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The Libertines' Leeds Festival show stopped after three songs

However Pete and Carl still pull off comeback performance

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The Libertines's much-anticipated Leeds Festivalgig tonight (August 27) was stopped after three songs when over-zealous fans sparked safety concerns.

Pete Doherty, Carl Barât, John Hassall and Gary Powell took to the Main Stage and launched into 'Horrorshow', following it up with 'The Delaney'. But following third song 'Vertigo' the show was stopped after safety concerns were sparked for fans at the front of the audience. Doherty and Barat left the stage for a few minutes while Powell led cheers and played drums to keep the crowd upbeat.

The two frontmen then returned, with Doherty asking the crowd to take better care.

"If anyone goes down… don't go standing on anyone's head or anything," he said. "Look after each other." They then proceeded to complete their hour-long, 18 song set.

Doherty, wearing a black suit, and Barât, sporting a leather jacket, shared microphones at various points during the show, while Doherty dedicated 'Time For Heroes' to Johnny Marr. The guitarist had played the same stage earlier in the day with The Cribs. The two Libertines frontmen paid further tribute by playing snippets of riffs from Smiths songs.

Following 'Time For Heroes', Barât and Doherty hugged and chatted into each others' ears, before launching into a frenetic version of 'I Get Along' which brought the show to a close.

The band now head to Reading Festival to play the site tomorrow. Earlier today Hassall told NME that the band had not discussed if they will continue together after tomorrow's gig.

The Libertines played:

'Horrorshow'
'The Delaney'
'Vertigo'
'Last Post On The Bugle'
'Tell The King'
'Boys In The Band'
'Music When The Lights Go Out'
'What Katie Did'
'What Became Of The Likely Lads'
'Can't Stand Me Now'
'Death On The Stairs'
'The Ha Ha Wall'
'Don't Look Back Into The Sun'
'Time For Heroes'
'The Good Old Days'
'Radio America'/'Up The Bracket'
'What A Waster'
'I Get Along'


Watch the BBC's footage of The Libertines playing 'Can't Stand Me Now' this weekend:



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The Libertines: The Fans' Verdict At Leeds Festival 2010
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