The Libertines played an impromptu show at the Dublin Castle in Camden on Friday (September 4), to bring their ‘Somewhere Over The Railings’ series to a close. Here’s what happened…
The reunited band had previously held a week-long run of events to promote their new album, 'Anthems For Doomed Youth', which is released on September 11. Taking to the stage at 12:10am, one of the band's two frontmen, Carl Barat, joked to the audience "We haven't been on this stage in about two weeks," referring to a secret gig at the same venue and then The Blues Kitchen last month.
Things then kicked off with 'The Boy Looked At Johnny' and 'Skag & Bone Man'. After a ramshackle 'Horror Show', the crowd began to chant drummer Gary Powell's name for the first of many times.
New songs 'Gunga Din' and 'Fame And Fortune' followed, before Barat asked the audience to lift him backwards so he could use the venue's toilet. "And that's the last they saw of him, disappearing into the night," narrated Pete Doherty as his bandmate was sent sailing over fans' heads.
With Barat absent, Doherty took the opportunity to play 'Albion'. On his return, Barat remarked that it was the "only song we remember now and the only song we had at our first open mic night."
"It's like a jumble sale up here," Barat quipped after 'Bucket Shop', listing board games like Kerplunk and Buckaroo. A version of 'All At Sea' came next, with Doherty stopping it midway through, offended at an insinuation that he couldn't remember how to play it. "Au contraire, I know it," he replied.
Shortly after, it was Powell's turn to be lifted towards the toilets, and in his absence Barat took his place on the drumkit.
"How about we do something from a long time ago," Barat later suggested as the gig entered its second hour. "We're going on Soccer AM in a few hours," Doherty replied cautiously before launching into 'Time For Heroes'.
A cover of Suede's 'Animal Nitrate' swiftly followed before Barat tried to instigate the first round of "Libertines karaoke". "We've spent all our resources," he explained, inviting two girls on stage to sing 'Up The Bracket', which led to a small stage invasion.
"Last time John Hassall was here..." started Barat, only to be interrupted by Doherty each time he began the sentence. Hassall then took the lead on 'Sister Sister', and another attempt at Libertines karaoke followed. One fan, Paris, took the mic on 'Music When The Lights Go Out', before another tackled 'Mockingbird'.
"Can anyone sing a song that isn't a Jackals song?" Doherty asked the crowd, referring to Barat's other band. He then started singing the chorus of 'Tired Of England', from his bandmate's old band Dirty Pretty Thing's second album 'Romance At Short Distance'. Doherty then sang a football chant about Powell, while Barat followed it up with a series of Arsenal chants.
'Death On The Stairs' and 'Radio America' came next, before Doherty and Barat tried to one-up each other, first with Barat playing guitar and then Doherty by asking "Can you let me back in The Libertines?"
"Everyone grab someone and give them a cuddle," Barat instructed as the venue lights came on. "I want to see some love, bring it together." The band then closed on 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun', which Doherty and Barat started playing from the floor of the stage. They eventually finished the gig by leaping into the crowd almost exactly two hours after the show had started.