Tonight was a great night for Scottish music as opening for The Libertines were the splendid Catholic Action who gave a fittingly excellent account of themselves despite the lack lustre crowd…Next up were the mighty ‘Hector Bizerk” who were simply awesome, they commanded that stage as if it were their own. No stage fright here as they demanded the crowds attention and for the most the got it.
Billed to come on stage at 9:15pm The Libertines and renowned for their late time keeping ans basic not giving a f*ck about anything but when 10:00pm came round and just as the tolerant fans were loosing the plot and starting to boo the band appeared led on stage by bassist John Hassall. Barat and Doherty looking slightly disheveled struggled to tune their guitars as they opened with Vertigo, soon after the late arrival was forgiven and normal business was resumed as the beer and bodies were flying. Eighteen snappers in the pit tonight most of whom were gathered at the feet of Pete Doherty waiting on something going wrong!! Barat and Doherty shared the same mike in most of the slightly shortened set due to the venue curfew and the late arrival, a set that included only two from ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth”…’Gunga Din’ and ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ . The rest of the set had a strangely retro due to the age of the previous two albums.
An edgy gig that had an apocalyptic feel due to chaotic history of Carl Barat and Pete Doherty but I’d imagine the sold out crowd wouldn’t have it any other way!!!
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