|Haigh – It’s Started
Adam Calderbank, lead singer of Element on stage.
THOUSANDS of people gathered in Haigh Country Park on Sunday (July 4) as some of Wigan and Leigh’s best unsigned bands launched two weeks of live music in the town.
Music fans were treated to some of the must see acts from the borough’s vibrant local music scene as part of the annual Haigh Fest.
This year’s Haigh Fest line-up included: Inside View, The Relays, Element, The Portlands, E.C.D, Social Icons, The Hicks, Boomin, Tiredness Kills, The Empire and Chaos Theory.
The bands performed on a stage soon to be adorned by some of the biggest names in the UK music industry.
Element’s lead singer, Adam Calderbank, 30, said: “When we turned up and saw the stage we were just speechless. There’s no other borough that does this – it’s not very often bands like us get a chance like this. The adrenalin was pumping, the audience amazing and the setting fantastic.
“We were already hungry for success but it’s gone off the scale following this.
“Credit to everyone. There’s a great diversity of bands and people here today – it’s been an amazing day.”
Haigh Fest marked the start of Wigan’s “Summer of Sound”. During the next two weeks more than 30,000 people are expected to access live music in Wigan creating a cultural offering unparalleled in the borough’s history.
McFly will play on Monday July 5, Alesha Dixon and N-Dubz on Tuesday July 6, on Wednesday July 7 Katherine Jenkins will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Saturdays will perform on Thursday July 8 while Ronan Keating rounds off the Tuned-In line-up at Haigh Country Park on Friday July 9. The “Summer of Sound” climaxes with the 25th Wigan International Jazz Festival which kicks-off on Saturday July 10 and includes some of the biggest names in jazz such as American vocalist Curtis Stigers, the “godfather of British jazz” Stan Tracey and Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander.
Early estimates suggest more than 8,000 people enjoyed this year’s free annual Haigh Fest.
Chris Wyatt is the arts and festivals manager for organiser Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.
He said: “What a fantastic start to the two weeks of live music in Wigan.
“This was a great opportunity for our talented musicians to get a taste of what it’s like to play on a world class stage infront of thousands of people.
“And they certainly didn’t disappoint with some wonderful vibrant performances.”
For more information on the Wigan Life Tuned-In Concerts, see www.wlct.org/concerts.