If last year is anything to go by, then this years Neighbourhood Weekender is going to be one hell of a party.
Last year saw Neighbourhood Weekender launch in Warrington, and for the first year of a festival, it had one truly incredible lineup, with the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners, Jake Bugg and Blossoms performing across the weekend. It also introduced me to a lot of new talent, and it’s sure to do the same thing this time round.
This year will see big artists such as George Ezra, Richard Ashcroft, The Vaccines and Primal Scream take to the stage across the festival, but will also showcase some incredible up and coming talent, and that’s where the focus lies for me, it’s all about the up and coming talent, and discovering new artists who you otherwise may not have listened to.
Ten Tonnes have really made a name for themselves over the past year or so, and it was great to see that they were in the lineup for this years festival. They’re music is perfect for festivals, and the catchy tones which they deliver so well are destined to be played at festivals, especially their incredible tune “G.I.V.E”
This girl has real talent! It really is about time someone as good as Jade stepped onto the scene, and I am glad she did, her tracks are some of the best pieces of music released in the past year or so, and her voice is the perfect pairing to the music which she creates. She’s got some of the best songwriting skills about, just listen to “Love Has All Been Done Before” and you’ll see what I mean instantly.
It was at last year’s Neighbourhood Weekender when I first came across Whenyoung, having not previously heard of them. I have to say though, I am incredibly happy that I came across them last year, because they create a truly incredible noise, and their music actually has meaning to it and speaks to you in volumes. They’ve been on my radar since, and having seen them once since Weekender 2018, I intend to see them again as they tour in April.
Now, these may be a bit more well known than the other people on the list, but they are still ones to watch. Their debut album went down incredibly well, and big things lie ahead for this incredible political trio. Their stage presence, their music and their attitude is something every band should look to for inspiration, and what they achieved in such a small amount of time is really something for them to be proud of. They headlined the second stage on the Sunday of last years festival, so will probably be donning the main stage this time round, so be sure to watch them deliver a truly amazing performance as they always do.
The Slow Readers Club
This band have been around for a while, trying to make music and juggle their personal lives, but last year saw the band take proceedings to the next level. They released their debut album, quit their jobs, and put all their effort into trying to make something out of the band. If you manage to catch this band in action, then you are in for a treat.
This list is just a pick of 5 artists, but there are many more up and coming artists playing this festival, and if you like discovering new music, then this is the festival you need to be at this year. The atmosphere is great, the beer will be flowing, and the music will be blasting for two full days. What more do you need?
The festival takes place 25th – 26th May 2019, and there are still tickets remaining online, with a weekend ticket costing £116.50 through Ticketmaster.