The Libertines share footage from 1999 London gig

The Libertines at Leeds Festival 2015 (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever Media)

The Libertines at Leeds Festival (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever Media)

The Libertines have been spending lockdown releasing rarities from their archives, and this week they’ve got footage from a London gig filmed way back in 1999.

With John Hassall deep into his Rick Buckler look, Pete Doherty still channeling the bounce of Britpop and Carl Barat looking like he’s just arrived from an amateur production of The Importance Of Being Earnest, the chaos and uniform of The Libertines we came to love upon the release of their classic debut Up The Bracket seems a long way off, even if the performance of Music When The Lights Goes Out takes us way past those glory days.

It was with a so-called ‘Legs 11 Demo’ version of 7 Deadly Frenchmen that The Libertines started this rarities series, writing on social media in April: “We’ve decided to share a series of videos over the coming weeks to entertain household fans – some you may have seen or heard before, plus some exclusives.”

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