It was this time last week I realised that the Libertines and Babyshambles star was coming to my home city and it was a gig I just couldn’t miss. An intimate, acoustic set by one of the best songwriters of the modern age, and for £25? You must be having a laugh. What a steal. Along with support from Vona Vella and Andrew Cushin, both of whom smashed it by the way, this was something that couldn’t be missed.
Admittedly I had apprehension around the event, this is of course only two days after the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ and I was unsure how I and the crowd would react and behave. But as soon as the main man walked on with guitar in hand, the crowd went absolutely wild.
To be honest though, for those few hours the dreaded disease was at the back of my mind for the first time in a long time, as me, along with hundreds of others ended up covered in sweat, singing along to some of Pete’s finest work; nature is slowly healing itself.
Kicking off with ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ the issues of the past year seemed to vanish as the crowd belted out each word as the frustrations of lockdown melted away.
In terms of the actual set, we were treated to ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Albion,’ ‘What Katie Did’ as well as ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ with a member of the crowd whacking on Pete’s acoustic and hitting it out the park. COVID secure? No. A great moment? YES.
I’d never managed to get down to a Doherty or Libertines gig in the past and this gig made me question my own sanity as to why I hadn’t already. The pure talent on show was magnificent and the first taste of normality.
It was also great to see Pete looking healthier than ever, and his drive and passion for the music seems to never fade away. If you get chance this year, make sure you head to one of his shows because you will NOT be disappointed.
I’m still not over this, what a show!
Words: Dan Smith