Guilty of skipping the opening act when attending gigs? You’re massively missing
Opening shows and supporting the headliner act is usually the common origin story for many successful bands and artists in the early stages of their music careers. Opening a gig is an opportunity for artists to make themselves visible, perform their music live and grow their audience. For arts and music venues it’s more than just an opportunity to showcase up and coming local talent, it’s a responsibility to cultivate a thriving local music scene! You, the audience, also have a role to play. All you need to do is show up at doors, and immerse yourself in the full experience.
There’s nothing more soul destroying than playing to an empty room, which is oftenthe reality for many opening acts. We want to create a shift in this by encouraging gig goers to make the most out of their ticket by attending at the arrival time (which is never too early). It’s a unique chance to meet new people and embrace new music.
We’re serving up some incredible talent who are not to be missed, set to perform as opening acts in the upcoming months. The majority of the artists are local to Wigan with some originating from in and around the North West and the rest dotted all over the UK. It all kicks off this weekend with not one but two bands Garden Party, from Manchester and Wigan based band, The Facades, who will support the Flechettes.
Why reduce your evening to the headline act when there’s not one but two acts set to perform! The Facades, recently signed, came together only last year, so why not come at doors, grab yourself a drink and soak up the fresh sounds of a band you may not have heard of before. You never know they may unearth a fan in you.
Continuing the great acts of support, we’ve got Rent Party favourite, the incredible Zha Olu supporting the fabulous Mica Paris on the 14th December. An impressive guitarist with compelling vocals that can bring an entire room to a standstill, Zha’s more than just a warm up act, rather, she’ll set the tone for an evening filled with soul and unimaginable talent
The Great Leslie, supporting The Killers Kollective: 28 Jan
The London-based band have taken inspiration from the likes of Bowie, Daft Punk and stretched across different genres from Rock to Jazz with influence from Franz Ferdinand to Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to them on Spotify here.
Cavelia, supporting Pink Shirts for Pale People: 04 Feb
It will be the first time the unsigned band from Wigan will perform at our venue! The band consists of Owen Hamilton (vocals and guitar), Danny Rollins (guitar), Jake Field (bass) and Alex Rothwell (drums). There’s no excuse to miss the band as this event will start later than usual with doors opening at 21:30. Listen to them on Spotify here.
Stray Weather, supporting Jeramiah Ferrari: 25 March
This Leeds based electro – spoken word 4 piece came to fruition out of a freeform spoken word project involving poetry reading across the UK and throughout Europe. The sound of the four piece has an appeal to a range of fans across genres, playing rock shows and also hip-hop. Listen to them on Spotify here.
DEAF DEAF DEAF, supporting False Heads: 07 April
Fresh from ripping it up at venues across the UK & on the continent, support on the night comes from brilliant 5 piece post-punk local lads Deaf Deaf Deaf. More obvious influences include IDLES and Joy Division… we also get vibes of The Fall & Fugazi. Listen to them on Spotify here.
Written by Hayley Hoban.