20 Years of Rebellion in Blackpool

Thursday 4 August to Sunday 7 August sees internationally popular punk festival Rebellion return to Blackpool Winter Gardens for its twentieth year – celebrating 40 years of punk music.

The line up includes Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra with his Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned, The Exploited, G.B.H., Slaughter & The Dogs, Peter Hook And The Light (Joy Division set) Penetration, Cock Sparrer, UK Subs, Cockney Rejects, Discharge, Dictators NYC, Ruts DC, TV Smith, Membranes, Steve Ignorant, The Weirdos, CJ Ramone, The Adolescents, Bouncing SoulsT.S.O.L., ex-Fall guitarist Brix Smith, The Outcasts, Cass Pennant, Slaughter & The Dogs, Dischord Records’ post-hardcore icons, Dag Nasty, and skate-punks JFA, are both set to play the UK for the very first time at this year’s festival alongside many many more.
The full line-up details can be seen

This will be Californian pop-punk legends the Descendents’ only UK headline show this year; Descendants’ front-man Milo Aukerman said, “We’re psyched to rock Blackpool for the first time! Along with our classic material, we will be playing songs from our new record, Hypercaffium Spazzinate. That’s right; folks get to hear some new Descendents music!  The four-day Rebellion lineup is amazing; I wish we could stick around for the whole thing.  On that first day, I’m looking forward to seeing the Pears, the Dwarves, Gnarwolves, and Off With Their Heads.  It should be a blast; see you there!”

Also this year,  throughout the four-day event, there will be detailed interviews, film screenings, poetry readings and Q&A’s taking place at the Opera House. Live interviews with Jello Biafra, acclaimed film-maker Don Letts, Brix Smith, Dictators NYC frontman Dick Manitoba and many more punk rock luminaries have been announced, as well as film screenings of recently released documentaries by Belfast legends, The Outcasts, Cass Pennant and Slaughter & The Dogs, followed by Q&A’s.

With six stages under one roof, plus a brand new outdoor stage opposite the front doors of the Winter Gardens, this year’s festival is the biggest in its 20-year history with 355 acts over the four days. Rebellion Festival is an ALL AGES, family friendly event and children under 12 are admitted free of charge (accompanied by an adult). More information and tickets are available at their website or via their Facebook page.
Day tickets start at just £50.

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