The Libertines // Prenton Park - 20/05/17

Words by Nico

  • A night that will surely pass into Wirral legend
  • Pete and Carl very much on their A-Game
  • Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn debut support slot
  • Hit, after hit, after bloody hit
Image by Alain Bibal

Image by Alain Bibal

The second night of new Global festival ‘Wirral Live’ saw a strong line-up with a headline slot for Rough Trade indie icons The Libertines, plus support from local Wirral heroes The Coral and fellow management roster buddies Reverend & The Makers. What was most likely the biggest crowd that Tranmere Rovers have seen since entering the realm of non-league football, Prenton Park stadium was rammed with seven thousand people, ranging from diehard Doherty wannabees to opportunistic locals out for the occasion.

A slightly cheesy set from Jon McClure and Reverend & The Makers was salvaged by a surprise appearance from none other than Jeremy Corbyn at the end of their set. A five minute speech about providing Britain’s young people with opportunities to learn music and play sports was met with rapturous applause, plus chants of ‘oh Jeremy Corbyn’ to the tune of Seven Nation Army, which would recur through the night.   

Wirralians The Coral were up next. A strong choice for support considering location, they certainly got the crowd going, rolling off hits like ‘Dreaming of You’, ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Goodbye’. The band did however seem slightly sedated, and stuck out as being the least lively act of the night. Still, a tight performance and great tunes.

The main course: Pete, Carl, John & Gary topped the lot. After having low expectations following witnessing a drunk solo set from Pete at Liverpool Sound City 2016, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the whole band seemed really up for it; Pete and Carl running round the stage displaying excellent comeradery, Gary Powell coming on stage in a Tranmere Rovers shirt, and John Hassall doing his best at looking like Glen Quagmire of Family Guy.

Image by Alain Bibal

Image by Alain Bibal

The Libertines didn’t waste time playing new material, getting straight to the stand out tracks from all three albums. Mentions of John Aldridge in ‘You’re My Waterloo’, a Carl cover of ‘House of The Rising Sun’, plus an encore comprising of ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘Time For Heroes’ & ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ really were the highlights for me.

All in all a biblical night of music that will be talked about for years to come in Merseyside.