That’s it then. Every Sunday for the past two and a half years, we’ve enjoyed a brief look back at the bands, the music, the venues and the promoters which made up the Wigan Music Scene between 2004 and 2011, but no more.
Truth be told, there was more content which could have been added to this blog. I clearly remember reviewing The Portlands’ last EP Noctilucent, writing a feature on Scott from Finding Emo and his newly launched live music nights, and putting together a handful of other posts about the goings on in ‘the scene’ between 2011 and 2012.
Sadly, such features have been lost to the ruins of time (or at least gone to wherever old Internet posts go to die) and I haven’t been find the backup copies I was certain had been created. I was kind of worried that this might happen at some point or another, and this is one of the main reasons I began archiving as much material as I could back in 2012.
Sure, a bunch of old reviews and interviews featuring unsigned bands from Wigan might not be all that important to many, but I felt they were worth preserving anyway for the people who were there.
From the promoters who enthused about the vibrancy of Wigan’s live music scene and did their best to support it, to the bands who turned up, plugged in and played their hearts out, the people I met, watched, listened to and befriended during the years documented here believed in what they were doing. They were passionate about it to such a degree that -try as I might- I really can’t capture in just a few words.
At some point or another, the gigs and recordings written about on this blog were important to them. Even to me, whose only small part in all of this was to sit on the side lines, documenting what I saw and heard, it was important.
It seemed a shame just to let all that disappear.
When I first started this, I didn’t expect that I’d do anything more than relive a couple of fond memories and rediscover some great music.
Looking back now, I see that something more has happened. The people featured over the past two and a half years’ worth of posts have told a story.
It’s a story of a group of talented, dedicated and incredibly passionate individuals working together to develop a scene from humble beginnings in a dark little room beneath the streets of Wigan to an enormous outdoor stage looking out onto a crowd of thousands.
Or maybe I’m being too sentimental about all of this. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll after all, right?
Still, I know for one thing for certain. It was fun, and I’m glad I was there.
So that’s the past, but what about the future?
This blog will continue to exist as an archive of all that went before. In time, I may look at adding new content, videos found on Youtube or old articles from other sources. It might be fun to explore ‘the scene’ before 2004, to delve back to the legendary Green Day gig from 1991, the early days of The Verve and beyond. Who knows, that missing Portlands’ review might yet turn up.
For now though, it’s time to put this baby to bed and move on.
See you at a gig some time,