Neighbourhood Festival: The Best of the Rest


With over 100 bands over one day, Neighbourhood festival is not for the fainthearted. Here’s the best of who we, at Peanut Mixtape, caught during the day.

Northern powerhouse Sam Fender brought a hefty crowd across town to Manchester Academy for his powerful act that packs a punch. Word of mouth has been the Geordie’s friend here as hype only grows in anticipation for more material. Fender gave a whistle stop tour of pretty much his entire back catalogue and more.

There was talk of a new EP on the way, with the lead track being his newest single ‘Dead Boys’. The track, which takes issue with toxic masculinity and male suicide rates, has become a runaway success for all the right reasons, gaining him traction around the country.

Jimmy’s was the perfect setting for The Seamonsters who gave a hearty helping of their mellow rock goodness to the small crowd. Favourites of the indie scene, The Magic Gang, have been riding a high ever since the release of their debut album The Magic Gang back in April and made a splash opening the stage at Albert Hall.

The crowd were well and truly up for it too. The band went through a carefully selected setlist full of tracks that saw the hundreds of teens on the main floor go wild in the mosh pits to the point where security tried to step in, only to be sucked into the middle of it all. Older tracks like ‘Jasmine’ and ‘All This Way’ got the best reactions.

Gorilla was heaving for The Snuts, one of Scotland’s most prized assets currently, following shortly behind Gerry Cinnamon and Lewis Capaldi. The Snuts put on a spread of feel good tunes that had all the lads down the front up in each other’s arms.

Lead singer and man after my own heart Jack Cochrane chose a healthy dose of Bucky as his drink of choice on stage. Finishing on ‘What’s Going On’ the band left a bittersweet tone as they exited the stage.

With a queue out the door and round the corner of Deaf Institute by the time we arrived, word had definitely gotten out about The Pale White. The Newcastle based 3 piece came out all guns blazing to put on a show worthy of the hype and they didn’t disappoint.

New single ‘Wisdom Tooth’ went down a treat, the song having had national radio covering in the past few weeks thanks to Radio 1. It was really great to see a band that Peanut Mixtape have supported for so long begin to get the recognition they deserve elsewhere in the country.

Scouse high flyers The Night Cafe brought in a large crowd at the Albert Hall for their dark but jangly tunes. Playing a set that included the whole Bunkbed EP (their most recent release) as well as fan favourites like ‘Mixed Signals’ and ‘Addicted’.

The crowd go wild at the smallest thing, every chorus causing a pit to open. There were times where whole sections of the crowd nearly went over like dominoes. Whilst their songs may be about as chilled as they get, the way The Night Cafe command crowds is the furthest thing from chilled.

Her’s put on show worth catching for sure. As one of the upcoming bands we see the most about on social media, it seemed only fair to see if they would match up to what people say.

With their unique brand of Americana style music, Chappaqua Wrestling brought a blissful thirty minutes of calm before the headliners. At Revolution the band played to a modest crowd, some of whom were up for a dance to Chappaqua Wrestling’s sweet tunes.

Born in the North but made in Manchester, Everything Everything created a spectacle at their homecoming show that headlined Neighbourhood. Read our full review here.

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