The Bee Gees. Buzzcocks. The Fall. James. Joy Division and New Order. Oasis. SimplyRed. The Smiths. The Stone Roses. The Verve.
No city/area (with the exception of Liverpool/Merseyside) has contributed to music in the way that Manchester/Greater Manchester has. To ignore the influence the city has had on music across generations would be not a tragedy, but stupidity. To deprive oneself of some of the albums, singles, tracks to have be born out of the area would be to deprive oneself for the worse. And it is in this city where the Neighbourhood Festival makes its highly anticipated debut this Autumn. Taking in some of the very best music venues in the country in a scenario similar to that of Dot to Dot festival which graces our very own city of Nottingham in the Spring, bands and solo acts will perform throughout the entire day and evening of Saturday 8th October. Those lucky enough to have tickets will have access to the entire event, so whether the historic Grade II-Listed building at the limited-capacity intimate Deaf Institute takes your fancy, you choose to take in the bounciest floor in Manchester at the Ritz, or even choose to watch an act at ‘Dog Bowl’ (that’s right – your ticket includes access to a bowling alley… With live music!).
The lineup isn’t bad either, to say the least! Circa Waves are taking a break from recording their highly anticipated follow-up to 2015 debut record ‘Young Chasers’ to share the evening headline slot with Twin Atlantic, while highly-rated local band Blossoms, fresh off their success of reaching Number 1 with their eponymous debut album, will share headline duties during the afternoon with the legendary White Lies. Elsewhere, the festival boasts an array of talent renowned for being top live performers, with no one fitting this bill more than bands such as the Pigeon Detectives, Little Comets and Lonely the Brave, and also featuring superb vocalists such as Rae Morris. Under the radar, keep an eye out for High Tyde, who had a larger-than- anticipated following when performing at Reading and Leeds festivals this summer and can only get bigger, and another upcoming Manchester band in Cabbage, who already have bagged the support slot with Blossoms on their upcoming tour and have gained support from members of fellow Manchester rockers The Courteeners on social media.
In short, this one day festival is certainly not to be missed in its opening year, with a lineup and set-up to rival the biggest one-day festivals in the country. Upset about festival season being over? It isn’t! And who knows, with the amount of local talent which will no doubt be on display, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to witness the next Gallagher, Marr, Morrissey, Brown or Squire. Maybe..