Manchester’s biggest and best multi-venue festival Neighbourhood is back! Kicking off at Yes on the 11th for a launch night then the main festival is held Saturday 12th October in some of Manchester’s most iconic venues including Manchester Academy (14+) O2 Ritz (14+) Albert Hall (14+) Deaf Institute (14+) and Gorilla (14+)
This year’s will see over 100 artists perform across the cityboasting its strongest bill to date with glam-rocker headliners Miles Kane, and hotly tipped songwriter Ten Tonnes, Neighbourhood is the perfect place to see beloved bands, whilst discovering a new favourite.Some of the most exciting names in music have been announced including VANT, Good Cop Bad Cop, Giant Rooks, The Big Moon, HMLTD, The Pale White, The Academic and Sports Team as well as some huge upcoming artists; Sophie & the Giants, Lady Bird, Inhaler, Lauran Hibberd and many more!
Alongside acts from across the UK this year’s line-up is once again packed with local talent, including the dystopian hurricane that is The Blinders, songstress Phoebe Green fresh off her support dates with last year’s headliners Sundara Karma, Current kings of indie Dirty Laces, The Illicits and punk rockers PINS.
The only problem will be deciding who to watch, so to help you decide here’s the 2019 RGM hot tips on ones to watch
Yes he’s George Ezra’s little brother, yes we’re all collectively eye rolling like bored teens in a maths class last thing on a Friday at seeing older Ezra on what feels like 80% of all festival line ups but don’t hold that against Ten Tonnes as he is more than just a mini George. He possesses a similar breezy, seemingly effortless ability to fashion snap-crackle lyrics and earworm melodies but it somehow feels more authentic and sincere and isn’t currently marred by radio over play that his older sibling has suffered from.
Fat White Family
South London experimental post punksters have gained a well-deserved reputation for their stunning visceral live performances and no holds barred lyrics that challenge the class war currently being fought in Britain. Famed for their blatant debauchery, band scraps and previous love affair with every illegal substance going as much as their music they are bound to front up an unmissable performance. If you like your rockers dirty and your bass floor snakingly loud then Fat White Family is the gig for you.
Working Men’s Club
Still relatively young and already signed to Heavenly Records Working Men’s Club popularity is spiralling quickly upwards. With showering’s of praise from Steve Lamaq and generous airtime on 6 music, as well as support slots with the infamous Brain Jonestown Massacre, West Yorkshires rising stars have a bright future ahead of them. With indie music facing a decline to its inability to move on in new directions WMC are pushing the boundaries with their stabbing synths and chorus tinged bass patterns.
Still on an epic high from their immense sell out headline show at Gorilla and being Rev & the Makers frontman Jon McClure’s new favourite band this bunch of lads can do no wrong! RGM are already firm fans (check out our interview in the boozer with the band) and can’t wait to see what the band get up to next.
For fans of Idles, Interpol, The Fall and Spring King, Blanketman needs to be on your hit list. With angry anti-conformist rants weaving into terrific sing-along choruses this band are one of the hottest live experiences making waves in Manchester right now.
Three people can certainly make a lot of noise when they need to, while relatively new to scene and with comparison to the Blinders flooding in after previous support slots the band are a tightly woven trio. With only an EP and a few single releases un their belt people are already taking notice, I predict big things for the C33s and would suggest catching them in an intimate setting before they lose their charming combination of edgy vulnerability and are welcomed on larger stages.