The band's set stopped twice due to crowd problems
The Libertines’ reunion show at London’s Hyde Park has been interrupted twice, due to crushes in the crowd.
The band, who are currently still on stage, have been forced to halt their big comeback show because of concerns over safety in the audience. During the second song of the set, a storming rendition of ‘Boys In A Band’, The Libertines had to halt their performance after security came on stage, attempting to stop the energetic crowd from being crushed at the barriers.
“We can’t carry on if you don’t calm down a little bit,” said Pete Doherty, speaking from the stage. A delay of approximately 10 minutes followed. The highly anticipated headline set, in a British Summer Time event that has seen The Pogues, Spiritualized and Maximo Park perform, was stopped again, a short while later, during a version of ‘Time For Heroes’.
Speaking to NME, one member of the crowd, Niall Corp from Bristol, said: “I couldn’t breath for five seconds. I was crushed at the barrier. The stewards helped me over it. Everyone jumped over the first barricade. It was really bad – everyone crushing.”
Earlier on Saturday (5 July) The Libertines announced details of two more shows as part of their reunion – they’ll play gigs at London’s Alexandra Palace on September 27 and 28.
The Libertines warmed up for their Hyde Park gig with show at Glasgow Barrowland last week (June 28/29), you can see the photos here.
Make sure you pick up next week’s issue of NME, out July 9 on newsstands and available digitally, for an exclusive interview with The Libertines talking about what the future holds for the band, plus the definitive verdict on their comeback shows.