Music man bows out on a high note

First published in News

Local music promoter John Winstanley is bringing the curtain down on his "full time hobby" with a concert tomorrow night.

John, of Thirlmere Drive, Withnell, is calling it a day after promoting local bands for the last five years.

He describes his Last Night in the Music Biz, at The Attic, Accrington, as "a celebration for everyone who I have had the good fortune to meet during the last five years."

The concert is headlined by Chorley band Stupid Little Cars, who are part of John's modern day Digger Movement which he established in 2006.

Other performers are rising stars Costello and 2007 Battle of the Bands winners Red Badge of Courage as well as singer songwriter Beth Swain, from Salford.

John launched his music promotion work in Chorley.

"I walked into Chorley Community Centre in July 2002 and so began a relationship with that place and those connected with it that lasted up to the launch of Chorley FM," he said.

John, a Chorley FM pioneer, managed Chorley's Let's Not Lose Mars to the Commies, which he described as "the best band to come out of the Chorley scene this decade".

He brought the Sex Pistols' Glen Mattock to Blackburn in 2003 and Inspiral Carpets' frontman Tom Hingley to Chorley Social Club in 2005, both sell out gigs. John set up MACY, Music and Arts for Chorley Youth, with a £5,000 Awards for All grant.

He has promoted The Attic in Accrington for two years, and said: "I share Tony Wilson's prediction that the new scene will be the East Lancashire towns, hence I chose The Attic as the venue for my last concert and gig."

The event is free from 7.30pm.

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