The band played their first show of 2015 in Hilvarenbeek last night (June 19)
The Libertines revealed the first new song from their forthcoming third album as they headlined Best Kept Secret festival last night (June 19).
The reunited band played ‘Gunga Gin’ as their set drew to a close, with frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat teasing the crowd by telling them they both wanted to play new songs but the other wouldn’t allow it.
“I said we should play some new songs but they said we shouldn’t play any ’til the album comes out,” Doherty announced before Barat mimicked him. Doherty then decided: “We’re going to give you one but it’s got to be a secret. Put your phones off and we’ll see how it turns out.”
“She’ll die, she ain’t ready!” Barat responded as the band began to play the track, which was underpinned by a dubby bassline from John Hassall and opened with Doherty singing the line “Woke up again to my chagrin/I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired” – a lyric he recently told NME he’d taken from Peter Wolfe, aka Wolfman. Watch a fan-shot clip of the song below.
The Libertines closed the first day of Dutch festival Best Kept Secret, taking to the stage at 10:30pm, following a video shown on the big screens of footage from their 2014 reunion gigs and the same video that was shown prior to their performance at London’s Hyde Park last year. As the video ended, a backdrop featuring the artwork from the band’s debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ was raised and the quartet walked out, Doherty in flat cap and beige coat, Barat in a trilby and leather jacket, with a Union Jack scarf wrapped round his neck.
After an opening trio of ‘The Delaney’, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Time For Heroes’, Doherty told the crowd gathered on the beach where the main stage was situated: “We had a bit of difficulty translating this into Dutch so we’re going to the original English version for you.” The band then played ‘Horrorshow’.
Before ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, a fan threw a red beret onto the stage. Barat picked it up and put it on, before swapping it with Doherty’s flat cap. ‘What Katie Did’ followed, with Barat downing his guitar until the solo and wandering around the stage as he sang.
During ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, Doherty pulled out a harmonica and played it into the microphone. As the song came to an end, he threw the instrument into the crowd. ‘Last Post On The Bugle’ followed, with Doherty forgetting some of the words, ahead of ‘Death On The Stairs’.
“Holland!” yelled Barat as The Libertines closed the main part of their set with ‘Tell The King’ and ‘The Good Old Days’. Before walking off stage, Doherty and Barat shared a long hug, while drummer Gary Powell shouted “Netherlands!” into the microphone and pointed at the many people gathered in front of them.
After a short break, the band returned, with Doherty holding an acoustic guitar. They opened the encore with ‘You’re My Waterloo’, an old, unreleased track that is tipped to be one of the songs included on the group’s new album. After ‘Up The Bracket’ and ‘What A Waster’, they aired ‘Gunga Gin’ before closing on ‘I Get Along’. Doherty introduced the final song by telling the crowd “This is a little song I like, meself.” As the song finished he launched his guitar over his head, caught in one hand by the band’s guitar tech. The four members then gathered at the front of the stage with their arms around each other, before leaving for good.
The Libertines played:
‘Time For Heroes’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘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’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Tell The King’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’
Best Kept Secret continues today (June 20) with sets from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, A$AP Rocky, Ride, Death Cab For Cutie, The Vaccines and more.