Manchester Punk Festival 2018

Manchester Punk Festival 2018


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MPF is three days of Punk Rock in Manchester in April 2018.

MPF2018 will be taking place across 19-21 April 2018, there will be 90+ bands from all around the world playing across all three days. The festival kicks off with a couple of shows on Thursday night alongside registration and then unleashing the full line-up across Friday and Saturday.

Manchester Punk Festival is a volunteer run, multi-day and venue DIY Punk Rock festival held in Manchester City Centre, brought to you by TNSrecords, Anarchistic Undertones and Moving North.

MPF is what happens when you sit three different promoters in a pub to discuss starting something where the bands we know and love can play to new people who would appreciate them exactly the same as those who've supported them this far. We want to provide an environment where people want to watch bands they've never heard of alongside bands they love, and an environment for bands to play in front of their best friends and complete strangers. We want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves at MPF, we take a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Be good to each other, enjoy the festival and thanks so much for being a part of it. As some guy called Joe once said "without people, we're nothing".



A five piece, London based big beat / melodramatic punk band.

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Captain Trips

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Crazy Arm

Crazy Arm appearing at this event

Pitched somewhere between the dark twang of 16 Horsepower, the punk thrust of Fugazi and Hot Water Music, the crunchy pop of Ted Leo and the protest songs of Dick Gaughan, the band have developed a distinctly progressive and aggressive style, shot through with a healthy dose of grass-roots politics. They rely chiefly on folk/country open tunings and slide guitars to evoke moods that are at odds with the punk orthodoxy. The seven piece Plymouth band are an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, ‘60s protest folk/country and classic rock’n’roll, combined with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism.

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Ducking Punches

Ducking Punches appearing at this event

Ducking punches are a DIY folk/punk band from Norwich, UK. With over 1,000 shows under their belt. Their storytelling songs weave between love and death, friendship and mental illness.

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Hey! Indie rock cover band.

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In Evil Hour

In Evil Hour appearing at this event

In Evil Hour have been playing together in various guises since 2003. Featuring gravelly vocals, energetic live shows and hard-hitting punk rock melodies, they are a volatile hardcore-inspired collision between punk rock and politics driven by a disdain for the apathy and ignorance that pervades modern culture.

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No Matter

From Belfast, No Matter play classic Fat Wreck-style pop skate riffs with dual male/female vocals.

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The Roughneck Riot

The Roughneck Riot appearing at this event

The Roughneck Riot are a 6 piece orchestra from Warrington of twisted Celtic punk rockers. They are reinventing and rewriting Folk music. Drawing influence from a host of folk, punk and hardcore bands including The Levellers, The Clash, Social Distortion and Against Me!, they’re intent on doing their bit to highlight socio-political issues of the 21st Century to a brand new generation of punks.

See 3 tour dates featuring The Roughneck Riot

Aerial Salad

Aerial Salad appearing at this event

Aerial Salad are three little scamps from Manchester. They're not even out of their teens yet but Jamie's songwriting is as honest and real as it gets. Pure, raw, angst. If Green Day sounded like this after 'Dookie' it would be classed as their best release.

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See Antilectual tour dates

Apologies I Have None

Apologies I Have None appearing at this event

Apologies, I Have None is a four piece band based in London. Playing upbeat, punk influenced sing-alongs, they play energetic live sets and tour regularly.

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Babar Luck

Babar Luck appearing at this event

The former King Prawn bassist, with a solo project combining acoustic rock, hip hop, ska and punk. A rant'n'roll, Gangsta Folk Experience (heavily influenced by hip-hop & reggae). Babar sings 'funny & serious, thoughtful songs on war, religion & society, often with a twist. If the new folk movement wants a multi-cultural spokesman, here's the man' - Robin Deneslow - The Guardian.

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Death By Stereo

Death By Stereo appearing at this event

Southern Californian five-piece punk rock band showcasing an aggravated blend of punk, hardcore and metal.

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Dream Nails

Dream Nails appearing at this event

Renowned for their riotous live shows, this London female four piece are a punk force to be reckoned with, mixing political rage with contagious pop punk joy. For fans of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, Dream Wife, The Regrettes and The Ramones.

See 2 tour dates featuring Dream Nails


Drones appearing at this event

Camberley based hardcore punk formed and brought together by their love for all that is loud, fast and melodic.

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Fireapple Red

Melodic hardcore of the finest kind.

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Lightyear appearing at this event

Dynamic eight-piece band from Derbyshire who inject their sound with diverse punk, ska, hardcore and pop influences.

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Blasting, impassioned, driving, catchy, modern punk rock.

See Milloy tour dates

Sounds Of Swami

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Spoilers appearing at this event

A four piece, punk rock band from Canterbury, Kent.

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Stand Out Riot

A six-piece skacore gypsy punk band from the North West. A highly unusual sound, sometimes described as Gogol Bordello having a rather steamy relationship with Streetlight Manifesto.

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The Bennies

The Bennies appearing at this event

Australia's #1 party band playing Psychedelic Reggae Ska Doom Metal Punk Rock from hell!

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The Lab Rats

Politically and socially conscious acoustic folk, featuring members of Bolshy and Wadeye.

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The Raging Nathans

The Raging Nathans appearing at this event

Pure and simple, honest and smiley faced punk rock three-piece from Dayton, Ohio.

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The Restarts

The Restarts are: Kieran bass/vocals, Robin guitar/vocal and Bram drums. The Restarts formed back in 1995, in Hackney, London's East End. We have been gigging in and around the UK and Europe, playing squat gigs and pubs mostly. We have been to the USA an Canada three times. We consider ourselves part of a large world wide network of DIY Punk Rock. We hope to be playing somewhere near you soon!

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The Spook School

The Spook School appearing at this event

Indie rock four piece from Edinburgh. They're in the great tradition of Scottish indie bands - think Bobby Gillespie, Belle and Sebastian, The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub et al.

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Throwing Stuff

Throwing Stuff are a four-piece hardcore punk band based out of Manchester, England by way of London and Liverpool. Taking influence from the likes of Minor Threat, Paint it Black and Cold Ones, they play a fast, thrashy, no-nonsense punk that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but won’t shy away from the serious issues.

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Witch Fever

Witch Fever appearing at this event

Manchester all female punk band. Expect big grungy riffs and a totally manic performances.

See 2 tour dates featuring Witch Fever

Wonk Unit

Wonk Unit appearing at this event

Former members of The Flying Medallions bring gritty punk dudes with attitude. Front man Alex Brindle-Johnson is a modern day renaissance man, a plasterer by trade, he is also published author - having written a book during his commute to and from various London building sites. As Wonk Unit, they deliver a healthy dose of punk rock cynicism and bitter irony. "“One of the most unique bands in modern punk rock" - Art Rocker. “Wonk Unit are arguably the future of punk rock" - Louder Than War.

See 9 tour dates featuring Wonk Unit

Bobby Funk

Falmouth's pasty eating hardcore punks.

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Brassick appearing at this event

A four piece, female fronted punk rock band from the West Midlands. The band mix punk, hiphop and alternative rock influences with vocals unlike any other band out there at the moment to create a raw, punk rock sound with a message.

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Captain Hotknives

Captain Hotknives appearing at this event

Expect rhymes about forms of bread. Far better and lyrically adept than it has any right to be. Imagine the Lancashire Hotpots and Half Man Half Biscuit jamming with Johnny Cash!

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Casual Nausea

A five piece punk band from Ipswich.

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Chewing On Tinfoil

Chewing On Tinfoil appearing at this event

Take some guys. Add a handful of instruments and sprinkle with a mess of influences, and you've managed to make Chewing on Tinfoil. Rinse and repeat vigorously for three years in a cottage built on the burial site of an ex-communicated, fornicating monk, and the result is a band that play music they like.

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Evocative, darkly melodic five-piece featuring Tim & Roo Farthing and Rob Ellis.

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Chicago punk rock outfit.

See Counterpunch tour dates


Crumbs appearing at this event

Crumbs are four-piece Ruth Gilmore (vocals), Jamie Wilson (bass/vocals), Gem Prout (drums) and Stuart Alexander (guitar) from Leeds and York. Their unique sound comprises a bumper post-punk/pop party bag mix of sprightly basslines, super-danceable cowbell-tinged rhythms, fizzing guitars and effervescent interchanging vocal lines. They love puns and pets!

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Culture Shock

Culture Shock appearing at this event

Culture Shock was an anarcho-punk / ska punk band formed in Warminster, Wiltshire, England, in 1986 by Dick Lucas, previously of the Subhumans. Over their four year history the band played hundreds of gigs, including frequent appearances at free festivals, and released three studio albums on the Bluurg record label. Lucas’ lyrics were mostly concerned with social and political issues, from cruelty to animals, Northern Ireland, war, and social alienation, but were far from angry rants, often finding a positive and empowering perspective. Culture Shock split at the end of 1989, as Bill and Nige both had young families to support. Dick went on to form Citizen Fish with Jasper, the bassist on Culture Shock’s final album, and two other former members of the Subhumans. However, Culture Shock have since reformed and are touring again. The line-up will stay the same except with Alex (from Citizen Fish) on guitar as Nige unfortunately died in 1993.

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Darko appearing at this event

Darko are 5 Guildford guys shredding hi-octane punk rock for anyone who wants a listen. With musical salutes to riff-thrashers like Protest The Hero, straight-up skate punk legends Strung Out and the melodic hardcore of Comeback Kid, Darko deliver wholeheartedly and serve up lyrical dark politics tinged with a forbidding sense of general unease.

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Egos At The Door

Blackburn-based genre-blending quartet. With a true DIY ethic the guys have pulled through a crash in the middle of Poland, countless van breakdowns, collective unemployment and financial meltdowns, getting stranded in the middle of Europe and were forced to take a year out of playing entirely for a band member to recover from cancer. Egos At The Door is more than just a namesake for this band, it’s a mantra. Music and creativity are their life-force, often focusing on the topic of the human mind and taking influence from a wide span of genres from progressive, metal, jazz, hardcore, djent, math and all the sub-genres in-between.

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Camden-based pop punkers.

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Foxes Faux

Foxes Faux appearing at this event

Foxes Faux are an English folk rock band with a punk heart, formed in 2009. With an arsenal of portable acoustic instruments including mandolin, bouzouki, acoustic guitars, violin and banjo amongst others; they were well known to busk and play PA-less gigs more often than not. Since self-releasing their self titled debut EP in 2012; the band have added a rock rhythm section and can now be found touring the club/venue circuit much more.

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Freddy Fudd Pucker

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Freddy Fudd Pucker is a one-boy-band who plays a form of folk/thrash.

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Happy Accidents

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Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, Happy Accidents craft the kind of earworms that will be rattling round your head for months to come – fusing their deep-seated love of 90s punk and indie, whilst still managing to sound as fresh as any of their contemporaries. Quickly making a name for themselves in DIY punk circles, they’ve captured the attention of fans and peers alike with with their unique pairing of introspective lyrics with the biggest hooks they can muster.

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Pop punk from Manchester.

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London-based quartet, these lads are a Punk-influenced metallic sort of bunch. Put on a good stage show and throw in some interesting covers to boot.

See Hoof tour dates


Manchester punks.

See Incisions tour dates

Iron Chic

Iron Chic appearing at this event

An American punk rock band from Long Island, NY, signed to SideOneDummy records.

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Millie Manders & The Shut Up

Millie Manders & The Shut Up appearing at this event

Millie Manders and The Shutup create cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section.

See 27 tour dates featuring Millie Manders & The Shut Up


PMX appearing at this event

A fast and melodic punk band from Perth in Scotland, Pmx are one of the UK’s top melodic punk bands with hundreds of shows under their belt playing to thousands of people worldwide. Their debut album 'Rise and Shine' was released worldwide with their follow up E.P. ‘Dark Days’ released in 2015. Pmx have toured extensively throughout Europe and North America winning the Ernie Ball International Battle Of The Bands Competition in 2006 and being selected to play The Taste Of Chaos Tour. Pmx have played with bands such as Propagandhi, A Wilhelm Scream, Randy, Mute, Goober Patrol, Taking Back Sunday, Anti-Flag and Alexisonfire as well as full tours with hard-working bands such as Rentokill, Straightaway and Hope.Past labels include Milk & Cookies Records Canada (MUTE, Hope), Allstar Recordings UK (Captain Everything, Skirtbox) and Bells On Records Japan (Belvedere, Atlas Losing Grip). As well as releases through these labels Pmx have also appeared on compilations for labels such as Disconnect Disconnect Records and Melodic Punk Style.

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Propagandhi appearing at this event

For 20 years, Propagandhi have been projecting a number of distinct messages in favour of human rights and equality. The four albums they've released in that time have seen them evolve into a more voluminous sound, with influences from 80s metal mixed into their well-established thrash-rock sound. They have also evolved, in 2006, into a four-piece, with the acquisition of guitarist David Guillas, formerly of Giant Sons.

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Revenge of The Psychotronic Man

Revenge of The Psychotronic Man appearing at this event

These uncompromising Manchester-based punk rockers put on one of the most energetic live shows in Britain right now. Mixing elements of hardcore & punk rock - a la Zeke, Kid Dynamite, Motorhead - this three piece have created a loyal fanbase in the North of the UK and go from strength to strength with every performance. They might have their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks on occasion, but there’s also serious side to the breakneck punk that RPM are peddling. Scratch beneath the surface, or leaf through their lyrics sheets, and you’ll see references to political commentator Owen Jones, authors Paulo Coelho, Mark Twain and Helen Keller plus controversial artist Ai WeiWei.

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Tellison appearing at this event

Soaring and strident rock'n'roll moderne. This band have an Idlewild feel, with strong songs and groovy vocals.

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The Baby Seals

A 'parody punk empowerpop' band from Cambridge.

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The Copyrights

Pop-punkers from Illinois.

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The KADT appearing at this event

The KADT are a Hardcore Punk band from Croydon, South London, UK. They take influence from old school US hardcore, boozed up punk rock and balls to the wall crossover thrash. Lyrics are often tongue in cheek takes on death, disease and destruction, along with more important topics like beer, sex and self harm. The band released their self titled debut album 'Killer Airborne Disease Transmitters' in 2009 under their own label Street Rat D.I.Y. SPREAD THE DISEASE!!!

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The Stupids

The Stupids are a London based, skate punk thrash band created by Tom Withers.

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The Tuts

The Tuts appearing at this event

A high energy punk-pop trio from Middlesex with a DIY ethic. Live they seriously pack a punch and are noted for their impassioned songs about sexism, feminism and everyday life-isms. Their famous fans include Kate Nash and Pauline Black who was so impressed she invited the girls on tour supporting The Selecter. "West London three piece buzz like a female version of the Libertines. From the same town as the Ruts, with only a letter difference, the Tuts are a bundle of attitude and suss." - Louder Than War

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Tim Loud

Tim Loud appearing at this event

Tim, from Leeds sings songs of rebellion, defeat, misanthropy, lust, regret, joy and defiance.

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Uniforms are a four-piece punk rock band from the east coast of Scotland. Theirs is a punk rock of bleakness, bitterness and hopelessness, delivered with vigour and spite. The casual listener might very well call Uniforms’ music melodic, aggressive and intelligent, but it is during their live show that the band truly come to life. Uniforms live is an intense experience for all involved - volatile, vehement and often slightly ramshackle, this is not a polished or a slick punk rock show, but one which will not easily be ignored or forgotten.

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Also Appearing

Fair Do's, Random Band, Arms and Heats, Dead Drummer, Eat Defeat, Enda McCallon, Gutter Romance, Hot Mass, Pizzatramp, Rebuke, Rotten Faxes, Speedozer, Start At Zero, Waterweed, Wolfbeast Destroyer, All Aboard, Atterkup, Beat The Red Light, Carl Moorcroft, Carol Hodge, Dead Neck, Forever Unclean, Goodbye Blue Monday, Lucinda Livingstone, Meinhoff, Mobina Galore, Natterers, Regret, Russo, Svetlanas, The Minor Discomfort Band, The Raging Nathans, Tom Aylott, Upstream Colour, Wadeye