Photos and Short Words by Philip Goddard
I went to Neighbourhood Weekender in 2019 and when the opportunity came to be here in 2022 I wasn’t missing the chance. Last time it was George Ezra and Richard Ashcroft and what a weekend that was.
The line up this year was totally peppered with gems from Past and Future. When I arrived scurried across to the Big Top to see The Crawlers………we have covered them on our site before but, me personally had never seen them.
As you will see I am not very good with words so I hope my pics do the weekend justice…..
As soon as I had done the first band I went over to VIP to get a brew and plan my day. I highly recommend VIP to anyone who needs a little space to relax at times as the extra cost would be really worth it, also a large bar, plenty of extra food vans and much more. What made me very happy was lots of clean space under trees to chill for 20 mins.
The line up for the Saturday was a mix of Rock, Indie and Dance. As per most festivals, The Big Top ( main tent ) was where the most noise was.
With The Snuts, Gayle, Dylan John Thomas, Example and closing was Becky Hill.
Dylan John Thomas and Gayle were the ones I’d never seen but really stood out, Becky Hill, as always, was Phenomenal.
If you has said to me that Scouting for Girls were the band to light the blue touch paper and start the party? I’d have laughed but they did.
On the Main Stage was The Fratellis, Wet Leg, James Bay, The Lathums, DMAS and finally The Courteeners. My pick of these was probably The Courteeners, their fans always enhance their performances with enthusiasm and noise.
My Sunday began with Baby Queen in The Big Top, I remember her from Tramlines last year and she really has something about her, the teens adore her and she even came to the barrier afterwards to sign setlists and do selfies
Most of Sunday in my eyes was a line up.of the Cream of the last 20 years, in the Big Top was Starsailor, Razorlight and the last band there was Manic Street Preachers but The Amazon’s and The Rifles were also fantastic.
On the Main Stage were Cast, I’ve seen them so many times that I can’t count, such a good band and every one of their tunes is a sure ‘sing a long’
Sadly I’d missed the Bootleg Beatles prior to Cast but they made up for it. The next 2 bands on the Main Stage have a massive future ahead of them, first up was Inhaler, every time Elijah Hewson moved away from the mic there were screams from the crowd.
Following Inhaler came Pale Waves, Heather Baron-Gracie looking divine as she also got screams every time she moved away from the mic. These 2 bands are future headliners, they are rising to the top fast and rightly so, they both have a great sound and an ever growing fan base.
Following these were Tom Grennan, Blossoms and Kasabian, sadly I didn’t manage to get to see the Manics but It wasn’t meant to be this time.
Neighbourhood Weekender 2022 was such a good start to the Festival Season for me and it may be hard to top it. So many good Artists and a very well organised event. Apologies for not that many words but I was walking from stage to stage constantly all weekend, I hope I captured enough of you in the crowd, enjoy the gallery below and what a Fantastic Weekend.