Underground Punk festivals you should check out if you visit the UK

Every year I see people posting in the couchsurfing punk rock group asking about Rebellion Festival – there are much better, more intimate festivals with real DIY punk bands (and minus the boneheads).

2017 version coming soon.

Manchester Punk Festival – April 2016

Manchester Punk Festival

South London Scum Present – April 2016


Refugees welcome fest – Manchester, June 2016

Facebook event

0161 Festival – Manchester – May 2016

0161 Festival Manchester

Antifascist festival based in Manchester

Surplus Fest – Wales July 1-3

Quite good crusty festival with decent bands – South Wales – close to Cardiff.
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Fuk Reddin Fest – North London – August 2016

Yearly occurrence on the London punk scene every August Bank Holiday weekend, billed as an alternative to the corporate sponsored walled ripping Reading ( & Leeds) festival, usually a very messy affair. Flyer to come – for more information check out the facebook page.

Common Ground Festival = South West England September 2016

The original Dirty Weekend Festival actually started out in North Wales as an alldayer but has grown into a really cool diy, not for profit festival aimed at raising money for charity. This year it’s got a new name, but the same crew and the same ideals. Closest airports is Bristol or maybe Birmingham. Check out the lift share group on facebook | Facebook Event | Common Ground Festival

March of the Penguins – Manchester August 2016

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Chimpy Fest – late August 2016 (London)

Facebook event

Any festivals listed on here do not tolerate dickheads – the purpose of this post is to get people – especially from overseas – to visit decent diy festivals. Everyone is welcome – as long as you are not a dickhead. Zero tolerance to racism, homophobia, misogyny etc – if you feel any of the latter apply to you – maybe you should go to Blackpool ๐Ÿ™‚


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