Clever wordplay, infectious tunes and a sense that things could fall apart at the minute are the main draws to a Peter Doherty gig. Playing with his new band Peter Doherty and the Puta Madres, York streets are quite fitting for the presences of indie royalty Peter Doherty.

The band is comprised of Miggles (bass), Miki Beavis (violin), Katia DeVidas (Piano/keyboards), Trampolene’s Jack Jones (lead guitar) and Rafa (drums).

The frontman, who would not seem far out of place in Victorian England has a new band and is currently on a six-date tour around the U.K last night was the first night at York’s infamous Fibbers music venue. Upon arriving at 7:30pm, it is strange to see that the place is already packed out and there is a real buzz in the air for the ‘Time for Heroes’ singer to grace the stage.

Our first glimpse of Peter is when he arrives on stage to introduce the first band, an action that shows how humble he is. With cheers of “Pete, Pete, Pete” echoing around the room, a fact he seems oblivious to, he casually introduces the act and saunters off out back again. Their performance was Pete with a backing band, there were moments where it felt like Pete was teaching the other members the song right before they started to play. The whole thing gave the gig an air of excitement and unpredictability. Highlights of the gig were Peter reading a member of the crowd’s poetry out, inviting a lass from Wakefield on to the stage to propose to her boyfriend to which they were both then serenaded with the collaborations Wolfman classic ‘For Lovers’.

Pete’s natural stage presence and air gave the whole gig an aurora of excitement and every quiet moment was filled with adulation for the pop culture icon. Songs seemed to be mainly made up of his new band’s forthcoming album including already released ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ ‘ and ‘Broken Love Song’. He did through in a few classics to please the crowd which included ‘Waterloo’, ‘Albion’ and a rendition of Babyshambles classic,’ Fuck Forever’ to finish off the gig. Although he left the hardcore fans of The Libertines wanting more, anyone looking for a night with Peter Doherty left fulfilled.

The album is set to be released April 26th of this year.

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