Libertines reunion: painter speaks

Mystery man sketching Pete and Carl talks

The man who was painting live when The Libertines reformed has compared the event to poetry.

Speaking to NME.COM, Armando, who painted events as they happened on stage during the two nights of the Evening With Pete Doherty shows at London‘s Hackney Empire last week, talked about the experience.

He said: “The gig was amazing. There were so many things happening. Although I wasn’t playing instruments, it felt like I was jamming with them.”


Speaking about the second night (April 12) when the Carl Barat reunited with Pete Doherty onstage, Armando said: “The event was amazing what with The Libertines coming together and Pete and Kate getting engaged afterwards. It was kind of like poetry. In an emotional way it was very beautiful and really amazing.”

To see a selection of his paintings go to

You can read the complete, behind-the-scenes story of how The Libertines‘ reunion came about in just two days when NME hits UK newsstands on April 18.

With exclusive pictures, and interviews with everyone involved including Barat and Doherty, the next issue goes behind-the-scenes at the gig everyone is talking about.

In the meantime though, you can experience the reunion again, right here on NME.COM:

Check out our blog which was filed live from Hackney Empire.


Read the news report from the show.

Relive the opening night of Doherty’s solo residency.

Did you go to the shows? If so send your pictures, videos and stories to with Pete in the subject line now and we’ll publish the best.