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Neighbourhood Festival 2022: The Lathums join star-studded bill

Neighbourhood Festival returns to venues across Manchester city centre this Saturday.

The city’s largest multi-venue festival will this year be headlined by Manchester’s own Everything Everything, The Snuts, and Sundara Karma – alongside surprise headliners, The Lathums.

And whilst the indie-pop foundations of the festival remain clear, other genres and styles get a look in, with the thrash post-punk of STONE and art-pop of Everything Everything complimenting the more traditional indie sounds of The Snuts and Ten Tonnes nicely. 

Neighbourhood began in 2016, and has been headlined in previous years by huge names such as Alex-Turner-collaborator Miles Kane and Stockport’s own Blossoms.

The festival has always been characterised by loud, fun, youthful exuberance, with established names rubbing shoulders with newcomers.

The likes of Sam Fender and Declan McKenna played the festival’s smaller stages in their ascendancy, and 2022 will be no different – keep an eye on the smaller venues for upcoming talent.

This year’s Neighbourhood will work the same as previous events – after festival-goers collect their wristband from the designated box office collection point (to be announced),  they will gain access to all stages, with venues operating on a first come, first serve basis. 

The festival will begin at 12pm and end at 11pm, and tickets can be found on Ticketmaster, Dice, SEE Tickets and Gigs & Tours. 

Headliners Everything Everything come into the festival riding a high wave, with their most recent album Raw Data Feel reaching No.4 in the UK Album Charts and being met with critical acclaim.

Their eclectic mix of alternative rock with pop, dance, R&B and more is destined to please their headline set at the O2 Ritz.

The other two headliners are Scotland’s The Snuts and Reading’s Sundara Karma. Fresh from supporting Kings of Leon and The Kooks, The Snuts will bring their brand of indie rock to the Albert Hall, whilst Sundara Karma open up the Ritz.

With favourable comparisons to The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, The Snuts will likely go down well with the festival’s indie crowd. The same can be said for Sundara Karma, who despite somewhat moving forward from their original indie-pop sound, remain fresh and authentic with their move towards more art-rock and new-rave sounds.

The Lathums join the three headliners, confirmed on Neighbourhood’s Twitter on Monday. They’ll play Manchester Academy off of the back of their No.1 album last year. They bring a huge presence to the festival, and they are the only band to play Academy 1 – the largest venue in the whole festival.

Locals will be more than familiar with Afflecks Palace on Oldham Street, but some may not be familiar with the band! Whilst their name instantly jumps out at you, it will be their brand of Madchester-inspired indie winning over the crowd at the Ritz.

Alfie Templeman and Baby Queen will bring a more alt pop feeling to the festival, alongside the likes of pop-artist GRACEY. Indie fans needn’t worry though – artists such as Ten Tonnes and The Goa Express will bring the crowd-pleasing guitar-driven tunes alongside a host of other bands and artists.

With a jam-packed line-up in a host of iconic venues, it’s hard not to recommend Neighbourhood Festival next weekend for fans of live music.

Festival-goers will find a good selection of venues and a wide-range of both big-names and upcoming artists,  and there’s likely to be something for everyone.

For more information, go to Neighbourhood’s website here.

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