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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The Ac/dc Experience

They have rocked the UK - delivering the legendary sound, spirit and attitude of one of the worlds greatest rock bands.Arguably Britains best AC/DC tribute band.The AC/DC Experience brilliantly nail the power and look of the stadium rock gods incendiary stage performance.This widely-held view was backed up when rock…

Fri 11 May

£10 / 01942 834747

The Ac/dc Experience W/ Soldato

The North West-based group plays tribute to the Australian rock band.

Fri 11 May

£13; £10 adv / 01942 834747

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The Ac/dc Experience (With Support From Gold From Stone)

They have rocked the UK delivering the legendary sound, spirit and attitude of one of the worlds greatest rock bands.Arguably Britains best AC/DC tribute band.The AC/DC Experience brilliantly nail the power and look of the stadium rock gods incendiary stage performance.This widely-held view was backed up when rock legend…

Fri 11 May

£10 / 01942 834747

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

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Aka Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is the writer and powerhouse behind Oasis and the global hits that defined UK music from the mid 90's onwards. Since the band split he has continued to pen anthemic records and retained the stratospheric respect across the music industry as an incredible solo artist and an icon of a generation. AKA Noel…

Sat 21 Apr

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Bigfoot + Support - Sold Out

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT Bigfoot return to Wigan for a one off home town show.  Bigfoot formed in the spring of 2014 combining powerful vocals from Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCuallgh and a thunderous rhythm section from Matt Avery on the bass and Tom Aspinall on drums. With influences…

Fri 4 May

£9.63 / 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

£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

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Blues'n'boogie: Junkhouse Dog Blues Band

Junkhouse Dog Blues Band are a Manchester-based Blues Band. Founded and fronted by British Blues Harmonica Champion Luke Shaw, Junkhousedog mixes steamy shuffles and electric swing with true vintage Chicago style grit - the "Blues standard formula" does not apply! This powerhouse band go down a storm wherever they…

Sat 3 Mar

£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

£8.56 / 01942 834747

The Bob Dylan Experience

There are certain mandatory artists in any record collection, Bob Dylan is one of them. The Old Courts are excited to welcome The Bob Dylan Experience - The most sincere, heartfelt and accurate homage to the brilliant man himself who has written timeless hit music for decade upon decade. Expect Subterranean Homesick…

Sat 26 May

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Cancelled - the Icicle Works

We are sorry to inform you that the Icicle Works have cancelled thier upcoming tour with immediate effect and as a result we have had to cancel our event on February 24th.  Please accept our sincere apologies and we ask that you understand this is outside of our control.  All ticket purchases have been automatically…

Sat 24 Feb

Free / 01942 834747

Doing It For Joan

Doing It For Joan | Entry by donation All artists performing at this festival are friends of, and have enjoyed being involved in many of the music, word festivals and other ventures that Joan Blackburn was also involved in for many years. Write Out Loud, Wigan Diggers’ Festival, Wigan Folk Club, Bowling Green Open…

Sat 3 Mar

Free / 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

£21.40 / 01942 834747

Fallen - A Tribute To the Music of Evanescence

Right from the dramatic intro of their set, Fallen recreate the epic, dark and lush sound of Evanescence, combining heavenly, soaring vocals and hard-hitting guitars with piano, orchestral and choral elements. Fallen are Europe's premier Evanescence tribute and currently the only one in the UK. The band members have…

Sat 7 Jul

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Findley Napier

There are many who find themselves described as stalwarts, some for the rugged determination to keep slogging away and others because they contribute so much to stay actively involved on a whole range of levels, keeping sharp artistically and selflessly championing others who deserve attention. Findlay Napier is one of…

Fri 16 Mar

£15.40 / 01942 834747

Fnl: Big Bambora / Springbar / Seprona / Jake Simm

Bickerstock, Deaf Institute and Mad Friday headliners Big Bambora return, expect huge sounding anthemic tunes and tight harmonies from this high energy indie rock and roll quintet. Support comes from fellow Skelmersdale band Springbar who despite just starting out are already creating waves with their raw alt.rock vibes…

Fri 23 Mar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Fnl: Joe Astley & the Back Pages/ Scaredycats / Small Town

Headliners Joe Astley and The Back Pages are the new faces of rock 'n' roll, bringing a fresh, new edge to music; their four part harmonies and unique stage presence has gained them attention all over the North-West with notable performances at our Mad Friday Festival and also at Liverpool’s, Zanzibar & Cavern Club.

Fri 16 Mar

The Bailiff Bar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Fnl: Shallow Waters / Manalishi / Soldato / Purple Merlin

Local band on the rise Shallow Waters return to headline with their spiralling desert grooves, crunching stoner tones, and howling guitar solos, with support from energetic grunge alt. rockers, Manalishi, the dirty rock riffs & rhythmic beats of Soldato, and making their Bailiff Bar debut, Purple Merlin open with…

Fri 9 Mar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Fnl: the Blackheart Orchestra / T.w.jones / Hoonose

The Blackheart Orchestra play an intimate show in The Bailiff Bar.  Think Florence & The Machine and Portishead meet soft Kate Bush style vocals. With four critically acclaimed albums, TV commercials and films under their belt this is not to be missed. Acoustic support from T.W.Jones & Hoonose.  Over 18's…

Fri 23 Feb

The Bailiff Bar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Fnl Woodley Taylor / Brandon Lee Webb Band/ McHale's Permanent Brew

"Somewhere between a loved up Mick Jagger and a cocked out Neil Young” - Ric Brooks (Tunafish Media Ltd), Woodley Taylor return to headline the Bailiff Bar again after a storming set (with more than a couple of encores – nobody wanted them to stop playing) last Autumn to promote their brilliant debut album ‘Breathe A…

Fri 2 Mar

The Bailiff Bar

£3.21 / 01942 834747

The Guns N Roses Experience

The Old Courts are delighted to welcome The Guns N Roses Experience." NOBODY DOES IT BETTER The biggest and best and most in Demand Gn'R tribute in Europe" It does not get any closer than this people. Gn’Re have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with Classic Axl…

Fri 13 Jul

£10.70 / 01942 834747

The Happy Mondaze & True Order

Who doesn't buzz off Madchester music? An absolute no-brainer of a gig here. The music of The Happy Mondays and New Order played live in The Grand Vault by the brilliant 'Happy Mondaze' and 'True Order' It's as simple as that. We have two of the very best acts on the same bill for what will be a mega knees up. Blue…

Fri 23 Feb

£10.70 / 01942 834747

The Houghton Weavers

Folk music suffused with comedy.

Fri 18 May

£16.05 / 01942 834747

The Hustle With Support From John Anderton

Brace yourselves for this Lancaster 8-piece Blues powerhouse. Van Morrison tinged vocals alongside blues guitar stylings by band leader Michael Atherton that have been likened to Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band.) Mix this with swing style horn sections, Booker T and Jerry lee Lewis style keys…

Sat 24 Mar

£5.35 / 01942 834747

The Jam Drc!

The Jam DRC are back! Last year they blew the roof off the place and the night was a total winner. They bring the full repertoire - Going Underground, That's Entertainment, Funeral Pyre, Eton Rifles, When You're Young - all the big numbers and some of the more obscure records chosen by the band who are avid Jam fans. You…

Sat 23 Jun

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Julian Littman

Acoustic Roots welcome Julian back to Acoustic Roots, this time on his own with his one man show "FolkSoulBrother" A member of folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span for the past six years, Julian Littman has been part of one of the band's most productive periods - not only revisiting the classic Now We Are Six record live…

Fri 6 Apr

£15.40 / 01942 834747

King Hammond and the Rudeboy Mafia!

King Hammond is Grammy award winning musician Nick Welsh, and we're excited to host King Hammond and his band, The Rude Boy Mafia in the Grand Vault of The Old Courts for the first time. In a career that spans four decades he has collaborated with some of Reggae and Ska's most legendary artists including Prince Buster…

Fri 30 Mar

£10.70 / 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

£13.91 / 01942 834747

Live Lounge: Open Mic - Every Tuesday!

Our aim is to create a friendly and welcoming venue for all skill levels to enjoy, whether you play the guitar, drums, keyboard, spoons or just want to get up and give us a song, that's what we're here for, and if you haven't bought your instrument with you, that's fine, your welcome to use ours. You can of course just…

Tue 27 Feb

Free / 01942 834747

Tue 6 Mar

Free / 01942 834747

Tue 13 Mar

Free / 01942 834747

Tue 20 Mar

Free / 01942 834747

Martin Taylor Mbe

Seriously, where do you begin? The Old Courts are honoured to welcome Martin Taylor MBE, the solo Jazz guitarist, self-taught since the age of 4 who has made such a mark on this instrument that words don't really suffice, but here goes - GRAMMY nominated, virtuoso player, composer, 50 year career, 14 British Jazz Awards…

Thu 8 Mar

The Theatre

£18.73 / 01942 834747

Merry Hell Acoustic Sunday

The Merry Hell album launch weekender concludes in The Old Courts Theatre with a seated acoustic gig to celebrate the launch of "Anthems To The Wind" Doors will open at 6pm to allow seating and relaxed refreshments. The band will be on stage at 7.30pm and the event will finish at 9.30pm The electric band will be…

Sun 29 Apr

£12.84 / 01942 834747

Merry Hell: Anthems To The Wind: Launch Weekend: Acoustic Sunday

The second hometown gig of the weekend - this time it's an acoustic set to celebrate the release of our new and largely acoustic album - Anthems To The Wind. The band will be playing a long set. The acoustic gig will be help in the Theatre Room at the Old Couts, with a seated audience - although there is some room…

Sun 29 Apr

£13.20 / 01942 834747

Merry Hell: Anthems To The Wind: Launch Weekend: Electric Saturday

The full electric band play the first gig of a hometown Merry Hell weekend to celebrate the launch of our new album 'Anthems To The Wind' The 8-piece will play the Vault venue - on stage from 9pm for a long set. The acoustic band will be playing a gig the following day and tickets are available for that separately or a…

Sat 28 Apr

£13.20 / 01942 834747

Merry Hell: Anthems To The Wind: Launch Weekend: Electric Saturday Acoustic Sunday: 2 Day Ticket

Merry Hell celebrate the release of their new album Anthems To The Wind with a weekend of two different concerts. On the Saturday, the full electric band play the first gig of a hometown Merry Hell weekend to celebrate the launch of our new album 'Anthems To The Wind' The 8-piece will play the Vault venue - on stage from…

Fri 27 Apr

£23.10 / 01942 834747

Merry Hell - Electric Saturday

Merry Hell are back at The Old Courts and have a brand new album to launch to you faithful followers and new recruits alike. The Folk-Rockers are the pride of Wigan and fly the flag for outstanding, relatable folk music. The new album "Anthems To The Wind" will be launched in style by the full 8 piece band here in The…

Sat 28 Apr

£12.84 / 01942 834747

Northern Uproar

The Old Courts are delighted to welcome Northern Uproar. This brilliant band exploded onto the Britpop scene in 1995 when teenagers Leon Meya (vox/Bass) and Jeff Fletcher (guitar) began writing music together, recruiting their friends Paul Kelly (guitar) and Keith Chadwick (drums). The band became known for their…

Fri 8 Jun

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Paddy Ryan

The Old Courts are delighted to welcome Paddy Ryan for an evening of outstanding Irish, Folk and Rock music brought to you by the inimitable singer, songwriter and rounded performer. Paddy lives and breathes music and comes from a rich heritage of performers. Playing all around the world, this is the last chance to catch…

Sat 24 Feb

The Court Room

£4.28 / 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

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Strange Brew (rock Night): Power 3

A new monthly Saturday Rock night with great live bands playing rock + hard rock with loads of classic tunes! Find us in the Bailiff bar with it's unique, amazing atmosphere and vibe! Come along and enjoy a great night of rock music at Wigan's premier live music venue, you know you want to! Saturday 17th March - THE…

Sat 17 Mar

The Bailiff Bar

Free / 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

£8.56 / 01942 834747

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