The bassist of Oldham's legendary band, Inspiral Carpets, is hosting a debate on whether live, local music can survive outside the city centre.

On Wednesday, March 29, a panel of music experts, including Jay Taylor, Chair of Music Venue Trust, Dave Brown, Even The Stars webzine and Rebecca Swarray of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, will discuss the future of live music in the borough at Oldham Library on Greaves Street.

Leading the discussion, the night will be chaired by Martyn Walsh, the bass player of the early 1990s 'Madchester' band, Inspiral Carpets, and music industry consultant.

Martyn himself, like his bandmates, including Inspiral Carpets' keyboard player, DJ and radio presenter, Clint Boon, hail from the town and it is hoped the debate will "strike a chord" with local musicians and those who work in the industry.

Councillor Elaine Taylor, deputy leader of the Council and cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “We believe culture can play a big part in the borough’s future, with music at the forefront of things.

“Over the years the borough has produced artists who have played – and whose music has been heard – across the globe.

“Sir William Walton, Simon Wright, Mark Owen, Carl Cox, Kelly Llorenna and rising star Seb Lowe are just a few of the names who were brought up or lived here.

“We’d love Oldham to produce another big name."

But, the councillor admitted there needs to be more venues and rehearsal places for aspiring bands and musicians to perform in the town.

She continued: "A lot of the pubs and bars where this has happened have closed, and that’s the same across the country.

“We’re doing our bit by creating a new events space for public and private use in Spindles and this session promises to get people talking to see if others can help out in the future.

“So, if you are a musician, work in the industry or just like listening or have an interest in live music then why not book your place?”

The event is free for all to attend and those interested can book a slot on the Oldham Council website.