Neighbourhood Festival is fast approaching, with tons of amazing music talent heading to Manchester to take over the city this Saturday 12 October. Here, we’ve pooled together our top five picks to catch throughout the day.
Hailing from Brighton, The Magic Gang have come a long way since releasing their debut single in 2015. Their most recent release is the self-titled debut album that came out last year. This year at Neighbourhood Festival, they were invited to play the launch party on Friday 11 October at YES. But that just wasn’t enough, so they’ll be kicking off the day at Gorilla, Whitworth Street, at 12pm. The Magic Gang’s feel-good, sun-drenched tunes are a perfect fit for Neighbourhood Festival, launch party and all.
Sheffield band Sophie and the Giants are an innovative mix of influences from the pop world and beyond, from Blondie to Jamie T. Their debut EP, Adolescence, released in 2018 and Sophie and the Giants have been making waves on the music scene ever since. They’ve toured with the likes of Tom Grennan and Sheffield favourites, Reverend and the Makers. For Neighbourhood, they’ll be headlining Night People on Princess Street at 9:45pm.
Squeezing in some time for her hometown in between a tour with Swim Deep, Phoebe Green, the “Shirley Temple of the North” is coming to Manchester to play The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street, at 8pm. She released her first album, 02:00AM, in 2016 and has since brought out two new singles this year. The 21-year-old’s latest release, Easy Peeler, is a satirical and sarcastic look at others’ performative relationships. The single was written with The Big Moon’s Juliette Jackson, who will also be performing at Neighbourhood this Saturday.
Witch Fever are an all-girl punk band who have been making a name for themselves since 2016. They’ve played countless gigs all over the world while boasting a Dave Haslam stamp of approval, too. Known not only for their innovative style of doom punk, but also for their outspokenness at their gigs and on social media. You can catch Witch Fever in the iconic Pink Room inside YES, Charles Street, at 4pm and it won’t be one to miss.
Also representing the Brighton music scene is Yonaka who will be warming up for their November UK tour with Neighbourhood. Judging from their debut album, Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow, their music is a broad mixture of rock and pop with elements of metal and hip-hop that comes together perfectly. It’s impossible to fit them into one genre which is part of the reason Yonaka are so special. They’ll be taking over the O2 Ritz on Whitworth Street West at 7pm.