MORE than 100 bands took to 15 city centre stages on Saturday for Manchester’s biggest multi-venue music festival.

Hot on the heels of Manchester Psych Fest, Neighbourhood Festival welcomed bands from all over the country with headliners Miles Kane, The Twang and Fat White Family on the line-up.

The day was spent wandering around the streets of a neighbourhood famed for its music scene, as bands adorned the stages of the Albert Hall, Ritz, Gorilla, Deaf Institute, YES and the Academy venues.

Bars, pubs and other small venues were also involved with Revolution, Jimmy's Bar, Refuge, Thirsty Scholar and Bread Shed all in the mix.

From Manchester Academy’s capacity of 2,500, to the basement of YES where 100 can try to cram in, the event was an exhibition of Mancunian venues each steeped in their own history.

Glasgow newcomers Walt Disco thrust the festival into full swing for those at the Bread Shed where Bowie-esque frontman James Potter and his seemingly possessed sidekick Dave Morgan set the stakes high.

An impressive audience for 2.30pm – in fact, one that was bigger than The Wytches who headlined the very same venue that night.

But Bristol-based band Heavy Lungs raised the bar higher as the pits formed in no time for the second set at the Grosvenor Street venue.

Frontman Danny Nedelko seductively swayed on the dancefloor where he returned so often that his drummer joked he spent more time off stage than on it – he may have.

Next, to YES where a queue formed for Inhaler who were due on in the Pink Room at 5pm.

But those luckily enough to get into the building got a chance to see Brighton’s Porridge Radio who were performing in the basement.

Another Brighton band, Egyptian Blue, earned their place on the long list of “ones to watch” that emerged from the day’s events.

They had the crowd going right from the off at the Deaf Institute where they played out their debut EP, Collateral Damage, and a couple of other tunes.

There’s was just enough time to catch some of Big Moon’s set at the Albert Hall – one of the few venues not in the Oxford Road area.

Adoring fans sang along with the all-female line-up at one of the biggest venues of the festival, but perhaps not the biggest of crowds.

Neighbourhood was a chance to discover new bands, check out smaller venues and enjoy some of the best up-and-coming bands in the business.

And with its success of selling out in advance for a fourth year in a row now, it is definitely a date to pencil in the calendar for next time around.