Loaded with a massive eclectic body of work, from their early C86 jangly guitar releases to the ambient baggy indie-rock sound of their Mercury Prize winning 'Screamadelica', their mid-career pastiche of the Rolling Stones, right through to their later more experimental dance-based material, Bobby Gillespie and the boys are forever movin' on up.
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In the early Noughties, you could not escape the sight or sounds of these infectious modern-day punks. Whether dancing at Indie clubs, reading the NME or tuning into Radio 1, The Libertines were everywhere. Top 20 hits like 'Time For Heroes' and 'Can't Stand Me Now' were on heavy rotation and they gained a somewhat obsessive fan base. But after just two short 'n' sweet albums (2002's 'Up The Bracket' and 2004's eponymous 'The Libertines', both produced by The Clash's Mick Jones) it was all over. So what became of the likely lads? Personal problems and battling demons saw Peter Doherty and Carl Barat split up and go their seperate ways with various solo projects and forming new bands. But time is a great healer and they patched up their differences to reform in 2010.
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Born in Scotland but raised in Manchester on his father's record collection, Tom was drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, which still influence his music today. Tom combines hip-hop beats, traditional songwriting and electronic elements with a voice that has the soulful grit of Paolo Nutini and the reggae lilt of Finley Quaye. As he steadily builds a loyal following, Tom has already garnered support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam, BBC Introducing, SBTV, Pigeons & Planes & Clash Music.
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Bradford & Bingley Sports Club
- Wagon Lane
- BD16 1LT
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