WARRINGTON’s very own WINACHI are playing a free hometown show at Friars Court 2 in December.

The ticketed event is the band's first show in the UK for two years ahead of their tour in Europe and the USA next year.

They will be taking to the venue on Saturday, December 18, and The Winachi Tribe’s lead singer, Liam Crooker, based in Latchford, cannot wait to return to town.

“It’s brilliant to be back, Liam, a co-founder of the band, said.

“We’re definitely in a good place at the moment. The band is sounding really hot, we’re recharged and buzzing to do the show in Warrington.

“It’s always good to come back. Doing a show the Saturday before Christmas, it’s got a party vibe and that’s what we want everyone to do as it’s been a tough couple of years for everyone.”

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Prior to lockdown, the band had done two tours of California and the UK and been to Italy and France, and Liam felt the break was what the band needed.

Liam, 39, added: “When all tours we had were pulled, it allowed the band to get our house in order a little bit.

“We spent 2020 finishing the production of an album and this year the album was finished – we got our album done during lockdown and constantly rehearsed.

“We got the live stuff up to another level really and we’re just ready to get back to it.

“In some ways, lockdown was a positive for the band and it probably saved us. We’d been on the road for three years and we were starting to get a bit burned out. It stopped us gigging and we needed that break to finish our album.

“Not just from a career point of view but a personal point of view. It gave me the time to realise what is important and what to put my time and energy into. It was a good time to put things into perspective.

“It was a much-needed break from constantly gigging and touring where you live in this little world with your band. That’s we do it, we love it, but it allowed us to re-group ready to relaunch.”

The band are under new management with Howie B who has worked with Bjork and U2 and with a couple of new band members, they are ready to return.

“We’re now ready to get back out and doing what we do best – that’s performing live. There is no better place to do it than our hometown,” Liam, who is one of the two members from Warrington, continued.

The other is Antony Egerton who lives near to Woolston, the other band members are from Yorkshire, Wigan and Crewe.

At their last gig in Warrington, they headlined Warrington Music Festival in March 2019.

“We hadn’t played in Warrington for ages and it was good to play where it all started," Liam said.

“This time, we have no band support with DJ Northern Edits before us to try and create a club and hacienda vibe, then we will come on and do our set.”

250 tickets can be found here.