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HOTS Off The Press
Thursday 27th May, 2010

HOTS Off The Press
Prince Mint and the Glam Chops

WIGAN is set to be HOT, HOT, HOT next week!

Wigan town centre’s annual five day free street festival, celebrating all that’s colourful, creative and cultural kicks off on Wednesday 2 June.

And this year’s Hot On The Streets event is set to be bigger and bolder than ever before!

Two new additions to this year’s mix of madcap comedy, clowning around and fun in the sun include dance groups performing a variety of styles, including RnB and Street Dance, on Saturday 5 June as part of an extended schedule.

While on Sunday the celebration finale will see an open mic session from some of the borough’s best local bands providing a taster for the hugely popular Haigh Fest in July.

Chris Wyatt, Arts and Festivals manager for organiser Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Hot On The Streets is an eclectic mix of madcap mayhem, comedy, dance and street razzmatazz that brings a bit of fun to the centre of Wigan.
“If you like Britain’s Got Talent this is the show for you and what’s more it’s free.
“The introduction of the open mic slot for local bands has created a real buzz around this year’s event and with many of the bands having played Haigh Fest in the past we know it’s going to be a quality day.”

Throughout the week internationally acclaimed street acts will rub shoulders with home spun talent.

There’ll be heart-stopping tightrope skills from Bernie Bennett and an enormous smoke-breathing dragon accompanied by a goblin queen.

Prince Mint and the Glam Chops will blast Wigan back to the days of Glam Rock while Britain’s only formation trolley team – the Gran Tourismos – will take to the streets in souped-up shopping trolleys as part of an action packed programme.

More than 35 acts will perform in Market Place between 12pm and 2pm everyday from Wednesday 2 June until Saturday 5 June. An extended programme on the Saturday and Sunday will take place between 12pm and 4pm.

Cllr David Molyneux, Wigan Council cabinet member for regeneration, believes the event will ensure a boost for businesses.

He said: “We’re hoping the event will attract thousands into the town centre and create a feel good factor for shoppers.
“Businesses do tell us that takings improve when events like this are held because people spend longer shopping when they’re happy.”

For more information visit www.wlct.org.

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