LOWTON youngsters are taking their popular under 18s MC-ing competition and DJ night to a bigger venue this year.

They are leaving Lowton Civic Hall for Wigan’s WN1 nightclub on July 16th due to growing demand.

Anyone under the age of 18 can go along to enjoy the music or enter the MC-ing competition, with the overall winner bagging themselves a free session at the LYC Promotions recording studio at Lowton Youth Club.

Special guests on the night will include DJs from Black Out, Medicine and Submission.

Jake Whitehead, 20, a member of LYC Promotions, said: “We think this will be the first night of its kind in Wigan.

“Judging by how popular the events have been when we have run them elsewhere, we are hoping this is going to be a great night.

LYC Promotions – or Lowton Youth Club Promotions – have been built up from humble beginnings at the small club on Newton Road, Lowton.

The group have transformed a small box room in the club into a full studio thanks to money from the Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund.

Wigan Council Youth Worker Tony Russell has helped the group gain funding over the years and has seen the project grow in success.

He said: “They have put so much into this project. They’ve gone from being lads at school to forming their own social enterprise with the studio. They’ve essentially formed their own business from scratch.

”Doing this has even spurred three of them to go and study music production at college.

“The studio can now be rented out along with one of our lads doing the sound engineering for a negotiable fee. They’ll cater for any kind of music or bands.”

Previous nights have raised hundreds for different causes, but this latest venture will benefit something closer to home for one of LYC Promotions.

Any proceeds from the night will go towards a therapy centre based in Ince Community Centre.

Richard Hynes, 20, from Leigh, has a family member suffering from Multiple Sclerosis who regularly goes to the centre for massages and treatments to relieve the condition.

He said: “As soon as we decided we would do this one for charity we agreed to do it for a cause that would benefit people with MS.