Rebellion Festival, Blackpool - 2nd-5th August 2018
Every August the punks descend on Blackpool’s historic Winter Gardens for four days of music from the whole spectrum of punk music both old and new. 2018 will be no different with the legends such as Stiff Little Fingers, Peter Hook and the Light and PiL being joined by new kids on the block like The Menzingers, Lagwagon and Petrol Girls.
One of the main highlights of Rebellion Festival is the venue, watching any band play in the exquisite halls of the Winter Gardens is an absolute joy, one could even probably enjoy Nickleback from a seat in the Empress Ballroom. This isn’t your average music festival, where else do you see punks interacting with holiday tourists and locals in the middle of city like Blackpool.
One HUSH’s agenda from Thursday will be Bad Cop / Bad Cop who we spoke to about playing Rebellion Festival, alongside The Menzingers who released one of 2017’s stand out albums ‘After The Party’ which is bound to have the crowd bouncing. Closing the first night of proceedings will be The Buzzcocks on the main stage of the Empress Ballroom.
On Friday we get to see some of the new breed of punks hit the stages of Rebellion, with trips to see Millie Manders & The Shut-Up, Turbulent Hearts, Maid of Ace and of course Petrol Girls in our sights. Girl Power is going to be in full swing at this years Rebellion, and its bloody well deserved as well.
Saturday is full of bonafide legends, with HUSH planning to check out main stage sets from Cockney Rejects, Peter Hook & The Light and Stiff Little Fingers. However if you want something a little more stripped back on Saturday, perhaps a trip to the acoustic stage to see Ginger Wildheart might be in order.
Sunday is all about PiL, PiL and more PiL! However alongside John Lydon and company hitting the Empress Ballroom there will also be an emotional set from The Adolescents on the Casbah stage as they play Rebellion festival following the passing of long time member Steve Soto. For those wanting a bit of a sit down and break from the music, can head over to the Opera House on Sunday afternoon when John Lydon will be in conversation with Barry Cain.
Tickets for Rebellion are available from: http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/tickets
and you can see the full weekend line-up here: http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/line-up
Keep checking HUSH for more festival news, and exclusive interviews with some of the Rebellion line-up including one with Bad Cop / Bad Cop which you can hear now.
We also spoke to the Soap Girls a few weeks before the festival, who talked about their love of the festival and being invited back from another year alongside much, much more.