The Libertines at Hyde Park, London

Sunday, July 06, 2014, 02:07 AM (GMT)

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Notes,
I got tickets for the Hyde Park British Summer Time Festival as a birthday present for my younger sister. She's a huge libertines fan like me and a pilgrimage to see them was well overdue. There was the usual crowd congestion issues and for the first 20 minutes it felt like it was gonna be another Hillsborough disaster. Things settled down though and they banged out the hits one after the other. Highlights included a solo from Pete singing 'Down in Albion' and a plea from Carl to stop people climbing one of the delay towers. I'm pretty sure they didn't play 'What became of the likely lads?' though which may have been the encore that didn't go ahead due to time restrictions. In all it was a fab day out. We also saw Wolf Alice and Reverend and the Makers on the other stage beforehand. Why Reverend and the Makers was in the smaller venue I don't know. There was a riot outside due to fans not able to get in and as it turned out it was the last gig on that stage that day. The rev army broke the floor! I don't think the Swim Deep or Graham Coxon fans were very happy!

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