By The Sea Dreamland & Margate Winter Gardens; Margate, Kent 29th Sept-1st Oct 2017
By The Sea festival returns to Margate at the end of September for its third year. Over the course of three days alongside the heritage rides, candy floss stalls, 2p slots and just a stones throw from the golden sands, By The Sea will feature a plethora of bands in some iconic settings.
Having previously played host to Super Furry Animals, Hot Chip, Wolf Alice, Bat For Lashes, Mystery Jets and Foals, amongst others, By The Sea has attracted a finely balanced and eclectic mix of inspirational artists. 2017's bill is just as tempting and looks set to delight and excite in equal measure. The variety of acts is a diverse selection of the up and coming as well as some established, unmissable favourites.
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Chloe Dobinson recaps her favourite albums of 2015
10. Drake - If You're Reading This Then You're Too Late
Making an impromptu release of his 4th studio album Drake made a return proving why he is one of the most in demand rappers. Highlights of the album include opening track Legend -which features a long instrumental introduction with background vocals giving a harmonic feel to the track. Track Energy sees keys help make the track come alive with the Canadian rapper pushing himself as an artist and pushing the boundaries in the rap industry.
9. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
Released in September The Libertines marked a return to the music scene following their 2004 self-titled album. A decade on the band proves their songwriting skills never went away with tracks such Gunga Din a racous, fun indie track making fans of The Libertines feels as if they never went away. Athems for Doomed Youth is a softer album from a band who is constanlty in the headlines for the wrong reasons. Heart of the Matter is a highlight of the album catchy, light and will become a firm favorite when the band play summer festival next year.
Continue reading: Chloe Dobinson's Top 10 Albums Of 2015
While Stereophonics have scored their sixth UK number one album with ‘Keep The Village Alive’.
A fortnight ago Justin Bieber scored his first ever UK number one with ‘What Do You Mean’ and now he’s back in the top spot again this week. The single has risen one place to reclaim the number one spot, after being knocked off by Sigala’s ‘Easy Love’ last week, which has now fallen to number two.
Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean has topped the UK single’s chart.
In the number three spot was Calvin Harris and Disciples with ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, which scored over 2.1 million plays this week to rise one place in the chart. Jess Glynne’s ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ fell one place in its sixth week on the chart, while The Weeknd’s 'Can’t Feel My Face' is a non-mover at number five.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Is Back On Top Of UK Singles Chart With 'What Do You Mean'
Last night's gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom was cancelled two hours after it was due to start, with tonight's date in Manchester also postponed.
Some things never change. The Libertines, those glorious screw-ups of the mid-noughties, cancelled their headline show in London last night two hours after they were due on stage, citing a “medical emergency” as the reason for the postponement.
Their gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom on Thursday (September 10th) was part of a hastily arranged mini-tour of small venues around Britain announced just after their well-received headline sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals at the end of August, in order to celebrate the release of their long-awaited third album Anthems For Doomed Youth, released on Friday.
Pete 'n' Carl of The Libertines
Continue reading: The Libertines Postpone Two Gigs After Rumoured No-Show By Pete Doherty In London
The Libertines exploded onto the indie scene in the early 2000s, alongside the likes of The Strokes and The Vines. Wild and unpredictable, they caused a media storm with their well-documented antics and fall-outs. They sounded truly British; The Clash for a new generation, their sound encapsulating every seedy London pub and night out on the town. The relationship between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat was passionate and volatile, with the band eventually dissolving in 2004.
After a turbulent few years, in 2014 Doherty disappeared from the limelight and retreated to Thailand where he spent a length of time in rehabilitation. Thankfully, he seemed to find some stability there, and after a while the rest of the band reunited with him, hiring a studio nearby and eventually recording 'Anthems for Doomed Youth'. But 11 years on from their last album, this is quite a different band. They've been through so much together, so many fights, prison sentences, and rehab-stints, that you're suddenly faced with a much older, wiser group. The volume and the passion are still there, but the sense of pure anarchy isn't quite as present any more. Instead, it's been replaced with a much more solid sound, and to be honest it's quite a relief, because if they hadn't evolved at all in over a decade then they probably would have produced a much weaker album.
The last 11 years may have made the band slightly less unpredictable than before, but they're still rowdier than most bands on the current indie scene. 'Barbarians' is a perfect Libertines album-opener: noisy, a little bit messy, and catchy as ever. It's followed by the single 'Gunga Din', and this is where the album really shines. Reflecting on a long road ahead, the band are not one to take the tougher times lying down. It's loud and defiant, a perfect representation of where the band find themselves today.
Continue reading: The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth Album Review
The band will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ with a week of small shows.
The Libertines have announced a string of small live dates to celebrate the release of their new album Anthems For Doomed Youth on September 11th. The band will play five shows over the course of the week, with the first taking place on Monday (September 6th) at the Academy in Glasgow.
The Libertines, Carl Barat and Peter Doherty at Leeds Festival.
They will then hit Nottingham’s Rock City on September 7th, followed by Bristol’s O2 Academy, then London’s Electric Ballroom before finishing on September 11th at Manchester’s Ritz. The small shows are the band’s first club gigs since 2004.
Continue reading: The Libertines Announce Week Of Small Shows Following Triumphant Reading Set
Their first album in more than ten years will be out on September 4th.
It’s the moment for which the indie world’s been waiting for over a decade – the third album by The Libertines has a title and release date! Anthems For Doomed Youth, their first since their acrimonious split 11 years ago, will be available on September 4th via Virgin EMI.
The new album will be the first new material since their 2004 self-titled chart-topping LP, just before which co-songwriter and singer Pete Doherty was ejected from the band for his burgeoning heroin addiction. The group soldiered on with Anthony Rossomondo in his place in order to fulfil their summer festival appearances, but disbanded in December that year.
The Libertines taking to the stage at Glastonbury in June 2015
Continue reading: The Libertines Confirm Release Date For Long Awaited Third Album
Pete and Carl were together again at Glastonbury as a surprise addition to Friday’s line-up.
The Libertines were the very welcomed surprise on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage yesterday evening, filling in the empty slot left when Florence + The Machine stepped up to headline in place of Foo Fighters. The reunited four piece, who will soon be releasing their third album, treated the crowd to a mix of classic tracks and some new material during the performance, which began at around 8.30pm.
The Libertines’ Peter and Carl sharing the mic at Glastonbury.
Minutes before the band appeared on stage a banner featuring the artwork of their 2002 debut album Up the Bracket was unveiled, announcing their imminent arrival. Both the band and Glastonbury organisers managed to keep the appearance a secret until the last minute, with the group landing at the site via helicopter just hours before.
Continue reading: The Libertines Play Secret Set Of Old And New Material On Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage
Endangered birds and local opposition had threatened to derail the move to the new site at Strathallan Castle, but the local council gave the organisers the nod on Tuesday.
Following an uncertain few weeks, T In The Park has been given the go-ahead for its new site at Strathallan Castle.
The BBC reported that a 90 minute meeting of the Perth and Kinross Council on Tuesday resulted in unanimous support for the application submitted by DF Concerts, which lasts for three years and is subject to a handful of conditions.
Calvin Harris is one of the big names at this year's T In The Park
Continue reading: T In The Park 2015 Given The Green Light
Ospreys are reported to have built a nest within the noise disturbance 'buffer zone' that the law is required to enforce, leaving T In The Park hanging in the balance.
The annual T In The Park festival in Scotland is under threat of cancellation if the local council for its proposed new site at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire fails to approve its application.
Opposition to the move from environmental protestors has been gathering momentum following a recent report that nesting ospreys had arrived within a proposed 2,500 feet ‘buffer zone’ designed by law to protect such species.
Kasabian are set to headline T In The Park - but will it even go ahead?
Continue reading: Could 'T In The Park' Be Under Threat Of Cancellation?
The festival brings some exemplary headliners to the Netherlands this Summer.
The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.
Continue reading: Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements
Thurston Moore and We Were Promised Jetpacks among Live At Leeds 2015 line-up.
Every year in Leeds, the May Bank Holiday marks the return of a whole bunch of great gigs for the annual Live At Leeds festival. Played by tons of bands at venues all over the city, the festival pulls in a good crowd with its diverse line-up. In the past, the festival has hosted loads of great acts including Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and James Blake.
Thurston Moore will play Live At Leeds 2015
Last year's festival brought in a number of popular acts including Clean Bandit, George Ezra, Kodaline, Little Matador and Pulled Apart By Horses - a line-up which helped win the festival its 'Best Metropolitan Festival' accolade, beating Brighton's popular 'Great Escape' and pop-punk festival 'Slam Dunk' to the top spot.
Continue reading: Live At Leeds 2015 Brings 200 Artists To 20 Venues
The Libertines are heading back to Scotland this summer.
The Libertines have been announced as headliners for this year's T In The Park music festival in Perthshire. The reunited indie rockers are the first act to be confirmed for the festival, which takes place between 10 and 12 July.
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat will return at the T in the Park festival in the summer
The group formed by Pete Doherty and Carl Barat In 1997 reunited last summer with two sold out shows at Glasgow's Barrowlands before playing to 60,000 in Hyde Park, London.
Continue reading: The Libertines Announced As Headliners For 'T In The Park'
After a series of reunion gigs this year, The Libertines have confirmed they're working on a third album and have signed a new record deal.
Quintessential noughties British indie group The Libertines have signed to a major label to release a long-awaited third album. In news reported by the NME, The band have made a deal with Virgin EMI, and have pencilled in the album’s release for 2015.
Speaking in a statement from the Thai island of Ko Si Chang where the deal was signed, the Libs’ Pete Doherty said "I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. It was a beautiful day." His co-frontman Carl Barât added: "After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn't be more excited."
After over ten years, The Libertines will release a new album in 2015
Continue reading: The Libertines Announce Third Album
Organiser confirms big-name act to play secret set at festival.
Every year, festival campsites buzz with rumours of ‘favourite bands playing secret slots’ and unlikely artists playing impromptu performances. As an event with a rich history of putting on secret shows, this month’s Reading and Leeds festival proves to be no exception.
Last week, one Reading and Leeds organiser revealed he’d been approached by several artists (some of whom he described as ‘arena acts’) all wanting to play at the festival. To the delight and frustration of many fans, he confirmed that one big-name act has since been confirmed to perform a secret slot - but wouldn’t reveal who.
Continue reading: So, Who's Playing ‘Secret Sets’ At Reading And Leeds 2014?
The Libertines' first reunion gig in London for four years was a critical success but the crowd were particularly badly behaved. The band's performance was interrupted two songs in by a crowd surge and the concert managers were forced to ask the crowd to stop throwing fireworks at the beginning of the set.
The Libertines' first reunion gig on English soil got off to a rocky start when overzealous fans surged towards the stage whilst the band performed at the British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, London. This is the first time in four years the group has performed in the capital and their appearance has been praised by critics.
Pete Doherty performing with The Libertines in Glasgow last week.
Read More: The Libertines Reunited For Hit Laden Hyde Park Warm Up In Glasgow.
Continue reading: The Libertines' Highly Praised Hyde Park Gig Interrupted By Surging Fans
Doherty and Barat push back the clocks, with a rousing performance as part of Hyde Park’s ‘British Summer Time’ shows.
The Libertines were reunited last night in front of a packed crowd in London’s Hyde Park, delivering a hit filled set in front of thousands of eager fans.
Time for heroes? The Libertines are back
Arriving on stage after a retrospective video, the band launched into ‘Vertigo’ from their debut album Up the Bracket. As hungry fans lapped up the reunited foursome, the band were forced to stop mid way through their second song, ‘Boys in the Band’ due to crushing at the front of the barrier. The crowd eventually stepped back to allow some audience members to be pulled out by security, but the show was eventually stopped again during ‘Time for Heroes’.
Continue reading: The Libertines Bring Back The Good Old Days At London Hyde Park Reunion Show
The Libertines delivered a barnstorming set in Glasgow.
The Libertines reunited over the weekend for a high energy show in Glasgow, as warm up for their massive reunion show at Hyde Park next weekend. The band, Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, bass player Josh Hassall and drummer Gary Powell, played to a packed crowd at the Barrowlands, performing a greatest hits set from the band's turbulent time together.
Pete Doherty [L] and Carl Barat [R] performing as The Libertines at the Forum in 2010 [Photo: Getty images, credit: Ian Gavan]
Keeping on stage chat to a minimum, the Londoners ripped through a 25 song set which included just about every Libertines single. The band opened with the raucous 'Horrorshow,' before hurtling into 'Vertigo' and fan favorite 'What Became of the Likely Lads?'
Continue reading: The Libertines Reunite For Hits-Laden Hyde Park Warm Up In Glasgow
Arctic Monkeys singer welcomes news of Pete Doherty’s reunited group.
Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner and his fellow Arctic Monkey Matt Helders spoke about the cult band’s long-awaited reunion in an interview with NME.
Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner welcomes The Libertines reunion [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Ian Gavan]
As well as praising the Libertines’ 2002 debut Up The Bracket, the singer of the Brit Award-winning group describes the chance to see Pete Doherty and co perform as something he ‘would relish.’
Continue reading: Alex Turner To "Dust Off Tunic" For The Libertines Reunion Shows
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!