Wednesday, July 04, 2007

News: Doherty, UK festivals, Dizzee, Animal Collective

Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to charges of possessing crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis yesterday and has been ordered to undergo yet more rehab. Sentencing has been deferred until August 7, after the singer emerges from a likely 5-day course of treatment at a centre in Harrogate. After turning up two hours late, Doherty reportedly wept in court and struggled to give his correct address, eventually declaring that he is now resident in Hackney and no longer living with Kate Moss in North London. Leaving the court he told reporters, “It’s rehab or jail. I was going to rehab anyway, to be honest with you, but this is a little push.”

Meanwhile, here’s a great review of Pete’s “Books Of Albion” from yesterday’s Guardian.

The miserable British weather has put paid to nine planned open-air events planned by the Classical Prom Company, either by deterring potential customers from making a ticket purchase or simply by rendering proposed sites “completely sodden.” As a result the organisation behind the events has gone into liquidation. Obviously, the ramifications for the UK festival industry could be immense. If things continue as they are what hope is there for those events still struggling to sell tickets to the unprecedented number of festivals taking place this year?

Now then, here’s a couple of new videos that got us excited this morning

Dizzee Rascal – “Old Skool” (aka "Pussyole")

Animal Collective – “Fireworks”


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