Festival Preview: Neighbourhood Weekender

Neighbourhood Weekender

Words: Gary Lambert


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When Neighbourhood Weekender was launched last year as a big boy version of Neighbourhood Festival, it turned into one of the surprise highlights of my summer. Usually, I would give a new festival a couple of years to get things in shape no matter who is running it as there are inevitably hiccups when new people work with each other regardless of who they happen to be. Well, last year was a roaring success that had everything going in favour for the organisers and promoters. Even the security staff and police were super friendly, although no doubt somebody somewhere will have had an argument as it’s impossible not to at such an event. This year is shaping up to be another wonderful start to festival season with so many of our favourite artists crowbarred into the festival it seems impossible that you would be able to fit them all on site.

As it is Popped Music our Ones To Watch come with guarantees of awesomeness, and all from the names in the smaller fonts at the bottom of the posters. We’re not going to suggest going to see George Ezra or Richard Ashcroft because we know you’re going to watch them anyway. It’d be like coming up with the zany idea of serving turkey at Christmas.



Infectious energy and the most sing-song Scouse accent to hit our ears in decades, Zuzu is going to bring sunshine blasting down on any festival. Her track Beauty Queen has a gorgeous mix of hope, rebellion, and wit, so make sure you’re down the front. Note: she still can’t dance.

Find Zuzu on Facebook.

Listen to All Good below:

The K’s

The local heroes, they come from nearby Earlstown, are a band made for festival sets. Certain to be tight, aggressive and full of showmanship, they have everything in their locker to make it big. And in Sarajevo they’ve got a tune and then some…

Find The K’s on Facebook.

Listen to Sarajevo below:


There’s nothing better than dancing with a pint of warm, overpriced beer in a paper cup with the sun burning your back. Anteros will make you dance, and if you listen to their debut album enough beforehand, you’ll be singing along to tracks like Breakfast too.

Find Anteros on Facebook.

Listen to Breakfast below:


With their big tunes and enthusiasm so infectious it should come with a health warning, Manchester’s Larkins are going to entertain everybody in the field/tent – and anybody going back is getting drawn closer when they drop Something Beautiful.

Find Larkins on Facebook.

Listen to Something Beautiful below:

No Hot Ashes

No Hot Ashes have been a name on our lips for quite some time and they’re pretty damn hot property so we should be careful we don’t burn ourselves! Their tunes cover your usual topics like love and heartache yet they also write politically tinged music in between the lines. Come and get burned with us…

Find No Hot Ashes on Facebook. 

Listen to Skint Kids Disco below:

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