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Sat 5th Jul at Noon
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
@ Hyde Park, London
Featuring: The Libertines, The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park, The Enemy, Swim Deep, Reverend And The Makers, Wolf Alice, Darlia, I Am Kloot, Brownbear, The View, The Twang, The Rifles, Raglans, Cuckoo Lander, Slaves, The Jacques, Lois & The Love
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Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park: The Libertines + The Pogues + Spiritualized + Maximo Park + The Enemy + Swim Deep + Reverend And The Makers + Wolf Alice + Darlia + I Am Kloot + Brownbear + The View + The Twang + The Rifles + Raglans + Cuckoo Lander + Slaves + The Jacques + Lois & The Love
This time it is the reformation everyone has been waiting for, The Boys In The Band are back. Pete, Carl, John and Gary make a long awaited return to the stage, playing their first full live shows since 2010. Joined by the cream of UK talent, this is the Best of British Summer Time.
The Libertines, founded originally in 1997 by frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of their recording career. Described as raw, energetic nu-punk with a joyful depth to their lyrical musings (NME), their mainstream success was initially limited, only being signed to Rough Trade Records in 2001. However their profile soon grew, playing alongside bands such as The Strokes, and after releasing their debut album 'Up The Bracket' (2002) to a lukewarm reception, released their better received 2nd self-titled album 'The Libertines' in 2004. In spite of their successes Doherty's hugely publicised difficulties with drug addiction strained relationships within the band and with Barat, which eventually led to their break-up that year. Members went on to form new bands, until March 2010 when it was announced that the band were reforming especially for Leeds/Reading Festivals as special guests.
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By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-80s. Famed for their wild and exciting live acts, lead singer Shane MacGowan's relentless drug and alcohol abuse meant the cult Irish folk punksters were forced to disband in the mid 90s. Now reformed with charismatic rogue MacGowan back in tow, the band are back on the road well over 20 years since their inception.
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Formed out of the ashes of the sadly missed Spacemen 3. Spiritualized have consistently made music that epitomises the phrase 'Junkie Cool'. Amazing songs about life, death, love, sex, drugs and the big guy upstairs. Live they are incredible and could have anything from a small horn section to a full orchestra to back them up, and a pretty cool light show too.
Spiritualized tour dates
Rock band from Newcastle whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. The tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock.
Maximo Park tour dates
From seemingly nowhere, in 2006 three very young musicians from Coventry emerged calling themselves The Enemy. Greeting the music scene with contempt and a two fingered salute to the trend setting elite, the band's competence to deliver stunning live performances has seen them share a stage with some of the biggest and greatest acts in the world including The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, Oasis, The Manic Street Preachers, Ash, Paul Weller and the mighty Bon Jovi, spanning venues from their local Saturday sports club Folly Lane Football Club, where they performed one of their first ever gigs, to five performances at Wembley Stadium.
The Enemy have never really been in vogue, they've always been the underdog, until their debut album crashed into the the UK top 40 at Number 1 and went on to go double Platinum, becoming the soundtrack for a new disaffected generation. Fast forward eight years and The Enemy have matured, humbled and ripened into something far more complete and purposeful and become a well established act. Three albums, all top ten, over a million records sold and a plethora of singles which rivals most of their contemporaries troubling the UK top 10 on several occasions.
The Enemy tour dates
Birmingham grunge-pop quartet Swim Deep's own brand of fuzzy grunge influenced pop has been making waves across the UK, putting them at the forefront of the blossoming West Midlands music scene.
Swim Deep tour dates
Reverend And The Makers are the brainchild of Sheffield musician Jon McClure, who recorded the original RATM demos with members of the Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket. The group uses a combination of indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound, which has earned them headline tours across the UK and numerous bouts of critical acclaim.
Reverend And The Makers tour dates
North London's Wolf Alice take their name from a book by Angela Carter. Originally a solo project for frontwoman Ellie Roswell, it soon expanded into a full four-piece band. Eloquently described by Clash Magazine as ‘the lovechild of folk and grunge’, Wolf Alice's off-kilter sound has seen folky vocals combine with the alt-rock of 90's bands like Hole and Elastica.
Wolf Alice tour dates
Three piece indie band from Blackpool, these snotty-nosed boys are grunge enthusiasts with eardrum-gnawing riffs, taking the Nirvana template but adding a hint of Britpop swagger. They met while working as cleaners at their sixth form college after studying for their A Levels. 'Cleaning' the music room was an opportunity for lead singer Nathan Day to finally show people some of the songs from his lifetime body of work, and the band quickly fell into place.
Darlia tour dates
A 3 piece from Manchester UK who regale the world with their twisted torch songs and heart-wrenching serenades. In a nutshell, it's indie art-pop in the Velvet Underground vein.
I Am Kloot tour dates
Shimmering indie-rock from this youthful Scottish four-piece. The View make the kind of music that Primal Scream and The Charlatans would be proud of - clashing guitars, swirling melodies, unexpected crescendos and psychedelic vocals. 'At last Scotland finds its own grotty underbelly being given a rabid, celebratory pop summation.' - NME.
The View tour dates
Birmingham based indie group declared by the NME as 'the next big thing'. Sounding like a cross between The Stone Roses and The Streets, The Twang are rock'n'roll at its best. 'Swaggering, big hearted rock'n'roll mischief...' - NME.
The Twang tour dates
The Rifles burst onto the UK music scene in 2006 with their attitude-laden debut 'No Love Lost'. Making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones, the London four-piece cite influences as far reaching as The Smiths and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. Sharp vocals, quick-witted songs, rolling guitars and a crucial hint of ska coming from their tighter than tight rhythm section make The Rifles the perfect London soundtrack.
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Acoustic 4 piece from Ireland featuring Stephen Kelly, Rhos Horan, Conn O'Ruanaidh and Sean O Brien. Infectious Indiepop with an America or Simon And Garfunkel vibe.
"Big busting indie pop tunes packed with hearty melodies and strong melodies" -The Times
Raglans tour dates
Known for her role as the touring drummer for Charli XCX, her solo work sees the combination of distorted guitars, rejuvenated with the free-spirited vocals.
Cuckoo Lander tour dates
A duo from Kent, Slaves are making a lot of noise as an unmistakably British punk act. They have gained a lot of attention for bringing raw and exciting performances that have a distinct lack of pretentiousness in a British music scene flooded with bands that are leaning more and more towards American-centric influences.
Slaves tour dates
After a couple of years of singing with different bands and projects. Lois has finally found the band that can bring her songs to life in a way that makes her happy. That band is, The Love. Managed by Alice Harter of Normal Management (The Magic Numbers) Lois & The Love, mixes together the eclectic ingredients of Ska, rock and psychedelia into a powerful stew which can only be described as "classic" - giving her the platform to use her amazing voice the way that she'd always imagined. Live, they are about energy and excitement with the raw edge and swagger of all great bands. Throw in great songs and an amazing front woman in Lois, who's fearless, sassy and genuine; riding the heavy grooves which The Love lay down…… and you have an explosive event. See them live now while you can still get close.
Lois & The Love tour dates
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Venue: Hyde Park
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