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6 acts you don't want to miss at Neighbourhood Festival 2017


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There are many benefits to the metropolitan one-day festival... the main being that you shouldn't need your wellies and you can actually have a hot shower that morning or night, rather than aggressively rubbing your legs with half dried out baby wipes.

Though sitting in a wet field covered head to toe in mud is still an all time favourite activity for the music fan, it's a nice break to be able to see bands play in the comfort of an indoor venue but without the line-up limitations of someone's headline gig.

Returning for its second year, Neighbourhood Festival provides just that. Headlined by psych-rockers Peace and indie kings Rat Boy, 12 of the Manchester's most iconic venues will see over 100 acts grace their stages. That's a heck of a lot to choose from - so here's a low down on ten of the acts that you should definitely work into your probably already tight schedule... and there's still two special guests to be announced.

Neighbourhood Festival takes over Manchester on Saturday 7th October. Tickets can be bought HERE.


Making their long awaited return to the music scene after a short break following the release of their sophomore album Happy People, psychedelic indie rockers Peace are set to co-headline the festival. Combining a noisy post punk base with thick layers glossy colourful pop, the B-Town pioneers are flippant, raw and unpolished, promising one of the most explosive sets of the day.

Billie Marten

Eighteen year old Billie Marten delivers wistful indie folk in the same vein as Laura Marling and Lucy Rose. Though she performs with a gentle and delicate voice, her strength and maturity shines through in tracks like 'Heavy Weather' and 'Bird'. If you want well written songs and the chance to chill out to shimmering, beautiful acoustics, don't miss Billie at this year's Neighbourhood.


Passion, punk and politics: our recent interview with Idles proves them to be one of the most promising and even important guitar bands around. Their noisy debut album Brutalism is essentially a protest record as they attack every gritty subject from sexual violence to politics to today's society. If you like the brashness of bands like Slaves and Sleaford Mods, head down for Idles' set. Oh, and did we mention they just supported Foo Fighters?


Blondie-esque Anteros take no prisoners with their bittersweet lyrics and passionate indie pop. Sassy, sharp and sexy, they're one of the UK's most promising acts at the moment - and Neighbourhood Festival is your chance to catch them before they hit the big time.

Ten Tonnes

Seemingly baby-faced and innocent, 20 year old Ten Tonnes is proof you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. He makes gritty, but still clean edged indie guitar music; fans of acts like Mystery Jets, The Kooks and Marsicans are bound to find a new favourite in Ten Tonnes.


If you like your music smooth, sensual and soulful, relaxing and atmospheric, make sure to check out XamVolo. He is dark and brooding and adds electronic and jazz edges to his, quite frankly, masterpieces, that feel like they're best listened to in a room lit only by the glint of burning candles. 

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