The 1960s had John and Paul, the 1970s had Jonny and Sid, the 1980s had Morrissey and Marr, the 1990s had Noel and Liam, and--for a gloriously brief period--the 2000s had Pete Doherty and Carl Barat. Musically, The Libertines don’t quite belong in the same conversation as the likes of The Beatles and The Smiths, but from a cultural perspective, the importance of The Libertines to British music in the early 2000s can’t be understated. Guitar music was all but dead and buried around the turn of the millennium, and The Libertines’ effortlessly memorable choruses ensured the simple-but-infectious songs on debut album Up The Bracket became bona-fide anthems to anyone so much as glanced at a copy of the NME between 2002 and 2004.
After a brief, tumultuous spell on top of Britain’s indie scene, The Libertines bitterly split with only two albums to their name. Pete and Carl embarked on solo careers, before surprising fans with the announcement of a long-awaited reunion in 2010. In the years since, they have headlined Reading and Leeds, Hyde Park, performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and toured some of the UK’s biggest arenas. In 2015 they released their third album, Anthems for Doomed Youth.SEPTEMBER
22nd - Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
23rd - Hull Arena
25th - Plymouth Pavilions
26th - Scarborough Spa
30th - Lowestoft Claremont Pier
1st - Margate By The Sea Festival (Margate Dreamland)
2nd - Brighton, Brighton Centre
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