Chart topping rockers for Olympic concert 

The Wombats are coming to Bolton for the town's free Olympic concert.

Indie rock band The Wombats has been revealed as the headline act for Bolton’s Olympic concert.


The Wombats will play on Thursday, May 31, at Spa Road playing fields, in Queen’s Park.


Coca-Cola, a presenting partner of the Olympic torch relay, is bringing some of the UK’s most exciting up and coming musicians to perform at the live, free events taking place during the torch relay.


Bolton is one of 66 locations across the UK, and one of only two places in Greater Manchester, that has been chosen to host an official evening celebration by London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The free ticketed event takes place from 4.30pm to 8pm and will also feature a line-up of local entertainment.


Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Linda Thomas, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that The Wombats are coming to Bolton. Championed by Sir Paul McCartney, and with a platinum album to their name, the band has developed a huge international following. We’re sure the crowd will love them.”


The Wombats added: "We’re over the moon to be among the acts involved with the musical feast laid on by Coca-Cola in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay.”


Director of Olympic Torch Relay, from the Coca-Cola Company, James Williams, said: “We know that music brings people together in celebration and as a presenting partner we have a fantastic opportunity to extend the magic and excitement of London 2012 to every corner of the UK. We are taking some of the nation’s most exciting musical talent on the road with the aim of getting Bolton along with the rest of the UK moving to the beat.”


A limited number of tickets are still available. To apply visit the online link, or collect a paper form at the following council information points: One Stop Shop at Bolton Town Hall; local leisure centres; libraries, and area offices.


Households are allowed up to four tickets, and initial applications must be made by those aged 16 or over. Those aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult to the event.


The route


Crowds can catch the first glimpse of the flame when it arrives in Westhoughton, Bolton on Castle Hill Road, at the border with Wigan, at 5.30pm on May 31.


It will then travel down the A58 Cricketers Way and along Market Street, before going back on the A58 and in to Bolton via Wigan Road. The torch will then make its way down Deane Road, before entering Victoria Square via Howell Croft South.


The Olympic flame will leave Victoria Square via Le Mans Crescent, on to Deansgate, Spa Road and in to Spa Road playing fields, in Queen’s Park at 6.50pm, for the free evening concert.


The torch will leave Bolton on June 1, just after 6am, from Victoria Square. It will travel on to Chorley New Road, go down Scholes Bank in Horwich before arriving in Chorley at approximately 7.20am.

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