What’s one of the last places you expect to see a music festival? A disused church in Blackburn, maybe? Well, although the venue is unexpected, Confessional Festival brought amazing music to Holy Trinity Church this weekend and the beautiful interior, high ceilings and stained glass windows, decorated in line with the rainforest theme, only added enormity to the weekend.
Over bank holiday weekend, Neighbourhood Weekender came back to Warrington’s Victoria Park for its second year, bringing headliners George Ezra, Richard Ashcroft, Primal Scream, The Vaccines and many more artists for the two-day event. This year, there was no genre favoured in the lineup, but instead, a wide variation of artists were carefully chosen and the festival brought together some of the best musicians from across the board, catering to everyone’s taste. The diverse line-up, along with the well-timed sets made sure you could see every band you wanted to, while also discovering new artists and having a dance in the sun (of course)
Two years ago, I first saw The Blinders play a tiny venue in Bolton, there was 20, maybe 30 people there, the atmosphere was intense, and the performance was in-your-face and unforgettable. I would have never imagined a band like this on a big stage, surely the energy wouldn’t work, how can you create the fierce intimacy between hundreds, possibly thousands of people? But, this weekend, they pulled it off with their biggest headline to date at The Ritz in Manchester, where the energy was even more concentrated in the prodigious room than it was when I first saw them at my little local venue.
The past few years has seen a natural growth punk music, politically fuelled bands are beginning to dominate the new music scene, The Blinders refresh the genre with their own hard-hitting energy and psychedelic spin. Consisting of vocalist and guitarist Thomas Haywood, bassist Charlie McGough and drummer Matthew Neale, the trio are soon to begin their biggest tour yet, reaching all four corners of the UK
This past year has been pretty crazy for the Doncaster trio, The Blinders and has seen them sign to a label before releasing their debut album, Columbia, last month, then embarking on their biggest UK tour yet.