Victorious Festival The first glorious summer weekend in months made for the perfect seaside setting as Victorious Festival returned to the coastline of Southsea, Portsmouth. This year’s lineup saw Madness, Stereophonics and Elbow headline in front of an ocean of fans, with performances through the weekend by The Charlatans, Olly Murs, KT Tunstall, Pete Doherty, Maximo Park, Feeder and more.


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The Libertines The Libertines rocked into Birmingham Barclaycard arena as if it was no different from any of the smaller venues they had previously played, performing with the energy that was longed for during the ten years that passed before 'Anthems for Doomed Youth' emerged onto the scene late last year.


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The Libertines The Libertines were back on form for a reunion gig that saw a set list of 24 classics, numerous stops for dangerous crowd crushes and various displays of Doherty/Barat love-ins. The day’s line-up (over six stages) was a throwback to the band’s heydey, with sets from the likes of The Enemy, The Rifles and Maximo Park, and the general vibe of the day was one of late 90’s, early 2000’s indie, think Liam Gallagher-style hair dos and parkers galore.


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Peter Doherty To many, Pete Doherty is just a pasty face on a magazine cover, a waster and symbol of hedonistic excess. But to some, he is a genuine role-model, talented songwriter and leader of the school of indie-cool that spawned so many pointy-shoe wearing copycats. Luckily for Pete, or Peter as his new album would have us believe, the majority of people streaming into the Birmingham academy tonight agreed with the latter, eagerly awaiting their scruffy, shambolic idol.


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