Back To The 00s! The Best Upcoming Shows From 2000s Indie Artists



2000 - 2009 was an iconic era for music. Indie rock was served to gig-goers around the UK and bands like Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand forged a way for the sounds to be delivered to the masses.

Even now you can go to pretty much any indie nightclub across the country and hear the gritty guitar tones and tales of yesteryear booming from the speakers. There are plenty of artists that have stood the test of time and whose albums are as iconic now as they were over a decade ago.

Dig out your skinny jeans, pull on your best Harrington jacket and get ready to relive those glory days with our guide on who to see from the 00s.

The Killers

Where?
Nationwide

When?
May - June 2022

Brandon Flowers and co. released one of the best albums of 2021 earlier this year and take that - plus their incredible back catalogue of hits - to stadiums around the country from May 2022. Best known for floorfilling bangers such as Mr Brightside and 'Human', 'The Killers' are one of the most impressive live acts in the world right now and we can't wait to see what they have in store for their biggest shows to date.

 

 

 

The Libertines

Where?
Nationwide

When?
September - December 2021

The Libertines are a band that need no introduction. Their surprise comeback in 2015 with 'Anthems For Doomed Youth' followed two of the most exciting early 2000s releases ('Up The Bracket' & their self-titled LP) in fine form. Anyone that has caught Doherty, Barat, Hassall and Powell live will tell you that they are one of the best group of performers - combining on-stage antics with phenomenal showmanship.

 

 

 

The Kooks

Where?
Nationwide

When?
January - February 2022

Fifteen years since their stunning debut record 'Inside In/Inside Out', The Kooks are still one of the most loved acts to come from the 2000s. Boasting a discography brimming with indie heritage - 'Naive', 'Sway', 'Junk Of The Heart (Happy)' to name just three - the Brighton formed favourites are still releasing toe-tapping tracks and performing all the classics on stages around Europe.

 

 

 

 

The Wombats

Where?
Leeds, London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool

When?
April 2022

Listening to 'The Wombats Present A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation' almost a decade and a half on from its release is a reminder of everything that made the '00s indie scene brilliant. It has big, bold soundscapes with 'Party in a Forest (Where's Laura?)', guitar based intensity with 'Moving To New York' and quick-witted lyricism with 'Kill The Director.'

 

 

 

Milburn

Where?
Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Manchester

When?
October - November 2021

Sheffield's indie rock scene is as important to the history of British music as Manchester was in the '90s. With bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Little Man Tate and Milburn providing gig-goers with an outlet to dance hard and scream lyrics back at the band, South Yorkshire was a hub of creativity in the early 2000s. Milburn have recently announced that they will be performing debut LP, 'Well Well Well', in full across select venues, and we cannot wait to relive the likes of 'Roll Out The Barrel', 'Send In The Boys' and 'What You Could Have Won' fifteen years on.

 

 

The Feeling

Where?
Nationwide

When?
October 2022

The Feeling are best known for their feelgood, indie-pop hits such as 'Fill My Little World', 'Love It When You Call' and 'Never Be Lonely.' Their 2006 maiden full-length, 'Twelve Stops and Home', reached number two in the album charts and drew thousands of fans to the band - now 15 years on, frontman Dan Gillespe Sells has featured on the 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' soundtrack, which you can expect to hear on their tour along with the 'classics' next year.

 

 

Scouting For Girls

Where?
Nationwide

When?
September - November 2021

When Scouting For Girls burst onto the scene with their eponymous first album back in 2007 no one could prepare for how successful the trio would become over the next decade and a half. With infectiously catchy singles like 'She's So Lovely', 'Heartbeat' and 'Elvis Ain't Dead' all coming from the aforementioned LP, their talent was instantly evident, and they have since gone on to tour extensively around the world with a subsequent five albums.

 

 

The Pigeon Detectives

Where?
Nationwide

When?
September 2021

Leeds favourites The Pigeon Detectives are as wild on stage now as they were in their formative years - frontman Matt Bowman is known to perform everything from crown-dives in tiny venues to scissor kicks while balancing on the barrier at huge arenas, to give just a slight glimpse of what to expect. Early singles 'Take Her Back', 'Romantic Type' and 'I Found Out' continue to be played at full volume in indie bars across the country and we doubt that'll change any time soon.

 

 

Tom Clarke (The Enemy)

Where?
Nationwide

When?
September - October 2021

Since its release in 2007, The Enemy's 'We'll Live And Die In These Towns' has been adopted as a cult favourite by working class listeners around the country. Tom Clarke reels off gritty tales backed with indie rock that can be chanted and groaned by the masses in venues of all sizes. Now performing as a solo musician, Clarke takes WLADITT across the country to once again rev up the masses and share his relatable prose and fierce lyrics.

 

 

 

Glasvegas

Where?
Nationwide

When?
February 2022

Glasvegas' sensational first full-length offering received several glowing reviews upon its release in 2008, and with gut-punching tracks 'Geraldine', 'Go Square Go' and 'Flowers and Football Tops' it is clear to see why. Fast forward 13 years and the trio are back with brand new fourth record 'Godspeed' - an eleven track offering encapsulating everything the band have strived towards.

 

 

 

The Cribs

Where?
Nationwide

When?
March 2022

With their signature sound still as bold as it was when they formed two decades ago, Wakefield indie legends The Cribs have released eight records packed with angsty lyrics, slick guitar hooks, exhilarating distortion and instantly recognisable vocals. Now touring latest release, 'Night Network' (2020), the Jarman brothers have been one of the most loved live bands in the UK throughout the 21st century and it is highly unlikely that will change any time soon.

 

 

Doves

Where?
Nationwide

When?
February - June 2022

Cheshire's alt-rock icons Doves took the UK's indie scene by storm with no less than three records ('Lost Souls', 'The Last Broadcast' and 'Some Cities') between 2000 and 2005. Their cult, underground status was very quickly dashed and they became a household favourite, before a 10 year new-music absence between 2010 and 2020 - when they released the incredible 'The Universal Want' to huge accolades.

 

 

 

Bright Eyes

Where?
London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow

When?
August - September 2022

While Bright Eyes actually formed and released music pre-turn-of-the-millennium, it was between 2000 and 2007 that their musical prowess shone through. Still keen to showcase their work, the band returned in 2020 with their first album in nine years - 'Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was.' With an extensive discography spanning almost two-and-a-half-decades they are undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and innovative acts of the 2000s.

 

 

The Fratellis

Where?
Nationwide

When?
September 2021 & March - April 2022

Fifteen years since its release, tracks from 'Costello Music' continue to pound from indie-bar speakers across the country. From 'Creeping Up The Back Stairs' and 'Henrietta' to 'Chelsea Dagger' and 'Whistle For The Choir', Glasgow indie-rock legends The Fratellis were crowed the 'Best British Breakthrough Act' at the 2007 BRIT Awards off the back of the album. Since then they have released further alt-rock records proving they are far from one-hit wonders.

 

 

The Streets

Where?
Manchester

When?
September 2021

Mike Skinner - aka The Streets - revolutionised the early 2000s with his first two records 'Original Pirate Material' and 'A Grand Don't Come For Free.' Both were packed with social commentary and dance along anthems such as 'Weak Become Heroes' and 'Blinded By The Lights' that almost two decades on resonate with listeners new and old. After years away from his The Streets moniker, Mike Skinner eased his way back into releasing music with 'Burn Bridges' in 2017 before a full length mixtape/LP ('None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive') last year which featured everyone from IDLES and Tame Impala to Greentea Peng and Jimothy.

 

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