The Wigan Diggers Festival

at The Wiend, Wigan

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The festival, now in its 9th year, is a FREE fun packed event open to the public which celebrates the life and ideas of locally born Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th century Diggers’ movement he was the inspirational leader of.

A pioneer Socialist who believed in common ownership and the right of access of everyone to land to dig and sow in order to feed themselves; Gerrard Winstanley is famous amongst activists for human equality and social justice the World over. He is also Wigan’s most famous historical figure.

Come and join a great family friendly day out with live music and poetry on two stages, historical re-enactment, speakers’ corner, educational talks, film showings, Diggers’ puppet show, and all day children’s entertainment. They’ll also have over 50 food, book, campaign and other stalls to browse, and the ever popular beer tent with an excellent choice of locally brewed real ales, traditional ciders, Belgian fruit beer and award winning keg lager.

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Skinner & T'witch

Skinner & T'witch appearing at this event

Combining folk, flamenco and theatre-style songs, Skinner & T’witch are a Leeds based, original, acoustic-folk duo who have toured widely across the UK and beyond, including recent tours of Australia and the US. With their eclectic range of styles and influences, including the music hall, musical theatre, and the tradition of Great British satire, Skinner & T'witch have been described as ‘a pair of comic geniuses’ by The Living Tradition magazine.

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The Men They Couldn't Hang

The Men They Couldn't Hang appearing at this event

Acoustic pop of the highest quality from the pen of Phil Odgers. Selling out venues across the land with their firebrand mix of punk passion, rousing guitars and folk roots.

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Harp And A Monkey

Harp And A Monkey appearing at this event

Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims...we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey. Their electro-folk storytelling is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

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Attila The Stockbroker

Attila The Stockbroker appearing at this event

Attila is a sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger. 'Whether he's ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something magnificent about Attila in full flight' (Ian McMillan BBC Radio 4).

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Ranagri appearing at this event

Consisting of flutes, whistles, harps, bodhrans, guitars, bouzoukis and vocals, four piece London band, Ranagri, fuse Celtic folk with original song writing and vibrant instrumentals, along with influences from folk music worldwide.

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John D Revelator

John D Revelator appearing at this event

Glastonbury 5 piece acoustic smile poppers. John, Ann, G, Smudge and Paul rock out a range of folky, bluesy, country, punky originals which detail and poke fun at diverse subjects as heartbreak, love, politics, drug abuse and dead footballers with catchy toe tapping tunes and well crafted lyrics. Albums - "Shed Sessions Vol2" (November 2013) "Revelution!" (Novermber 2014) Both are available for download on Bandcamp - physical CDs from the band themselves. Come on feel the Revelators!

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Darren Poyzer

Darren Poyzer appearing at this event

' ... a very, very brilliant writer' - Richard Digance 'A masterclass in live performance' - Tina Redford, MusicLeader 'Great, fantastic, brilliant, mind blowing and inspiring' - Your Southern Sister, Manchester Is Music

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Jess Silk

Jess Silk is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Black Country who has been penning songs since her early teens. Over the past few years her style has developed into a husky, shouty brand of folk music that often has her being likened to a female Frank Turner or Billy Bragg. Jess has enjoyed playing support slots for the likes of Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), T.V. Smith (The Adverts), and Attila the Stockbroker to name a few. Taking inspiration from her favourite artists (such as the Levellers, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg), Jess is heavily lyric-focused, writing songs inspired by current events on a world-wide and a much more local scale.

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The Wiend

  • Gerard Winstanley Gardens
  • Wigan
  • WN1 1PF