The Libertines played a surprise secret gig last night (July 20) at tiny London music venue pub The Boogaloo in North London.
The show was the first time the band have played on home soil since their arena tour ended in January with a show at London’s O2.
Rumours of the gig began circulating at around 4pm yesterday, although it was another two hours before its location at The Boogaloo became clear. Tickets were just £10 on the door for the show, which featured support sets by Trampolene singer Jack Jones, who was the poet supporting The Libertines on the arena tour, plus Helsinki, who were backed by Palma Violets‘ drummer Will Doyle and keyboardist Pete Mayhew.
The Libertines came on at 10.45pm for their first secret gig since playing London music venue pub The Dublin Castle in September 2015 to launch comeback album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.
— charlie (@charliebarnes1_) July 20, 2016
The 75-minute set saw Pete Doherty happily pose for fans’ photos, though Carl Barat was relatively subdued. The pair both ended the show shirtless, in a show which included a cover of [a]The Beatles/a]’ ‘Twist And Shout’.
Since the UK arena tour, the band have played a series of shows around Europe and finished a pair of shows in France last week (July 16).
We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when.
— Libertines (@libertines) July 20, 2016
The band hinted the Boogaloo gig is likely to be their last for some time, quoting Vera Lynn‘s World War II anthem ‘We’ll Meet Again’ in a Twitter post which said: “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.”
But both Carl Barat and drummer Gary Powell have recently said that they hope to follow ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ with another Libertines album soon, so the Twitter post is unlikely to hint at any more permanent delay.
Pete Doherty posted the video for an as-yet-untitled new solo song earlier this week, while Barat is set to make more music with his band Carl Barat And The Jackals.
The Libertines played:
‘What A Waster’
‘Fame And Fortune’
‘Twist And Shout’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘Good Old Days’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘You’re My Waterloo’