On Saturday 12th October 2019 our favourite festival of the year Neighbourhood once again takes over Manchester for a day of rock ‘n roll with over 100 bands across 15 of the best city centre music venues!

Known for his exhilarating live shows Miles Kane heads up the bill along with support from lounge rock superstars Easy Life, hotly tipped songwriter Ten Tonnes and listen out for Noel Gallagher’s favourite new band Dublin-based Inhaler, with Bono’s son Elijah and his like-father-like-son’s vocals. You have to see it – and hear it – to believe it.

We caught up with the dystopian hurricane that is The Blinders and lead singer Thomas Haywod ahead of their Albert Hall slot on Saturday night. Don’t show up to NBHD expecting to see the same too-cool-for-school indie bands. The Blinders are great evidence of that: “We ride the same veins as both Blossoms and bands you might find on a bill like Ozzfest. Tom Ogden speaks as endearingly as myself when it comes to Alex Turner’s lyrical worth, but then I have a tattoo on my arm I’ve had since I was 17 of Black Sabbath’s Lucifer symbol.”
It’s clear they know how to rock just from their image – Haywood dons a full-face of make-up, akin to something you’d see on at a Kiss concert: “I just did it and never stopped to a point where I couldn’t go on stage and perform without it. I’ve tried to play without it on and I’m completely hopeless… I suppose it represents a mask.” It adds a mystery and darkness to his presence on stage. On what might be a busy day in town, it’s a performance worth queuing for.
But in a crowded line-up who else should you see? Here’s our recommendations:
  • 12:30pm – Dirty Laces (The Bread Shed)
  • 1pm – Snapped Ankles (Gorilla)
  • 4pm – Ten Tonnes (Ritz)
  • 5pm – Inhaler (Yes)
  • 5:30pm – Larkins (Ritz)
  • 6pm – Pins (Gorilla)
  • 7pm – The Lathums (Gorilla)
  • 7:45pm – The Blinders (Albert Hall)
  • 9pm – Miles Kane (Academy)
You can’t go wrong really, the festival is a great excuse to visit the coolest venues the city has to offer all in one day but it also gives you the opportunity to discover a load of new music. Make sure you’re a part of it.


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