Ripple Effect

Amplifying the next generation of Lancashire music

Ripple Effect is a brand new live music event hosted at The Grand in Clitheroe in partnership with Actual Music. Its focus is to shine a light on Lancashire’s most exciting up and coming musical acts and help grow our incredible music scene. Both events will be hosted by BBC Introducing’s William Wolstenholme.

Showcasing a range of musical styles, Ripple Effect gives a platform to hidden gems lying within our community. From punchy, anthemic indie bands to intimate and lyrical singer-songwriters, we’re proudly showing off some of the finest talent around.

Catch eight amazing artists across two nights at one of the best live music venues in the northwest. When someone asks you how you discovered your favourite acts, you can tell them – “Ripple Effect.”

The first Ripple Effect event is on 25th May followed by the second on 1st June. Both evenings will be held here, in our state-of-the-art auditorium at The Grand, boasting our world-class sound system.

Ripple Effect Night One | Saturday 25th May – Frank So, The NonStick Pans, The Forensics & Naut

Frank So

Frank So is a 4-piece indie group based in the North West. They are a new outfit. Embryonic at best. The line up consists of Marc Rooney (formerly of Pronto Mama) on guitar and vocals, Asa Morley (formerly of Cabbage) on drums, Eden Hemphill (formerly of Blanketman) on guitar, violin, and vocals, and Billy Proctor – guitars final boss – on bass guitar. Between them they have done a bit and want to do a bit more.

The NonStick Pans

Peter Rugman grew up in-between Preston and Blackpool in a house brimming with eclectic music: from Rock n’ roll to Barbershop, from Gregorian Chant to Jazz. After years of writing, performing, and teaching himself to just-about-play any instrument he could get his hands on – he formed The NonStick Pans. The release of their debut album Nineteen Sixty Four was met with critical acclaim and inspired a small but dedicated following.

The Forensics

The Forensics are a four-piece indie-pop band from Lancashire. Despite the shadow cast by an incredible lineage of bands from neighbouring cities Manchester and Liverpool, the band plan to carve out their own path and put Lancashire firmly on the map.


naut is the music project of Darwen-based producer/instrumentalist Jordan Riding – whose music is a blend of hypnotic atmospherics, captured sounds & ethereal live guitar anchored by electronic beats.

Ripple Effect Night Two | Saturday 1st June May – Katie Nicholas, British Birds, Phil Johari & Holden

Katie Nicholas

Katie Nicholas is a singer/songwriter born in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Leaving home at 18 to become an apprentice designer in London, she quickly found herself distracted and producing music videos for her songs and sharing them online. She soon captured the attention of music fans and industry folk alike with her intricate cross-picking, witty lyricism and enigmatic presence on stage.

British Birds

Chorley-based British Birds is a musical collaboration with a DIY ethic and nostalgic charm; supported by BBC introducing North-West, they combine catchy hooks, lullaby-like melody and sobering melancholy. Ex members of Cactus Knife, Mums and Big Pixie bring timeless psych-rock with hints of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Vaselines and Ty Segall.

Phil Johari

From the North of England, singer, songwriter and guitarist Phil Johari uses his music to challenge and ask important questions about life. Being an engineer turned professional session musician, Johari has followed his heart and found his true voice through years of determined self-discovery. His songs speak the human language, full of poignant thoughts and deep meaning combined with groove and rich harmony.


HOLDEN is a producer duo consisting of identical twins Joe & Alex Holden. Having toured the globe with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tom Misch, Hot Milk, Rachel Chinouriri and more, the twins bring forth their own eponymously titled project, ‘Holden’, producing and playing every instrument themselves out of hotel rooms, tour buses, dining room tables and attics.