A scene that has created over 20 sub genres certainly deserves it’s own festivals all over the world but if you live in Manchester and you love punk then you’re in luck. Manchester Punk Festival is a ‘not for profit’ festival created by TNS records. The city’s contribution to music has undoubtedly been phenomenal and it remains a place which offers some of the UK’s best unsigned bands a head start, as well as welcoming the worlds most well known bands. However this time, Manchester Punk Festival are doing an astounding job at preserving the DIY punk culture which everyone in the 70’s knew and loved.
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The festival sold out in 2016 and TNS records recommend anyone wanting to go this year to buy their tickets in advance. The festival have volunteers who help run the festival and following a huge response, the website now states they are not looking for any more help and have thanked everyone for their enthusiasm and dedication.
The last line up announcement is now in-place and Manchester will be graced with the best bands in the current punk scene. Festival organisers were inundated with over 800 artist applications and this is a line up which has been sincerely hand picked to represent the current punk scene worldwide.
Top of the bill there is Paint it Black, Strike Anywhere, Belvedere, Inter Terrestrials, The Toasters, Martha, and The Filaments. Throughout the four days over 80 bands will tread the stages at Sound Control, The Thirsty Scholar, Gorilla, Zombie Shack, Underdog, Retro Bar and Zoo, be sure to get to each venue and check out as many of them as possible.
The guys at TNS record have created a compilation of songs made available by each artist playing at the festival, which is online here:
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Tickets are still available here, be quick…
Punk is alive, get down to Manchester Punk Festival to hear new music and show love for the DIY scene which continues to grow worldwide. Manchester Punk Festival dates: 20th – 23rd April.