The Libertines will headline a Love Music Hate Racism gig at London’s Astoria on 16 Mar, supported by The Buzzcocks, The Eighties B-Line Matchbox
Disaster, Miss Black America and The Others.
Waxing lyrical to the NME, the band’s Pete Doherty said of the gig: “For evil to triumph, all that is necessary is that good people do nothing. Apathy is a killer and it’s easy to be complacent. We’re dedicated to this in the same way we’re dedicated to melody and bringing people together through music. The BNP is on the rise like never before and it’s a threat to us all. They have more councillors across Britain than ever. In 2003 they averaged about 17% in local elections and they’re also ready to field in the European parliament. It breeds on hatred, violence and racism.”
Fingers crossed Doherty will put on a peace loving performance like that at the Brixton Academy on Sunday night. Word is Doherty stormed off stage mid-way through the band’s set. His band mates initially followed him, but then returned and continued alone. Doherty reappeared a few tracks later telling the crowd: “Sorry about that. I had a bit of a strop.”