A NEW hub which will allow local artists and musicians to rehearse, record, film videos and perform live, opens its doors tomorrow (Friday).
Cadence Cafe, in Tyldesley, has transformed a series of derelict rooms into a range of rehearsal studios, office space, training and meeting rooms for hire.
The community interest company (CIC) opened as a cafe and arts venue last September, and six months of hard work have gone into completely renovating the building’s upstairs rooms, which will be unveiled on Friday.
The venue has already become popular with the town’s artistic communities, with the cafe hosting half a dozen events at the Words Literary Festival and popular Leigh band The Lottery Winners choosing to shoot part of a music video there.
And director Ian Jackson hopes the new hub will provide the behind-the-scenes facilities necessary to back up the live stage.
Ian, 45, said: “We’re hoping to make the facility so people can rehearse, record, perform live and film videos here. We’re going to offer media training so people can be taught to use studio software.
“There’s nothing like this in Wigan, and certainly nothing in the east of the borough. The untapped potential in this area is abundant, and we’re plugging a big gap so people don’t have to travel to Manchester.
“It’s been a massive job to refit the upstairs, and we’re still finding funding for all the equipment we want. We’ve had a small grant from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust but have had to find most of it ourselves, so we’re also looking for sponsors.”
Cadence has also developed a number of important links and partnerships with artistic groups and businesses to provide opportunities for young people.
The cafe is part of mobile phone giant O2’s Think Big campaign, which helps young people apply for project funding, and has developed mentoring links with regeneration charity Groundwork and Fred Longworth High School.
The new hub will be opened by Leigh MP Andy Burnham, with the chief executives of Wigan Council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) also getting a tour of the premises. and hearing music by two Fred Longworth pupils.
The opening ceremony will take place at Cadence Cafe CIC, on Chapel Street at 3pm.
For more information about the venue visit www.cadencecafecic.co.uk