The Old Courts

The Old Courts
Crawford Street, Wigan, Lancashire, WN1 1NG
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The Old Courts

The Old Courts is a 69,000 square foot not-for-profit multi-arts venue which aims to bring innovative art, music, comedy, dance and spoken word to Wigan. It currently houses an art gallery, artist studios, two music venues, a 200 capacity theatre, bars, band practice rooms and cellar cinema with plans to have an art café in the near future. Our building was built in 1887 and retains much of its original charm, including a Victorian courtroom and adjoining prison cells. All ticket, drinks, venue hire, and donation money go back into the project.

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Acdc Experience

Friday 11th May | The Grand Vault | Doors 7:30pm Tickets £10 in advance / £13.00 on the door THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – arguably Britain’s best AC/DC tribute band – are heading out on an eagerly-awaited nationwide tour. THE band – Darran Short (vocals); Andy Holt (lead guitar); Steven Wolf (bass); James Stringfellow…

Fri 11 May 2018

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Bandoliers (budgie Tribute) Plus Support

Bandoliers are the only tribute to the Welsh band Budgie in the UK. They'll be playing all the classics like Napolean Bona-Part 1 and 2, Breadfan and Never Turn Your Back on a Stranger plus support Over 14's with an adult Saturday 23rd December | Entrance 3: The Grand Vault | Doors 8:30pm Tickets £6 in advance…

Sat 23 Dec

£6.42 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Cry Baby & the Hoochie Coochie Boys

Award winning rhythm and blues band Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys play dance-floor rhythm and blues. This five piece outfit are gonna satisfy if you're in need of a shot of rhythm and blues. With original material from their award winning album 'Sweet Thing' or covers given the Coochie treatment. Whether it's…

Sat 7 Apr 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Emma Wilson Blues Band

Proudly from Teesside Emma Wilson is a dynamic, powerful & soulful Blues singer who gives it everything at every gig, leaving audiences completely wowed! Her powerful and expressive voice together with a solid band behind her mean that her shows are hugely popular wherever she performs…Emma gives everything, every…

Sat 5 May 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi Band

Mat Walklate and Sicilian blues guitarist and singer Paolo Fuschi met in Manchester in 2014. United by a love of all styles of blues from the 1950s onwards, they play a diverse, dynamic set illustrating all shades of blues and allowing each others' instrumental, vocal and improvisational qualities to shine. Each…

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Midnite Johnny Band

Midnite Johnny has worked extensively throughout his native USA and has established a reputation as one of South Florida’s most powerful Blues and Rock guitarists. A lead/slide guitarist and vocalist specialising in Blues, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, and R & B, Guitar style reminiscent of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana…

Sat 3 Mar 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Snakewater

Rising stars of the UK Bluesrock scene, Snakewater are fronted by 24 year-old Bobby Grant who attracts adulatory attention for his incendiary playing. He is complemented by 25 year-old Simon Oates on bass, and 22 year-old drummer Ben Streets, who already is being compared to the likes of Keith Moon and Stuart Copeland.

Sat 2 Jun 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Zoe Green Blues Band

Zoe Green delivers a powerful, sultry Blues Rock vocal and high octane performance accompanied by the ridiculously talented young guitarist Ali Clinton, legendary bassist Dave Clarke, Toby Wilson on drums and Ben Marshall on keys. ZGB are currently writing and recording new original music ready for an exciting year of…

Sat 20 Jan 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Boxing Day: Northern Lights

Northern Lights is back again this Boxing Day! Original DJs back from in The Lux days bring the long running indie night to The Old Courts. Music from the likes of Arcade Fire, David Bowie, The Libertines, Black Lips, The Jam and much more! Ages 18+ Don't forget to bring your ID if you're lucky enough to look…

Tue 26 Dec

The Bailiff Bar

£4.82 / 01942 834747

Disco and Soul Night With the Groove Hustlers

Saturday night in The Bailiff is back and this tune it's bringing rhythm and some serious disco and soul! We welcome purveyors of fine music The Groovehustlers. Bringing you a fantastic array of hit covers ranging from Stevie Wonder, Chic and Jackie Wilson to present day bangers by the like of Bruno Mars and Jessie J…

Sat 16 Dec

The Bailiff Bar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Fairport Convention

Veteran folk group whose current line-up features founding member Simon Nicol with Gerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders.

Tue 15 May 2018

£21.40 / 01942 834747

Fnl: the Dead Shores / Grassroots / Ste Ashcroft / Andy Stonier

The Dead Shores, a Wigan-based four piece who write about mundane normality and translate it into poetic guitar wonder like an emphatic Half Man Half Biscuit. Grassroots provide main support for the night – although they cover many influences, a strong classic rock influence remains at their core. Acoustic support is…

Fri 15 Dec

The Bailiff Bar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Hey Pixies

Hey Pixies are the UK's most gigantic Pixies tribute band! Formed late 2015 in Manchester by four talented musicians who have each previously notched up many gigs with original and other cover bands. The guys (and gal) came together through their shared love of the Pixies. A few false starts later, the current line-up…

Sat 16 Dec

£8.56 / 01942 834747

The Houghton Weavers

Folk music suffused with comedy.

Fri 18 May 2018

£16.05 / 01942 834747

The Icicle Works

The Icicle Works are coming to The Old Courts. This cult band (named after the 1960 short story "The Day the Icicle Works Closed") boasts hits such as "Love Is a Wonderful Colour" and "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)". Fronted by inimitable singer/songwriter Ian McNabb, the band released five albums from 1984 to 1990…

Sat 24 Feb 2018

£16.05 / 01942 834747

Lioness - the Amy Winehouse Experience

Amy Winehouse was without doubt one of the most influential, notorious and wonderfully talented singer-songwriters the UK has produced in a generation. Her meteoric rise from Camden local with bags of potential to worldwide superstar was something to behold. Aside from her well-documented struggles was a thing of…

Fri 25 May 2018

£13.91 / 01942 834747

Mothership - Led Zeppelin Tribute

Led Zeppelin tribute MOTHERSHIP - described in Classic Rock Magazine as “the most authentic-sounding Zep tribute in the UK” - present a brand new show celebrating the music of the greatest rock band in history. Join us to celebrate more than two hours of live classic Zeppelin – complete with spectacular laser and…

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£12.84 / 01942 834747

Northern Soul & Motown Boxing Day Special

We are back and this time it's festive! Join us in The Grand Vault for this Boxing day bonanza. Resident DJ's Deano and Steve Garner bringing you the very best Classic Northern Soul and Motown to dance the night away and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Fancy dress is optional, great vibes compulsory. This…

Tue 26 Dec

£4.28–£5.35 / 01942 834747

Pink Floydian

Pink Floydian are one of the most accurate Pink Floyd tribute bands in the UK today. Gathered together from the cream of the Northwest’s Floyd-loving musicians, they deliver over two and a half hours of Pink Floyd classics. The band sound extremely close to the original recordings, replicating the incredible sounds of…

Sat 9 Jun 2018

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Roddy Radiation (the Specials) and the Skabilly Rebels

The legend bus is rolling into town once more. This time bringing the one of the coolest and most respected guitarists of a generation - Roddy Radiation, the master of Ska guitar and long-time linchpin of The Specials. After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers…

Fri 19 Jan 2018

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Saturday Night In the Bailiff With the Spidermonkeys

Saturday night in The Bailiff and the last Saturday before Christmas! We can't believe it either! Celebrate finishing work, Celebrate that it's Saturday and dance the night away with The Spidermonkeys, Wigan's very own madcap covers band that play the songs you love to party to from U2, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Joe…

Sat 23 Dec

The Bailiff Bar

Free / 01942 834747

Slack Alice: Blues N Boogie

"That was Rock n Roll as it should be! Slack Alice are the best band I've seen for a very long time! They are up there with the very best! A great night" - Enough said - come along for a great Christmas BluesnBoogie special and enjoy!

Thu 21 Dec

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Soul & Motown Night With the Funkside Band

Friday 22nd December | The Court Room | Doors 7:30pm Tickets £10 We have a real Christmas treat for you this year. Following scores of requests we are delighted to welcome The Funkside band to The Victorian Courtroom for a festive knees up. This fantastic 6 piece band have an awesome repertoire of the very best Soul…

Fri 22 Dec

The Court Room

£10–£10.70 / 01942 834747


FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER | THE GRAND VAULT | DOORS 7:30PM | TICKETS £14 IN ADV // £15 OTD U2 2  are the world's longest running tribute to U2. Formed by current members in 1992 under the name, 'Achtung Baby', the band have performed over 1300 shows, spanning three continents. Praised by Bono, U2's staff and family members…

Fri 15 Dec

£14.98 / 01942 834747

The Vibrators

With a career spanning several decades, vocalist/guitarist IAN "KNOX" CARNOCHAN, bassist PAT COLLIER, guitarist JOHN ELLIS and drummer EDDIE originally formed the VIBRATORS in February 1976, and their first gig was supporting THE STRANGLERS at Hornsey Art College in North London. They supported THE SEX PISTOLS at the 100…

Fri 9 Mar 2018

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra Plus Wigan Schools Swing Band and Wigan Youth Big Band

Monday 11th December | The Theatre | Doors 7pm Tickets £2 in advance / £2.50 on the door Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra is known worldwide for its high standard educational big band output. Having toured as far afield as USA, Russia, Australia and all over Europe, the band is one of Wigan’s greatest cultural exports.

Mon 11 Dec

The Theatre

£2.14 / 01942 834747

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