Tim Burgess and Bernard Butler are among those checking out the hotly tipped band in their native east London...

Strongly tipped newcomers THE LIBERTINES played the very first NME ‘BRING IT ON’ gig last night (Tuesday, May 14), to celebrate the launch of our free national gig listings magazine.

The east London band headlined the ‘Bring It On’ night at 93 Feet East in London’s Brick Lane, with support from The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster.

The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess was in the audience, along with fashion journalist and Kate Moss’ other half Jefferson Hack and former Suede

guitarist Bernard Butler, who produced The Libertines’ forthcoming debut single ‘What A Waster’. He told NME.COM The Libertines are an “Amazing band, with great songs, the album’s going to be superb.”

Tickets to the gig were only available to NME readers through a competition on NME.COM. Winners who got there early witnessed young Brighton band The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, who played a violently loud set. At one point, singer Guy McKnight jumped off the stage, climbed on to the bar and continued his performance.

The Libertines have only played a handful of gigs and don’t release their debut single ‘What A Waster’/‘I Get Along’ until June 3. While not known so far for their accomplished musicianship, The Libertines have clearly been rehearsing hard – and the audience showed their appreciation. Last night’s wired performance was a world away from their earlier chaotic gigs, and comparisons with The Strokes were soon being made among the audience – not least for The Libertines’ similar, suited look.

But last night The Libertines proved with songs like ‘What A Waster’ and ‘I Get Along’ that they have their own distinctive sound, which borrows cheekily from late Seventies punk, 80s new wave and even Britpop. Many in the packed venue were clearly already committed fans of The Libertines, with some even sporting the same look as the band.

The Libertines’ tour continues tonight (Wednesday, May 15) at Harlow The Square, followed by:

Bedford Esquires (16) Northampton Soundhaus (17) Southend Chinnerys (18) Southampton Joiners (20) Birmingham Little Academy (21) Nottingam Social (22)

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