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Summercase and Lovebox Festivals 2008

  • Summercase is one of Europe's biggest festivals. In 2007 it attracted over 109,000 people. In 2008 the two-leg event witnessed performances from Sex Pistols, Primal Scream, Kings Of Leon, Nick Cave and more. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Ian Brown onstage at the Madrid leg of Summercase 2008. The Barcelona leg, which ran concurrently, was marred by reports of an altercation between Bloc Party's Kele Okerere and Sex Pistols' John Lydon. Head to NME.COM/NEWS for details. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Edywn Collins onstage at Summercase Madrid. For a revealing interview with Collins, in which he explains how he recovered from two brain haemorrhages, pick up the new issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday July 23. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Nick Cave onstage with his 'other' band Grinderman at Summercase Madrid 2008. The Spanish bash witnessed performances from Sex Pistols and Kings Of Leon, although the biggest turnout was for local heroes Los Planetos. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Nick Cave with his band Grinderman at Summercase Madrid 2008. The veteran singer-songwriter, who these days lives in Brighton, had a busy weekend of festival appearances: he jetted to the UK the next day to play Latitude (July 20). Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Summercase Madrid 2008, July 19-20. The Spanish festival faces stiff competition from Benicassim, which takes place over the same weekend. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • 'Was it something we said?' Festivalgoers leave the main stage in droves at Summercase Madrid 2008. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Summercase Madrid 2008. One of the best attended sets came from Primal Scream, who treated rapturous fans to classics including 'Swastika Eyes', 'Rocks' and 'Country Girl' - watched from the side of the stage by Mani's former Stone Roses bandmate Ian Brown. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Guildford natives The Stranglers at Summercase Madrid 2008, where they treated the audience to classics such as 'Strange Little Girl' and 'Always The Sun'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Sex Pistols play to one of the biggest crowds on the opening night of Summercase Madrid 2008. The punk legends played a cover-packed set climaxing in Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine'and Jonathan Richman's 'Roadrunner'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Super Furries' mainman Gruff Rhys takes to the stage with 80's new wave inspired side project Neon Neon at Summercase Madrid. The duo playing tracks from their Mercury Prize-nominated debut album 'Stainless Style', including singles 'Trick For Treat' and 'Raquel'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Kings Of Leon play the Moviestar Stage, Summercase Madrid. Their set included many tracks from the band's forthcoming fourth album 'Only By The Night'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Scottish Avant post-rockers Mogwai play a set showcasing the whole of their 1997 debut album 'Young Team' on the Walkman Stage at Summercase Madrid. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson at Summercase Madrid 2008. The band ended their set with a crowd-pleasing rendition of 'Oh My God', taken from their 2005 debut album 'Employment'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Kaiser Chiefs play the first day of Summercase Madrid 2008. Their set included 2007 UK Number One single 'Ruby', as well as the favourites 'I Predict A Riot' and 'Everything Is Average Nowadays'. Pic: Ernesto Oehler

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  • Summercase Barcelona 2008. The Barcelona leg was dogged by controversy, with reports of a backstage altercation between John Lydon and Kele Okerere. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • A DJ brings the tropical vibes to Summercase Barcelona 2008. More so than rival festival Benicassim, Summercase is heavily slanted in favour of dance music. One of the biggest turnouts was for floor-filling duo 2 Many DJs. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • New wave legends Blondie play Summercase Madrid 2008, as part of their 30th anniversary tour celebrating iconic album 'Parallel Lines'.

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  • Northern legends The Verve at Summercase Barcelona - the comeback band release 'Forth', their first album in 11 years, on August 25. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Legendary new wavers Blondie play the Madrid leg of Summercase. The hit-packed set went down a storm with the sun-drenched punters. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Fans soak up the atmosphere at the Barcelona leg of Summercase 2008. The girl in the middle should be grateful she doesn't live in Russia, where the colous pink and black are at the centre of an emo hate campaign - see NME.COM/NEWS for details. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • The stage during Kings Of Leon's performance at Summercase Barcelona 2008. Backstage was a hive of celebrities. NME spotted Kaiser Chiefs and Foals hangign out - as well as CSS killing time by playing on the quiz machine. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • A packed Main Stage as night falls at Summercase Barcelona 2008. Many acts, such as Nick Cave and Lykke Li, shuttled between Spain and the UK, enabling them to play Latitude as well as Summercase. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • The Main Stage at Summercase Barcelona 2008. The site of the festival, Parc Del Forum, is both dazzlingly picturesque and rather ugly, being a vast concrete space right by the sea. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • The Main Stage at Summercase Barcelona 2008. Bands hanging out backstage were treated to free haircuts. We Are Scientists took full advantage: Ian Brown was later spotted admiring the bands' smart new hairdos. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • The view from the main stage bar at Summercase Barcelona 2008. Backstage was a ligger's paradise, with the likes of Ian Brown and Interpol hanging out and playing pinball. Back at the hotel NME spotted Maximo Park's Paul Smith reading by the rooftop pool. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Pete and the Pirates play the Barcelona leg of Summercase 2008. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Primal Scream wow Barcelona at Summercase - the band released their new album 'Beautiful Future' on Monday (July 21). Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Indie legend Edwyn Collins continues his comeback at Summercase Barcelona 2008 - the former Orange Juice singer released new album 'Home Again' last year. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Tennessee rockers and recent Glasto headliners Kings of Leon at Summercase Barcelona 2008. They treated the crowd to classics like 'Kings Of The Rodeo','Molly's Chambers' and 'The Bucket' as well as tracks from their forthcoming album 'Only By The Night'. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • The crowd gathering at the Main Stage, Summercase Barcelona 2008. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Japanese electro-rocker Cornelius plays the Converse Stage at Summercase in Barcelona. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Legendary new wave rockers Blondie's Summercase set included 1999 UK Number One single 'Maria' and their 80s proto-rap classic 'Rapture'. Pic: Albert Uriach

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  • Lethal Bizzle backstage at the London Lovebox Weekender, which took place at London's Victoria Park, July 19-20. For a package of free downloads, cherry-picking the best artists at Lovebox 2008, head to NME.COM/FESTIVALS/LOVEBOX Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lethal Bizzle on the Gaymers Great Escape Stage at Lovebox 2008. Thankfully the grime star got a more positive crowd response than at Download last month, where he was pelted with missiles. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lethal Bizzle, Lovebox 2008. The grime star has had a busy summer of festival appearances. Earlier this month he played two sets at the controversial Zoo Thousand bash, the second of which was to fill in for Dizzee Rascal, who refused to perform. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lethal Bizzle, Lovebox 2008. The rapper was a part of the NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour 2007 alongside The Wombats and headliners The Enemy. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lovebox London Weekender 2008. The annual festival, organised by Groove Armada, started life as a dance bash but has since expanded to include rock bands. This year's event was headlined by Spanish rebel-rocker Manu Chao. Pic: James Quinton

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  • A Boosted Smoothie Fruit Fight at the Lovebox London Weekender 2008. Lovebox was originally the name of a London club night hosted by dance music duo Groove Armada. It was also the name of their fourth album, released in 2003. Pic: James Quinton

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  • A festivalgoer gets splattered during the Boosted Smoothie Fruit Fight at the Lovebox London Weekender, which took place at London's Victoria Park over the weekend of July 19-20. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lovebox 2008 featured performances from Young Knives, Groove Armada, The Flaming Lips, Goldfrapp, Jack Penate, Lethal Bizzle, Ladyhawke, The Human League, Lykke Li and more. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The main stage at Lovebox 2008. Radiohead played on this same spot last month, on June 24 and 25. Next month, on August 8, Victoria Park plays host to Underage Festival. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The Swedish princess, Lykke Li onstage at Lovebox 2008. Her first album 'Youth Novels' was co-produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Lykke Li at Lovebox 2008. The Swedish star will also play at the Secret Garden Party this weekend (July 27) and The Big Chill (August 2), before a UK tour in October. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Manu Chao salutes to the crowd at Lovebox 2008. Born in France, iconoclastic rocker Manu Chao sings in different languages, including Spanish, French and English. Pic: James Quinton

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  • Manu Chao played two festival sets at Lovebox 2008. This was his only UK festival appearance this summer. Pic: James Quinton

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  • The Lovebox crowd enjoy a beer in the sunshine. Lovebox Weekender was held in Victoria Park, East London last weekend (July 19 - 20). Pic: Dan Howarth

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  • Collapsing Cities performing at Lovebox 2008. The four-piece, originally from New Zealand will also play Reading and Leeds Festival later this summer (August 23-24). Pic: Dan Howarth

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  • Festival goers get into costume. The Great Escape Stage was new to Lovebox Weekender 2008. The Young Knives and Lightspeed Champion both performed on this stage during the weekend. Pic: Dan Howarth

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  • The crowds arrive at the Main Stage in their thousands. Groove Armada, Goldfrapp, The Flaming Lips and Human League all played the Main Stage throughout the weekend. Pic: Dan Howarth

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