The Libertines play first official comeback gig in London

Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and co headline HMV Forum

The Libertines played their first official show since reuniting in March tonight (August 25).

Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell took to the stage at the HMV Forum to the sound of Vera Lynn‘s ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

The four-piece kicked off their 21-song set with fan favourite ‘Horrorshow’. Other tracks aired included ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Death On The Stairs’ and a version of ‘Up The Bracket’ that featured a snippet of ‘Radio America’ as an intro.


Some of the biggest cheers came when the band played ‘The Good Old Days’ and ‘What A Waster’, both as part of a lengthy encore that had some fans jumping from stairs at the higher level of the auditorium on to the ground floor in order to get a better view.

Rare tracks including ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Lust Of The Libertines’ were also performed.

Watched by the likes of Amy Winehouse and The CribsRyan Jarman, Doherty and Barat energetically jumped around the stage throughout.

Although the band kept the set similar to last night’s ‘rehearsal’ gig at the same venue, they changed the order of the songs they played. Also, like last night, they said little to the audience, though all four members did hug and embrace each other for several minutes after playing final song ‘I Get Along’.

The Libertines are now set to take a break before returning to the stage to play at Leeds Festival on Friday and Reading Festival on Saturday.

The Libertines played:


‘The Delaney’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Tell The King’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katie Did’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Lust Of The Libertines’
‘What Became Of The Likely Lads’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘Radio America’/’Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’

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