Alternative And Indie

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Echo And The Bunnymen2015-02-17 , 20:00:00 at Mandela Hall
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Elbow - Seated2015-02-12 , 19:00:00 at Eventim Apollo
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ElbowElbow Tickets
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Nme Awards TourNME Awards Show Tickets featuring Dolomite Minor vs Baby Strange
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Nme Awards Tour 20152015-02-19 , 18:30:00 at Leadmill
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Elbow2015-02-08 , 19:00:00 at O2 Apollo Manchester
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Gerard WayGerard Way Tickets
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You Me At Six + All Time Low2015-02-12 , 18:30:00 at The SSE Hydro
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ElbowElbow Tickets
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Echo And The BunnymenEcho and the Bunnymen Tickets
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Nme Awards TourNME Awards Tour Tickets
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Gerard WayGerard Way Tickets
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Elbow - Seated2015-02-11 , 19:00:00 at Eventim Apollo
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Elbow - Standing2015-02-11 , 19:00:00 at Eventim Apollo
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Elbow Live In London* One nights 3 Star London Hotel accommodation * Buffet or Continental Breakfast * Your Stalls Standing Ticket
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Nme Awards TourNME Awards Tickets
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Nme Awards Tour 20152015-02-22 , 19:00:00 at O2 ABC
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ElbowElbow Tickets
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The SpecialsThe Specials Tickets
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George Ezra2015-02-18 , 19:00:00 at O2 Academy Birmingham
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Nme Awards Shows 2015 - The Cribs2015-02-12 , 19:00:00 at Electric Ballroom
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You Me At Six + All Time Low2015-02-09 , 18:00:00 at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
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Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers Tickets
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Damien RiceDamien Rice Tickets
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Manic Street PreachersManic Street Preachers Tickets
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Belle And SebastianBelle and Sebastian Tickets
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You Me At SixYou Me at Six and All Time Low Tickets
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Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible - Standing2015-05-30 , 19:00:00 at Usher Hall
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ElbowElbow Tickets
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Independent labels have a long history of promoting developments in popular music.

In the United Kingdom the major record companies had so much power that independent labels struggled to become established. Several British producers and artists launched independent labels as outlets for their work and artists they liked, but the majority failed as commercial ventures or were swallowed up by the majors.

During the punk rock era the number of independent labels grew.The UK Indie Chart was first compiled in 1980, and independent distribution became better organized from the late 1970s onwards. From the late 1970s into the 1980s certain UK independent labels (such as Rough Trade, Cherry Red, Factory, Glass, Cheree Records and Creation) came to contribute something in terms of aesthetic identity to the acts whose records they released.

A successful independent label with a strong musical reputation can be very appealing to a major label. Major labels look at independent labels to stay current with the ever-changing music scene.

 

 Did indie begin? Maybe when certain key 60s bands – the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, the Byrds – made recordings that continue to cast a deep and long shadow over the sounds we perceive as indie.Indie has become codified in the public mind to mean young, white men playing guitar music, maybe we should remind ourselves of what it once stood for: a defiantly oppositional stance to prevailing trends in popular culture. Indie could be difficult and challenging; it did not shy away from politics (the assertion of independence was itself a political statement); it was not for all, but for those who chose to be indie, it was a way of life, of self-definition.

Alternative and Indie changed the way a generation thought of the establishment.

The name "alternative rock" essentially means underground music that has emerged in the wake of punk rock since the mid-1980s. Throughout much of its history, alternative rock has been largely defined by its rejection of the mainstream culture of commercial music, although this could be disputed, considering some of the major alternative artists have achieved mainstream success or co-opted with the major labels from the 1990s onwards . Alternative bands during the 1980s generally played in small clubs, recorded for indie labels and spread their popularity through word of mouth.As such, there is no set musical style for alternative rock as a whole, although it is "guitar music first of all, with guitars that blast out power chords, pick out chiming riffs, buzz with reverb. and squeal in feedback." Sounds range from the gloomy soundscapes of gothic rock to the jangling guitars of indie pop to the dirty guitars of grunge .

More often than in other rock-styles since the mainstreaming of rock music during the 1970s, alternative rock lyrics tend to address topics of social concern, such as drug use, depression, suicide, and environmentalism. This approach to lyrics developed as a reflection in the 80's and 90's of the social and economic strains in the US and U K

Alternative and Indie is now part of everyday music for the masses, a move away from independence & Anarchy in the UK.