Some good things have come out of Leigh. A certain sort of cheese great for toasting, singer Georgie Fame, even the Spinning Jenny according to some who reckon Richard Arkwright ‘borrowed’ the idea from Leigh-born Thomas Highs.
Right now some likely lads from Leigh are tipped to be the next big thing ahead of their gig at Lytham Festival.
Fast rising four piece indie band The Lottery Winners feel like they’ve, er, won the lottery by appearing on a bill topped by Noel Gallagher, Bryan Adams and some of the biggest names in music today.
It may prove the other way round. Cuffe and Taylor have caught the band on the cusp of greatness having just signed a major record deal with the big name executive who discovered Madonna, The Cure and the Ramones.
Music executive Seymour Stein, who snapped them up for American company Warner Brothers Records, describes them as the best thing he’s heard since The Smiths.
Frontman guitarist Thom Rylance admits he was driven by two musical influences growing up - Queen and The Smiths.
“I was obsessed with Queen, but I got older The Smiths just described my whole social outcast status.”
Lytham festival’s virtually a local gig for band members who consider themselves Lancastrians at heart. “We’re been getting bigger - particularly on social media,” adds Thom. “You look at 12k followers and it’s pretty astonishing. We’re chuffed people bother. Things seem to be happening for us now but it’s taken seven years of preparation to make us take it seriously and put everything else aside and let nothing stand in our way.”
It’s that mindset which has helped them land Lytham festival. “The bigger Lancashire gigs are always exciting but this one’s epic. We’re really looking forward to it. It’s nice to play a northern gig rather than spend eight hours in a van and three days sleeping on the floor with the band. We’re pretty grounded and don’t try to be something we’re not and have no interest in being ultra cool. It’s insane now and we’re just enjoying every minute. My mum keeps mithering me to get a real job - but she’s excited about this one too. ” They play Stage Too on August 3.