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Once in a lifetime #1: The Libertines

Once in a lifetime #1: The Libertines

The first in a new series of acts and artists you have to see live (at least) once before you die. First up: Peter, Carlos et al.

Henry Lewis

Last updated: 22nd Jul 2019.
Originally published: 8th Jul 2019

Who are they:

The Libertines, the wild, unfiltered revivalists of UK indie/rock/punk. As a duo Carl Barat and paparazzi-fodder Pete Doherty were insatiable, unstoppable and frankly unstable, yet brilliant.

Where to see them this year:

The Coombe Weekender (find tickets), they have just released tour dates (Search The Libertines events)

Why you need to see them at least once in your life:

The story of The Libertines is an alluring one, at its core is true romance, embroiled with fights and fallouts, drug addiction, break-ups, comebacks and a deep rooted passion for Ol' Blighty.

The Libertines are patriots, but certainly not xenophobes, and their Anglican love-in is reminiscent of the cheery Britpop bravado of Blur, yet delivered with the tenacity and raw power of Oasis, while you're at it throw in shades of The Kinks and The Clash and you're left with three albums (and more to come apparently) from one of England's last great rock and roll stories.

With Gary Powell (drums) and John Hassall (bass) staying ever sturdy as the driving, rhythmic force of the group, they allow the mercurial pairing of Peter Doherty and Carl Barat to deliver the goods up top, and in some fashion.

Their relationship consists of what any truly great rock and roll duo should; a deep love that borders on hate, an understanding of what makes the other tick (or fly off the handle), and the ability to write great tunes - and it's tunes that this band have in abundance.

Witnessing their gigs you don't only see a raw, genuine, unbridled chemistry but a musical catalogue that includes unparalleled indie classics such as 'Don't Look Back Into the Sun', 'Can't Stand Me Now', 'Up The Bracket', 'What a Waster', and more lately, 'Gunga Din' and 'The Heart of the Matter.'

In the beginning Peter, Carlos and co. were all about sweatboxes and guerrilla gigs, but nowadays, as giants of British indie, its in arenas and as festival headliners where the band now ply the trade.

This summer The Libertines top the bill at Coombe Weekender in its debut year, and you can find tickets below.

Coombe Weekender tickets - Coombe Abbey Coventry, 3rd - 4th August

Type of Ticket Price QuantityQty
Saturday Tickets
Advance Saver Ticket - Saturday £47.60
(£42.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
1st Release Ticket - Saturday £54.32
(£48.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Group tickets
Saturday Group Ticket (4 Adults)
Must buy 4 tickets at £43.75 per person, for a combined total of £175 + fees.
£49.00
(£43.75 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Sunday Group Ticket (4 Adults)
Must buy 4 tickets at £25 per person, for a combined total of £100 + fees.
£28.00
(£25.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Sunday Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 8-15 Year Olds) £89.04
(£79.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
VIP
VIP Ticket - Saturday
Private VIP Posh Toilets / Private VIP Bar / Private VIP Entrance
£84.00
(£75.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
VIP Ticket - Sunday
Private VIP Posh Toilets / Private VIP Bar / Private VIP Entrance
£61.60
(£55.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Sunday Tickets
Advance Saver Ticket - Sunday £33.04
(£29.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
1st Release Ticket - Sunday £38.64
(£34.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
2nd Release Ticket - Sunday £44.24
(£39.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
3rd Release Ticket - Sunday £47.60
(£42.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Kids Ticket (Sunday Only)
8-15 years old
£20.72
(£18.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Under 8's Ticket (Sunday Only) £0.00
NOT ON SALE
Shuttle Bus Tickets
Shuttle Bus Ticket Sunday
Return Shuttle Bus Travel from the City Centre (1 x Stop in Binley)
£0.00
NOT ON SALE
Shuttle Bus Ticket Saturday
Return Shuttle Bus Travel from the City Centre (1 x Stop in Binley)
£0.00
SOLD OUT
Concessions
Saturday Concession Ticket
ID Required. Available for Students, NHS, Emergency Services, Coventry RC & Borough Council Staff
£48.89
(£43.65 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Sunday Concession Ticket
ID Required. Available for Students, NHS, Emergency Services, Coventry RC & Borough Council Staff
£34.78
(£31.05 + bf)
NOT ON SALE

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Image: The Libertines