The Libertines put a halt to set due to crowd fear, they are an English rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barât (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar)and while headlining at the Barclaycard British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park last night July 7, 2014 the show had come to a stop because of crowd safety concerns as they only got to perform two songs. The reformed rockers were singing ’Boys in the Band’ when suddenly they just stopped playing, because they were trying to get the crowd to push back so the ones in front wouldn’t get crushed. Frontman Pete Doherty said:
”We can’t carry on if you don’t calm down a little bit.”
Following almost a ten minute delay, they went on but then another halt came as during a stripped-down performance of ‘France’ later in the set as audience members were attempting to scale the sound towers.
Carl Barat warned:
”If you don’t stop climbing the towers, Pigman can’t do his solo.”
Elsewhere, the quartet delighted fans with their rousing, hit-laden set and despite their past differences, Pete and Carl seemed overjoyed to be back together, sharing several hugs and playful moments throughout the performance and at one point, Carl even leapfrogged over his bandmate.
Pete also praised his fellow frontman in a rambling speech to the crowd. He said:
”I wanted to drive my camper van into the backstage area. The security guards said ‘you don’t want to do that because of the traffic’. I wanted to drive it in and put union jacks on top. They said ‘you’ve got nothing to fly the flag for’ and I said what about William Blake? What about Johnny Marr? What about Carl Barat?”
Finnishing of Carl and Pete recited Siegfried Sassoon’s 1918 poem ‘Suicide In The Trenches’ before praising the armed forces.
”We remember and honour those who gave their lives for liberty. We thought it was nerve-wracking coming out here tonight but leaving Kings Cross station with a rifle across your back in 1914 must have been really hard.”