single since going solo, The Beginning of the Twist, shot to number 20 in the UK charts.
"I'd always wanted to do music, but guess as I was growing up it didn't seem a sure option and definitely wasn't something that was pushed by school.
"I've just finished a tour of Ireland and I took a seven piece band on the road with me.
"I don't really have much time to sort out plans for the tour after Christmas, but I'm really looking forward to coming to The Sage Gateshead because I've heard so many good things about it.
" I started playing the piano at seven and my grandmother taught the piano, so I was always surrounded by music and it was always a valued form of expression ."
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While Peter has planning a festival on the forefront of his mind, he also has a mini tour in January to prepare for and with him only having a few days off over Christmas after just finishing a tour of Ireland, that doesn't leave him much time.
"I'm just walking round a pub in Belfast considering whether or not to put on a festival here next year," Duke, aka Peter Wilson, from Northern Ireland, said.
"For the tour in January I'm going to be back to just myself, but I will be bringing Chip Bailey with me on the drums ."
So far their Facebook group is going strong with more than 800 people backing their bid, but they're wanting to hit the thousand mark, so give them your support by joining the group Influx to Support Oasis at the Stadium of Light.
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"My manager worked with The Levellers for 15 years and started a festival with them called Beautiful Days in Devon, so I've always thought it would be interesting.
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"As part of our Irish tour we performed in the market area in Belfast and there were two stages with stalls, so it was a bit like a mini festival.
Sunderland based pop scientists, The Bubble Project, officially released their album, The Technicolor Dream Machine, at a launch party in Newcastle in November.
The year of 2008 has also proved a hit with the Brewis brothers. Peter and David decided to give Field Music a rest while they went their separate ways on solo projects.
this year, they have taken their sounds across the Channel where they wowed crowds in Cannes.
The boys released their debut album, Elysium, along with a video in the summer and have big plans for next year.
In May, the boys also released their third album, This Is Not The Word, sending fans into a frenzy.
"It was so much fun and since then all I've been thinking about is trying to put on a bigger festival."
In February, David released an album, Sea From Shore, under his side project, School of Language, and in August Peter unleashed his own project on the world with the release of The Week That Was a self titled album.
This year has also been a good one for local lads The Futureheads, who ditched their management to take on the music industry alone.
Seaham based band Your New Escape Plan is also teetering on the brink of fame with a record deal in the pipeline.
With so much on his plate, it's a good job Pete enjoys making music, and with his first memory being performing to family as a kid at Christmas, he doesn't mind.
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