Friday, 18 March 2016

Manchester Punk Festival 2016 Preview (Part 3)

This is my third and final preview of the second Manchester Punk Festival, which is happening on the 21st-23rd of April. Check out the first and second previews here and here.

Black Volvo
Black Volvo are a three-piece punk rock and roll band from Amsterdam. One of the highest regarded bands from mainland Europe, Black Volvo are going to get a big and raucous crowd for a highly anticipated set. TNS Records released their album Once We Were All Wolves in 2014.

I like acts that do things a bit differently and that definitely describes Edgarville. The two-piece from Blackburn are just an acoustic guitarist/vocalist and drummer but they have created one of the best albums of the year so far with the brilliant Fingerprints & Handwriting. Expect a powerful and passionate performance.

Emma Hallows
Emma Hallows is a folk player from Manchester. Influenced by the likes of Apologies I Have None, Crazy Arm and Sam Russo, Emma writes honest, heart-warming, acoustic punk that really catches the attention.

Jake and the Jellyfish
After first seeing Jake and the Jellyfish for the first time last September I've been hooked on the Leeds based four-piece. Combining folk, reggae and punk rock the band have created a fantastic sound that will get you dancing and singing and generally having the time of your life. Their album Dead Weight is one of my favourites from last year.

John Player Specials
Adding a ska and reggae sound to the festival are local act John Player Specials. Expect a high energy and hugely skankable set from this seven piece. The John Player Specials will be a fantastic change of pace for the festival that is made up of largely punk rock bands.


Luvdump are a five-piece punk/ska/reggae/dub act originally from Suffolk before relocating to Manchester and Liverpool a couple of years ago. They play some very danceable political punk rock music. I can see Luvdump gaining a lot of new fans at MPF 2016.

No Contest
No Contest’s biography says that they were raised on a diet of Epitaph Records and Fat Wreck Chords, which is kind of enough for me to be interested in checking the five-piece from Grimsby out. This is some fast and furious skate punk at its finest.

Only Strangers
Following in the footsteps of the army of fantastic gruff punk bands in the UK are up and comers Only Strangers. The band from Stoke on Trent are one I've never seen live before but am really excited about. This will be a big sing-a-long fist in the air party. The band are also playing a bonus Lawrence Arms cover set that will be a big highlight of the festival.

Tim Loud

After getting the opportunity to get a early listen of Tim Loud’s new album What Am I? I am incredibly excited to see him at MPF. If his live performance is anywhere near as entertaining as he is on record the crowd at the festival is in for a real treat. A must see!

Woahnows were one of the best live bands I saw in 2015 so I'm really looking forward to seeing them again. The three-piece for Plymouth have just released a new single via Specialist Subject Records named Person Up/Mess that is just brilliant. Playing fast, catchy and infectious indie punk, this will be a very energetic set.

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