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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70's Glam Rock Night Featuring Glam45

It’s been a while since we’ve had a 70’s knees up so we’re going for it big style! We have the amazing GLAM45 playing you THE best hits of the Glam Rock ERA. Donning original glam rock outfits, the band will have you dancing the night away with hits from The Sweet, The Glitter Band, Marc Bolan, T-Rex, David Bowie, Mott…

Fri 18 Aug

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Bad Manners

Buster Bloodvessel and co persist with the comedy ska.

Fri 28 Jul

£20.35 / 01942 834747

Connie Lush Band: Blues N Boogie

Connie Lush is widely recognised as one of the finest blues singers that the United Kingdom has ever produced.That indisputable fact was acknowledged when she was voted Best UK Female Vocalist by readers of Blues In Britain for 5 separate years, earning a richly deserved place in the Gallery of the Greats. Don't miss this…

Thu 26 Oct

Bailiff Bar

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Fnl: Dirty Circus + Four Pegs + Columbia + Jake Kelly & Tom Byrom

Dirty Circus make their welcome return to the Bailiff Bar as headliners. The band signed to Sony in 2005, shook up the music scene, and later went into hiatus before making their return with a hometown gig at The Old Courts in 2016. Often drawing comparisons to the likes of Primal Scream and Oasis, their many and varied…

Fri 25 Aug

£3 / 01942 834747

Fnl: Kyngs + Shamona + the Whistling Straits + Avishek Choudhury

KYNGS make their welcome return again as headliners. Expect high energy,  hard-hitting, eyeball splitting Rock n Roll vibes as they draw on influences such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy. Hard to pigeon hole, main support for the night comes from the indie rock, funk and blues tones of Liverpool 3 piece Shamona…

Fri 4 Aug

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Folk Gathering - James Turner

We’re excited to welcome back James J Turner to headline August’s Folk Gathering. James has a unique live solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years. His powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, carefully crafted…

Sat 5 Aug

Free / 01942 834747

Friday Night Live: the Vellys + the Protagonists + Queen Anne's Revenge

The Velly’s are a Wigan 4- piece who played their first gig in The Bailiff Bar at the end of last summer, and with a few gigs in Manchester and Liverpool since - we now welcome them back again as headliners. Expect songs that fuse the best of 90’s jangle pop with inflections of bands such as The Velvet Underground and The…

Fri 11 Aug

£3.21 / 01942 834747

Intercity Blues Band: Blues N Boogie

INTERCITY BLUES BAND are a passionate Blues quartet recording and performing Mississippi Delta, Texas, West Coast, Chicago and Brit Blues in the traditional sense but also with a huge element of fun!

Thu 31 Aug

£8.56 / 01942 834747

The Lancashire Hotpots

Comedy folk band from St Helens on their 50 Shades of Gravy tour.

Fri 8 Dec

Grand Vault

£15.40 / 01942 834747

The Grand Vault

£14.98 / 01942 834747

Limehouse Lizzy – the Greatest Hits of Thin Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy are something of a phenomenon on the trib scene. Their sound, energy and passion has bowled people over from audience members to music journalists who all agree that this band have taken the concept to a whole new level. They play a banging set of the very greatest hits of Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In…

Sat 5 Aug

Grand Vault

£12.84 / 01942 834747


Mused are a UK based professional tribute act who excel at providing an authentic Muse concert experience. Muse themselves now rarely perform at anything smaller than arena capacity, and Mused offer the opportunity to get up close to the action! Accurately creating all of the favourite Muse tracks, and like Muse…

Fri 8 Sep

£8.56–£10 / 01942 834747

The (not So Silent) Silent Film Night

We handpick classic, obscure and quirky films from various eras including the golden age of Silent Film, stop motion animation, contemporary thought-provoking moving pictures and much more. We then pass the films onto regional musicians of all genres who prepare unique accompaniment or simply improvise live to create an…

Thu 24 Aug

Free / 01942 834747

Oaces With Support From Rik Jones In Aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Don't miss out on a great gig for a great cause headlining the uk no1 tribute to Oasis (Oaces), and the raw vocal sounds of acoustic solo artist Rik Jones! The event is in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and full night of live entertainment, plus an auction and a raffle. Find out more about the Cystic Fibrosis Trust…

Sat 2 Sep

Grand Vault

£10.70 / 01942 834747

Peggy Seeger "first Time Ever" UK Concert Tour

“Each first time ever is the last time that that first time ever will happen. The first time I die will be the last time I live. I was born joyful. This is the first and last time I will write my life.” -  Peggy Seeger, from ‘The First Time Ever: A Memoir. To coincide with the publication of her memoir and accompanying…

Fri 1 Dec

£17.12 / 01942 834747

The Prince Experience

Last year we lost Prince, one of the most prolific and controversial musical icons of all time, it seems there's nothing this man couldn't do, and because there was only one PRINCE, there's only one Prince tribute band, The Prince Experience The nine piece Prince Experience is made up of some amazing musicians who all…

Fri 25 Aug

£12.84 / 01942 834747

Red Butler

Blues sounds from Red Butler – who were voted Best New Act UK by Blues Matters Magazine in 2014.

Thu 30 Nov

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Bailiff Bar

£5.35 / 01942 834747

Reggae Night Featuring Superjam

Vibes down in The Bailiff Bar on Saturday 21st October as we welcome back the incredible Superjam for a night of top notch Reggae. Expect Bob Marley, expect Peter Tosh, expect outstanding material, expect dancing, backing singers, a crazily talented band from across Europe and beyond and most of all, expect positivity and…

Sat 21 Oct

£4.28 / 01942 834747

Saturday Night In the Bailiff With Ben & Rachel

Saturday nights are just getting better and better. If you don’t know by now, free entry to The Bailiff Bar & free entertainment!! This week we have a brilliant duo – Ben & Rachel gig together all across the UK and it shows: top players, great vocals and great chemistry. What do they play? how long have you…

Sat 26 Aug

Free / 01942 834747

Saturday Night In the Bailiff With John Maguire

It’s Saturday night, The weekend is here!!! FREE ENTRY in The Bailiff Bar for all, free entertainment, free positive vibes, you get the picture. AS PROMISED,  by demand, this week we welcome back John Maguire! John will be floating on stage to bring you the best cover versions of the likes of Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher…

Sat 19 Aug

Free / 01942 834747

Saturday Night In the Bailiff With Swing Supremo John Philip Bowen

Join us in The Bailiff Bar for another Saturday of live music and good times. This week we change the tempo with the inimitable JP Bowen. The regions bona fide crooner straight from Las Vegas. He has graced many a stage across Vegas and brings all the energy and enthusiasm you would imagine to our intimate venue. Get…

Sat 29 Jul

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

Snl: Polaris + Vulture Cult + Shallow Waters

Rowdy and energetic psyche fuzz-sters POLARIS headline; joined by Liverpool’s VULTURE CULT ‘…combining eery vocals with catchy basslines and powerful guitar riffs all tied together in a perfect little package." Alt-rockers SHALLOW WATERS return with their spiralling desert grooves, and howling guitar solos.  SATURDAY…

Sat 29 Jul

Grand Vault

£3.21 / 01942 834747

The Spitfires

Energetic Mod sounds with a modern punky twist.

Sat 30 Sep

£10 / 01942 834747

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Tom Walker Trio: Blues N Boogie

Tom Walker has been honing his guitar playing from a very young age, earning respect and admiration from music lovers and musicians across the globe. Now at the age of 22 he is now driving British blues to new levels from the heart of the UK with Tom Walker Trio. They have toured with the likes of The Move, Paul Jones…

Thu 28 Sep

£8.56 / 01942 834747

Wigan Live Festival 2017 at the Old Courts

Wigan Live Festival is a free festival coming to Wigan in August 2017 featuring over 50 Bands over 2 days, The Old Courts will play host to a raft of superb artists of all different styles from across the borough and beyond. Both days of the event are free entry and a brilliant opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere in…

Fri 18 Aug

Grand Vault

Free / 01942 834747

Sat 19 Aug

Grand Vault

Free / 01942 834747

Wigan Pride 2017 Aftershow Extravaganza

We welcome Wigan Pride 2017 for the official aftershow. The daytime celebration hands over to The Old Courts to party away into the night. We are delighted to announce a superb lineup of variety with talented local artists, The inimitable Elsa Cake drag act and WHAMTASTIC! The UK's premier Wham tribute. Your host on…

Sat 12 Aug

£3.21–£6.42 / 01942 834747

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