Eric Cantona joins The Libertines and Patti Smith at Palestine benefit concert in London

"There's nothing stupid or old-fashioned about people gathering together and making change"

Eric Cantona appeared at a benefit concert for Palestine last night, alongside the likes of The Libertines and Patti Smith. Check out photos and footage below.

Held to raise money and awareness for Palestinian children living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, the night, organised by British children’s charity HOPING and also featured host John Bishop, Frankie Boyle, Thurston Moore and Loyle Carner.

Football legend Eric Cantona also took to the stage, where he read the poem ‘Enemy Of The Sun’. 

With Carl Barat among those who lent their support to the #ArtistsForPalestine campaign calling for a boycott of Israel after recent violent clashes with Palestinian protestors, The Libertines headlined the evening with a typically rowdy set of fan favourites from across their three albums – but no new numbers. However, they were joined onstage by Mic Righteous.

The Libertines’ setlist was:

Delaney
Fame And Fortune
Boys In The Band
Heart Of The Matter
What Katie Did
Can’t Stand Me Now
Death On The Stairs
Gunga Din
Good Ole Days
Vertigo
Time For Heroes
Music When The Lights Go Out
Don’t Look Back Into The Sun

The Libertines live at Hoping For Palestine

Following her glorious set at All Points East Presents 2018 at the weekend with Nick Cave, Patti Smith took to the legendary Roundhouse stage for a short but impassioned and politically-charged set of classics.

“Some people say that this song is old fashioned and romantic,” said Smith, introducing closing track ‘People Have The Power’, “but I’m at bliss to say that if we the people gather together nobly, if our young people do what they did in Parkland, and start taking to the streets by the hundreds of thousands, by the millions, you would see, that there’s nothing stupid or old-fashioned about people gathering together and making change.

Patti Smith’s setlist was:

The New Jerusalem
Ghost Dance
Prophecy’s Lullaby
Peaceable Kingdom / People Have the Power
Mind Games (John Lennon cover)
Pissing in a River
People Have the Power

The recent #ArtistsForPalestine campaign was spearheaded online by Wolf Alice.

“The situation has affected all of us. It’s affected us seeing what has happened in recent years”, bassist Joff Oddie told NME.

Backing calls for musical acts to boycott Israel, he said: “You have to listen, you have to listen to the minorities that are being afflicted in those situations to see what they want and they’re calling for a boycott, so we choose to support that.

“I trust the movement, it’s got strong goals and that’s definitely a part of it. You have to put social and economic pressure on the state of Israel to change.”

To donate to the Hoping For Palestine charity, you can text HPNG to 700700. 

Speaking to NME about their long-awaited new album, Libertines bassist Gary Powell told NME earlier this year: ““Peter is constantly writing, that’s what he does. He’s been writing some poetry with a girl in Margate and recording with some other people down there. I’ve been writing some stuff. John sent some stuff over a couple of weeks ago that was great too. Carl is always proactive regarding everything he does.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on, we just need to finally get back together, so we can actually figure out what direction we’re going in. It shouldn’t be that difficult, because we approach everything from the point of view of The Libertines. We just need to make sure we push everything in that direction.”

Alongside a run of huge summer festival shows, The Libertines will perform at London’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown on Sunday June 17. Visit here for tickets and more information.