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Local bands battle it out for spot at festival

Community group, Strike a Chord, are calling for local bands to battle it out for a place in the next RocknStroll festival.

The festival will be held in Lilford Park on Saturday 14th July but hopeful bands will need to enter the competition before the deadline on Friday 16th March.

Wigan Council part-funded last year’s event, awarding money to Strike a Chord from Brighter Borough and the Community Investment Fund and the local authority is keen to support the festival again this year for its community spirit.

Bevan Thompson and David Dubois, founders of Strike a Chord, are encouraging bands from schools and colleges across the borough to send them videos to enter the competition.

Successful submissions will then be invited to attend the final, which will take place on Saturday 19th May in the Masonic Hall, Leigh, where bands will perform before the judges choose their favourite to play at the festival.

Speaking about the festival and competition, Bevan said: “Our first RocknStroll festival last year was a huge success thanks to all of the hard work our volunteers put in and the support from the local community. We’re really looking forward to this year and seeing the plethora of talent we know the town has to offer.

“By holding a battle of the bands style competition, we’re giving school kids and college students the opportunity to gain experience playing in front of other people, while also offering up a fantastic prize.”

Bevan and David set up ‘Strike a Chord’ in September 2016 to encourage young people to play instruments and set up bands. The community group also helps disabled people and disadvantaged people get into music.

Mayor of Wigan Borough said: “There are so many talented young people borough-wide so it’s great that Strike a Chord are giving them a platform to be heard and share their creativity.

“We really want to encourage our future generations to follow their dreams and it’s community events such as RocknStroll which help to celebrate and support this.”

If you or your child is part of a school or college band, they can submit a video of their band playing to david@rocknstroll.org.uk including the name of the band, where they are based and which school or college the band members attend.

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