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Libertines announce first public gig since reforming

Indie rockers The Libertines announced plans today for their first full gig since confirming they were getting back together.

The ten most successful solo projects

Former Libertine Carl Barat has decided to forge a career for himself as solo artist with a new stripped-down sound. Will it work out for him? Perhaps in hope rather than expectation, we take a look at some of the more successful musical spin-off projects.

Libertines frontman Carl Barat going solo

Indie band frontman Carl Barat announced he will be launching a solo career - just months after reuniting with The Libertines.

Instigate Debate Live: Is the party over?

"Instigate is now the most important underground movement" - NME

Observations: Pay homage to the venue that launched Oasis and Glasvegas

That a concert venue in a major city should make it to 20 years old is a feat, but hardly unique. For Glasgow's King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, though, the sense of history accompanying today's anniversary is well-earned. This was where, in May 1993, Creation Records boss and native Glaswegian Alan McGee first saw Oasis play, deciding to sign them before they had finished their second song. And so the 1990s, Britpop and Cool Britannia all sprang from a 300-capacity upstairs room just off the M8.

First Impressions: The Libertines, Fibbers, York (2002)

If Simon Schama ever gets around to making The History of British Pop, he could do worse than call on The Libertines for period battle scenes from the Rock Wars. Everything here's a re-enactment, a reconstruction. You pick a year – 1964 (Mod), 1979 (Mod Revival), 1993 (New Wave of New Wave), 1995 (Britpop) – and these are the boys for the job.

Hogmanay, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Caledonian troubadour brings it all back home

A bit of rough and tumble: Rough Trade celebrates 30 glorious years

Rough Trade is the indie label that made it big, and now it's celebrating 30 glorious years – but it almost didn't make it.

Pandora: Hain passes the time by penning new biography of Mandela

Like many of his old Labour frontbench colleagues who are no longer burdened with chauffeur-driven cars or grace-and-favour homes, Peter Hain has decided to dedicate his spare time to putting pen to paper.

Album: Dirty Pretty Things, Romance at Short Notice (Vertigo)

When Carl Barat first launched Dirty Pretty Things, there was a degree of goodwill.

After all, he seems like a decent lad, there was a feeling that he’d been unfairly cheated out of any credit in the Libertines, and he might as well do something while P-Doh was off being a celebrity/cellmate/carcrash and occasionally a Babyshamble, even if it was an undaventurous continuation of the Libs’ style.

Doherty put in isolation 'for his own protection'

It seemed that nothing could get worse for the jailed rock star Pete Doherty: first he lost his supermodel girlfriend Kate Moss, then he was locked up in Wormwood Scrubs for breaching bail conditions, and soon it was alleged he was taking heroin behind bars.

Music review: The Courteeners - St.Jude

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actively dislike the Courteeners. In fact, it might actually be impossible to dislike a band with a chorus that goes “What took you so long/ Was there a queue at the post office?”

Doherty has a quiet night in ... at Her Majesty's pleasure

PETE DOHERTY, the controversial rock star, was in custody last night on suspicion of assault and theft following an alleged fight at a central London hotel.

Pete Doherty, Barfly, London

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