A little stick of punk rock

The Rebellion punk festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens. L-R  Darcy Smith, Richard Owen, Josie Freer and Charr Burley. BELOW: Baron and Ant.
The Rebellion punk festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens. L-R Darcy Smith, Richard Owen, Josie Freer and Charr Burley. BELOW: Baron and Ant.
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NEVER mind the Buzzcocks – it was Blackpool’s turn to rock this weekend.

The annual Rebellion punk festival was in town with music fans flocking to the Winter Gardens to soak up the sounds of some of their favourite acts.

The Rebellion punk festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Baron and Ant.

The Rebellion punk festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Baron and Ant.

Punk royalty was in town on Saturday when former Sex Pistols front man John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, headlined the night with his band Public Image Limited (PiL).

That was after a Thursday night gig by seminal Manchester’s band the Buzzcocks, who headlined the night for those arriving early at the festival, which ran across the weekend.

On Friday, US band Social Distortion brought their heavy rock sounds all the way from California to satisfy the weekend arrivals.

And in something of a coup, American giants Rancid closed out the show last night, their debut gig at the festival.

Throughout the weekend, Blackpool enjoyed the sights and sounds of Rebellion outside the walls of the Winter Gardens with outrageous hairstyles and clothes the fashion order of the day.

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