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Friday July 3rd - Festival Beauregard, Herouville Saint Claire, France, Scene 1, from 00.45 to 01.45.
Saturday July 4th - Festival Eurockeennes de Belfort, France, Chapiteau Stage, from 22.20 to 23.20
Sunday July 5th - Roskilde Festival, Denmark, Arena Stage, from 14.00 to 15.00
About the Concealed Festival, i.e. Peace and Love in Borlange, Sweden (last week)...
the event was totally obscured in the news, first by MJ passing away, second by Glasto... but now some info is slowly surfacing:
Carl Barat (who played on Thursday) appeared on the stage in the afternoon, wearing the usual grey suit, backed by Anthony on guitar and Drew on bass/double bass + the drummer currently known as "Donald" and the hotties on violin/violoncell. We have:
A bit of Can't stand me now
and a bit of Bang bang
Peter played on Friday, donning a light blue vest and a weird hairdo. We have:
Fuck Forever (not an awesome video, but...)
- Everybody agree that Peter was looking on top form and played very well.
- Adam, Drew and Stephen Street were the backing band, whereas Mik was nowhere to be seen.
- The supposed Queen's Head slot on saturday was cancelled without any explanation.
- Carl Barat was spotted both Saturday and Sunday, allegedly looking "too cool to talk to". Emily Eavis was seen drooling over him all the time and when asked about a possible late night Libs reunion Carlos just replied "no fucking way".
Once again, best wishes Peter. Take all the time you need.
- Thursday June 25th - Kingston, New Slang (this should be on).
- Friday June 26th - Peace & Love Festival, Borglange, Sweden, Utopia stage, from 18.00 to 19.00 (this is to be confirmed)
- Saturday June 27th - Glastonbury Festival, Other Stage, from 16:50 to 17:50 (this should be on)
- Thursday June 25th - Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden, Venus stage, from 15.15 to 16.00.
I thought his voice sounded great. They all seemed to be having a great time, the crowd were great and Carl stage-dived at the end. The room was really hot and Drew even complained about it in Italian at one point. The gig was supposed to be outside but was moved inside because it looked like it would rain.
I got photos with Carl, Drew and Anthony afterwards and Carl and Anthony’s autographs. Drew seemed really surprised when I asked and was even more surprised when I said he’d been amazing. Carl and Anthony stayed outside for over half an hour afterwards, though, chatting with everyone, having photos taken and signing things, they were in a wonderful mood".
It is a David and Goliath battle that would no doubt appeal to Meek, a maverick talent accustomed to ploughing his own idiosyncratic furrow.
A pioneer who created musical history from a humble flat on London's Holloway Road, Joe Meek enjoyed phenomenal success with the iconic Telstar.
Performed by The Tornados, the instrumental track - named after the first active communications satellite - was a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1962 and the biggest-selling record of its time.
Meek's other successes included Johnny Remember Me, a "death ditty" for singer John Leyton, renowned for its eerie, ethereal vocals.
But he is equally well known for his lapses in judgement - he turned down the Beatles four times - and the nature of his tragic demise.
That came in February 1967 when he killed himself with the shotgun he had just used to murder his landlady, Violet Shenton.
His dramatic rise and fall form the basis of a film that could hardly be further removed from a certain effects-laden blockbuster.
Actor turned director Nick Moran admits he would rather his modestly budgeted film did not face such stiff competition.
"It wasn't planned," he tells the BBC News website. "But I don't think it matters, because it's not going to be seen by giant robot fans.
"What this film has is amazing British talent and world-dominating acting," he continues. "That's what we're good at.
"We're not good at robots. You want to see robots, go see them - the choice is yours."
The British talent of which Moran speaks spans an eclectic range of actors, comedians and music stars.
The latter include singer and guitarist Carl Barat, of the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things, and Justin Hawkins, formerly of The Darkness.
Barat plays rock 'n' roll star Gene Vincent, while Hawkins makes a memorable impression as the late Screaming Lord Sutch.
Moran, best known for his role in Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, says it was important to involve figures from the current music scene.
"We've tried to throw in contemporary links, and hopefully people pick up on that," he explains.
"If they don't it still stands up, but if they do it's an added bit of texture."
Actor Con O'Neill, who plays Meek in the film, sees further parallels between his character and the modern pop industry.
"Joe was the Simon Cowell of his day," he says. "He was a star maker, which is what Simon is, and he was as abrupt as he is too."
"I think Simon owes a lot to Joe," agrees Moran. "Joe was taking kids off the street, giving them a shiny suit and turning them into a pop star.
"That's something that was going on back then and couldn't be more relevant, thanks to shows like Pop Idol and The X Factor."
Having played Meek in the stage play on which Telstar is based, O'Neill knows pretty much all there is to know about this neglected British icon.
Given Meek's well-documented obsession with the occult and the afterlife, then, what does the actor think he would make of how he is portrayed?
"I think he would love the fact that a film has been made of his life," says O'Neill. "It's great it's raised interest in that era and his music.
"And I think he'd appreciate we don't dress him up as something he wasn't. We chose to show him as a complex, flawed human being."
Moran, meanwhile, is convinced that Meek, wherever he is, thinks his leading man did the late impresario justice.
"When we did the cast and crew screening, one of Joe's relatives said he was in the room," he reveals.
"He thought Con did very well, even if he was a little bit too short."
Telstar is out in the UK on 19 June".
On Thursday (June 25) he will perform a solo set featuring songs from his latest record, Grace/Wastelands, and he may even dust off some Babyshambles and Libertines favourites.
Tickets, which cost £6, are available from Banquet Records in Eden Street and are expected to sell out".
- Peter is on TV tonight, Panorama, BBC1, 20.30 (preview here)
- Stephen Street talks about his "Midas touch" (here)
The former Libertines singer and Babyshambles frontman is due to perform a solo gig at the Babington Lane venue.
Tom Kitchen, assistant promoter at the Rockhouse, said: "He will still be playing tonight.
"He is just sorting out the last legal documents then he is hoping to get down here."
Taking to the stage around 9pm, the former member of The Libertines began the night with an acoustic 'Nine Lives' before continuing on to 'Ballad of Grimaldi'. However, it was a beautiful version of 'France', a song written by Barat during his time with the Libertines, which was the first to be met with cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. After an adventurous attempt at the solo, Barat told the fascinated crowd: "That bit doesn’t sound right without Pete", in reference to friend and former Libertine Pete Doherty.
Barat then introduced his band to the audience, which interestingly included Drew McConnell, bassist of Babyshambles, the band fronted by Doherty. Anthony Rossomondo, the former guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things, another of Barat’s previous projects, also appeared in the band.
The group fired through a series of Libertines’ classics, including an interesting jazz-styled rendition of 'Music When the Lights Go Out', as well as finding the time to fit in Dirty Pretty Things tunes 'Blood Thirsty Bastards', 'Deadwood' and 'BURMA'. Barat also aired new songs 'So Long' and 'Monday Morning' to the captivated crowd.
Returning to the stage after a five-minute interval, Barat threw the crowd into a frenzy of excitement with the opening chords to 'Don’t Look Back Into the Sun'. He then proceeded to close the gig with 'Can’t Stand Me Now', 'Time for Heroes' and 'Bang Bang You’re Dead', as dedicated fans left their seats and surrounded the stage, a scene reminiscent of the early days of the Libertines.
As one member of the audience invaded the stage and embraced a clearly exhausted Barat, it brought a smile to the musician’s face. If his break from performing live had brought any doubts to his mind, they were now crushed as he left the stage to cheers and adulation.
Wed June 10th - Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester, UK
Thu June 11th - Rockhouse, Derby, UK
Tue June 9th - Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Scotland
Sat June 13th - Rock in Idro Festival, Idroscalo, Milan, Italy
Fri June 12th - The Winchester, Bournemouth, UK
Also on the setlist were Likely Lads, Come Closer, Blood-Thirsty Bastards, Gin and Milk, Death on the Stairs and Monday Morning (which I assume is a new one). The set was cut short due to pressure from the police who were calling for the whole event to end as trouble started up outside The Monarch from the crowd showing up after the Pete gig and hoping to gain entry. The band consisted of Stan, Drew and the drummer from the Paddingtons. Carl was in very good cheer (he came on to a rendition of Happy Birthday from the crowd). The solo part was beset with technical difficulties (What a Waster was best heard with a finger in one ear) and the last few songs generated utter chaos as the crowd surged forward, people fell and drinks flew. At the aftershow Carl muttered about playing on a couple of occasions but it came to nothing. Great success for him, I think".
Underworld- *Pete Doherty - 9.30 *Ginger - 8.20 *Nine Black Alps - 7.15 *Black Hole - 6.10 *Black Spiders - 5.20 *Sonic Boom Six - 4.30 *Sharks - 3.40 *Dirty Harry - 2.50 *Templeton Pek - 2pm *TBA - 1.10 *Gundays - 12.30
Barfly- *Exit Ten - 9.45 *Glamour Of The Kill - 8.30 *Slaves To Gravity - 7.15 *TBA - 6.15 *MiLLS: - 5.15 *Turbowolf - 6.15* *Telegraphs - 3.15 *Kill Casino - 2.15 *Haunts - 1.15 *Young Guns - 12.15
Prince Of Wales- (Acoustic Venue) *Stax Dempsey - 9.45 *Kieron Leonard - 9pm *The Strangways - 8.15 *McDaid & Fox - 7.30 *Sonic Boom Six - 6.45 *Dave McPherson (INME) - 6pm *New York Fund - 5.15 *Seamus - 4.30 *Tabitha Benjamin - 3.45 *Medi & The Medicine Show - 3pm *Subkicks - 2.15 *Gundogs - 1.30 *New Adventures - 12.45
Dingwalls (After Party) *Queens Of Noize 12-1am *Cherry Cola -3am
The Player will be hosted on the Camden Rocks Website, as well as on the websites and MySpace Profiles of all participating acts and venues.
Should you rather wish to stay in your neighbourhood, you can also follow every single gig on Facebook, check the application here.
Perhaps better known for his tabloid-hogging antics off stage, fans of both Doherty’s indie bands will undoubtedly be snatching-up the chance to see the singer-songwriter in Gloucester on Wednesday 10 June 2009.
And with tickets costing just £15, they won’t be on sale for very long.
Event: Pete Doherty gig
Severe sound problems plagued Peter's last night gig at The Den and Centro. Five songs into the set Peter's mic broke and the set had to be halted.
"Pete Doherty helped launch the Shine club-night at London's The Den and Centro venue by playing an acoustic set there" Steve wrote to NME.com "but his microphone wasn't working so it was even more acoustic than normal".
Plus! Our friend Alicepooh tells us about the Carnival:
And No Judy Garland recounts his Underground experience:
- Tonight Peter is playing in London. Details by Babybear: "Venue is called The Den, the night is 'Shine' and the address is 18 West Central Street, WC1. Doors open at 10pm till 4am, its £10 on the door".
- Saturday 6 June: it's Camden Rocks day. The fest's official site has updated the ad but details are still uncertain. It is generally thought that Peter and Carl will start separately at two different times (and different venues) but somehow they'll join forces along the night.
Could one week pass without mentioning the Libertines reunion? No, of course. Peter talked about it to Gordon Smart (!) after the LMHR bash. Without adding anything new, but keeping up the buzz.