NBHD Festival Opening Party!

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Ahead of the return of Manchester’s inner city, multi-venue Neighbourhood Festival, an opening party has been revealed for Friday 30th September at New Century Hall. The event will be headlined by noughties indie comeback kings, Hard-Fi, who will be joined by special guests The Pale White and Second Thoughts.

It will be Hard-Fi’s first live show since 2014 and will feature the full original band line-up of Richard Archer (vocals/guitar), Kai Stephens (bass), Steve Kemp (drums) and Ross Phillips (guitar).

Richard Archer commented: “It felt like the right time to get together and play our songs again. Not only did people keep asking me when we were going to do a show, but I felt a lot of the things Hard-Fi did – both musically and lyrically – have really started to chime with what going on right now. That sense of wanting to come together again and have a good time as a collective or community has always part of what Hard-Fi is about.”

Speaking specifically about NBHD, the band have said: “We’re really happy to be playing in Manchester again for Neighbourhood Festival’s opening party and at New Century Hall which, from what I’ve seen, looks stunning and has that impeccable music history. Neighbourhood has a reputation for helping to spotlight emerging acts, this will be our first show in about 8 years so I guess we’ll emerging, blinking into the light of whatever genre we were classed as… Indie? Pop? Indie pop?

“Although we’re from just outside London, our first proper show was in Manchester and we went on to have many memorable gigs there so the city has a special place in our hearts; top nights at Night & Day Café, The Ritz, Apollo and GMex pop into my head. Hope you can make it, see you down the front.”

Access to this event requires a separate ticket to Neighbourhood Festival, which takes place on Saturday 1st October. Current ticketholders for Neighbourhood Festival will gain access to exclusive pre-sale, providing an early chance to bag tickets to the opening party. The pre-sale opened at 9am today. General tickets go on sale at 9am tomorrow from HERE.

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