Kent’s finest have been ploughing their hearts and souls into wonky, punk-tinged pop since their formation in 2013. They may have been around for less than half a decade, but they’ve already amassed a collection of songs worthy of a far longer career. The likes of ‘Barbiturates’ and ‘Teriyaki’ are awkward anthems which lodge themselves into your subconscious. They may still be bubbling just below the radar, but tours alongside the likes of The Big Moon will ensure that songs like ‘Pro Procrastinator’ will soon be among your festival anthems.
A bizarre hybrid of influences and characters which should sound hideous, but somehow puts forward an electrifying prospect. While tracks like ‘Mother’ positively explode on record, it’s in the live arena where IDLES really come into their own. One of the most engaging live acts that we’ve ever had the pleasure to see, IDLES are now e all set to destroy Neighbourhood Festival in the most pleasurable way imaginable. Make sure you catch them; indulge the destruction.
The Big Moon
Already relative veterans of the British festival scene, it’s easy for The Big Moon’s relentless touring itinerary to fool you into thinking they’ve been around for a lot longer than they really have been. With their debut album now unleashed, it’s clear that their uncanny songwriting knack wasn’t a fluke and ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ has more melodic weight behind it than some bands’ greatest hits collections. ‘Cupid’, ‘Formidable’ and ‘Sucker’ are all ready and waiting to stake a claim on your ‘Song of the Weekend’ trophy.
Scotland’s finest indie-punk scoundrels have been off the radar for a little while working on their new album, but that’s not to say that they’re going to need time to blow off the dust. In fact, recent evidence suggests that the bands are out of the tracks in lightning fashion and their urgency to be back on the road, among the fans, is sure to further enhance anthems like ‘Shaking In The Water’ and, recent single, ‘Feels Like Falling In Love’. As we head towards 2018’s ‘Hold Onto Your Heart’, The Xcerts have got a point to prove.
Tickets for Neighbourhood Festival are still available here for the bargain price of £33. The event takes place across a host of Manchester venues on Saturday 7th October 2017.