Neighbourhood Festival returns to Manchester city centre this weekend and we’re all hyped for its return. This one day festival extravaganza is the perfect opportunity to discover new up and coming bands on the scene. With 15 venues and over 100 bands, it’s everything we’ve come to expect from a city that has been home to some of the biggest cultural icons of the music industry with The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis and Happy Mondays to name a few.
Manchester is hot on independent music venues, blessed, unlike any other city, with an extensive list of great venues to visit. This year spread across the city centre the list consist of (deep breath):
Manchester Academy, Manchester Academy 2, O2 Ritz, Gorilla, Albert Hall, Deaf Institute, Yes The Pink Room (18+), Yes Basement (18+), The Bread Shed, Revolution Oxford Road, Night People (18+), The Refuge, Thirsty Scholar (18+) and Zombie Shack (18+).
A relatively new festival Neighbourhood Festival is becoming a fast favourite of Manchester city centre which, for one day only becomes populated with music fans for a whole Saturday afternoon. It aims to celebrate the fresh new talent coming through the scene from noon until night time. We have took the time to pick out some of our recommendations for the day.
Most recent album Stunning Luxury came out this year. This band have come along way since their widely acclaimed debut LP Come Play The Trees. They continue to up the ante, look at for track ‘Drink & Glide’ a personal favourite in the Far Out office.
Recently announcing a new UK tour and a support slot with Liam Gallagher, there is no stopping indie rock legend. His new single, the unstoppably catchy ‘Blame it on the Summertime’ is a class tune and his tour will see an array of. smooth-moving, stadium-sized rock star in some of the country’s most intimate venues. Looking to be a popular choice for the day, you may have to get down there early.
Manchester punks PINS, make punk that little bit purer. Debuting their first album back in 2013 the band have grown their sound. Formed in Manchester in 2011, the singer Faith Vern cites bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Hole as influences. All we know is the kick the shit out of every track they ever touch. And we like that kind of energy.
The Big Moon
The four-piece are ones we are very excited about this weekend. Their latest release Your Light displays amazing vocals underpin their beautiful sound. If you manage to see this wonderful quartet you are in for a fantastic show.
Currently on their European tour, Caspian boys hailing from Leeds will seduce you with their catchy synth-pop sound and haunting vocals. ‘Conversations’ has all the nostalgic feel of an 80s classic with the upbeat tempo of an indie classic. Debuting at Leeds Festival for the first time last year these guys are definitely ones to catch this Saturday.