2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer
The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Sunday 6th August can be viewed below
With the Rebellion Festival 2017 now almost upon us we’re having a look at what’s in store for the final day before I start packing up my stuff and head over to the Lancashire Coast for what is Europe’s largest and finest celebration of all things punk. The Introducing Stage continues to offer a full day of the up and coming acts that will hopefully be forming the next wave of punk acts over the coming year, and as with last year I’d expect a few of these acts to make the switch to the bigger stages in 2018. The Acoustic Stage always remains a regular goto and today offers the added bonus of a headline unplugged performance by Ruts DC after the Saturday night appearance on the Casbah Stage.
On the Pavillion Stage Headcheck Records artist Turbulent Hearts make an appearance in support of their impressive self titled debut album, the Arena Stage boasts one of finest hardcore acts around at the moment in Criminal Mind and sees the always entertaining Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions play the launch show for their new STP Records album, Not Wired Up Right. The Vibrators represent the old school in the relatively sedate surroundings of the Opera House, and this stage also sees headlining sets from the Lene Lovich Band and The Primitives, the latter of these being a band I haven’t seen in almost three decades.
The Casbah Stage sees The Ramonas playing a set of the Ramones greatest alongside their own material from their forthcoming album, along with the enticing prospect of the legendary Propaghandi headlining. This will be competing against an impressive closing day over at the Empress Ballroom with The Creepshow bringing their full tilt psychobilly back to the Rebellion Festival, the now compulsory appearance by Dirt Box Disco will be generating a party atmosphere for the final night before one of the last Ramones standing, Richie Ramone, makes an appearance prior to the closing set of the weekend with the comeback of The Skids.
In addition to the seven stages that offer the musical attractions you also have the literary and spoken word shows, the Punk Art gallery and the numerous stalls, bars and of course the punks themselves, then you’ve got the prospect of an amazing weekend at the Rebellion Festival. If there are bands at this years Rebellion Festival you think we should be covering that I haven’t mentioned leave a reply to this article. For me their is nothing quite like the Rebellion Festival, it’s location, inclusive family friendly atmosphere and varied line up offers a unique sample of all things punk and The Punk Site will be returning to cover the festival again, for those lucky enough to be going hopefully we’ll see a few of you down there and share a beer or two. Images from the 2016 Rebellion Festival courtesy of Dod Morrison