Wigan Jazz Festival 2016 – Line up Released


Tickets for the 31st Wigan International Jazz Festival go on sale today and – as in previous years – the organisers have brought the very best of the jazz world’s musicians to our doorstep.

The festival, which runs for 4 days from the evening of THURSDAY 7th JULY to SUNDAY 10th JULY 2016, is opened by the return to Wigan of world famous singer/ songwriter GEORGIE FAME. Fame – who was born in Leigh – has just had a new album SWANSONGS released, along with a compilation of his back catalogue and will be joined onstage by the incredible GUY BARKER BIG BAND;

Friday’s headline concert features American virtuoso saxophonist ERIC MARIENTHAL guesting with our very own WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA in a special concert to celebrate the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary.

Saturday’s evening concert sees a return to the stand for the legendary BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND. Chris has been a jazz trombonist and bandleader for the past 67 years and leads one of Europe’s most successful and popular traditional jazz bands.

Sunday Afternoon promises to be a swinging time as we welcome back the SWING TIME BIG BAND with special guest (and local boy) ANDY PRIOR and also featuring vocalist EMMA HOLCROFT ; with the evening – and the Festival – rounded off with a concert by the SHAPE JAZZ ORCHESTRA whose official title is The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and who are the official musical representative of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

There are lunchtime and afternoon concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including the ever popular SK2 playing the music of Stan Kenton. The morning talk sessions this year feature GUY BARKER on Friday; ANDY PRIOR on Saturday and CHRIS BARBER on Sunday.

All in all, this promises to be a festival not to be missed; tickets and information will be available from 1st March from the Box Office 01942 828508 – https://boxoffice.wlct.org and Wigan Music Service Festival & Ticket Hotline in Hindley 01942 776169; further information is available via the Wigan Jazz Club website – http://www.wiganjazz.net

Rover Tickets can be purchased by contacting MARY HAYNES on 01942 720656 or ma.haynes@virgin.net


Ian Darrington – Director of WIJF16:

“Once again it is a real pleasure to bring the very best in jazz entertainment to Wigan. As always we have worked hard to put together a programme with artists to suit pretty much all tastes and in that respect we are thrilled with the line-up. I doubt that there will be a more entertaining and value for money lineup at any Festival in the UK this year”

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Date: July 2016

Location: Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 OUL

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