Peter Doherty declares ‘The Libertines are back at their best’ during Open’er Festival headline set

Band joined Major Lazer, Enter Shikari and Eagles of Death Metal on second day of Polish festival

The Libertines took the second day of Poland’s Open’er Festival by storm with a headline set that had an enthused Peter Doherty declaring “The Libertines are back at their best”.

Clad in a hat strewn with flowers and claiming “it’s that time of year again when you can smell the orange blossom and chemical toilets”, Doherty led the band through a wild, celebratory show opening with ‘The Delaney’ and taking in fan favourites such as ‘Campaign Of Hate’, ‘Begging’, ‘What Katie Did’ and ‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’ alongside hits including ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’.

The band were in playful mood, with Pete donning a fan’s sailor hat during ‘You’re My Waterloo’ and putting it on the head of bassist John Hassall, and Carl declaring “we’ve got one more song for you… not really” midway through the set.

The show also saw another outing for ‘Gunga Din’, the lead single from their forthcoming third album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.

The Libertines played:

‘The Delaney’
‘Campaign Of Hate’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘The Ha Ha Wall’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘What Katie Did’
‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’
‘Boys In The Band’
‘Gunga Din’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Last Post On The Bugle’
‘Death On The Stairs’
‘Tell The King’
‘The Good Old Days’
‘You’re My Waterloo’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘What A Waster’
‘I Get Along’

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Enter Shikari performing live

Previously Enter Shikari had played a passionate set on the main stage which singer Rou Reynolds described as “music to attack, this is music to confront, let’s destabilise this place. We need to fucking erupt!” Certainly the crowd erupted into circle pits to their screamo rave set, including ‘The Last Garrison’, ‘Anaesthetist’ and ‘Sssnakepit’.

Meanwhile, in the Tent Stage, Jesse Hughes of The Eagles Of Death Metal joked his way through their set, claiming he’d married guitarist Dave Catching because “he’s a sexy motherfucker and it’s hard on the road” and describing their huge crowd as “hungry cannibals of rock’n’roll”.

After The Libertines, Major Lazer drew one of the largest crowds of the festival so far to the main stage for a set featuring an energetic dancer doing the splits, ticker tape cannons a-plenty and songs sampling Reel 2 real’s ‘I Like To Move It’ and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Heads Will Roll’. The festival continues today with a headline set from Mumford & Sons.