Introducing: The Blinders

Meet The Blinders. Rough and ready punk-rock from Manchester via Doncaster...

There are so many good bands in Manchester at the moment it’s getting hard to keep track of them all. Well, you can add The Blinders to the ever-growing list.  Here’s what you need to know… 


The Blinders are comprised of Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals) Charlie McGough (bass) and Matthew Neil (drums, backing vocals) 

The Sound 

The Blinders make one hell of a beautifully-crafted-din. Distorted guitars, driving bass and pounding drums make the foundation whilst vocalist Thomas shouts, screams and sings (some of the harmonies in The Blinders tunes are amazing) his way through each track. If bands like Slaves, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Cabbage are your thing, then The Blinders should be right up your street. 

The story 

The trio met at School in Doncaster and bonded over a mutual love of fellow Yorkshire tunesmiths the Arctic Monkeys.  After finding their feet and moving over the Pennines to Manchester, they released their debut single “Swine” in 2016 and received support from tastemakers such as Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P. Carter and Radio X’s John Kennedy. Watch the video for the track below, like a heavyweight boxer, it hits hard. 

An absolutely ferocious force live, the band have appeared at Reading and Leeds, Isle Of Wight and TRNSMT festivals. Their last tour saw them sell-out The Borderline in London and Gorilla in Manchester. 

The Blinders are currently gearing up for the release of their debut album Columbia, featuring latest single “L’etat C’Est Moi.” Clash Music described the track as “a delirious indie stomper with a heart of gold” which is a pretty accurate way of summing it up. Listen to the tune below… 

The album comes out on 21 September 2018 and the band will head out on their biggest ever headline tour shortly after to celebrate its release. 

Essential tracks 

Debut single “Swine” 

Latest track “L’etat C’est Moi” 

Where can I see The Blinders? 

06/09/2018 – Trashed TV – 3 song performance and interview at The Bread Shed, Manchester Tickets 
29/09/2018 – Tenement Trail, Glasgow Tickets 
15/10/2018 – Manchester Academy 2, Manchester Tickets
16/10/2018 – The Cluny, Newcastle Tickets
17-20/10/2018 – SWN Festival, Cardiff Tickets 
18/10/2018 – The Adelphi, Hull Tickets
22/10/2018 – The Sugarmill, Stoke Tickets
23/10/2018 – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham Tickets
24/10/2018 – The Bodega, Nottingham Tickets 
25/10/2018 – The Venue, Derby Tickets
26/10/2018 – Plug, Sheffield Tickets
28/10/2018 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Tickets
29/10/2018 – Arts Club, Liverpool Tickets
30/10/2018 – Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen 
01/11/2018 – The Ferrett, Preston Tickets
02/11/2018 – The Crescent, York Tickets
03/11/2018 – 2Q Festival, Lincoln Tickets
05/11/2018 – The Bullingdon, Oxford Tickets
06/11/2018 – The Portland Arms, Cambridge Tickets
07/11/2018 – The Garage, London Tickets 
09/11/2018 – Heartbreakers, Southampton Tickets
10/11/2018 – The Haunt, Brighton Tickets 
11/11/2018 – Thekla, Bristol Tickets 

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