AFTER months of build-up, the second Neighbourhood Weekender is finally here.

Tens of thousands of revellers will flock to the town today and tomorrow, with dozens of top artists playing in Victoria Park over the course of the weekend.

Just in case you and your group of mates haven’t planned a military-style itinerary of which bands you’re planning on seeing, Will Jennings has taken a look at 10 of the acts you cannot afford to miss at Neighbourhood Weekender 2019.

And for a full list of stage times, click here.


Tom Grennan – Main Stage, 5pm

Warrington Guardian: Tom Grennan

Popularised by both Sky Sports’ and FIFA 18’s use of his catchy 2017 single Found What I’ve Been Looking For, Grennan’s musical appeal is progressively growing.

He has recently sold tickets in great numbers across the UK and is particularly popular among younger generations.

If you’re a fan of pop or indie music, Grennan is a must see.

Primal Scream – Main Stage, 7.15pm

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Formed in 1982, Primal Scream are stalwarts of the rock and indie rock genre.

It was their use of dance elements in their 1991 album Screamadelica that saw them break into the mainstream, while albums Give Out But Don’t Give Up and Vanishing Point both reached number two in the UK charts.

For a funky, upbeat festival experience, Primal Scream are definitely worth seeing later today.

George Ezra – Main Stage, 8.50pm

Warrington Guardian: George Ezra performs at Lytham Festival.

Since bursting onto the scene with his debut single Budapest in 2013, Ezra’s popularity has soared.

A compelling vocalist with a growingly diverse portfolio, Ezra’s ability has become visible on a global stage – peaking last year with his catchy summer anthem Shotgun.

A real musical talent who festivalgoers can’t afford to miss.

You Me At Six – Stage 2, 9pm

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Formed in Surrey in 2004, You Me At Six are certain to provide festivalgoers with an upbeat, rock-fuelled experience.

Their 2014 album Cavalier Youth was the group’s debut number one, and the alternative-rock band have maintained popularity ever since.

Performing at the same time as headliner George Ezra will occupy the main stage, You Me At Six will provide an alternative festival experience later this evening.


The K's –Stage 2, 2.15pm

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Earlestown-based band The Ks are relishing the opportunity to perform on their doorstep in front of a packed-out Neighbourhood Weekender crowd on Sunday afternoon, in a year where they recently signed to Alan McGee’s – the man who discovered Oasis in the early 1990s – record label Creation23.

The group’s frontman, Jamie Boyle, was at the festival as a fan just last year, and the rockers are looking forward to providing those at Victoria Park with a snapshot of the talent within the Warrington music scene.

Gerry Cinnamon – Main Stage, 5pm

Warrington Guardian: Gerry Cinnamon

Famous for singing in a distinctively Scottish accent and for his brutally honest lyrics, the indie rock act’s 2017 album Erratic Cinematic peaked at number three in the Scottish charts.

Cinnamon became popular after making consistent use of an open mic night in a bar in Glasgow, and the singer’s appeal has recently become UK-wide.

An outspoken figure in the music industry, Cinnamon has also called for ‘working class musicians’ to help fight in the ‘war on for real music’.

The Vaccines –Main Stage, 7.15pm

Warrington Guardian: The Vaccines pictured playing an intimate warm-up show at Brighton's Concorde 2 earlier this year. Credit Mike Burnell

Set up in 2010 by four friends from West London, the indie rock group have developed a significant following thanks to their unique sound and have played at festivals all over the country.

That their album Come of Age reached number one just two years after the band was formed is testament to the scale of their rapid rise, while singles Teenage Icon and If You Wanna also peaked in the UK top 40.

The Vaccines will provide a fun, fast, upbeat festival experience on Sunday evening.

Kate Nash – Stage 2, 7.45pm

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The London-based singer-songwriter rose to prominence thanks to her 2007 album Made of Bricks, a number one-reaching LP that included her famous single Foundations.

Although not reaching the lofty heights she soared to over a decade ago, Nash – who is renowned for singing in a deliberately Anglicised accent – is certain to provide festivalgoers with a memorable experience on the second stage.

Richard Ashcroft – Main Stage, 8.50pm

Warrington Guardian: Richard Ashcroft

In the news this week after reclaiming the rights to The Verve’s 1997 classic Bitter Sweet Symphony from the Rolling Stones, Ashcroft is without doubt this weekend’s headline act.

Despite being embroiled in a 22-year legal dispute with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards over the rights to the song – the Stones claimed the Verve breached copyright by lifting too much of their 1965 hit The Last Time – Ashcroft is a timeless talent who has enjoyed a successful solo career since the group split in 2008.

Having been inspired by a Stone Roses gig at Legends in Warrington more than 30 years ago, Ashcroft is looking forward to returning to the town this weekend.

Circa Waves – Stage 2, 9.05pm

Warrington Guardian: Circa Waves performing in Portsmouth on their headline tour of the United Kingdom.

A late replacement for dropouts Slaves, The Liverpool-based group have enjoyed great success since their formation in 2013 - with singles T-Shirt Weather and Movies reaching the UK top 40 in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The band, who also fall into the indie rock genre, supported Pete Doherty’s The Libertines in 2014 and will give the Stage 2 crowd a jaunty, fun-fuelled experience to round off proceedings on Sunday night.