With only one day to go until Manchester’s best and biggest multi-venue music festival returns to the city for its fifth year, we have put together a list of ways on how you can get the most out of your day…
If you want to make the most out of your NBHD then make sure you download the official app prior to Saturday 1st October so that you can get ahead on planning which artists you want to see and at which venues.
All the information you need is in one place via the app, making it easy for you to navigate the map of all the venues involved in the festival and browse the line-up of artists playing at each one. Be sure to check out the stage times for each artist you want to see as there may be some inevitable clashes but also some gaps where you can explore new music or some tasty food!
Simply go to your App Store and search ‘Neighbourhood Festival’ to start the download and get planning your day from 12am to 11pm with the ‘My Schedule’ feature.
Collect your wristband
First thing’s first on the day is to collect your exclusive festival wristbands that will grant you access to all of the venues that are hosting our artists. This includes Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Academy 1 & 2, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, YES (Pink Room), YES (Basement), Zombie Shack, Revolution, Bunny Jacksons, Canvas and Deaf Institute.
Wristbands will be available to collect on the day of the festival from 9:30am until 7:30pm from our box office address below. The sooner you collect them (with all members of your party present), the sooner you can enjoy the festival!
University of Manchester
Students Union building
Lime Grove Entrance
Enjoy the fresh new lineup
The return of NBHD sees some incredible big names on its line-up, but we also have an array of exciting up and coming artists paving their way through the music scene. If you have some gaps in your schedule, be sure to check out some of the best new talent below!
Soup! are a quintet hailing from South Manchester guided by their love of classic punk bands combined with elements of funk and pop. After taking a short hiatus driven by life’s hardships, the band reunited in 2019 with a couple of new members and a fresh look giving ode to their punk predecessors the Clash and Gang of Four.
Soup! have recently supported DEHD at YES Manchester and have had their hit tunes ‘Only Time’ and ‘The Acrobat’ played on the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6music and Radio X.
Catch their set at Zombie Shack from 6pm.
Newcomers to the indie-rock landscape, Idle Hours are a four-piece band blending jagged guitar riffs with breezy melodies on their path to developing a sound that engages and energises its listeners. The band shared their debut EP The Fourth Wall earlier this year – a culmination of songs inspired by religious exploitation, science-fiction and a desire to escape reality encapsulated through its sardonic social commentary on a backdrop of distorted guitar music.
“Idle Hours have introduced an altogether more danceable sound, juxtaposing the Northern grit they’ve built a reputation on” – YUCK Magazine
Watch Idle Hours live this Saturday at YES (Basement) from 1:30pm.
Local shoe-gaze band Pastel is fronted by Mancunian cousins Jack (vocalist) and James (rhythms guitarist), backed by Liam (bassist), Joe (guitarist) and Rhys (drummer). Their biggest hit ‘Deeper Than Holy’ bodes resemblance with legendary Manchester bands such as The Verve and The Stone Roses with its psychedelic riffs and echoing vocals.
The band have recently been labelled a “wall of sound to be reckoned with” on BBC Radio Manchester and have featured in a 2021 ad campaign for clothing brand Pretty Green, sound-tracked by their track ‘Deeper Than Holy’.
Pastel will be performing at Gorilla from 2pm.
Check out our previous blog posts for a deeper dive into the fresh talent on this year’s line-up.
Remember to refuel
As much as we want you to catch as many bands as possible, be sure to make time to fill your stomach up with some of the best food in the city! Check out our food venders below:
YES – Pepperoni Playboy Pizza and Doner Summer Vegan Kebabs
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No doubt you will find your way to YES during NBHD as it boasts an incredible line-up split across the Pink Room and the Basement, so whilst you’re there why not refuel on its much-loved selection of food? The Doner Summer vegan kebab menu offers a choice of Khobez wrap or garlic and coriander flatbread to be filled with an assortment of flavoured “chick’n” whilst Pepperoni Playboy Pizza offers cheap wood-fired pizza slices to grab ‘n’ go.
Bunny Jackson’s – American Pub Grub
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Another venue on the NBHD roster, Bunny Jackson’s, offer ‘the best chicken wings in town’ along with American-style burgers, dirty fries and a selection of killer sides. Grab a bite to eat whilst you catch some of the exciting new artists performing on their stage this Saturday.
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Be sure to check our socials (@nbhdfestival) and the official Neighbourhood Festival app throughout the day for live updates and full information. And above all else, be sure to have lots and lots of fun!