The Libertines performed the first night of a three-night run at London’s Alexandra Palace on Friday September 26. It was the rejuvinated bands first UK show since their headline slot at Hyde Park in July.
The Libertines triumphantly pulled off the first of their three nights at Alexandra Palace on Friday (September 26), the set going by without any of the crowd safety problems that marred their Hyde Park show back in July 2014.
The show wasn’t short of drama though, with Pete Doherty throwing guitars across the stage and a mike stand and his hat into the crowd.
Pete also started reading out a fan letter thrown into the stage until he realised the fan was only fifteen years old.
At the start of the set the band were introduced with a montage of photos and videos from their initial era over ‘The Good Old Days’ and warped audio of interviews with the band in the form of a 10-minute mini documentary by NME photographer and video maker Roger Sargeant.
The Libertines then took to the stage in confident fashion, with Pete shouting “we’re The Libertines, Ally Pally!”. They opened with mid-paced fan favourites ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Campaign Of Hate’.
The set stepped up a gear when the artwork for their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ was unveiled and the band tore into ‘Time For Heroes’ and ‘Horrorshow’. The set, lasting almost two hours, continued at this frenetic pace, covering material from both of the band’s albums as well as rarities like ‘Bucket Shop’ from the Legs 11 Sessions.
It also featuring short improvised jams, snippets of ‘Cockles And Mussels’ and attempted jokes from Doherty. “Here’s a brand new song,” he said before ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’.
The main set reached a climax with major hit ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and drummer Gary Powell coming down from his kit at the end of ‘The Good Old Days’ to perform a sand dance and shout “are you guys crazy or what? Centre of the works baby!”
The Libertines returned for an encore which involved Carl Barat telling the crowd before rarity ‘You’re My Waterloo’ “it’s been a whole since we did this one, we’ve had a little practice in the kitchen,” and Doherty joking “did you understand what he said? Shall I translate? He said he’s still looking for a cellist for the Jackals and he’ll be holding open auditions round the back on Sunday.”
The set finished with a flurry of hits and Doherty thanking the crowd for “your love and support”, giving Carl a piggy back and dealing himself in a QPR flag as he left the stage.
Support on the night came from Birmingham band Peace.
The Libertines will perform three nights at the legendary London venue. beyond that, there are no further UK plans announced. And as for a new album, who knows?