The Band Celebrate 20 Years of ‘Up The Bracket’

The four dates will see The Libertines perform at some incredible venues

‘Up The Bracket’ is considered as one of the greatest albums of the noughties, originally released in October 2002 by Rough Trade Records. The album, a heady stew of indie rock, skiffle, blues, dub and English bucolic pop, was a huge shot in the arm to a largely redundant music scene and helped to inspire the rebirth of guitar music, going on to influence countless artists who followed in its wake. The album arrived like a raging bull in a tired post-Britpop china shop and introduced the world to The Libertines, a new gang of London bohemians, whose ragged tunes, red military tunics, opiated poetry and ‘live now pay never’ lifestyle came to define the millennial angst of the early noughties.

Up The Bracket, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, takes you on a wondrously poetic journey into the band’s mythical world and their fevered dreams of Albion, a land of squalid glamour, liberty, equality, fraternity, gin palaces and chip shops. Quite simply Pete, Carl, Gary and John created a hugely compelling timeless British rock’n’roll classic debut as relevant now as it was upon its release.

The Libertines commence celebrations for the 20th anniversary of their era-defining debut album Up The Bracket with four headline shows next year in Manchester, Hatfield, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Tickets go on-sale at 9:00am on Friday 3rd December, the dates and ticket links are:


1st  Manchester      Castlefield Bowl
with special guests Sports Team

22nd Hatfield        Hatfield House


5th  Cardiff         Bute Park

8th  Edinburgh       O2 Academy

The Libertines, in collaboration with their original label, Rough Trade Records, will shortly be unveiling a series of all bells and whistles, no stone unturned, vault-pillaging releases to mark Up The Bracket’s momentous birthday. The band and label are inviting fans to sign up now to be the first to receive news of next year’s releases the moment they are announced:

The Libertines are currently on a sold out tour of the UK culminating in five nights at the O2 Kentish Town Forum in London.


*feature image credit: Roger Sargent