The Libertines : Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 25th Feb 2003

REVIEW

published: Thu 13th Mar 2003

Tickets for this show had sold out a long time ago; only five hundred lucky people were able to obtain a ticket. Once again, eFestivals was in Nottingham to cover this magical gig. Everyone who had tickets knew that this was going to be one of those extremely special gigs that you only get to see once in a lifetime.

One of my friends, so desperate to see this gig, decided to go up to a tout and buy one; even the ticket touts were struggling to obtain tickets. Now usually a tout will charge double the face value of the ticket. However tonight was different, they were charging quadruple the face value. My friend still had no hesitation in buying the only ticket that the tout had.

Once inside the rescue rooms, it was rammed to the rafters, just standing at the back of the crowd caused me to drip in sweat, because of the humidity. This is where we encountered our first problem. We wanted to be at the front of the audience, just to give you some idea of how difficult it was, at times the gap between the people was so tight that you could not fit a bus ticket through the gap. After pushing, shoving, kicking, biting, head butting our way to the front, we then realized our unfortunate predicament, there was no way we could get back to the bar for a drink.

The Libertines

Finally we were in position for the arrival of The Libertines. Just as they were walking onto the stage, some kind gentleman drenched us in water, well... I hope it was water!

The Libertines staggered onto the stage in the way that only they can - slightly drunk. They opened the set with 'Horror Show', at which point the venue erupted into one giant moshpit. Elbows, heads, legs and every other body part were flying past us in the mayhem - and that's how it stayed throughout the entire set. This was a fast-paced, no time to catch your breath type of gig.

'Vertigo', 'What A Waster', and 'I Get Along' all went down extremely well with the sweaty crowd. But then the fun ended as The Libertines waved goodnight and staggered off stage. Obviously there was no way that the audience was going to let them go without doing an encore.

The Libertines

They arrived back on stage and treated the crowd to 'The Boy Looked at Johnny' and 'Skag and Bone man'. Towards the end of this song they got the audience to rush the stage, causing major problems for the security.

The Libertines

This was probably the gig to see, it will be a huge surprise if The Libertines ever play such a small venue again. The buzz around this gig was awesome, and they didn't disappoint anyone (well, maybe the security men) ... but apart from that it was an all time classic gig.
review by: Luke Seagrave

photos by: Luke Seagrave




not logged in? Sign in here | not registered? Register here

search future festivals only   advanced search

 
most popular festivals (all pages) in the last week
Glastonbury Festival 2015 Wed 24th to Sun 28th Jun 2015
Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
last updated: Yesterday, 03:29pm
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2015 Sat 23rd to Sun 24th May 2015
Earlham Park, Norwich, Norfolk
last updated: Fri 15th May 2015
Outbreak Festival - CANCELLED 2015 Fri 22nd to Sun 24th May 2015
Raceway Fields & Forest, Castle Donington, Derbyshire
last updated: Wed 20th May 2015
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge 2015 Sat 20th to Sun 21st Jun 2015
Stonehenge, Wiltshire
last updated: Tue 24th Mar 2015
Glastonbury Festival 2014 Wed 25th to Sun 29th Jun 2014
Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
last updated: Wed 17th Sep 2014
Common People 2015 Sat 23rd to Sun 24th May 2015
Southampton Common, Southampton, Hampshire
last updated: Fri 15th May 2015
T in the Park 2015 Fri 10th to Sun 12th Jul 2015
Strathallan Castle, Kinross, Perth & Kinross
last updated: Fri 17th Apr 2015
Isle of Wight Festival 2015 Thu 11th to Sun 14th Jun 2015
Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
last updated: Yesterday, 04:47pm
Download Festival 2015 Fri 12th to Sun 14th Jun 2015
Donington Park, Donington, Derbyshire
last updated: Fri 15th May 2015
Festival No. 6 2015 Thu 3rd to Sun 6th Sep 2015
various venues, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
last updated: Wed 6th May 2015


Festivals
Shop
About