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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.
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.
Initially thought to be a one-off appearance at the Reading and Leeds festival, this soon proved to be more successful than planned, and the boys have sporadically continued to perform since, along with releasing their third album in 2015; 'Anthems for Doomed Youth', which reached no.3 on the UK albums chart.
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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.
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Indie-Rock band from Newcastle, fronted by the ever charming Paul Smith, whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. Their tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock. With three UK top 10 albums, two top 20 albums, along with eight UK top 40 singles, the boys continue to 'apply some pressure' to their sound and success.
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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 to today and The Enemy have matured, humbled and ripened into something far more complete and purposeful and become a well established act.
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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.
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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.
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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 with Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals).
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.
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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.
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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.
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The Scottish shimmering indie-rock four-piece landed themselves a Mercury Music Prize nominated no.1 debut album 'Hats Off To Buskers' in 2007 and have never looked back since. They celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2015 and the tenth anniversary of their debut in 2017.
These guys might wear the same jeans, but five albums later their infectious blend of clashing guitars, swirling melodies, unexpected crescendos and psychedelic vocals show no signs of stopping, with a continual reputation as a captivating live band.
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Birmingham indie-rock five piece The Twang first found national fame when the NME wrote an article of the West Midlands music scene, and were very soon picking up awards, covered by a Radio 1 documentary and smashing the charts. Their success story includes three UK top 40 singles and two top 20 albums, with their debut 'Love It When I Feel Like This' reaching no.3. The boys celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017.
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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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Formed in a festival tent in 2010 Dublin based 4 piece band Raglans launched the same year. Raglans blaze a trail of muscular new wave guitars, gritty pop melodies and uplifting indie folk arrangements that hops, skips and jumps with a skill and confidence far beyond their short lifespan and brought them The King Kong Club crown late in 2011, the prize, a recording session with Morrissey’s co- writer/arranger/guitarist Boz Boorer in his Sierra Alta studio.
Raglans are Stephen Kelly (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Ros Horan (bass, backing vocals),
Conn ORunaidh (drums, backing vocals) and Liam Morrow (lead guitar, mandolin, backing vocals).
"Big busting indie pop tunes packed with hearty melodies and strong melodies" -The Times
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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.
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An explosive 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.
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