Sunday evening (August 1st) saw two iconic acts converge. British rock ‘n’ roll legends, The Libertines, were joined on stage by none other than the Specials frontman Terry Hall to perform a rendition of 1979’s iconic two-tone track, ‘Gangsters’.
Given that we currently live in the age of Covid-19, the show was outdoor and was at Coventry Cathedral Ruins. It took place as part of Terry Hall’s curated “Home Sessions”, a set of shows celebrating Coventry being granted status as the UK’s City of Culture from 2021 to 2025.
After the triumphant set, The Libertines labelled the Coventry set as “very special” on Twitter and showed gratitude to Hall for the invitation. In what is an exciting time for the city of Coventry, the exhibition entitled 2 Tone: Lives and Legacies is now on show at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. It is dedicated to Hall’s iconic 2 Tone label and gives deep insights into The Specials and other bands who were part of the pioneering scene. It pays particular attention to two-tone’s “continuing influence on music, fashion, politics and culture”.
Meanwhile, The Libertines are currently enjoying their own biographical exhibition. The Libertines by Roger Sargent is on virtual display and is a collaborative effort between photographer Sargent and Snap Galleries. It features images of the band from across their career, paying particular attention to their early days and the classic 2010 reunion.
The exhibition has been launched using a “bespoke” virtual platform developed by Emperia, a creator of brilliant visual experiences. Featured on the Snap Galleries website, visitors to the exhibition can be treated to the fascinating VR gallery featuring Sargent’s work.
The Libertines formed in 1997, and they are widely renowned as one of the most influential British acts of the last 25 years. They are hailed as spearheading the UK garage rock revival, and colourful frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat have made them a constant talking point since they burst onto the scene with their debut album Up the Bracket in 2002.
Watch footage of The Libertines and Hall performing ‘Gangsters’ below.