The Libertines, Mon 2nd October

“A third Libertines album once seemed about as likely as a fifth Smiths LP” said Pitchfork back in 2015.

Two years on and The Smiths are no closer to reforming. The Libertines on the other hand – they’ve back with a vengeance.

Concerns the reunion was a cash cow were alleviated with the announcement of a new album – their first in 11 years.

The “likely lads” sophomore record (‘The Libertines’) was the sound of a band candidly unravelling in stereo. The long awaited follow up (‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’) is where those old wounds are stitched back together again. It’s a turbulent flight from Thailand (where Doherty completed rehab) back to Arcadia.

Newer tracks like ‘Gunga Din’ spin a familiar yarn to classics like ‘Up the Bracket’. However, instead of the grey smog of Vallance Road, we’re dragged through the bustling streets of Bangkok – this time in technicolour.

A triumphant secret set at Glastonbury 2015 saw a band revived. They appeared more unified than they had in years. More importantly, The Libertines looked like they were having fun again. There was a palpable feeling afterwards that this might actually last.

Fast forward two years and it was a Libertines show in May where the ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn!’ chant heard all across Glastonbury started. Libertines fans know more than ever it’s a ‘Time for Heroes‘ so expect similar scenes at The Brighton Centre.

Speaking of the ‘Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour’, Carl Barat said: “We’re looking for a home, one roof for the many splendored trappings of Arcady, a factory, with a guest house, bar and studio. We do like to be beside the seaside and we hope to find that home on this tour… watch this space…”

A Libertines record, still more likely than a Smiths LP it seems. The Albion sails on course.

The Brighton Centre, Monday 2nd October 2017

There are still some tickets available on select sites but they’re selling fast.

Words by Andy Baker

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Andy Baker

Andy started writing because he was always endlessly chewing people's ears off about gigs and new records. Particularly into hip hop, electro and the early noughties guitar scene but enjoys the production on most things. Occasional DJ, will play Kanye West at inappropriate times at parties.

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