Doherty, Barat and co played band's smallest gig since 2004 at 265-capacity London venue
The Libertines played a two-hour surprise guerrilla gig at The Blues Kitchen in Camden, north London on Tuesday night (July 28).
Despite the show not being confirmed through any official channels, word-of-mouth saw hundreds of fans ram into the 265-capacity venue, with many left on the street as the band took to the stage shortly after 10pm.
Earlier in the evening, all four members had been drinking with friends at nearby pub The Dublin Castle, with singer Peter Doherty getting onstage unannounced there to sing ‘Albion’ to the small, surprised crowd. His Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat joined him to play drums on the track.
Following that, both singers walked from The Dublin Castle to the nearby Blues Kitchen venue, alongside bassist John Hassall, drummer Gary Powell and most of the Dublin Castle clientele.
In total, The Libertines played 28 songs at The Blues Kitchen, with fans shouting requests and all four members taking turns to stagedive into the crowd at various times.
At one point, Doherty even told the audience it was Barat’s dream “to crowdsurf from the stage to the bar”, a statement Barat quickly took advantage of. After being carried to the bar, he returned a few minutes later with a bottle of rum which he then poured into Doherty’s mouth while he knelt on the floor playing the guitar solo from the band’s 2004 favourite ‘What Katie Did’.
Several tracks from new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ were also played at the gig, including the Camden-referencing ‘Fame & Fortune’ and comeback single ‘Gunga Din’.
Elsewhere, the band covered numerous other tracks including ‘Someday’ by The Strokes, ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ by The Clash and, more bizarrely, Ritchie Cordell’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, most famously recorded by ’80s pop star Tiffany. The latter prompted one of the biggest singalongs of the night.
With Doherty throwing his red Gibson guitar into the crowd on several occasions, a mass stage invasion finally brought the show to a halt shortly after midnight, although he and Barat still managed to find a working microphone and sing an acapella version of Chas & Dave‘s ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ in its entirety before being kicked off their own stage once and for all.
Before leaving, Barat told fans the band would “see them again sometime soon”. The Blues Kitchen show was the smallest gig all four members of The Libertines have played since 2004.
Watch fan-shot footage below, including Barat crowdsurfing to the bar and back.
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The Libertines played:
‘Fame & Fortune’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘What Katie Did’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘I Wanna Be Adored’ (Stone Roses Cover)
‘We’ll Meet Again’ (Vera Lynn Cover)
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ (Ritchie Cordell Cover)
‘Someday’ (The Strokes Cover)
‘Rudie Can’t Fail’ (The Clash Cover)
‘The Good Old Days’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ (Amy Winehouse Cover)
‘Hired Gun’ (Alan Wass Cover)
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’
‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ (Cover of ‘cockney classic’)