The newly reformed band play to cramped and hysterical capacity crowds in the UK capital...

Libertines played two chaotic secret gigs this weekend with venues bursting at the seams with fans eager to catch a glimpse of the newly reformed band.

Following a DJ set by guitarist Carl Barat downstairs at London’s Camden Barfly on Friday night (October 17), the band headed upstairs to play a riotous set, including the tracks ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘Horrorshow’, ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Begging’ and ‘Up The Bracket’. The gig ended with Barat and guitarist Pete Doherty stagediving together into the baying fans.

Ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, and producer on ‘What A Waster’, was spotted at the side of the stage acting as the band’s guitar technician.

Saturday night (October 18) saw Libertines play to a cramped capacity crowd in north London’s Duke of Clarence pub. Playing an eight song-set, the performance was brought to an abrupt halt when an exuberant stage-diver fell into the band’s amplifiers and cutting the power during ‘Vertigo’.

An onlooker at the gig told NME.COM: “I couldn’t believe how many people turned up. There wasn’t even enough room for a drum kit. It was such an amazing night though and Carl had to be crowd-surfed out of the pub.”

Before the band took to the stage, bassist John Hassall played an impromptu acoustic set in the pub’s beer garden, including ‘Ten Green Bottles’ and the Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’.

Libertines’ Duke of Clarence set-list was:

‘Time For Heroes’

‘Death On The Stairs’

‘Boys In The Band’

‘The Delaney’

‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’

‘Boy Looked At Johnny’

‘I Get Along’


For more on the band’s week, see this week’s NME, which is out tomorrow (October 21) in London and nationwide from Wednesday.