Fri 5 Aug 2022



Manchester’s best and biggest multi-venue festival has added a host of new names ahead of its return on Saturday 1st October, including these exciting newcomers:

Afflecks Palace

Named after Manchester’s multi-story-market treasure, Affleck’s Palace formed in summer 2019, and shortly released their first single ‘Forever Young’ in the following September.

The four piece indie/psyche-guitar band were described as ‘the birth of Nu-Madchester’ by Manchester Lemon, taking heavy influence from likes of The Stone Roses and The Smiths. Their recent feel-good cover of ‘Praise You’ by Fatboy Slim puts a funk twist on the original and feels like a new vibe for the band – maybe we’ll be seeing more of this in October?!


Brighton-born Brit-nominee Gracey has recently come into the spotlight following her support slots with ultimate pop goddesses Anne-Marie and Jessie Ware.

For fans of Mimi Webb, RAYE and Julia Michaels, Gracey has been climbing to the top with her heartbreak pop hits that have had regular plays on the radio over the last year. Her recent feature track ‘Lonely Heart’ with Jax Jones and Martin Solveig is out now, and this will be Gracey’s first appearance at Neighbourhood this autumn.


Once the front-man of indie band Dead Pretties, Jacob Slater has now found new beginnings in indie- rock alter ego ‘Wunderhorse’.

His debut album ‘Cub’ combines moody-grunge with 90s rock inspired elements and the whole thing feels very nostalgic. Catchy riffs and memorable melody lines consume Jacob’s music.

With his slight Sam Fender-esque feel to it, Wunderhorses set will go down a treat.


Emerging from Wigan in the North West, Stanleys have been taking the alternative indie scene by storm.

The four piece combine the sound of 80s rock and the distinct Manchester sound, inspired by artists such as The Stone Roses and Joy Division, to create consistently high energy, carefree hits, full to the brim with those classic catchy indie guitar riffs.

Don’t fret if you couldn’t get tickets to their sold out headline show this August, their set at Neighbourhood will be one to remember.

Cian Ducrot

For fans of Dermot Kennedy, Tom Grennan and Saint Raymond – Irish-French Cian Ducrot is right up your street.

His first EP Make Believe merges haunting, somber storylines with electro-pop elements, yet his new releases show a more vulnerable side to Cian. His album ‘started in college (mixtape)’ and single ‘All For You’ are musically stripped back, offering a certain rawness to shine through to fully connect with his fans. Hopefully Cian will be showing us both sides at the festival.

The event will be headlined by indie titans The Snuts, local heroes Everything Everything and alternative quartet Sundara Karma.

They will be joined by a host of emerging talent, including fast-rising newcomers Alfie Templeman, Baby Queen, Dylan, The Royston Club, Louis Dunford, Lauran Hibberd and STONE, with many more acts still to be announced.

Taking place across Manchester’s favourite venues, all based within the city centre, Neighbourhood Festival returns to the Albert Hall, Gorilla, O2 Ritz and many more much-loved stages this October, with Bunny Jackson’s also joining the party for the first time.

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