The Libertines to perform ‘Up The Bracket’ in full at London arena show

The band's debut album celebrates its 20th anniversary this year

The Libertines have announced a new London arena show for this summer. Tickets are available here.

Pete Doherty, Carl Barât and co. will headline the OVO Arena in Wembley, London on July 23 to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s seminal debut studio album, ‘Up The Bracket’ (2002).

The special gig will see The Libertines perform the aforementioned record in its entirety, alongside other “classic” tracks. They’ll be joined at the show by some “very special guests” who are yet to be confirmed.

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Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 11) at 9am GMT – you can purchase yours from here. Check out the announcement post below.

It comes after The Libertines previously announced a trio of outdoor ‘Up The Bracket’ shows in Manchester (July 1), Hatfield (22) and Cardiff (August 5), as well as an indoor concert in Edinburgh (8).

The group wrapped up their ‘Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour’ last month at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London. A run of European dates will be held throughout this October and November.

Back in January, Pete Doherty gave NME an update on The Libertines’ long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’. When Pete last spoke to NME about the new material back in 2019, he said it had an eclectic mix of styles in the same vein as The Clash’s ‘Sandinista’.

“That’s still the format that we’re talking about,” Doherty told NME this week of how it’s going. “At the end of the tour we did that ended last month, everyone was really upbeat by the fact that we were all still alive after the various quarantines and John coming and going. We were all really upbeat about the future, so I don’t know how or when it’s going to happen but I think it will.

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“‘Sandinista’ still encapsulates it because there are still a lot of ideas. It’s just about getting everyone in a room and getting on with it.”

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty. CREDIT: Jo Hale/Redferns

As well as upcoming shows in South America, The Libertines have also plotted some other UK shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘Up The Bracket‘. Asked if the new spurt of activity might inspire the band to head into the studio and finish the record, Doherty replied: “I like to think so. There was one song that was getting finished called ‘Mustang’, which was a cracker and definitely up there with the greats. I kept saying, ‘Let’s do it tonight’, but everyone was more keen to hold back. I really hope you get to hear it all this year.”

Doherty has launched a new collaborative project with the French musician Frédéric Lo. The duo are set to release their debut album, ‘The Fantasy Life Of Poetry & Crime’, next Friday (March 18).

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