LIVE PREVIEW: Neighbourhood Festival 2016

As the allure of the metropolitan festival reaches its peak, when the news of a brand new all-dayer was announced, there was mixed feelings. Yet nothing will deter the Northern capital in its mission of bringing quality entertainment to the masses. The SJM-promoted event see’s a plethora of local talent mixed in with up-and-comers and established greats.

With over 100 acts lining the bill, it’s more a pick-and-mix than anything else, we would advise all attendees to make a loose plan before heading out, but as with most things in life, the best experiences come unplanned. Yet if you’re in doubt, don’t worry, we have pulled together a list (which you’ll find below) of our pick’s from the line-up.

False Advertising

Sludge and riffs come in abundance from the Manchester grunge outfit. For a set that’s sure to be buzzing with energy and dynamics, not just from the interchanging roles that both Jen Hingley (singer/guitarist/drummer) and Chris Warr (singer/guitarist/drummer) enact through the live performances. False Advertising are a must.

False Advertising play Deaf Insitute at 1.30pm

Liam McClair

Liam McClair’s honest pop songwriting will win even the most fatigued festival-goer over, sold with a beaming smile. A local artist, who’s crooning voice easily matches the soulful warmth of Michael Buble, an assured but humble performance will ensue.

Liam McClair plays Thirsty Scholar at 3pm

Jazz Purple

A new project from Manchester native Ola Modupe-Ojo, that is both intensely creative and forward-thinking in its grassroot beginnings. Incorporating scintillating R&B electro hits with hip hop style and rock elements. Delivered with heaps of swagger. You can’t fault what’s on offer here.

Jazz Purple plays Deaf Institute at 6.30pm

Will Joseph Cook

Tunbridge Wells native Will Joseph Cook brings together style and substance in his devilishly moorish indie pop. A fun-filled performance is likely to ensue and with the young teen set to embark on a huge debut headline tour later this year, this is the best time to stamp your card and say ‘I’m a fan’ before all your friends get on the bandwagon.

Will Joseph Cook plays Revolution Oxford Road (Upstairs) at 8.15pm

Matt Maltese

Elegant songwriting and emotional vocals are on the cards here. In his short time releasing music, Maltese has made a breathtaking impact. It’s life-affirming storytelling like Maltese’s that makes you appreciate heartache for all its subtle beauty and inconceivable detail. Go heal yourself and then mourn for all those lost moments, feel what it’s like to be alive.

Matt Maltese plays Thirsty Scholar at 4.15pm

Black Foxxes

Rockers Black Foxxes take us back to the days where Seattle ruled the world and bands like Nirvana were king. Strung-out vocals, heavy emotion and circle pits are sure to run rampant in their 30-minute set. To understand that rock is alive and kicking in 2016, you need to see Black Foxxes live.

Black Foxxes play The Zoo at 6.30pm

Neighbourhood Festival is now sold out. For stage times and a list of all the acts that are performing, head to their Website.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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