SLYDIGS will be playing their biggest hometown gig in March describing it as ‘our way of giving back to the town that has given us so much over the years’.

Burtonwood’s rock and roll four-piece are previous headliners of Warrington Music Festival and recently toured the world with The Who.

The band will be playing at the Parr Hall on March 16 as part of the fifth anniversary celebrations of [WAM], a website set up by former Woolston High student Lee Harman to champion the town’s music. They will be joined by an all-Warrington line-up including special guests funk rock collective Winachi Tribe, psychedelic rockers Psyblings and fuzz pop four-piece The Ks.

It is the first time a grassroots Warrington band has been booked to play the 1,100 capacity Parr Hall – the biggest music venue in the town – since Viola Beach.

More than 400 videos have been produced since [WAM] formed and more than 6,000 songs have been downloaded from the website.

Over the years Lee, from Latchford, has also hosted numerous live shows from an acoustic showcase at the bus station to Hacktivist’s gig at The Venue (now FC2) in Barbauld Street a week after they were announced to play the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

The 29-year-old also recently teamed up with Warrington Wolves to have tracks by Warrington artists played in front of more than 10,000 rugby league fans at half time at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Lee said: “It is a great honour to be putting on such a great showcase of Warrington artists at the Parr Hall.

“I have always wanted to host a gig in the venue, and it is great that I get to do that with Slydigs who were headliners of our first [WAM] showcase. They went on tour across the world with The Who and I know they’re going to be great in front of their biggest headline crowd.

“I set up [WAM] in 2012 to support live, grassroots music in my town because I believed that Warrington bands could thrive as long as they have a platform and the right help.

“There is so much talent and we are starting to see others take note. Balancing it between my work and home life, [WAM] has had some ups and downs but I’ve been delighted at how far it has come.

“Slydigs, Winachi Tribe, Psyblings and The Ks are all very different bands in their own right – but the things that connect them is their talent, dedication to their craft and love of Warrington.”

Dean Fairhurst, frontman of Slydigs, added: “This gig is a milestone, not just for us but for the community and organisations like [WAM] who have backed us all the way.

“They are the backbone of the music scene in Warrington, they are the ones that keep it alive.

“The band and I started off many years ago in Warrington playing small pubs to 50-odd people striving to get the recognition for the music we create. It has been a long road and there is still a long way to go for us. It will be our biggest headline show to date and for it to be in our home town is incredible. It is our true home coming.

“With the help of [WAM] we are honoured to have the opportunity to announce this gig which we hold very close to our hearts. It’s our way of giving back to the town that has given us so much over the years.”

Standard tickets are £10 and go on sale at 9am tomorrow, Friday. Visit

But if you order fast the first 50 tickets are available at a special price of £5 to celebrate five years of [WAM].

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.