Neighbourhood Festival 2019 took place in sites all over Manchester City Centre on Saturday 12 October. It’s a busy day of running back and forth from venue to venue, but the payoff is more than worth a couple of blisters. It’s hard work to narrow down all the amazing acts that were on throughout the day, but here’s the top three that really stood out.
Witch Fever locked down YES Bar‘s iconic Pink Room at Neighbourhood Festival. There’s such a special atmosphere in here, and Witch Fever are a perfect fit for the venue. The all female four piece are full of energy and the crowd is giving it right back.
The Pink Room is jam-packed with Mohawks and Doc Martens, and everyone is jumping around to Witch Fever’s unique brand of doom punk. Amy, the singer, is no more than 5ft tall (if that), but she’s bouncing all over the stage. Then the next thing you know she’s stood on top of the bar on the other side of the room. Their music is one of the noisiest things I’ve heard, in the absolute best way. Their set was short and sweet at just half an hour, it’s a good thing they’ve got a headline gig at YES in December.
They weren’t allowed to sell merch at the show, so a few T-shirts were chucked out to the screaming audience. “LADIES FIRST,” yells Amy. Looks like everyone wanted a little bit of Witch Fever.
Vant were such a throwback into the indie music of guitar bands gone by. They played songs that were written in 2014, the singer was wearing Chuck 70’s with a suit. It was like being thrown into a time-warp.
The energy in Manchester’s The Bread Shed was wild, and the place was full to bursting. It was as if everyone was there to see Vant, and Vant only – which seems difficult to pull off on a festival lineup. Their indie rock tunes really got people going, and The Bread Shed seemed just about big enough for the audience.
Whether it was a song from five years ago, or some of the brand new material that got a debut in the Shed, Vant did a cracking job of entertaining at this year’s Neighbourhood Festival.
Singer songwriter Phoebe Green was mesmerising at Neighbourhood this year. She played The Deaf Institute and she totally smashed it.
Manchester-based Phoebe and her four-piece band were well worth the watch. Effortlessly and endlessly cool, she takes to Deaf’s stage with confidence and charm. It’s amazing to see the 21-year-old at the top if her game. The super chic singer even matched her eyeshadow to her orange guitar with a leopard print strap, what’s not to love? A massive grin sneaks across her face when everyone cheers her on.
She ends the short set with her newest single, Easy Peeler, Phoebe’s first long-awaited release for a while. Let’s hope there’s a lot more to come from her.