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Rebellion Festival Announces Launch of R-Fest

In addition to Rebellion at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, the Rebellion organisers have announced a new outdoor music festival in front of Blackpool Tower to take place August 4 -7 2022

Exciting news from the Rebellion Festival camp. Next year, August 4th-7th, alongside the typically punk rammed festival at the Winter Gardens, Rebellion Festival have announced an additional event with a new outdoor stage called R-FEST, to be headlined by Levellers, The Stranglers, Gary Numan and Squeeze.

The idea is that this stage is for music fans with more mainstream tastes on the alternative side, who don’t necessarily want to get their brains bludgeoned by The Exploited!

The organisers are building an arena with the sea on one side and the town on the other, with a capacity for 15,000 punters and space for bars, food, and band merchandise.

Whilst still staying true to the punk and alternative roots of the Rebellion Festival, R-FEST looks to broaden the scope of artists playing to include acts who had their origins in alternative music but went on to achieve huge mainstream success.

Gary Numan
Gary Numan plays 6th August.

R-FEST have announced the following line-ups.

THURSDAY 4th AUGUST: Levellers, The Wildhearts, Misty in Roots, Dreadzone, Ferocious Dog, Beans on Toast, Millie Manders and the Shut Up

FRIDAY 5th AUGUST: The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Skids, From the Jam, Toyah, Jilted John, The Vapors

SATURDAY 6th AUGUST: Gary Numan, Peter Hook & the Light, Pop Will Eat Itself, Spear of Destiny, Chameleons, Primitives, Pete Bentham & the Dinner Ladies

SUNDAY 7th AUGUST: Squeeze, SPECIAL GUEST TBA, Tom Robinson Band, Hollie Cook, Buzzcocks, Altered Images, I, Doris

Ginger wildheart
The Wildhearts will be playing 4th August

“At last!” exclaims organiser Jennie Russell-Smith. “After the long delays and world craziness, we are absolutely delighted to give you the full R-FEST lineup for 2022 (apart from one special guest slot that will be worth waiting for).

“It has not been easy to pull all of these amazing bands together for four days, many bands are still rescheduling shows from 2020, but we are all incredibly excited for our first-ever R-FEST line up; four days of bands in the incredible headland arena with the tower and the Wintergardens on one side and the Irish Sea on the other! It’s going to be amazing!!

JJ and Baz Photo credit Hiroki Nishioka

R-FEST will quickly establish itself as the North West’s premiere music festival, and Rebellion Festival look forward to welcoming many fans that could be experiencing one of their events for the first time. We’re sure they will be welcomed by the Rebellion Family and soon realise why Blackpool is such a special place for our summer gatherings.

AND THE BEST NEWS? R-FEST is a standalone festival, and day tickets are available at £50 per day. However, if you are a REBELLION weekend or REBELLION day ticket holder, your ticket will get into R-FEST Free Of Charge!

Rebellion Festival also looks forward to hosting the best punk from around the world in 2022, with the likes of Sham 69, Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Cock Sparrer and Stiff Little Fingers confirmed to play the Winter Gardens!


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