The band headed up the final day of the Portuguese festival last night (July 12)
The Libertines played their first show in mainland Europe in over a decade at Lisbon’s Nos Alive festival last night (July 12).
The recently reformed band played their third show of the summer on the main Nos Stage at the Portuguese event, following gigs at Glasgow Barrowlands and London’s Hyde Park. Arriving onstage on time at 12.15am, their hour and a half long set consisted of tracks from throughout their career, including ‘The Good Old Days’ and ‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’ – songs they were not able to complete in full at Hyde Park as the show was briefly stopped in order to calm surging crowds.
Drawing a significantly smaller crowd to the main stage than the previous evenings’ main draws at the festival, Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys, the band’s entrance followed Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ playing over the PA. Pete Doherty was dressed in black and sporting a military cap whilst Carl Barat wore the band’s trademark red guardsman’s jacket.
Opening with ‘The Delaney’, the band kicked off a 24-song set, which also featured impromptu sung snippets of ‘Jolly Holiday’ from Mary Poppins and Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, courtesy of Doherty, who changed the lyrics of the former to “It’s a jolly holiday with Carlos…” and “When Carlos joins your band”, instead of “When Mary holds your hand”.
Barat was the first to address the crowd, staying “Hello Portugal, here’s one we knocked up for you” ahead of the fourth song of the set, ‘Time For Heroes’. During ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ Doherty played harmonica as well as guitar before finishing the track wearing a Portuguese flag as a cape.
Towards the end of the set, Doherty moved over to shirtless drummer Gary Powell, who held up three fingers – presumably telling Doherty how many songs were left in the set. Doherty responded by hitting one of Powell’s cymbals with his hand and chugging from a can of beer, spilling a fair amount of the contents on himself. “We share a patron saint,” Barat then told the crowd. “This one’s for St George,” said Doherty, adding: “What we doing?! What we playing?” The band then broke into ‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’ before leaving the stage, but not before Powell ran to the front of the stage and screamed ‘Lisbon!’ into the microphone, raising his arms aloft to cheers.
The band returned for a five song encore, starting with ‘France’, led by Barat, who said by way of introduction: “Here’s one by Carlos Barat.” He then said of Pete Doherty before his co-frontman’s guitar solo, “My friend, Mr Spaniel.” The rest of the encore consisted of ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What A Waster’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘The Ha Ha Wall’.
The Libertines played:
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Times For Heroes’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katie Did’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Love On The Dole’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Tell The King’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
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