Being English this summer seems to have come with a side order of cringe. Whether it’s the frankly shocking display of football in the European Championships or the political turmoil created by the Brexit debacle, there have certainly been more favourable times to be a citizen of the United Kingdom. However, the good folks behind Rebellion Festival in Blackpool are hoping to change all that (or at least provide a suitable distraction from the proverbial shit storm that appears to be brewing over the British Isles) with an absolutely stellar lineup for this year’s event.
This August will see the twentieth installment of the now legendary celebration of punk rock that graces Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom every year.
You can check out our top picks for Rebellion 2016 below.
A band who needs no introduction. You probably know all of the words. Now get to the front and show them some love.
Pears seem to be the name on everybodies lips following the release of ‘Green Star’ earlier this year. You’ll kick yourself for not watching this up-and-coming Fat Wreck Chords band, so make sure you do.
The legendary hardcore band True Sounds of Liberty are certainly high up on my list of priorities for this year’s Rebellion. Coming out of Long Beach, California in 1978 these guys have been thrashing for longer than half of the lineup have been alive. If that’s not enough to get you to watch them, then surely their artistic, horror-punk inspired approach to hardcore will be.
I just flat out love Mischief Brew and the fact that the group are performing twice this year has me salivating in antipication. If you like gypsy-folk-pirate-jazz-core I deplore you to get over to at least one of Mischief Brew’s performances. You can thank me for the tip at the bar at either show.
Faintest Idea might be billed on the ‘Introducing’ stage this year but with three great full-lengths under their belts they are anything but newcomers. Get over to see them for some of the best underground ska-core the UK has to offer.
The Roughneck Riot are THE name in UK folk-punk these days. Having recently celebrated ten years in the game, the band absolutely excel when it comes Celtic-inspired punk-rock. Jigging, unfortunately, is mandatory.
I must admit it was the Simpsons reference that first appealed to me about Popes of Chillitown but this London based ska band are much more than a brilliant name. It’s dubby and punky with lightening fast MC-style vocal delivery. Bring your dancing shoes you skanks.
Grindcore pioneers. Just look at their name and tell me you’re not at least a bit intrigued.
Extremely noisy and terror is, of course, guaranteed.
Another absolute legend appearing at this years Rebellion. Jello Biafra (of Dead Kennedys fame) is pretty much as close to a household name as you can get in punk rock. His newest group the ‘Guantanamo School of Medicine’ should help round off everyone’s Sunday evening perfectly with their politically charged blend of punk rock and hardcore.
Hailing from Brighton this lot further blur that messy scribble between skate-punk and melodic hardcore. A hardworking band with great attitude and songs to match. If they are new to you I urge you to check them out.
For all the details you need about this years festival, including a full lineup and ticket information check out the official website.