The Libertines’ 90-minute long, 23 song set was full of emotion, laughs and fun as they finally made it to headliner status at Leeds Festival tonight.
Tonight, The Libertines headlined Leeds Festival for the very first time. The band took to the Main Stage to the sounds of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, before launching in to ‘Horror Show’
The reunited band played a 23-song strong set, tracks songs from their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’, 2004’s self-titled second and their new record ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.
Pete Doherty and Carl Barat share a moment in matching hats and leather coats.
Pete dedicated Libertines classic ‘Time For Heroes’ to QPR players Stan Bowles and Charlie Austin, as well as Humphrey Bogart, after discovering that the group are staying in the same Leeds hotel as the current QPR team.
“It’s nice to see that Liam Gallagher could make it tonight,” Doherty told the crowd at one point, singling out a member of the audience.
Comeback single ‘Gunga Din’ was met with a warm reception from the crowd, but it was another “old new old song,” the previously-recorded ‘You’re My Waterloo’, which provided one of the set’s most striking moments, as Doherty crooned along to a piano backing.
“What’s up with you lot tonight, anyway? You’re making us feel really unloved,” Doherty remarked at one point, referring to the sedate nature of the crowd.
‘Up The Bracket’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘What a Waster’ were amongst the songs that featured in the group’s rowdy encore.
There’s always time for a quick mic share when The Libertines are on stage.
Smoke fills the stage as Pete and Carl get stuck into a song.
The Libertines last played Reading & Leeds when they were the penultimate band on the Main Stage in 2010. Arcade Fire headlined after them.
‘Don’t look Back Into The Sun’ brought The Libertines’ debut Leeds headline set to an emotional close, with the four band members joining together for a group hug at the front of the stage.
Gary, Carl, John and Pete stop for an embrace backstage.