‘More affordable’ Glastonbury: Wigan set to host first ever Wuchiefest music festival

By Kim Richards

A major music festival is set to debut in Wigan this August, providing a major boost for the town’s economy.

The first Wuchiefest will take place in Woodshaw Park, Aspull, on August 10 and 11, with tickets going on sale early April.

Organisers, such as chairman of Aspull Rugby Football Club Martin Jump, are on the verge of securing several established names for the event.

“The rugby club has been struggling financially for the last few years, so I thought rather than doing small fund-raising events we would do one big one,” he said.

“We had the opportunity to do a small land deal and got some cash, so we thought we would try and make the money work to put on a big event and secure the future of the club.

“Music festivals seem to be the thing at the moment but not everyone has the opportunity to go to the bigger ones such as Glastonbury or V, but we can provide a more affordable option.

“Prices will be kept as low as possible for punters, in what is an extremely competitive market.”

Planning permission was granted for the event, which is expected to attract more than 3,000 people and will be spread over three stages, including an acoustic marquee.

Tickets will be limited and are expected to sell for £25-£45, with organisers hoping to provide transport from certain locations.

“The festival will include a mix of current and old bands, rock and pop,” said Mr Jump.

“We are aware that it is the line-up which will sell the tickets, and we have a couple of good bands lined up so far who have sold a lot of records and have been touring again.

“I have gone from being nervous about the event to being really excited.

“It is a great coup for the area, especially with the calibre of bands playing.

“Wuchiefest will be an annual event and we will be looking to build the festival year upon year.”

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