Wed 7th – Sun 11th August 2024
Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
As one of the premier independent festivals in the UK, Lakefest has bloomed beautifully from its modest roots more than a decade ago. Nestled within the serene valley of the Malvern Hills and spread over the picturesque estate of Eastnor Castle, its location is nothing short of breathtaking. Lakefest radiates a distinct charm and resonates with a strong sense of unity, lively enjoyment, and laid-back ambiance. It stands out as one of the rare festivals that genuinely embraces a ‘family-and-friends’ spirit, ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees.
Weekend Ticket with Camping
Join us for the whole festival which includes access from Wednesday evening to Monday morning (7-11th August)
Includes camping and parking. Prices from £149 for 5 nights.
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Hailing from Camden Town, London, The Libertines emerged in the late 1990s, spearheading the UK garage rock revival movement. Their music, a blend of punk rock energy, catchy melodies, and poetic lyricism, resonated with music lovers worldwide, cementing their status as one of the most influential bands of the 21st century.
Early Years and Debut Album
The band’s formation can be traced back to 1997 when Pete Doherty, a charismatic songwriter and vocalist, crossed paths with Carl Barât, a skilled guitarist and vocalist, at a London nightclub. Their shared passion for music and their rebellious spirits ignited a creative spark, leading to the formation of The Libertines alongside bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.
In 2002, The Libertines released their debut album, “Up the Bracket,” a raw and energetic collection of songs that captured the essence of their live performances. The album’s release catapulted the band into the spotlight, earning them critical acclaim and a devoted fan base. Songs like “What a Waster,” “Can’t Stand Me Now,” and “Don’t Look Back into the Sun” became instant anthems, capturing the angst and exuberance of youth.
Musical Style and Influence
The Libertines’ music is characterized by its blend of punk rock energy, catchy melodies, and poetic lyricism. Doherty and Barât’s songwriting partnership formed the heart of the band, with their contrasting styles complementing each other perfectly. Doherty’s raw, confessional lyrics were juxtaposed with Barât’s more poetic and introspective approach, creating a unique and captivating sound.
The band’s musical influences were diverse, drawing inspiration from legendary acts like The Who, The Jam, and The Clash, while also incorporating elements of garage rock, indie rock, and post-punk. They infused their music with a sense of youthful rebellion and a disregard for conformity, resonating with a generation seeking an alternative to the mainstream pop scene.
Impact and Legacy
Despite their relatively short-lived career, The Libertines’ impact on the music industry is undeniable. They played a pivotal role in the revival of garage rock and inspired a wave of new bands that followed in their footsteps. Their music continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide, and their influence can be heard in the work of countless contemporary artists.
The Libertines’ legacy extends beyond their music. Their rebellious attitude, poetic lyricism, and raw energy captured the zeitgeist of a generation and continue to inspire music lovers and aspiring musicians alike. Their music serves as a reminder of the power of rock and roll to challenge, inspire, and unite.
See The Libertines live at Lakefest 2024
The Libertines will be headlining the Saturday night at Lakefest 2024 07-11th August 2024. Don’t miss out and get tickets now!