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Win a pair of tickets to the On The Wire Celebration

For the latest LTW Ticket Competition we have teamed up with Preston promoter Tuff Life Boogie, and are pleased to be able to offer the winner a pair of tickets to the forthcoming On The Wire celebration.

Celebrating Steve Barker’s ‘On the Wire’
Venue: The Continental, Preston PR1 8JP
Date: Sunday 19th September 2021
2pm until 9.30pm

Afternoon session 2pm – 5pm (Free entry) includes label showcases from Them There Records and Concrete Tapes
Evening session 6pm to 9.30pm (advance tickets £10 from Skiddle) includes sets from Dean McPhee, Bhajan Bhoy and Gwenifer Raymond.

Steve Barker’s On the Wire (OTW) radio show has been broadcasting from Lancashire to the rest of the world since 1984, until recently on a weekly basis via BBC Radio Lancashire.

OTW is the longest running, and best, underground music radio show, carving its own furrow and doing its bit to make Lancashire the well-known centre of the universe. Originally, in the days when it was only available on AM/FM radio, OTW only sneaked over the Lancashire border on fine weather or dubbed onto C90 cassettes, but in the last 20 years the show has consolidated its global reach with each edition being made accessible everywhere via the worldwide web.

OTW disappeared from the Radio Lancashire schedules in March 2020 as part of the reorganisation of BBC local radio programming which happened during the COVID outbreak. Since then, whilst being ‘rested‘ by the BBC, Steve and the rest of the On the Wire team have continued to post editions of the show to Mixcloud, with links being posted weekly via the OTW webpage https://otwradio.blogspot.com.

Following a sustained campaign from fans, BBC Radio Lancashire reinstated On The Wire, but only for a token 4 shows per year (although Steve continues to post weekly shows to Mixcloud). It is still unclear what the future will be for specialist local radio, but what is certain is that On the Wire will carry on whatever happens.

The Continental and Tuff Life Boogie are delighted to be involved in organising this gig to celebrate some of the great music that Steve has been championing recently on the show and help to persuade the BBC to think again and return one of Lancashire’s finest exports back to its rightful weekly spot in the broadcasting schedules. The all-day show is split into two parts, an afternoon session, 2pm to 5pm, showcasing the work of two Preston record labels, Them There Records and Concrete Tapes and an evening session which includes sets from three sublime guitarists : Bhajan Bhoy (Ajay Saggar from King Champion Sounds/Deutsche Ashram), Dean McPhee and Gwenifer Raymond.

To be in within a chance of getting your hands on a pair of tickets, simply answer this simple Preston themed question:

Q. Preston North End FC have their home at?

Send the name of the ground to: shop(at)louderthanwar.com

Please ensure the Subject Line is marked Preston. please include your full name and a contact email and number (this is how you will receive your tickets)

Terms & Conditions:

Closing date is noon on 19th September 2021.
The prize is for two tickets (Over 14yrs).
The prize does not include travel or hotel, food, refreshments etc.
Please make 100% sure you can attend before entering.
There is no cash alternative to the prizes offered.
Editor’s decision is final.
Multiple entries will be disqualified.
Competition is open to all Louder Than War readers

The Continental, Preston

Win a pair of tickets to the On The Wire Celebration

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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