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- Sep 16Sep16Find ticketsRochester Castle - Rochester The Libertines Sep 16 16:00 On partner siteThu 16:00Rochester Castle - RochesterThe LibertinesOn partner site
- Nov 20Nov20Find ticketsMargate Winter Gardens - Margate The Libertines Nov 20 19:00Sat 19:00Margate Winter Gardens - MargateThe Libertines
- Nov 23Nov23Find ticketsO2 Academy Glasgow - Glasgow The Libertines Nov 23 19:00Tue 19:00O2 Academy Glasgow - GlasgowThe LibertinesLow Availability
- Nov 25Nov25Find ticketsO2 Academy Bournemouth - Bournemouth The Libertines Nov 25 19:00Thu 19:00O2 Academy Bournemouth - BournemouthThe Libertines
- Nov 26Nov26Find ticketsThe Brighton Centre - Brighton The Libertines Nov 26 18:30Fri 18:30The Brighton Centre - BrightonThe Libertines
- Nov 27Nov27Find ticketsNorwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA - Norwich The Libertines Nov 27 18:30Sat 18:30Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA - NorwichThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Nov 29Nov29Find ticketsO2 Academy Birmingham - Birmingham The Libertines Nov 29 19:00Mon 19:00O2 Academy Birmingham - BirminghamThe Libertines
- Nov 30Nov30Find ticketsO2 Academy Leeds - Leeds The Libertines Nov 30 19:00Tue 19:00O2 Academy Leeds - LeedsThe Libertines
- Dec 01Dec01Find ticketsUsher Hall - Edinburgh The Libertines - Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour Dec 01 19:00Wed 19:00Usher Hall - EdinburghThe Libertines - Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour
- Dec 03Dec03Find ticketsO2 Academy Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne The Libertines Dec 03 18:30Fri 18:30O2 Academy Newcastle - Newcastle Upon TyneThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 04Dec04Find ticketsLiverpool Guild of Students - Mountford Hall - Liverpool The Libertines Dec 04 19:00Sat 19:00Liverpool Guild of Students - Mountford Hall - LiverpoolThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 06Dec06Find ticketsManchester Academy - Manchester The Libertines Dec 06 19:00Mon 19:00Manchester Academy - ManchesterThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 07Dec07Find ticketsO2 Academy Leicester - Leicester The Libertines Dec 07 19:00Tue 19:00O2 Academy Leicester - LeicesterThe Libertines
- Dec 09Dec09Find ticketsCardiff University Students Union - Cardiff The Libertines Dec 09 19:00Thu 19:00Cardiff University Students Union - CardiffThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 10Dec10Find ticketsO2 Forum Kentish Town - London The Libertines Dec 10 19:00Fri 19:00O2 Forum Kentish Town - LondonThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 11Dec11Find ticketsO2 Forum Kentish Town - London The Libertines Dec 11 19:00Sat 19:00O2 Forum Kentish Town - LondonThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 13Dec13Find ticketsO2 Academy Bristol - Bristol The Libertines Dec 13 19:00Mon 19:00O2 Academy Bristol - BristolThe LibertinesLimited Availability
- Dec 14Dec14Find ticketsRock City - Nottingham The Libertines Dec 14 19:00Tue 19:00Rock City - NottinghamThe LibertinesLimited Availability
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- Dec 17Dec17Find ticketsO2 Forum Kentish Town - London The Libertines Dec 17 19:00Fri 19:00O2 Forum Kentish Town - LondonThe LibertinesLimited Availability
Volatile rock 'n' roll revivalists fronted by the mercurial Pete Doherty
A plethora of ‘The’ bands dominated the magazine covers and airwaves of the '00s. The Strokes flew the skinny tie flag for NYC, The White Stripes held the bluesy enclave to the north, while The Hives came marauding down from Scandinavia. In the UK though, nobody embodied that “out of the garage and onto the streets” ethos quite like The Libertines.
Unpredictable, volatile, seemingly only ever one chorus away from complete self-destruction, they were rock ’n’ roll without a hint of artifice, for better or worse. The band was formed by Pete Doherty and Carl Barât while the two were still at university. Realising their kindred nature, the two dropped out of their respective courses and set up camp in Camden.
After a series of false starts and missed opportunities, the band settled on a line-up that included John Hassall on bass and Gary Powell on drums and signed with Rough Trade. Their first single What A Waster (produced by Suede’s Bernard Butler) gained some traction – only after it was heavily censored – and the The Libertines headed into the studio with Mick Jones of The Clash to record their debut album. By the time Up The Bracket was released, Doherty and Barât’s relationship was already becoming strained, partly because of Doherty’s increased drug use.
The band reunited with Butler for their next single Don’t Look Back Into The Sun, released to acclaim in 2003. However, things between Barât and Doherty had crossed a point of no return. After Doherty failed to turn up for a European tour, Barât refused to let him return for to tour Japan. Doherty instead formed Babyshambles and then broke into Barât’s flat while he was away, resulting in a six-month jail sentence, later reduced to two.
Once Doherty was released, he and Barât set about repairing their relationship. After a string of reunion shows, they headed to France to start work on their second album. However, 2004 saw things backtrack after Doherty walked off stage during a show at Brixton Academy. Alongside work on the new album, both Doherty and Barât helped out with their friend Wolfman’s single For Lovers, which became their highest charting single.
That May, Doherty was in rehab and gigs were being cancelled on a regular basis. He headed to Bangkok to dry out in a monastery but was arrested on his return for a traffic offense and possession of a knife. The band continued to tour with Anthony Rossomando filling in on guitar and vocals. Doherty attempted to continue both on his own and with Wolfman but regularly failed to appear. Their second album The Libertines reached No.1 in August 2004, with single Can’t Stand Me Now getting to No.2 in the UK singles chart.
The Libertines continued to tour without Doherty. Barât eventually called an end to the band, forming Dirty Pretty Things, with whom he recorded two albums. In 2009, Barât and Doherty finally came back together for a tribute show, kicking off a flurry of activity that culminated in 2015’s Anthems For Doomed Heroes.
The band continued to tour over the ensuing years, including a December 2019 UK tour.
In early April 2021, The Libertines announced "a Christmas jaunt" called the Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour visiting cities across the UK in November and December 2021. Due to demand, on 19 April 2021, three more dates were added to the tour.
The Libertines 2021 UK tour dates
- 20 November 2021 – Winter Gardens Margate (new date added)
- 25 November 2021 – O2 Academy Bournemouth
- 26 November 2021 – Brighton Centre
- 27 November 2021 – UEA, Norwich
- 29 November 2021 – O2 Academy Birmingham
- 30 November 2021 – O2 Academy Leeds
- 1 December 2021 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
- 3 December 2021 – O2 Academy Newcastle
- 4 December 2021 – Uni The Mountford Hall, Liverpool
- 6 December 2021 – Manchester Academy
- 7 December 2021 – O2 Academy Leicester (new date added)
- 9 December 2021 – University Great Hall, Cardiff
- 10 December 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
- 11 December 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
- 13 December 2021 – O2 Academy Bristol
- 14 December 2021 – Rock City, Nottingham
- 16 December 2021 – O2 Academy Sheffield
- 17 December 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
- 18 December 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (new date added)
The Libertines announce three more dates
Due to demand, new shows have been added to their Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour in Margate, Leicester and London. Tickets go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 23 April 2021.
The Libertines announce 15-date Christmas tour
The rock revivalists will play across the UK in November and December 2021, including two shows at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. Tickets for these intimate shows go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 16 April 2021.
The Libertines are heading out on the Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour, their first UK tour in two years, from 20 November – 18 December 2021.
The Libertines will perform concerts in the following UK cities in 2021:
- Margate (extra date added)
- Leicester (extra date added)
- London (extra date added – now playing three shows)
Tickets for The Libertines' newly announced Margate, Leicester and London concert dates go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 23 April 2021. Tickets for all the other Giddy Up A Ding-Dong UK tour dates are on sale now.