Festivals aren’t just for summer you know; in Manchester we love music so much we have them all year round. Autumn sees the welcome return of Neighbourhood Festival; a festival that is literally stuffed to the brim with indie acts, up and coming singers and headlining favourites. Here at BagThing we’re filling you in on the where, when and what of #NHBD2017…

1 // This year’s headliners are colourful psych rockers Peace; they’ve had phenomenal critical success with both albums ‘In Love’ and ‘Happy People’, with NME shortlisting both albums in their end of year ‘Best Of’ selections. Also headlining the festival is indie rapping, ska sampling Rat Boy (real name Jordan Cardy). Rat Boy has a specialty in mixing an amalgamation of genres in his work referencing artists like The Streets and Kendrick Lamar along the way.

2 // The festival takes place on Saturday 7th October. Similar to Dot To Dot Festival, Neighbourhood takes place in venues all across one district of the city centre. Instead of the Northern Quarter, Neighbourhood is spread out all over the Oxford Road area at venues such as Albert Hall, Gorilla and O2 Ritz. As well as smaller, intimate gems like Sound Control, Deaf Institute and Factory 251.

3 // Tickets for the festival are £30. That’ll get you your all-important wristband to access all the venues throughout the day, so you’ll be spoilt for choice from the mid afternoon opening acts to the headliners at the end of the night.

4 // Other notable acts on the bill include Manchester’s very own Cabbage, who’ve had something of a breakthrough year supporting acts like Kasabian and celebrating the release of debut EP ‘Young, Dumb and Full Of…’. The Subways and The View are also gracing Manchester with their presence at Neighbourhood; The View’s set is celebrating the tenth anniversary of their 2007 debut platinum-selling album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’, so expect a nostalgic trip down memory lane when they perform ‘Same Jeans’. You can also catch Black Honey, Clay and The Big Moon, to name a few…

5 // If you’re hungry for more inspiration to get you in the mood, check out the Spotify playlist ‘#NHBD2017’ for the festival. It’s got all the key tracks from each artist on there; you’re likely to find some hidden treasures to fall in love with and help you determine who you’re going to see on the big day.


Words by Tom Frodsham. Neighbourhood Festival takes place on Saturday 7th October 2017. Tickets are available here.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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