1st September is a date that will be remembered forever by Tonic. The Libertines headlined a special fundraising event in aid of Tonic at Camp and Furnace in Liverpool.
The evening started off with a DJ set from local legends Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin from The Farm, before new outfit Calboa took to the stage followed by Starsailor‘s James Walsh, then the final support slot was provided by surprise special guest Jamie Webster. Jamie was then the one surprised when Peter Doherty took to the stage himself to bounce around him to the refrain of his anthem ‘This Place’. All were keen to applaud Tonic's work.
The Libertines then took to the stage and produced a 19 song, almost two hour set. Peter Doherty and partner in crime Carl Barât were as thick as thieves, belting back towards each other the searing lyrics of ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and beautifully combining for ‘You’re My Waterloo’.
The Libertines gave thanks to all those who had been involved in putting on the gig and all those in attendance. They brought the night home with the blistering ‘Time For Heroes’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ to end a set that was surely the best most in the crowd had seen from them.
Final words went to drummer Gary Powell, keeping the focus of the night at the forefront until the end, urging everyone to simply just be nice to each other. You’d be hard pushed to find a face coming out of that gig without a beaming smile.
Team Tonic can't thank everybody involved enough.
A truly wonderful night.
The Libertines set list: Up the Bracket, What a Waster, Vertigo, The Ha Ha Wall, Gunga Din, What Katie Did, You’re My Waterloo, Boys in the Band, Can’t Stand Me Now, Music When the Lights Go Out, Breck Road Lover, The Boy Looked at Johnny, Begging, What Became of the Likely Lads, Death on the Stairs, The Good Old Days, The Delaney, Don’t Look Back Into The Sun, Time for Heroes
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