Rebellion Festival

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Rebellion Festival
GenrePunk rock
Location(s)Blackpool (1996, 2002, 2006–present) / Morecambe (1997–2001, 2003–2005), Lancashire, England, UK
Years active1996–present

The Rebellion Festival, formerly Holidays in the Sun and the Wasted Festival is a British punk rock festival first held in 1996. The festival has attracted mainstream press coverage from such sources as The Guardian,[1] The Independent,[2] The Daily Telegraph[3] and Kerrang.[4]

The first festival in 1996 was held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool England. It is still held there now, although on some years the festival has been held in nearby Morecambe. Festivals have also been held under the Rebellion and earlier brandnames in Australia, United States, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, the Basque Country, Ireland and Austria.

It is still a family-run, family-orientated event which celebrates Punk in all its forms, but also puts on bands from other alternative genres plus some Glam Rock artists and seminal bands from the 1960s and 1970s . There are up to seven music stages plus also an acoustic stage, a literary stage and a Punk Art gallery along with many workshops, and stalls for clothes, music and other products.

Each year, over 300 acts perform at the festival over a four-day period, usually spread over the first weekend in August from Thursday to Sunday. The festival maintains a positive relationship with Blackpool Council and the people of Blackpool in general and has been commended for its involvement with local charities.[5]

Another punk festival, Nice 'N Sleazy in Morecambe, began life as an offshoot of Wasted in Morecambe, the 3B's (Breakfast, Beer, Bands) Festival, providing campsite accommodation with an unofficial stage. When Wasted reverted to Blackpool in 2006, the Morecambe campsite event continued as a separate festival.[6]

The Boomtown Rats' performance at the 2015 festival made national headlines after lead singer Bob Geldof derided all the other bands and the festival audience on account of their fashion preferences .[7] 2017 was the 21st anniversary of the festival which coincided with the 40th anniversary celebrations of Punk.

Festivals[edit]

UK[edit]

Year Name Location
1996 Holidays in the Sun Blackpool
1997 Morecambe
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002 Blackpool
2003 Morecambe
2004 Wasted
2005
2006 Blackpool
2007 Rebellion
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Rest of the World[edit]

Year Name Location
2000 Holidays in the Sun Germany
2000 Basque Country
2000 Germany
2001 USA
2002 Japan
2002 Ireland
2002 USA
2004 Wasted Belgium
2005 Netherlands
2006
2006 Australia
2007 Rebellion Netherlands
2008 Austria
2010 Italy
2011 Netherlands
2014
2017 Ireland
2018 Netherlands

Bands which have performed at the festival[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rebellion festival: 'If the mohicans are wilting by Sunday, then it's a good year' The Guardian. Accessed 14 June 2017
  2. ^ Punks gather for the annual Rebellion Festival, The Independent, 11 August 2014 - Accessed 14 June 2017
  3. ^ Rebellion in the UK: punks arrive in Blackpool for international punk festival (Photo Gallery of at least 10 images) The Telegraph, Accessed 14 June 2017
  4. ^ THE 13 PEOPLE YOU’RE SURE TO BUMP INTO AT A PUNK ROCK FESTIVAL - Kerrang.com Accessed 2018-09-05
  5. ^ "Rebels are ready to rock!". www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  6. ^ BCB 106.6fm Radio Interview with Nice N Sleazy promoter Ivan Harrison by Johna Johnson transmitted live 29 June 2018 from Bradford Community Broadcasting Studios. Event occurs at 0:20 - 1:14
  7. ^ "Bob Geldof trashes other acts at festival". 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2016-09-13.