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Peter plans new solo gigs

NOTORIOUS rocker Pete Doherty has announced a rare solo show on Teesside. The Babyshambles frontman and former Libertine will play an intimate one-man gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday, September 25. The singer played a similar concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July which sold out 20 minutes after tickets had gone on sale. Doherty is now taking the one-man show out on the road to a selected number of towns and cities across the UK - including Middlesbrough. Promoter James Beck, said: “I’m very chuffed to bring Pete to Teesside, especially in a show like this. The Albert Hall show was amazing and very intimate and he promises to make this one just as special.” Doherty was last in Middlesbrough with his band Babyshambles in December 2006 for a show also at the Town Hall. The venue’s manager, Pat Fysh, said: “The show in 2006 sold-out quickly and was a great night for everyone who attended. “We look forward to seeing him back at the venue and hearing his solo show. I’m sure it will be just as successful.” Controversy has always followed Doherty since his rise to fame with The Libertines. The former boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss has repeatedly found himself in the news for drug offences. Most recently he spent 29 days in Wormwood Scrubs prison in London for breaching his probation and was released on May 6, but his numerous shows on Teesside over the years have always passed without incident. Tickets priced £17 go on sale tomorrow from Middlesbrough Town Hall box office on 01642 729729. A full preview of this show will be featured in Friday’s What’s On guide.
ROCK 'n' Roll rebel Pete Doherty will return to the city next month for a special solo performance. Doherty's set at the Kasbah club, formerly known as The Colosseum, in Primrose Hill Street, Hillfields, takes place on Friday, September 26, from 7pm. It will be the first time in five years since he has performed at the newly refurbished venue and last since played there with Babyshambles which sold out in a matter of days. Doherty was brought up in the Bedworth area and attended the town's Nicholas Chamberlaine Comprehensive School, where he achieved 5 A* GCSE grades before moving to London with his grandmother. His live show will consist of his own solo work and tracks from Libertines, Babyshambles. Tickets are £20 and available from
Pete Doherty, Mark Ronson and The View are among the artists set to play a gig at the London Matter venue on October 11. Mystery Jets, New Young Pony Club, Friendly Fires, Lethal Bizzle, These New Puritans and The Teenagers will also perform. The gig is dubbed xXx – The Creative Experiment, and is organised by clothes company Diesel. Organisers say that the night will feature many collaborations, and that the full line-up, when announced, will feature 30 artists. Matter is a new venue on the O2 Arena site. Tickets go on sale on Thursday (September 4).

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