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Hey It’s Haigh!
Thursday 20th May, 2010

Hey It’s Haigh!
The Hicks

SOME of Wigan’s best unsigned bands will perform at the eighth Haigh Music Festival in July.

Organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, funded by the Wigan Borough Partnership, this free one day event celebrating the borough’s bulging bag of musical talent is expected to attract more than 7,000 people to Haigh Country Park on Sunday 4 July.

This year’s Haigh Fest line-up includes: Inside View, The Relays, Element, The Portlands, E.C.D, Social Icons, The Hicks, Boomin, Tiredness Kills, The Empire and Chaos Theory.

Being chosen to play in 2010 means selected bands also have another reason to celebrate. They’ll all perform on a stage soon to be adorned by some of the UK’s biggest musical stars!

For five evenings following Haigh Fest the venue will host bands and artists including McFly, Katherine Jenkins, N-Dubz, The Saturdays, Alesha Dixon and Ronan Keating as part of the Wigan Life “Tuned-In” concerts.

Chris Wyatt, is the festival’s organiser, he said: “Haigh Fest has always been something that many of the talented local musicians aspire to. It’s a wonderful stepping stone, albeit a pretty daunting one when you consider playing in front of so many people.
“This year the venue will also be the same venue as the “Tuned-In” Concerts so these local bands can certainly place on their CVs that they’ve played on the same stage as some of the biggest stars in the music business.”

Wigan also celebrates 25 years of jazz in July. The 25th Wigan International Jazz Festival will take place directly after the “Tuned-In” Concerts with a star-studded line-up including Curtis Stigers, the “godfather of British jazz” Stan Tracey and Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander.

Chris added: “Haigh Fest will launch a ‘summer of sound’ for Wigan that offers cultural opportunities unparalleled in the history of Wigan.”

Tickets for the Wigan Life “Tuned-In” concerts and Wigan International Jazz Festival are now on sale.

For more information on all these events visit Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s website at www.wlct.org.

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