OnBlackheath I headed to leafy south-east London this past weekend for one of the last summer festivals, OnBlackheath. The festival is sponsored by John Lewis and its fourth year. What makes the festival different is that it caters for all ages. A sea of families, running toddlers, strollers and Hello Kitty balloons welcomed me. With an array of activities to keep the children occupied, if I had any, this would also be a festival I would comfortable take them to.


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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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BKSFestival Welcome to Beekse Bergen, Netherlands. Home of the Beekse Bergen, Safari and Camping Park, but also for the last three years home to the Best Kept Secret Festival (BKS), a great small and exceptionally friendly festival with a chilled out vibe...


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The Libertines So to the noughties band that were hey, a tad naughty. Critical acclaim took these indie-punks to the edge of the world, more than quite literally. As their star began to shine, these guys bickered and argued, one becoming the tabloid’s car crash of dream ticket as he fell into a drug oblivion.  So it is more than quite remarkable that these guys have survived to 2014, dabbling with Hyde Park over the summer and now to a trio of dates at the Ally Pally. Welcome tonight to the band who few predicted would have made it this far - welcome indeed to The Libertines.


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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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