PREVIEW: Rebellion Festival 2017

Now in it’s 21st year, Rebellion Festival is back once again at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for 2017, and bigger than ever, covering four days and seven stages. Here’s our ten top tips if you’re heading down…


A firm fixture of the touring circuit, these guys seem to be on the bill at every major punk fest and alldayer in the UK and Europe, and they’re always worth seeing. If you fancy a some horror in your punk, then catch these in the Empress Ballroom on Friday.


We fucking love Maid Of Ace here at Pure Rawk, it’s a shame we don’t get to see em more often frankly, but one of them lives in the states now, so only comes over for tours. Still though, when they do, they make a great ferocious noise with a cheeky grin. 3pm Friday in the Casbah, not to be missed.


TV Smith, the man, the legend, all round lovely bloke. Smith is playing not once, not twice but three times at Rebellion this year! Catch him with Bored Teenagers doing an Adverts greatest hits set on the Casbah stage on Thursday, then solo on the acoustic stage Friday, with more Bored Teenagers after on the Opera House stage for post-Adverts greatest hits. Got that? You’ll have forgotten by the weekend, just go to all of em.


One of the relative new blood headliners on a bill of heavily established artists, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are touring this year off the back of their second album, Modern Ruin, and are have been doing very well for themselves lately. More melodic than the Gallows roots most of us know Frank Carter for, The Rattlesnakes don’t let up on power because of it. Empress Ballroom Friday.


Yeah, they’ve been around for donkeys, but really guys, you need to see The DeRellas at the moment. We caught them at Proud galleries back in the spring, and their live game is very strong at the moment, with a bag of energy on stage backing up some hook-heavy glam rock party tunes. Opening the Opera House stage Saturday 1.20pm.


Another one who gets multiple billing on the Rebellion lineup, you can see Louise electric on the Pavillion stage at 7.55pm Saturday, and then higher up the bill on the acoustic stage at 10.10pm same day. Working towards her second album, we caught Louise at the Hope & Anchor in Islington a few weeks ago, and she’s a great rabble rouser in the political folk tradition, who’ll stir your rebel heart but also win it with some keen melodies.


Billed in the ska-reggae section of the lineup on the Casbah stage on Saturday, sandwiched between the Neville Staple Band and Misty In Roots, Ruts DC have nevertheless just recently given us their first new rock album since the 80s in last year’s Music Must Destroy. Probably going to be a fairly reggae set given the billing, but I imagine we’ll hear some of the new album too, as well as the hits.


It ain’t a punk show without some Ramones covers, right? Every band has done a Ramones cover, but The Ramonas do it with pure class, and with their own all-female twist. Always great fun to watch, and they’ve even done a couple of their own originals recently. Casbah stage 4.55pm Sunday. Also, if Ramones is your bag, you’ve got Richie Ramone over in the Empress Ballroom later that evening.


Mixing a bit of the psychedelic with the some good old garage rock, anglo-Swedish female four piece aren’t the obvious choice for Rebellion, but on the basis of shows we’ve seen them do in London, they should easily have the requisite clout to carry off a Sunday afternoon slot in the Arena, whilst also providing some welcome melodic respite.


The Midlands premier, and indeed some may say, only purveyors of trainspotter punk will be over in the Arena on Sunday at 5.20pm – because everyone needs a good whack of British Rail nostalgia with their tea! Unashamedly mixing train and transport references in with those from 70s TV and maybe even a bit of up to date politics if they’re in one of their funny moods, these guys should be a good bit of fun for the final day.

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