PREVIEW: Manchester Punk Festival 2022

author MAK date 31/03/22

Following a three-year hiatus due to Covid, Manchester Punk Festival has returned with their 2022 plans by delivering arguably their most stacked announcement ever. Nailing their cards down for Easter weekend, it's shaping up to be their biggest event so far.

Heading up the long-awaited 6th edition of the festival are A Wilhelm Scream, Martha, Shai Hulud, Jaya The Cat, and Belvedere along with other past festival favourites such as Roughneck Riot, The Bar Stool Preachers, Much The Same, Fresh, Chewing On Tinfoil, Pizza Tramp and plenty more

Manchester Punk Festival is a volunteer-run, multi-day, metropolitan style DIY punk rock festival held in Manchester City Centre, brought to you by TNSrecords, Anarchistic Undertones and Moving North. Having officially formed in 2015, the multi-venue festival has since become an essential date in punk fans' calendars.

Plenty of emerging artists and fans of the DIY punk scene continuously rave about this ever-growing event.

"Manchester Punk Festival is the musical highlight of my year. It lifts my spirits so much to see so many like-minded people gathering to open their minds to new music and new friends. It gets better every year and I'm proud to be part of it." - Sam Russo

"MPF is a rare thing; a multi-venue festival that manages to be independent, affordable, and encompasses every single conceivable subgenre of punk into a weekend-long celebration of both the unifying spirit of punk rock and the amazing city of Manchester." - James Hull / Apologies, I Have None

"Being that it was a multi-venue festival in the city with a bar under a train track, I knew this would be amazing. I was not disappointed in the least." - Steve Rawles / Belvedere

"Simply the best, better than all the rest. Better than anyone, anyone I ever met." - Press Club

Where previous lineups have included Citizen Fish, The Flatliners, Brawlers, Strike Anywhere, Wonk Unit, Gnarwolves, Propagandhi, and Muncie Girls, each year the size of the festival grows in pulling power for bigger and better bands as well as the capacity. Shifting from two dates in 2015 to three dates in 2016. Now in 2022, the festival has grown from using five venues to showcasing over 120 acts across eight stages in three days.

Venues include: The Union, The Bread Shed, Yes, Rebellion. Zombie Shack, Sandbar, and Gorilla

Full Lineup

You can find the Clashfinder link with all set times and updates here

"The running order for all stages is subject to change. Please check the running times posted at each stage on the day for the actual slot times. Although, we will try to stick to the published times and tell people through Twitter and Facebook of any changes.

Each stage has a set capacity. Once this is reached we will not be able to let anyone else in. This is particularly important for the more popular bands on the line-up. Please make sure you arrive early to the stage to ensure you get access." - Manchester Punk Festival organisers.

MUST SEE: Bands

While there are tonnes of great artists among the 120 bands booked to play at this year's Manchester Punk Festival, you can only catch so many, on a past preview we mentioned, that you must see Throwing Stuff, Nosebleed, Faintest Idea, Pizza Tramp, The Filaments and Belvedere. At the risk of repeating ourselves we won't go into detail again, but these are acts that we still recommend as “Must See".

FRIDAY

  • Aerial Salad (15:00 – 15:30 at The Union) - Since the emergence of "Roach" in 2017, Manchester's spicy Salad boys, have become one of the more hyped names in the UK's DIY punk scene. Best known for their melodic, yet lo-fi styled fuzzy garage punk sound. We reviewed their latest album “Dirt Mall" here.
  • Nexø (15:10 - 15:40 at Zombie Shack) - Ferocious sociopolitical hardcore punk from Denmark with razor-sharp edges and aggressively left-wing lyrical universe.
  • In Evil Hour (15:50 – 16:20 at The Union) - Based in the North East of England, In Evil Hour are a melodic punk rock band fuelled by fire and pissed-off lyrics, their songs focusing on frustration at the growing destruction of the shared planet, as well as a general disgust, leveled at our militaristic society. Pulling strong similarities to pre “Sing The Sorrow" AFI.
  • Much The Same (16:40 – 17:10 at The Union) - Much The Same was a staple in Chicago skate- and pop-punk from 1999, coming up with contemporaries Fall Out Boy and Plain White T's, providing Catchy hooks and infectious choruses, delivered with a high tempo and tons of energy in the process. We reviewed their 2019 album “Everything Is Fine" here.
  • Triple Sundae (17:00 – 17:30 at Gorilla) - Triple Sundae have built a reputation for providing highly melodic, mid-tempo punk rock with incredibly emotional vocals, catchy riffs with lots of melody, harmony and excellent songwriting. The band's heartfelt lyrics and non-cliche pop punk sensibilities pack a charm that hooks you in.
  • Popes of Chillitown (18:30 – 19:10 at The Union) - Classing themselves as ska/dub/punk, Popes Of Chilli have built a reputation of providing one of the most enjoyable, high energy sets in the UK ska-punk scene, earning them slots at Boomtown and Slam Dunk Festival in the process, If you want something very fun with lots of energy and something to go absolutely crazy to then this is a guarantee.
  • Haest (18:30 – 19:00 at Zombie Shack) - In only a handful of years together, Haest has been one of the hardest working bands in the DIY scene, releasing four EPs and a full-length album, quickly earning themselves support slots to the likes of Clowns, The Dwarves, The Adolescents and Skindred. Along the way, the four-piece have created a sound that is distinctively them, which mixes the likes of doom and sludge to punk and hardcore.
  • Belvedere (19:30 - 20:20 at The Union) - The kings of technical punk have been around since the late 90s, helping craft critically acclaimed classics, especially during their early years. If you like your punk melodic and insanely technical, these guys are for you. Start with "The Revenge Of The Fifth" and work backwards to their early releases.
  • Random Hand (21:00 - 22:00 at Gorilla) - One of the UK's premiere punk bands for decades, Random Hand specialize in a ska metal expression that takes Strung Out's heaviest releases and doubles down on the metallic edge. Check out our review of "Hit Reset" here.
  • Apologies, I Have None (21:00 - 22:00 at The Bread Shed) - Anti-Flag meets emo and alternative rock, basically. Used to be one of the rising stars in the UK scene during their debut album "London".
  • Fair Do's (23:20 – 23:30 at Rebellion) - Fair Do's are unapologetically melodic hardcore meets hardcore punk, providing a highly energetic sound that is tenacious and emotional at the same time. They come at us with influences from the likes of Strung Out and Propagandhi, as well as boasting similarities to labelmates Darko in terms of ferocity and technicality.
  • Ducking Punches (23:50 – 00:20 at Rebellion) - Inspired by Frank Turner and Chuck Ragan, UK's Ducking Punches are a semi-acoustic outfit whose stories and harmonies will charm you instantly thanks to Dan Allen's brilliantly raspy vocals. Their 2014 album "Dance Before You Sleep" is a classic.
  • The Bar Stool Preachers (00:40 – 01:20 at The Bread Shed) - The Bar Stool Preachers deliver chirpy two-tone ska and punk rock blend with messages of love stories balanced out messages of a political nature. Fronted by TJ McFaull, one of the most charismatic lead vocalists in the DIY punk scene, expect a high-energy live performance that will make you want to dance around and sing your heart out.

SATURDAY

  • Darko (14:00 – 14:30 at The Union) - Aggressive, yet highly melodic skate punk with sheer technical wizardry to blow your mind. Now fronted by former Almeida singer Tom West, Darko is on an exciting fresh start, providing a cleaner sound to former vocalist Dan Smith's raspier approach, without removing any of the tenacity.
  • Follow Your Dreams (15:00 – 15:30 at The Bread Shed) - A cocktail of hardcore punk and mathcore, thriving on heaviness and technical prowess. Throwing a barrage of ear-pummeling riffage and mindbending time signatures our way. Expect an outright explosive set to clear away any hangovers.
  • Beng Beng Cocktail (16:30 – 17:00 at Yes) - French acoustic crack rock/crust punk sound that blends elements of ska-punk, hip hop, and hardcore in a way that's hilariously been described as Rodrigo y Gabriela in some sort of bar fight with Rancid, a sub-genre they have dubbed “Crystalcore".
  • Harker (16:40 – 17:20 at The Union) - UK's equivalent to Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike and the like. Dense, depth-laden melodies with gravelly vocals in a fuzzy soundscape, which you can read more about in our review of “Axiom".
  • The JB Conspiracy (17:40 – 18:20 at The Union) - Providing one of the most impressive brass sections in the UK ska-punk scene, The JB Conspiracy unleashes some of the biggest brass hooks, matched by huge, infectious chorus melodies. 2021 album “Beginnings" saw the band evolve from writing skankable basement ska to powerful arena-worthy anthems.
  • Bobby Funk (17:50 – 18:30 at Gorilla) - Bobby Funk combine elements of melodic punk, skate punk, and hardcore in a way that doesn't take themselves too seriously, throwing similarities to Wonk Unit with a bit more urgency. With songs about being a cat, poking fun at Brexit, and calling Jonny Depp a wanker, this will be one of the most fun sets of the weekend. We reviewed their latest album ">“Longing For The Bonging" here.
  • Knife Club (18:50 – 19:30 at Gorilla) - The very TNS records supergroup that combines hardcore and melodic punk, with tracks that are designed to invite pits, along with mass mass singalongs. This is an opportunity to see members of different MPF regulars (Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Haest, Casual Nausea, Nosebleed, and more) get together on stage.
  • Svalbard (19:50 - 20:40 at Gorilla) - One of the most unique bands at the festival, Svalbard blends together post-metal, melodic hardcore, and post-hardcore, resulting in back-chilling atmospherics and musical landscapes you don't hear outside Deafheaven's best albums. Their breakthrough album “When I Die, Will I Get Better" was released during Covid-19, so expect a metric tonne worth of material from here.
  • The Skints (20:50 - 22:00 at The Union) - Mixing together ska, punk, dub, reggae and much more, The Skint's expression is every bit as urban as their peers from Sonic Boom Six and Skindred. Our favorite is their 2012 album "Part & Parcel".
  • Shail Hulud (21:00 - 22:00 at Gorilla) - Melodic hardcore/metalcore pioneers whose 1997 debut album “Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion" was five years ahead of its time and went on to influence countless bands, among them As I Lay Dying's debut album “Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes". Its follow-up “That Within Blood Ill-Tempered" was equally critically acclaimed, even if the two albums that followed never reached quite the same heights as the originals. It's been years since they've been playing live and almost a decade since their previous album, so this show is a must-see for fans of heavier, yet incredibly melodic music.
  • Christmas (22:15 – 22:55 at Zombie Shack) - Christmas thrive on bringing the party vibes on top of delivering a well balanced blend of punk, hardcore and rock'n'roll. Crunchy as hell riffs and big anthemic singalong style choruses, this is hard-hitting and incredibly fun at the same time.

SUNDAY

  • Brassick (14:50 – 15:20 at The Union) - Ever outspoken and forever pissing off Tories. Flaunting powerful rhythms, aggressive guitars, and vocals that could kick your ass in a bar fight, Brassick provides an array of ferocious hardcore punk that is perfect to wake you up.
  • Signals Midwest (15:00 – 15:30 at Gorilla) - One of the best sounding live bands I've seen, their explosive brand of Midwestern emo utilizes gravelly vocals and unconventional time-signatures much like Bear Vs Shark did on their brilliant albums during the early 2000s. Our favorite release is their sophomore album "Latitudes & Longitudes".
  • The Infested (15:40 - 16:20 at The Union) - Pulling influences from the crack rock steady acts, blending elements, of punk, ska, and hardcore all into one in a vicious manner, The Infested have become a favourite within this niche scene, with “Myths, Lies & Hypocrites" being something of a cult classic. From the looks of things this could be one of the last times you can see the band, so for those that have been a fan of Leftover Crack/Choking Victim over the years, don't miss this opportunity.
  • The Sewer Cats (16:00 - 16:30 at Zombie Shack) - Ferocious, fuzzy, feline-inclined… The Sewer Cats are an explosive Manchester-based punk duo delivering riotous tunes of patriarchy-smashing fury. Their short and snappy songs have been described as ‘catchy and scathing', bursting with hooky riffs drenched in fuzz and aggressive riot-grrrl vocals, all served up with a big helping of sass.
  • Incisions (18:50 - 19:30 at Gorilla) - Incisions are gritty and pissed off at the world, placing themselves somewhere in the realms of hardcore punk and youth crew hardcore, never quite being one or the other. Expect an onslaught of aggressive and raw-sounding, thrashy punk tracks, filled to the brim with crunchy riff work and incredibly thick basslines throughout.
  • We reviewed their latest album “Bliss" here.
  • Riskee and the Ridicule (19:50 - 20:40 at The Bread Shed) - Kent-based grime punks, Riskee and the Ridicule captured our hearts with their rap-infused lad punk hits about politics and personal angst. Mixing influences from Dub, Grime, Punk, and Hardcore, All the while creating varying atmospheres from party time to let's kick the crap out of something.
  • Jeff Rosenstock (20:50 - 22:00 at The Union) - Jeff and his band have been delivering a wonderfully chaotic and cacophonically melodic brand of punk rock for years now, culminating on 2020's NO DREAM.
  • A Wilhelm Scream (21:00 - 22:00 at Gorilla) - The best band at this year's Manchester Punk Festival. Aggressively lined melodic hardcore punk songs with jaw-dropping technical wizardry and incredibly passionate live performances to boot. Their 2007 record "Career Suicide" is the best album in its genre, and previous album "Partycrasher" picked up where it left off. Armed with a new album this time around, this ought to be among the very best performances this year.
  • Roughneck Riot (21:00 - 22:00 at The Bread Shed) - By no means a traditional folk-punk band, Roughneck Riot have been making their mark on the underground punk scene since 2005 with their heavy, melodic sound that showcases some of the genre's most intricate talent. Drawing influence from a menagerie of Folk, punk, and hardcore bands and praised for their high octane live performances across the UK and Europe. We reviewed their latest album “Burn It To The Ground Here" here.
  • Plot 32 (22:15 - 22:50 at Zombie Shack) - A highly lovely selection of ska-punk enthusiasts who are out to have the most fun possible. Plot 32 brings the party vibes and a warm tone to any set with buoyant melodies throughout. Simply a joy to watch.
  • Forever Unclean (23:50 - 00:20 at The Bread Shed) - Denmark's finest emotionally charged punk rock band has been around for years, and finally released their solid debut album "Best" earlier this year. Think of them as a heavier and faster version of The Menzingers mixed with some Flatliners style punk rock.

EXTRA INFORMATION

Warm Up Show

To warm yourself up for the weekend ahead, MPF has put together a pre-show to get us all in the mood, featuring gritty manchester ska punks Harijan, ferocious hardcore crew Burning Flag, folk-punk trio Toodles & the Hectic Pity and Snatch Game, A self-described Punk Rock Rupaul cover band from the UK full of fierce bitchery. The event page can be found here and tickets here

Sober Social

Shout Louder will be hosting a Sober Social on Saturday at Manchester Punk Festival, from midday to 1 pm at Sandbar. If you're trying to stay off the sauce, festivals can be a bit intimidating, but they don't need to be. This is an easy-going get-together, and a chance to meet some like-minded folk. It's open to anyone: you can come along if you're a drinker, you're hardcore straight-edge, or you just prefer Pepsi. Event page here

Hot Sauce

MPF has teamed up with Lou's Hot Sauce to bring what they know you've always wanted, MPF's very own selection of hot sauces - Bee Sting and Wing Sting. They're now available here (will be limited stock). Lou is a small batch condiment producer based in Manchester, specialising in fermented chili sauces and they've collaborated will lots of cool bands and events.

Venue Details

The main base is still at The Union, as it was in 2019, which remains the biggest stage over the weekend. Head here to collect your wristbands, pick up merch, visit the record store and watch some awesome bands.

The new "almost-acoustic" stage for 2022! YES is a brand new venue for Manchester, located next door to The Lass o'Gowrie, a 3-minute walk from Zombie Shack and on the way to The Bread Shed and The Union down Oxford Road! YES has a much better layout to watch bands than the previous venue with no massive pillars in sight!

While there are no bands, Font is considered a festival hub! There are MPF cocktails, great food, and much more. Rebellion is an afterparty venue this year and will be open all three nights of the festival. Comedy and poetry will now also be at Sandbar.

Venue Map

The map of all venue locations can be found at this location.

SEE YOU THERE - MAK & PP

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