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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Adam Maidment

Leigh band open pop-up shop in home town in quest for number one album

Wigan band the Lottery Winners are opening up a special pop-up shop in their hometown which will host an all-day Bank Holiday party as well as showing off rare props.

The band will be opening up the exclusive shop on the site of the old Argos on Spinning Gate in Leigh on Friday (April 28), when their latest album Anxiety Replacement Therapy is released.

The shop will be open until next Thursday (May 4) and will sell merchandise and copies of the latest album in a bid to help the band reach the coveted number one position on the UK’s official album charts.

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The band themselves will be visiting the store to sign albums on Monday (May 1) to take part in an all-day Bank Holiday party. The event will also feature live performances from the band themselves alongside local bands.

‘It’s quite strange and emotional to see your entire body of work in one place,” bass player Katie Lloyd said of the pop-up. “So many memories and happy times. We’re very proud of everything we’ve achieved.”

The Lottery Winners (publicity)

Lead guitarist Rob Lally adds: “We’ve even created a little museum within the shop using all of the props from our music videos. It’s so cool to see everything we’ve done all laid out in one place.”

The Lottery Winners learnt their craft in the pubs of Leigh, such as The Railway, Colliers Rest, Boars Head and The Avenue, and have gone on to support big league musicians such as Tom Jones, Paul Weller and Kaiser Chiefs.

They have also performed at major music festivals including Glastonbury and Kendal Calling and sold out their own night at Manchester’s Albert Hall last year. The band are also set to perform at the Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington on May 28.

Their recent album features collaborations with the likes of Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder, Boy George and Frank Turner.

The band have promised that if the album reaches the number one spot, they will bring the Official Charts trophy back to Leigh.

“We just need Leigh to get behind us now, the finish line is in sight,” singer Thom Rylance explains. “If we win that trophy, we’ll put it in the middle of the Spinning Gate in a little glass cabinet so everyone can have it.”

You can buy the album by visiting the shop or ordering online.


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