This weekend we’re looking forward to cramming ourselves full of Blackpool rock. No, I’m not talking about that sickly sweet, toothpaste-tasting treat that’s sold by the tonne in the seaside resort, I’m talking about punk rock – real, dirty, true punk rock with not a lick of sugar or minty freshness in sight. And it’s all down to Rebellion Festival.
Kicking off this Thursday, August 3rd, this annual four-day event plays host to over 300 bands over seven different stages; and this year’s lineup is sick.
So, as mix of the old and new, legends and future icons prepare to take over Blackpool, Vulture Hound picks out some of the bands you cannot miss…
Friday is shaping up to be a pretty unmissable day with Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes tearing up the Empress Ballroom stage, closely followed by headliners Slaves. Friday also sees Birmingham 3-piece Youth Man and Petrol Girls and bring some chaos to the sea side resort. Their respective front women, Kaila Whyte and Ren Aldridge, will be sure to break down some of the male dominated norms of your average punk festival.
We are also super excited to catch energetic three-piece The Kenneths and all-girl punk band Maid of Ace at the Casbah on the Friday, as well as Hands Off Gretel‘s Lauren Tate on the acoustic stage.
Among the acts that have emerged over the past few years, there are some real icons of punk taking to the stages of Blackpool this weekend. Bad Religion mark their return to the festival for the first time in 7 years, with a headline slot on the Thursday night. They’re in good company too, having both Pennywise and Leftover Crack diligently warming up the crowd on the Empress Ballroom Stage.
Elsewhere, Ruts D.C and Sham 69 take over the Casbah and the Empress Ballroom respectively on the Saturday night, while T.V Smith more than pulls his weight, with 3 performances over the weekend. The former Adverts man taking in the Casbah on Thursday night, before two sets on Friday at the Opera House and on the Almost Acoustic stage.
And don’t miss some icons of UK punk, with the likes of The Skids, UK Subs, Vice Squad, Subhumanz, The Membranes, The Vibrators, and The Specials‘ Neville Staples all making appearances over the weekend.