Making Waves: Stanleys

Stanleys are a four-piece indie band from Wigan. Formed in 2017 and influenced by a wide range of music, ranging from 60’s guitar music to 90’s Britpop, the band is composed of Tom Concannon (Vocals), Jake Dorsman (Guitars), Harry Ivory (Bass) and Rob

Hilton (Drums and Vocals). The band first got together when the guys met at Winstanley College, although Jake, Harry and Rob had been jamming together since high school.


Their early demo tracks got airtime in 2018 on the BBC Introducing shows on BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Merseyside and they played live in the studio on the Dave Sweetmore Show on Revolution Radio. Even more impressively, the band also got their first US air play with their song ‘The Martyr’ on California’s KX 93.5 FM that same year.



How did The Old Courts support the band?

Stanleys first played at The Old Courts on 21st September 2018, at one of our Friday Night Live events. Friday Night Live is a night of live music which showcases the best bands from the local area, as well as spotlights up and coming talent, programmed by Lindsey Holding. Since then, Stanleys have headlined loads of our FNL nights and have opened for Shaun Ryder when he took part in one of our ‘An Audience With…’ events. We asked the band how it felt opening for someone famous like Shaun Ryder:




‘The Shaun Ryder gig was a surreal moment for us having listen to Happy Mondays all through our childhood. It was something that we will remember and talk about for the rest of our lives!’


Since their first gig here, the guys have gone on to play in some impressive venues, including The Cavern Club in Liverpool and Bolton Arena. Their latest single, ‘A Better Life’, reached number 8 on the iTunes Alternative Charts and number 38 on the normal iTunes Chart.

We’re so proud of Stanleys for everything that they’ve achieved and excited for the whirlwind of success that’s currently surrounding them. We asked them how they believe The Old Courts has supported them along the way:

‘The Old Courts have enabled us to go from playing in our front room to having opportunities like playing in places like London and Manchester, and it has helped us craft a sound and performance that we now benefit from so much. We owe The Old Courts A LOT!

We think the best thing The Old Courts has done for us is believe in us even at times when we might not have ourselves. From a few amazing gig opportunities to support and feedback from staff, and a place to practise, it really is a gem of our town.


As homegrown talent, Stanleys are a great example of the success local bands and artists can have when supported by venues where they can showcase their talent and have access to a community to build a fanbase out of. With this in mind, we asked the guys how important places like The Old Courts are to the town:

‘The Wigan music scene at the minute is at the forefront of everything good in the industry and there’s no doubt that the help of a central music hub (The Old Courts) has helped this to happen. Good venues are the bread and butter of the music industry and to find one that puts on so many young starting out bands is amazing. We are very proud to be from Wigan and see The Old Courts as a home from home.’

The Old Courts will continue to support local bands and up and coming artists, and Stanleys will always have a home here with us.

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