Live Review: Peter Doherty at the Ritz: a beautifully chaotic hot mess

Here are our thoughts on Peter Doherty’s rescheduled Manchester gig at the Ritz.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 20th Jul 2023

After three months of waiting, following a last-minute no-show sometime in April, Manchester was more than ready to welcome back Peter Doherty. 

On a rainy Tuesday night, gig-goers of all ages flocked to the iconic Ritz to see Peter with his guitar play songs from his far-reaching discography as part of The Battered Songbook Tour. 

But first, TRAMPOLENE. Good mates with the main man himself, Jack Jones led a 3-piece with a stripped-down set to complement and lay down the tone of the night ahead. 

Welcoming folks in, as the crowds grew bigger, TRAMPOLENE entertained everyone with their poetic lyrics and charismatic frontman. Something that wordsmith Pete enjoyed as he was spotted milling about in the background mid-set getting ready to come on.

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The stage set up for the show was interesting as there were all sorts of Libertines and Babyshambles paraphernalia knocking about and the furniture was like something from a 70s living room. There were also two mannequins dressed in both Manchester United and City shirts appealing to both sides of the fence. 

In the infamous Pete Doherty style we had come to expect, we were wondering if we had a wait ahead of us as the time was nearing 9 o'clock and the crew was still mid-line check. But sure enough, a very happy-looking Pete interrupted as the soundcheck was happening to begin his 75-minute set bang on time. Nothing was keeping him from his fans tonight.

Pete began by profusely apologising to the crowd and explained that he was simply “on death's door” last time and that he would make it up to us tonight. He was quickly distracted by a member of the audience who was wearing a QPR shirt, bartering to trade him for the Man United shirt onstage.

As a consolation for rescheduling the gig, Pete treated us to Babyshambles’ À Rebours. He even threw in a bit of There is a Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths for good measure and this kind of improvisation was a theme that ran strong throughout the night. Even though this is his Battered Songbook Tour, he certainly wasn't playing by the book. 

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Photo: TRAMPOLENE / Facebook.com 

He then hit us with What a Waster, where Pete saw that the crowd was getting excited and sped up the tempo towards the end of the song accordingly. It soon became noticeable that not only were we there for Pete but he was there for us. This was a joint celebration of his life's work and there was no barrier between artist and crowd. 

Fan favourite 'Albion' was played next. A song, wherein the bridge, Pete likes to list random towns in Blighty in no particular order. He chanted the usual 'Manchester la la la' when it came time to reference the city he is currently playing.

He then went on to play Libertines classics like 'Music When the Lights Go Out' and 'What Katie Did, which had the whole crowd shoop-de-lang-alanging along back at him. This really scratched that Libs-shaped itch people came for. 

He followed this by playing a new song 'Merry Old England', which talks about welcoming refugees into the country and how we could all be a little more empathetic. 

The set concluded with 'Don’t Look Back into the Sun', with Pete’s guitar tech joining him onstage to play electric guitar. This instrumental addition gave a boost of energy to the performance and had everyone singing and dancing along. 

Just as the lights came on and we were beginning to leave the venue, thinking that the show had fully concluded, Pete and the boys from TRAMPOLENE came back out. Treating us to a stripped-back rendition of 'Paradise is Under Your Nose' to the surprise of the now half-empty audience. 

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Pete then left the stage during the refrain, with Jones singing the rest of the song. The unpredictability and madness truly made this a Peter Doherty gig and a memorable one at that. 

Quite frankly, it was a hot mess at times but beautifully chaotic all the same. 

What did you expect? This is still Pete Doherty after all and isn’t that what we love about him?

 

Meg Roberts

 


 

Catch Peter performing with The Libertines on Sunday 27th August at Cumbria's Solfest. Or check out TRAMPOLENE in Northampton in October. Find tickets for both Solfest and TRAMPOLENE at the very bottom of this page. 

Or click or tap here to find upcoming gigs all over the UK.  

 



 

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Tickets for Solfest (w/ The Libertines) | North Lakes Country Park in Silloth, Cumbria | Thurs 24th - Sun 27th August 2023

Type of Ticket Price QuantityQty
Adults
Adult Weekend Tier 1 (Fri-Mon) 16+ £139.09
(£129.99 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Adult Weekend Tier 2 (Friday-Monday)
Includes Weekend Camping ages 16+
£149.79
(£139.99 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Adult Weekend Tier 3 (Friday-Monday)
Includes Camping - Friday to Monday
£160.49
(£149.99 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Adult Weekend Tier 4 (Friday-Monday)
Includes Camping - Friday to Monday
£171.19
(£159.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Adult Weekend (Final Tier) (Friday - Monday)
Includes tent Camping
£181.89
(£169.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Thursday Weekend Add on (16+) Tier 3
Access to Arena and Camping for Thursday, Find Tier 2 in the "Add Ons" at the Top of the Ticket Box
£42.80
(£40.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Day tickets
Thursday Adult Day Ticket (5pm-Late) (No Camping) (16+)
Peter Hook and the Light, Utah Saints + More No. Food and Drink Allowed into the site.
£42.80
(£40.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Teen Thursday Day Ticket (13-15)
No Food and Drink Allowed into Site. Must be with an Adult
£32.10
(£30.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Child Thursday Ticket
5-12 years.
£10.95
(£10.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Friday Adult Day Ticket (2pm-late)
No food or Drink allowed in. Ocean Colour Scene, The Undertones + More
£58.85
(£55.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Friday Adult Day Tier 2 (2pm-late)
No food or Drink allowed in. Ocean Colour Scene, The Undertones + More
£69.55
(£65.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Teen Friday Ticket
13-15
£48.15
(£45.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Friday Child Ticket (5-12 years)
No Food and Drink Allowed onto Site.
£21.40
(£20.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Saturday Adult Day ticket (12pm-Late)
Wilkinson, Lottery Winners, Sigma, Dreadzone + More, No food or drink allowed into the Festival.
£69.55
(£65.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Teen Saturday Ticket (13-15 Years)
No Food and Drink Allowed on Site.
£53.50
(£50.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Child Saturday Ticket (5-12 years)
No food and Drink allowed into the Site. Must be with an adult to get wristband.
£21.40
(£20.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Sunday Adult Day Ticket (12pm Onwards)
The Libertines, The Futureheads + More, No food or drink allowed into the Festival Last Entry 6pm
£69.55
(£65.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Teen Sunday Ticket (13-15)
13-15 age last entry 6pm
£53.50
(£50.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Child Sunday Ticket
5-12 years.
£21.40
(£20.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Baby Day Ticket (4 and Under)
No Charge
£0.00
NOT ON SALE
Day Ticket TentCamping Add on (Per Day, Per Person) Tier 2
Tent Camping until 12am the next day, no access to the arena the following Day
£26.75
(£25.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Teenagers
Teen Weekend Early Bird (Thurs-Mon) 13-15
13-15 Years of Age includes Camping
£74.85
(£69.95 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Teen Tier 1
Ages 13-15 years of age, Includes Camping
£80.25
(£75.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Teen Tier 2
Ages 13-15 years of age, Includes Camping
£96.30
(£90.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Children
Baby Weekend Ticket 0-4 years
Free for under 4s, Must buy other tickets.
£0.00
NOT ON SALE
Child Tier 1 Ticket (Thurs-Monday)
Ages 5-12 years of Age, includes Thursday access
£34.78
(£32.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Child EarlyBird Weekend Ticket 5-12
5-12 Years of Age, Thursday- Monday Camping
£29.43
(£27.50 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Child Tier 2 Ticket (Thurs-Monday)
Ages 5-12 years of Age, includes Thursday access
£37.45
(£35.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Family Tickets
Family Ticket (Arrive Together) 2 Adults 2 under 16 (Fri-Mon)
2 Adults 2 under 16 - Must arrive at the same time. Friday-Monday
£427.99
(£399.99 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Payment Plan
Adult 16 + Deposit
£29.99 deposit plus 2x payments of £65. Adults Payment plans 16 +
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£41.19
(£29.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Adult 2 Month Payment Plan Deposit
£89.99 deposit plus 1x payments of £80. Adult Payment Plan
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£101.89
(£89.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Family 2 Month Payment Plan Deposit
£124.99 deposit plus 2x payments of £137.5. 2 Adults 2 Children (under 16)Arrive Together
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£152.99
(£124.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Family Pay Half Payment Plan Deposit
£199.99 deposit plus 1x payments of £200. 2 Adults 2 Children (under 16)Arrive Together
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£227.99
(£199.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Teen Payment Plan Deposit
£39.99 deposit plus 1x payments of £60. 13-15 Ages. Must arrive with Adult (18+)
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£46.99
(£39.99 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Child Payment Plan Deposit
£17.5 deposit plus 1x payments of £20. 5-12 Years of age
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£20.13
(£17.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Vehicles
Car Park Weekend Pass Tier 2
Weekend Parking, one Per Car
£18.73
(£17.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Oversized Live in Vehicle (7m+) No Awnings
No awnings allowed on the biggest vehicles. Only 10 allowed on site
£107.00
(£100.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Caravan + Car Park Pass + Awning Field
4/6 birth Maximum 7meters in Length, with Awning (Separate field to non Awnings)
£85.60
(£80.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Caravan + Car Park Pass (No Awning)
4/6 birth Maximum 7meters in Length, No Awning
£69.55
(£65.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Caravan + Car Park Pass + Awning Feild
2/3 Birth, Max 5 Meter in Length including Hitch + Awning (Separate field to non awnings)
£69.55
(£65.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Caravan + Car Park Pass (No Awning)
2/3 Birth, Max 5 Meter in Length including Hitch.
£53.50
(£50.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Campervan + Awning Field
Long Wheel Base, up to 7m Length + Awning Field (Separate to non awnings)
£80.25
(£75.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Campervan (No Awning)
Large Wheel Base, up to 7m Length
£64.20
(£60.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Campervan + Awning Field
Short Wheel Base up to 5 meters in Length, + Awning (Separate to Non Awning)
£58.85
(£55.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Campervan (No Awning)
Small Wheel Base up to 5 meters in Length
£42.80
(£40.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Campervan (No Awning) Tier 2
Small Wheel Base up to 5.5 meters in Length
£53.50
(£50.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Campervan (No Awning) Tier 2
Large Wheel Base, up to 7m Length
£74.90
(£70.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Small Caravan + Car Park Pass (No Awning) TIER 2
2/3 Birth, Max 5 Meter in Length includes Trailer Tents
£64.20
(£60.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Large Caravan + Car Park Pass (No Awning) Tier 2
4/6 birth Maximum 7meters in Length, No Awning, No Tents,
£80.25
(£75.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Toilets/Showers
Off Peak Showers (12pm-8pm) + Posh Loos Tier 2
Showers open 12pm-8pm each day. Posh Loos are in the Campsite.
£32.10
(£30.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Peak Showers (9am-8pm) + Posh Loos (Final Tier)
Showers open 9am-8pm each day. Priority tickets to ensure smaller queues and a more reliable service
£48.15
(£45.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Upgrades
Awning upgrade for live in vehicles
Upgrade a non awning ticket to awning field ticket, must have both to access the awning field
£16.05
(£15.00 + bf)
SOLD OUT
Add-Ons
Day Ticket Camping Add on (Per Day) (No Thursday Day Camping)
Must leave by 11am the following day. One per person, Under 13s are free with camping.
£16.05
(£15.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Thursday Weekend Add on (Per Person)
Access to the Arena + Campsite Under 16s are free (MUST have weekend ticket)
£37.45
(£35.00 + bf)
NOT ON SALE
Car Park Day Pass
One Per Car
£18.72
(£17.50 + bf)
NOT ON SALE

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