I’ve spoken to some of NME’s resident Libertines scholars and we think that the last time Pete Doherty, Carl Barât, Gary Powell and John Hassall all took to a stage together anywhere in mainland Europe was most likely 20 February 2003, at Loppen in Copenhagen. As with much Libertines lore the truth is clouded with uncertainty and a fog of drugs, but in any case it was certainly over a decade ago.
The Coalition has ravaged the arts in Wales. Cuts were staggered in a lot of places, but Wales has been hit worst of all. I live in Newport and in the last few years I've never seen such a fucking wholesale hammering and demolition of culture. The Chartist mural has been knocked down, the Art Gallery’s Temporary Exhibitions Programme has been axed, and now the Welsh Music Foundation, which supports the local music scene, is being forced to close.
The wags down the front shouting requests for a cover of ‘Taxman’ went home disappointed. Last night (July 10), Arctic Monkeys headlined the NOS Alive festival (formerly known as Optimus Alive) and while it’s hardly a surprise they failed to acknowledge their taxing recent news story they did give us a taste of what British audiences can expect from their headline shows this summer at T In The Park (this Sunday) and at Reading and Leeds (in August).
It's been quite a few weeks for The Libertines, from their spectacular warm-up shows in Glasgow to their triumphant return at London's Hyde Park.
New trio Grubs feature Owen Williams from Joanna Gruesome and although they say they're based in Bristol, they live as far apart as Plymouth and Cardiff ("Bristol is just where we practice," they tell us), meaning there's been a lot of train travel involved just to get things off the ground. Live shows have seen them throw in a cover of The Muffs' 'Sayin