PENNYWISE - Confirmed for 2017
Melodic Californian Punk band PENNYWISE are confirmed for 2017. They've only played once before (2010) and that was when singer Jim Lindberg was on a 2 year break, so it's great that he's now back with the band and the Rebellion faithful can catch the man who wrote the songs singing them! They are one of the most successful independent Punk bands of all time but remain true to the punk ethos and regularly play and support independent festivals and club shows. We can't wait to welcome them to the Rebellion family.
BAD RELIGION - Thursday Headliners
Thursday night sees BAD RELIGION return to the Empress Ballroom. It will be 7 years since they first played the festival and are making a welcome return. Probably one of the most respected US Punk bands, due in part to their close association with Epitaph and all of the bands they spawned. It's easy for us Brits to lump them in with the likes of 'modern' American punk but it's worth bearing in mind that Bad Religion started in late 1979! One of the longest surviving bands who have an amazing back catalogue and still continue to be relevant to this day.
SLAVES - Friday night headliners!
SLAVES are confirmed for Friday night. Day tickets are already on sale. We're really excited about this booking. Whilst we will always respect our roots and have the classic bands playing Rebellion, we feel it's important to bring new blood through and no-one has taken the Punk attitude by the scruff of the neck and dragged it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century like these guys. We've seen them live and can guarantee that the Ballroom will go off!
“'Four years ago I was watching Rancid headline rebellion and Slaves hadn't even played a festival yet,” states guitarist Laurie Vincent. “Now to be back but to headline it ourselves is beyond our wildest dreams. Can't wait to see you there!”
ANGELIC UPSTARTS - CONFIRMED FOR 2017
One band from this year that we just HAD to have back are the ANGELIC UPSTARTS. They were the only band that had TOWER ST at full capacity this year and no doubt people had to go elsewhere when they were on due to it being so rammed. Classic band, classic tunes, they make a welcome return for 2017.
THE SKIDS - CONFIRMED FOR 2017
THE SKIDS - confirmed for REBELLION 2017!
We're really excited to announce that THE SKIDS will be playing Rebellion next year as part of a few select shows to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. A band that we're always asked for, have been on our 'wants' list for ages and one who have never played for us before (which gets harder each year!). There's going to be a lot of happy people with this announcement!
SHAM 69 - CONFIRMED 2017
Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and original bass player Dave Tregguna return with drummer Robin Guy as we welcome SHAM 69 back to Rebellion. Accept no imitations!
2016 - THANK YOU
Thanks to everyone that made this year so special! This was such a special year for us, celebrating 20 years of putting on weekend Punk festivals and with the addition of the outdoor stage and 100 bands more than usual it went way beyond our expectations and the thanks and love we've received from punters, bands and everyone involved has been truly humbling. We'd like to firstly thank the festival goers who create the most amazing atmosphere. It's your weekend and you made it brilliant! Everyone was well behaved and so many people that were new to Rebellion this year have contacted us saying what a friendly and welcoming festival it is - so thanks to you for keeping the Rebellion Family strong. We'd also like to thank all the bands / artists that appeared. It was an amazing line up - diverse with genres, ages and nationalities but you all contributed to this very special year and we thank you for that. Finally, thanks to all the staff, crew, security (who are amazing at keeping everyone safe and understand how to partake in a Punk Festival) and of course the Winter Gardens - such a wonderful venue for our little punk rock party! Let's do it again next year!!! We're taking a couple of weeks out to get our selves fit and healthy and then we'll be back with our 'wants list' hassling all the bands that we hope to get for 2017. Early bird tickets are already on sale for those that want to save a few quid and you can pay by instalments from 1st Sept too. Details on the website. Thanks again x
ARCHIVE 2016 - ANGELIC UPSTARTS - LATEST CONFIRMATION
We're excited to confirm that the Angelic Upstarts will be taking the slot made available by FEAR cancelling. Its not always possible to replace bands 'like for like' (and theres not a lot of bands like Fear!). Its also not easy to get another US band at this late stage, so we'd like to thank UK Punk legends Angelic Upstarts for stepping in. Cant wait to see them back at Rebellion - an addition that we know many of you have been asking for.
ARCHIVE 2016 - DESCENDENTS TO PLAY THURSDAY
Descendents are confirmed for Rebellion 2016. We're super excited to bring you a legendary US punk band in the shape of '77 Californian melodic hardcore punk outfit DESCENDENTS. They will be headlining the THURSDAY NIGHT. Day tickets now on sale.
ARCHIVE 2016 - VIVE THE ADICTS!
The ADICTS are confirmed for Rebellion 2016. The best showmen in Punk will bring their unique blend of tunes and entertainment to Blackpool once again.
ARCHIVE 2016 - BUZZCOCKS - Confirmed!
Buzzcocks are back to play Rebellion in 2016. They will be playing on FRIDAY 5th and headlining our new stage. More about that soon!
ARCHIVE 2016 - BIAFRAS BACK!
JELLO BIAFRA and the GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE return to Rebellion in 2016. The ex Dead Kennedys front man is a friend of the festival and always a welcome and in demand addition.
ARCHIVE 2016 - JILTED JOHN - BACK FOR REBELLION!
Amazing booking today!! We have got JILTED JOHN. Actor and comedian Graham Fellows will also be doing a special acoustic performance, joining us on the literary stage as well as a full set including the Jilted John tracks such as this classic - GORDON IS A MORON! https://youtu.be/iN45OjB-cCU
ARCHIVE 2016 - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Confirmed
Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night. They soon established themselves as a driving force for the emerging Punk scene and REBELLION are proud that they are playing the 20th Anniversary of Rebellion.
ARCHIVE 2016 - FEAR - Confirmed
West Coast US Punk Legends FEAR are confirmed for Rebellion 2016. Formed in LA in 1977, they shaped not only the sound of US PUNK ROCK but defined the attitude and style which countless others mimic to this day. Rebellion are proud that we're bringing them over for their FIRST EVER UK SHOW.
REBELLION 2015 - Thank You!
Once again the Rebellion family of punters, staff and crew gave us an awesome weekend. Thank you from all of us, to all of you that made it happen and especially to the people that support the scene during the year too. Cheers to all the bands, artists and performers that entertained us and most importantly THANK YOU to all the people that buy a ticket - without you there is no us and we try each year to bring you something that we can all enjoy and go away from Blackpool tired but happy! Here's to 2016!!
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ARCHIVE 2015 - SICK OF IT ALL - NYHC legends booked!
We've had many requests in recent years for New York hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL to play so we're delighted to confirm that they are booked for 2015.
ARCHIVE 2015 - THE ADICTS - Added for Saturday night
The Adicts are booked for Saturday night.
ARCHIVE 2015 - ANTI-FLAG CONFIRMED FOR THURSDAY
Last year saw ANTI-FLAG celebrate 20 years of spreading their message to the punk community. We've grabbed them for a REBELLION 2015 performance as their message is as relevant today as ever
ARCHIVE 2015 - BOOMTOWN RATS TO PLAY REBELLION
Once famously described as ‘licentious, festering reprobates’ and ‘leprous anti-establishment scumbags’ and banned from playing in their home country, it’s difficult to overestimate the shock and awe The Boomtown Rats inspired in late 70s Ireland. The Rats set out to “disrupt, disturb and question what it meant to be young in the Ireland of the mid-70s”.
ARCHIVE 2015 - HORROR PUNK WITH JERRY ONLY - IT’S THE MISFITS
Not many bands can claim to define a genre but with The Misfits, Horror Punk became not only a sub genre but a whole way of life for many.
2015 - EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE
First of all a massive THANK YOU to all the bands, Rebellion crew and most of all YOU LOT for making Rebellion 2014 such a great occasion.
ARCHIVE 2014 - JELLO BIAFRA BOOKED FOR EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES
We’re excited to confirm that Jello Biafra will be attending Rebellion this year and we’ve booked him for 3 appearances over 3 days!
ARCHIVE 2014 - PENNY RIMBAUD & EVE LIBERTINE present “Yes Sir, I Will”
We have a very special event to open Rebellion Festivals 2014 on Thursday in the Empress Ballroom.
ARCHIVE 2014 - THE SELECTER Celebrate at Rebellion
2 Tone Ska legends THE SELECTER are currently on tour celebrating 35 years and we’re happy to say that they’ll be joining us at REBELLION on Thursday 7th August to continue the party.
ARCHIVE 2014 - THE STREET DOGS added to Thursday
A welcome return for Bostons finest the STREET DOGS. They will be playing on THURSDAY. Day tickets are now on sale.
ARCHIVE 2014 - THE DICKIES – confirmed for Thursday
’77 Punk Stalwarts THE DICKIES have been booked and will be playing Thursday 7th August.
ARCHIVE 2014 - THE DICTATORS NYC booked for Friday
We are excited to confirm that The Dictators NYC have been added to the bill. They will be playing on Friday.
ARCHIVE 2014 - KILLING JOKE confirmed
We’re excited to confirm that KILLING JOKE are the Saturday night headliners in the EMPRESS BALLROOM. It will be 5 years since their previous Rebellion debut and we can’t wait to have them back.
ARCHIVE 2014 - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS confirmed
We’re delighted to announce that Rebellion favourites STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have been booked for Rebellion 2014.