’s faces.”

The golf driving range will be temporarily altered as the venue for the event.

To minimise disruption to residents of Haigh parish a traffic management plan has been developed to ease congestion concerns.

Further details about the three remaining acts will be released at the end of March.

Corporate and VIP packages including dinner at Haigh Hall will also be available from Wigan Tourist Information Centre.

For more information visit www.wlct.org/concerts or to book tickets visit http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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