The Libertines rocked up to The Empire in Coventry last night (January 19) for a special warm-up show ahead of their forthcoming UK arena tour, which starts at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena on January 21.
The oversubscribed show sold out in under an hour, and saw the band walk out onstage to David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’.
Alongside a raft of their own hits and material from their 2015 comeback album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, The Libertines played a snippet of The Beatles’ classic ‘Twist & Shout’.
The set opened with ‘Barbarians’, followed by ‘The Delaney’ and then ‘Heart Of The Matter’, which were lapped up by a baying, sweaty crowd of fans.
‘What Katie Did’, ‘Boys In The Band’ and ‘Gunga Din’ also made appearances in the set, which ran to 22 songs.
Co-frontman Pete Doherty dedicated a song to his sister who he revealed was ill in hospital and told people to “film it and put it on YouTube” so she could see it.
Pete also told the crowd that the “first person to touch my amps gets a lollipop… come on!” But no one took him up on the offer.
Crowd surfing fans at The Libertines’ first show of 2016. When security tried to get people off their friends’ shoulders, Carl Barat told them to “leave them up there!”
Pete shows off his hat as he leaves the stage, following a triumphant show.
Pete Doherty backstage after the show doing his warm-down exercises, we imagine.
Peter posed for photos and signed items for the gathered fans outside the venue for 20 minutes after the show.
However, when they asked him for his hat, he declined after checking the label and found out it was a rather pricey item.