Libertines poster exhibition opens in London

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Old flyers on show at one of the band's favourite pubs

An exhibition featuring never-before-seen posters from The Libertines‘ early days opened in London last night (November 13).

Fans crammed into north London‘s Filthy MacNasty’s pub to see the exhibition, which will run every Thursday throughout November and December.

Organiser Gary Loveridge revealed that despite being an avid collector of punk memorabilia, it was only by chance that he happened upon The Libertines in the late ’90s.

“I mainly collect punk posters – Sex Pistols, The Clash. But one day I just happened to be in here [Filthy MacNasty’s] when The Libertines were playing one of their first gigs,” he told NME.COM.

“I didn’t know who they were, because this was before they had released anything, but I saw they had these beautifully hand-designed posters. So I just started collecting them. I’ve carried on since with Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things.”

The Libertines played some of their first gigs at Filthy MacNasty’s, and Pete Doherty even lived above the pub – as well as working behind the bar – before the band signed a record deal.

Famously, the band’s first NME cover interview also took place there in May 2002.

Former Libertines drummer Paul Dufour, who was also present at the exhibition, said that either he or Doherty would usually design the posters.

“We didn’t really think about it that much at the time. We just used to print off loads of flyers and stick them up anywhere,” he said. “They don’t look too bad though, do they? Considering me or Pete probably knocked them up in a few minutes!”

Towards the end of the evening, a covers band took to the stage and opened with The Beatles‘Taxman’ – which according to one pub regular was the first song The Libertines ever performed at the venue.