This weekend, Oxford o2 Academy will play host to the past and present of British indie. On Friday (May 6th) former front man of The Libertines, Pete Doherty will be playing a solo set and on Saturday young Brit-Rock upstarts Brother will be playing as part of their current headline UK tour.
There’s no denying the importance of a band like The Libertines, they certainly were trailblazers for UK indie-rock in terms of both aesthetic and sound, but it will be interesting to see how Pete Doherty, along with much unfortunate celebrity status and even more unfortunate venture with Babyshambles, will perform as a solo artist. Expect dramatics, an obligatory late arrival from the man himself, wooping hysteria and probably a few Libertines songs to keep the crowd happy.
If Pete Doherty represents the past for UK indie, then Brother are very much being hyped as the future. As always, it can’t help that acts as young as Brother are currently being heralded as the saviours and future of British Rock, especially seeing as the sound of Brother is very much a sound rooted in the 90s. Either way, the band have some cracking tunes and have risen to fame for their tight-knit live performances. There are still tickets available for this one, so it could be worth popping down as they could turn out to be a cracking little band in the near future. Support for this show comes from Dog Is Dead and Giant Steps. Tickets cost £9 and can be bought by clicking on this link. You can also watch the video for Brother’s song ‘Still Here’ underneath: