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No wellies required - Future stars headlining at Wigan Marketplace
Thursday 11th August, 2011

No wellies required - Future stars headlining at Wigan Marketplace
Scenes from last years future stars

The days are long, the sun shines (occasionally) and brave music fans nationwide gather in their thousands in muddy fields. It can only mean one thing…festival season has arrived!

If you love live music, but could do without the mud, long queues and pricey food? Leave your wellies at home and head down to Wigan Market Place on Saturday August 20.

Wigan Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr David Molyneux says: “This is a chance to see some of the rising stars of tomorrow! There’s sure to be a real festival atmosphere in the market, so come along on the day and enjoy some of the borough’s best home grown bands.”

The line-up is as follows:

10:30am Pangaea
11:15am Colour me blind
11:55am The Bon Bonz
12:40pm Rawcuss
1.25pm Scott Chapman
1:35pm The Hicks
2.20pm Scott Chapman
2.30pm Jeramiah Ferrari
3:15pm Rescue the Eskimo
4.00pm The Portlands

Here's our quick guide to the acts to watch out for at the marketplace:

Rawcuss – They released their debut single ‘TV Fantasises’ earlier this year was met with acclaim worldwide thanks to its internet presence and airplay from Kimi Ramone and Steve Lamaq. The band’s sound can be described as eclectic mix of indie, alternative and punk. Last year the band started their very own gig nights and have just released their 2nd single ‘John Travolta’ on Longevity Records.

Rescue the Eskimo - Since forming last Autumn, Rescue the Eskimo have proved themselves as one of the coolest upstarts on the North West music scene with their quirky blend of pop, folk and acoustic tunes. The band recently won the Ben & Jerry’s Be Herd competition and opened at the Sundae Festival.

The Portlands - hit the ground running since forming in 2009 and their distinct brand of folk rock n’ roll has won them a loyal following. Last summer they played to a festival crowd of 15,000 and played their first headline slot at Manchester’s Academy 3 earlier this year. Look out for a UK tour and new EP from the guys later this year.

The Hicks- Wigan-based The Hicks are a great three piece hard rock band with a reggae influence. The band have built up an excellent live reputation and has released two albums, a live DVD and four videos. The guys’ latest album ‘Start a War?’ is out now.

Pangaea - Supergroup Pangaea was formed from the rock talent of two continents. Australian singer songwriter, Tim Harding moved to the UK where he met Alex, Trev and John who had played together as the Vandanons for 13 years! Combining driving alternative riffs, with big hooks and smatterings of pop melody, Panagea are a band not to be missed.

Jeramiah Ferrari - Jeramiah Ferrari are a hard-working four piece Reggae band based hailing from Manchester, fusing Roots Reggae, Rock, Punk, Funk and Calypso. They’ve been gigging heavily across the UK to promote their debut EP "The Cactus Killer EP" and new single "Mighty Sparrow" which is out now through ‘On The Grind’ Records.

Scott Chapman - After a recent national TV appearance and a performance for the cast of Coronation Street, vocalist Scott Chapman has been booked to perform alongside the likes of with Heather Small and Jamelia. A versatile performer, Scott’s repertoire includes classic hits from the Rat Pack and the modern swing of Michael Buble. Scott's second single 'Could She Ever Be Mine' is available for download now through iTunes.

The Bon Bonz - The Bon Bonz are in the running to be the girl band of 2011! Abi, Amy, Catherine and Kay met two years ago and recently released their first album 'Sugar Rush'. They’re all are strong solo performers in their own right and together they create a sassy, fun and edgy sound. The girls pride themselves on ‘keeping it real’ and being strong, independent individuals.

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