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Good news for Moonfest ticket holders

From Wiltshire Times:
"THE organiser of Moonfest has confirmed that Pete Doherty will play a free solo gig for Moonfest ticket holders to make up for the disappointment of the festival's cancellation.
Moonfest, which was due to take place at Storridge Farm near Westbury over the weekend of August 29, was cancelled when police won a court order at Chippenham Magistrates Court on August 18 after they expressed concerns over the lack of security at the site.
But it has been announced that bad boy rocker Pete Doherty will play a free gig at the Brixton Academy in London for all of those fans who bought weekend for Friday tickets to the festival.
Another huge' name is also expected to be on the bill.
Organiser of Moonfest, John Green, said: "I've spoken to Pete today (Wednesday) and we're looking at putting the gig on at the Brixton Academy in London.
"On the same bill will also be a very special artist - a huge name. But I am waiting for conformation so, at the moment, I won't give any names.
"We are trying to arrange a date at the moment, I think it will be in the next six weeks but we need to tie it in with the venue and with Pete."
A party was held for nearly a thousand people at Storridge Farm on Saturday night to thank all the organisers and supporters of the failed festival.
Mr Green is confident that Moonfest 2009 will go ahead after he said police were impressed with the organisation of the party.
He said: "The police were over the moon with what we did. We will be entering into negotiations with the police to ensure any concerns over security are quashed and I think we demonstrated on Saturday that we know how to run a peaceful event.
"It was absolutely amazing party. We had just under a thousand people there and there was no trouble what so ever.
"There were eight unsigned bands playing as well as Justin Hawkin's new band Hot Leg who played an hour and a half set.
"Under the circumstances it was an overwhelming success and on the strength of its success we will definitely be running Moonfest 2009."
Mr Green also confirmed that anyone who bought tickets for Moonfest 2008 would get in for free to Moonfest 2009".
No gigs are announced this week, on both fronts. But if I happened to hang around the lovely Brighton I would pop up at the Joogleberry Playhouse tonight (remember?).
Pete Doherty at The Ritz, Manchester, Friday 3 October (buy tickets)
Dirty Pretty Things at The Academy, Dublin, Monday 3 November (buy tickets)
Dirty Pretty Things at the Róisín Dubh, Galway, Friday 7 November (tickets soon here)

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