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5 unmissable artists to catch at NBHD Weekender

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Festival season is almost over, and even though this year the number of events has been limited, there’s still one grand finale happening in the North West at NBHD Weekender.

The event will commence on Friday evening at Victoria Park in Warrington for the first time since 2019, and for the first time in the history of the event, it will be a three-day spectacular. In addition to the main stage, there is also a Big Top installed and a stage dedicated to local band Viola Beach, who tragically died in 2016.

Ian Brown was originally listed as a headliner for the festival, but he pulled out due to the festival putting in place measures to minimise the risk of spreading the risk of Covid-19.

Instead, ’90s indie legends, James, have replaced him, with Gerry Cinnamon closing out the Friday and on Sunday, Catfish and The Bottlemen take to the stage for what is heavily rumoured to be the last time before their split. Although, the Welsh band are yet to confirm or deny the claims or respond to the audible cries of ‘Please don’t split’ during their headline performance at Reading Festival suggest it may be sooner rather than later.

Tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased here. If you are unsure about who to watch, then here is a guide to five acts that you can’t afford to miss at Victoria Park.

5 acts to watch at NBHD Weekender

Easy Life

Headlining the Big Top on Saturday evening is Leicester’s very own Easy Life, who are bringing a sprinkling of summer joy, and their debut album Life’s A Beach to Warrington.

After releasing the album earlier this year, the group are in the mood for celebration following taking the record across intimate venues and a selection of festivals.

The stage is where the group come into their own, and make their songs come to life. Whereas, on record, Easy Life choose to follow a more chilled-out, zen ambient style on stage they’re vibrant beyond belief. A unique mix of both styles is what they’ll bring to the Big Top on Saturday.

The Snuts

Following their debut album, W.L. going to number one in April, The Snuts are firmly on the road to domination. With this year’s NBHD culminating mainly last year’s line-up, bands who’ve risen like the Glaswegians over the last 12 months have been billed rather lowly, and on Saturday afternoon, they’ll light up the Big Top.

Their canon of festival ready-made anthems will prove why they are deserving of a slot on the main stage next summer, and it looks sure to be an occasion to remember as The Snuts make their case to be future headliners.

Self Esteem

Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Lucy Taylor, formerly of indie-folk duo Slow Club is having a 2021 to remember as she gears up to release her sophomore album, Prioritise Pleasure.

One thing that you can rely on from Taylor is that she’ll put on a proper spectacle, unlike anybody else on the bill, and not approach the set in a half-measured way. Her addition to the Big Top on the Saturday of the event was a last-minute addition, but one that has the potential to be the show-stealing moment from the whole festival.

The Lathums

With their debut album, How Beautiful Life Can Be, arriving on September 24th through Island, The Lathums look set to be the next band destined for greatness from the North West. It’s been a beyond bright couple of years for the band who were playing local pubs not so long ago, and not even a pandemic has stopped their rise.

There’s tantalising excitement surrounding the group, and they’ve made no qualms about their ambition to graduate into the big time. They are billed on the Big Top on Sunday afternoon for a homecoming as they tear through their set and give fans a taste of what to expect on September 24th.

Sam Fender

Somehow, Sam Fender isn’t headlining NBHD on Saturday and is taking to the main stage before James. Still, anybody who caught a glimpse of his set from Reading last week will know that he’ll be headlining any festival he wants in the not-so-distant future.

His second album, Seventeen Going Under, arrives in October, and if the two cuts from the record are anything to judge from, then nothing is out of bounds for the 27-year-old.

The Tyneside Springsteen will be bringing an unstoppable dosage of arena-ready rock, packed with gritty, introspective lyrics, and prove precisely why his stock is so high.

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