The Lathums ended their first UK tour by playing to a capacity crowd at Wigan’s iconic music venue, the Boulevard for two consecutive nights on 21st and 22nd February, supported by other local bands, Flechettes and The Stanleys.
Following previous Wigan legends
The band were formed when they were put together to rehearse whilst studying at The Music Projects in Wigan. All four, Alex Moore, Scott Concepcion, Ryan Durrans and Jonny Cunliffe, hail from Wigan and promise to follow in the footsteps of the Verve who played a sold-out homecoming gig at Haigh Hall in 1998.
Their break came when they were discovered on Twitter by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans who invited them to play at Kendal Calling last year, since then momentum has been nothing short of astounding.
Wigan’s Boulevard makes history
I attended their Saturday final gig, the atmosphere was electric, the Boulevard was the busiest I have seen it in a long time, with a record number of 6 bar staff!
The playlist beforehand was carefully chosen to warm up the audience, because with each track the crowd got more and more vocal. It was surreal witnessing a mass of Wigan lads singing football chants, high off Wigan Athletic’s earlier defeat of Milwall; segwaying into Abba’s Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee, with a fitting finale of Caravan of Love by the Housemartins, as the Lathums entered the stage. Gallus.
They opened with Villainous Victorian, working their way through other fan favourites including; The Great Escape, Crying Out, I Know that Much, with the roof lifting during Fight On.
They did Wigan proud and the audience did them proud. No doubt the boys had goosebumps as the homecoming cheers echoed in their minds, as they now head off to embark on another UK tour. Moving up another level already they begin by supporting the Blossoms in Ireland. Then onto touring with Paul Weller, where they will have the great privilege of playing at the prestigious Glasgow Barrowlands, with their true right of passage into a summer of festivals across Europe.
A wonderful evening and one of those nights where you know rock history is being made. Ach Aye.
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