The concert was arranged by drummer Gary Powell in aid of Unity Rocks, the charity Powell set up to support Hope Not Hate.
Although The Libertines played a secret gig at London pub The Boogaloo in July, the Brixton show was their first full concert since they headlined London’s O2 Arena at the end of their arena tour in January.
The 21-song show featured ‘Gunga Din’ as the first single 14 songs in, followed by ‘I Get Along’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and ending on ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’. According to Setlist FM, the band had to drop early singles ‘What A Waster’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘Up The Bracket’ from the show as they ran out of time.
The gig featured support from Rat Boy and Trampolene, with The Libertines introduced on stage by Trampolene singer Jack Jones by a rendition of his poem ‘To Be A Libertine’. The recorded version of the poem, which features on Trampolene’s EP ‘Pocket Album 4’, features all four Libertines reciting some of its lines, recorded when Jones was the band’s resident poet on the arena tour.
Explaining the ethos of Unity Rocks, Powell said: “The idea of ‘Unity Rocks’ is to bring people together, regardless of their creed, colour, religion or whether they voted Brexit or not. This is not about politics or politicians, it’s about unifying as a nation and working to make a united, more tolerant Britain.”