THE LIBERTINES Are Set To Play Special 20th Anniversary Show At The OVO Arena Wembley

Published on 23 June 2022 at 17:17

Words: Max Bradfield


That’s right, The Libertines are emerging for one night only to celebrate the release of ‘Up The Bracket’ in a special 20th Anniversary show on the 23rd July 2022. The band will be performing the album in its entirety along with a fine selection of choice nuggets from their excellent back catalogue. 


Tagging along for the ride are two of the group’s favourite bands from that class of 2002 – The Cribs and The Paddingtons. Also in line for an appearance is cult Arsenal hero Louis Dunford, with recording artist and DJ, Amazonica on the bill too. 


In what looks to be a night of epic proportions, this show coincides with the announcement of a new remaster of the album. Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, the Super Deluxe Edition lays bare to a remarkable 65 previously unreleased recordings. These include many original demos, radio sessions and live recordings. There’s even a live performance from the 100 Club in 2002 on there and inside comes a 60-page book with foreword from Matt Wilkinson, new interviews with the band by Anthony Thornton and many unseen photos and memorabilia. 


The Libertines first album hit the airways in raucous, vigorous fashion. ‘Up The Bracket’ arrived like a raging bull in a tired and dreary post-Britpop China shop and perfectly introduced a band of London bohemians. The ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now, pay never’ attitude came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties. 


At the heart of the group, as many know is a blood bond bromance that has produced many wondrous works. Peter Doherty and Carl Barat have always been ably assisted by the rock solid rhythm twins John Hassall and Gary Powell to make music every bit as vital as their debut. The belief, talent and fervour that the eccentric Doherty spoke of in the early manifesto has stood them in good stead, despite many people believing the band would combust due to their frivolous and teetering on the brink lifestyle. 


This debut album is justly considered as one of the greatest albums of the 00s and was originally released on the 21st October 2002 by Rough Trade Records. An amalgamation of indie rock, skiffle, blue, dub and English bucolic pop – was a vibrant shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped inspire the rebirth of guitar music, influencing countless artists. 


Tickets for this exciting event are available here.

You can pre-order the 20th Anniversary Edition of ‘Up The Bracket’ here.


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