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Over the last few days, thousands of people have been sharing their memories of noughties indie music and occasionally airing their regrets of the time with the hashtag #indieamnesty. Kieren Thomson was there at the heady peak of bands such as Franz Ferdinand and Klaxons, and lived to tell the tale. Well, he was only 15/16 at the time.

Sharing his own memories as well as reading the more stunning stories aired on Twitter, Kieren brings you a special show on the awesome, era-defining music from 2004 – 2008. From indie-disco to nu-rave, art-rock to dance-punk: this is The Indie Amnesty. Share your memories with us @BIRStRadio on Twitter with the hashtag #indieamnesty: we’d love to hear them!

(That picture was an ultra-glittery 16-year old Kieren meeting one of his idols of the time: Patrick Wolf.)

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Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt

Hard-Fi – Tied Up Too Tight

The Maccabees – First Love

Men, Women and Children – Dance in My Blood

Operator Please – Just a Song About Ping Pong

The Enemy – Away from Here

Late of the Pier – The Bears Are Coming

Hadouken! – That Boy That Girl

Editors – Bullets

The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

Forward Russia! – Twelve

The Young Knives – She’s Attracted To…

The National – Abel

Bloc Party – So Here We Are

Boy Kill Boy – Shoot Me Down

The Wombats – Let’s Dance to Joy Division

Tom Vek – CC (You Set The Fire in Me)

Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position

The Sunshine Underground – Commercial Breakdown

Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down

The Futureheads – Decent Days and Nights

Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor

Jakobinarina – His Lyrics Are Disastrous

The Horrors – Count in Fives

Test Icicles – Circle Square Triangle

Be Your Own Pet – Damn Damn Leash

Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow

Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends

Larrikin Love – Happy as Annie

The Rakes – 22 Grand Job

The Chapman Family – All Fall

Idlewild – A Modern Way of Letting Go

Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight

Friendly Fires – Jump in the Pool

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

Laura Marling – Ghosts

Razorlight – Somewhere Else

Idlewild – A Modern Way of Letting Go

Death from Above 1979 – Blood on Your Hands

The Cribs – Men’s Needs

The Subways – Oh Yeah

Do Me Bad Things – What’s Hideous

Guillemots – Trains to Brazil

Shitdisco – I Know Kung Fu

Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot

Arcade Fire – Wake Up

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