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Gig Review: The Libertines

Well. The dust has finally settled on Rock City after what was one of the greatest shows we have EVER had the privilege to host.

Check out this review from James Blogs, we couldn't have put it better ourselves.

A decade ago - among a mess of drugs, arrests and one of music's greatest fallings out - one of the finest British bands in a generation, The Libertines went their separate ways. What a difference time can make, as following on from their triumphant Reading and Leeds headline sets, the likely lads are well and truly back and better than ever.

Kicking off their intimate pre-album show with a rollicking rendition of Horrorshow, Pete, Carl, Gary and John look like they've never been apart, marching on stage before the lights even go out, as the crowd go mental.

Given that the tour was only announced a week ago today, it is a testament to the band that they have completely sold out every venue they're visiting this week, but I don't think it would be possible to match the energy that was felt running through the veins of everyone in attendance at Rock City.

By the time they reach Can't Stand Me Now four tracks in you've barely taken a breath, bouncing so hard your feet feel like they might fall off, and your voice already becoming hoarse.

Every last minute is worth it though, as the sheer ground swell of support brings forth the feeling that this moment is something special. This band, which has been through so much to come out the other side, have found a peace that they can now share with everyone in the building.

"Everyone I spoke to outside told me the last time they saw me I was totally fucked up." muses Pete Doherty, "I don't remember what happened Rock City, but this time lets have fun and play beautiful music together" he continues, before running into one of the nights biggest sing alongs Music When the Lights Go Out. After the hardcore moshing going on, this is a welcome change of pace, as the crowd sway their arms back and forth, continuing into the bewitching and beautiful What Katie Did.

Never a band to exactly stick to the rules, both Pete and Carl light up cigarettes during the set to ovation from the crowd who at this point I'm pretty sure would explode if they just sat and read the phone book.

The sold out crowd didn't just know every word of every song, but they knew every song by its first chord. It would not be unfair to say that this was a party - nay a celebration even - of everything that made the band great to begin with all those years ago. Their sound is raw, and not completely polished, but its all the better for it.

You can hear the meaning in every word Pete and Carl sing, and as the band explode into their grand finale - Don't Look Back Into The Sun - the crowd become totally unglued. This was a crowd who have waited years for this tour, unsure if it was ever coming, or if the rare festival appearances would be their only chance to see the boys in all their glory.

Thankfully with new album Anthems for Doomed Youth out later this week, and this intimate tour selling out in seconds we can only hope that there will be more to come from the Boys in the Band.

Until then we will have the memories of one of the most raucous, exhilarating gigs to grace the Rock City stage in many years. And what memories they are. What Became of the Likely Lads you might ask? Well they're back! Thats what!


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Indiana joins the bill at Splendour

Splendour organisers have announced an exciting change to Nottingham’s favourite family festival at Wollaton Park on July 18. With Jess Glynne out of action as she recovers from surgery on her vocal cords, DHP Family has turned to Nottingham's own rising star Indiana to save the day.

Already booked to play several major festivals this summer and on the back of her recent Glastonbury set, Indiana is sure to be warmly received by her hometown crowd at Splendour.

The 20,000 strong audience can expect to hear hits such as Solo Dancing, one of the singles from her top 20 critically acclaimed album, No Romeo. It's full circle for the Long Eaton singer who first came to the public's attention after she took part in Splendour's Future Sound of Nottingham in 2012.

George Akins, DHP Family, said: "Sadly Jess Glynne has confirmed that due to throat surgery she will be unable to perform at the 2015 Splendour Festival. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery and she will be much missed at Splendour, however we are delighted to announce that Nottingham’s very own star Indiana will be stepping into the breach to entertain what is certain to be a huge crowd. We can't wait to see her on the main stage where she truly belongs."

Indiana is a fitting addition to this year's Splendour line up - which has a notable history for showcasing the hottest local talent - following her major steps forward to national prominence with a huge show at Rock City earlier this year.

Full set times will be released next week with Indiana taking to the main stage before pop band Lawson, indie rockers James and two-tone legends The Specials who will bring the Festival to a close, while over on the Confetti Stage queens of pop Bananarama will be headlining.

Indiana said: "I played the Splendour main stage two years ago whilst I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter as my son watched from the crowd. My live shows have become bigger and better since then and I'm so excited to share that with Nottingham again on its biggest stage possible! Nothing better than a hometown crowd...and both of my children can watch this time!"

Tickets for Splendour start at just £22. To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @splendourfest

Rockingham FINAL lineup announced!

Oh yes! The moment is here! The final lineup for Rockingham is upon us!

Added to an already sensational lineup are:

Dokken

Care Of Night.

Serpentine.

Romeo's Daughter

Jim Peterik


Here are the day splits and final lineups. Get your tickets now, and do NOT miss out on what promises to be an amazing three days of music!

http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/rockingham-tickets

Rockingham is coming!

We are so excited for this. This festival promises to be absolutely unreal! Make sure you get your tickets now and do not miss out. If you liked Firefest you'll love this!

Two Months of Festival Heaven Approaches!

Wow. We have two months of festival awesomeness coming up. We are hardly been able to contain ourselves here at Rock City towers, and it all starts this coming Sunday with...

 

DOT TO DOT


 

This year's Dot To Dot, coming to Nottingham on 24th May 2015 is Dot to Dot's TENTH birthday! 

With some killer acts lined up, venues across Nottingham are prepared for an INVASION of talent, sold out crowds and an unreal atmosphere across the city. Getting involved with this one are, of course, ourselves along with Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Stealth, Bodega, Nottingham Trent Student’s Union  Spanky Van Dykes. And if you thought that was pretty awesome in itself, wait until you hear just a tiny fraction of the lineup... are you ready?!

Saint Raymond, Rae Morris, The Wytches, Laura Doggett, Honeyblood, Hinds, Josef Salvat, April Towers and MANY MORE! You can get your tickets from Alt-Tickets

The full schedule can be found here: http://www.dottodotfestival.co.uk/times

 

 

NO TOMORROW


 

Following up from that 'POW' is a 'BOOOOOM!' with  No Tomorrow Festival @ Wollaton Park, Nottingham. People who went to last year's debut No Tomorrow can testify, it is definitely not to be missed.

Back and in its second year, the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June is one to put in your diaries! Platinum selling John Newman, as well as Mercury Prize nominee Jessie Ware has been confirmed for this one, along with James Bay and Bondex. Across No Tomorrow’s several stages the festival also boasts many more performances and a number of the finest international DJ talents. BondaxDJ EZ, and Eton Messy will be delivering epic DJ set across the dance music spectrum.

Also expect strong live performances from the enigmatic Bristol duo Blonde with full band, Grammy-nominated MNEK and Bondax guest vocalist KStewart, appearing in her own right with solo material. Go grab your tickets, available now from Alt-Tickets!

More info at http://www.notomorrowfestival.co.uk/

 

 

SPLENDOUR


 

Last, but definitely not least... We have Splendour. Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, Splendour Festival has grown to become Nottingham’s largest outdoor music event, attracting over 20,000 people of all ages. Internationally-renowned artists will once again share the stage with local upcoming talents for this one-day family-friendly festival.

Hot on the heels of two sold out shows at Rock City last year, The Specials will be bringing their infectious blend of two-tone Jamaican ska and punk energy to the main stage at Splendour for the first time.

For those who missed out getting their hands on tickets for the fast selling shows last November and for all those who want to get their skank on again, Saturday 18 July 2015 will be another chance to see the band renowned for the energy of their live performance, but this time in the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park.

Widely credited with changing the face of pop in the late 70s, The Specials reformed in 2008 and have gone on to tour the world, playing to bigger audiences than ever before.

This summer the 20,000 Splendour Festival crowd can enjoy the two-tone revival with hits such as A Message to you Rudy, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town sure to feature in the headlining set.

Not forgetting, they will be joined by very special guests James, Bananarama, Jess Glynne, Roots Manuva, Lawson and MANY MANY MORE ensuring there will be something for everyone!

More info at http://www.splendourfestival.com/

 

Everyone go go go and get your tickets @ http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk!