The best secret set in Glastonbury history? Maybe. Here’s how the Albion boys’ shock Worthy Farm slot went down…
Libertines, you still know how to surprise us. The beers were out tonight as Pete, Carl and the other likely lads toasted their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage debut – a slot kept secret until the very last minute.
Earlier today, it was announced that a mysterious replacement for Florence + the Machine, bumped up to headliner in lieu of the Foos, would play from 8.20pm until 9.30pm. Despite rumours circulating online, few on the site the Libs’ cameo coming though.
The Libertines had arrived by helicopter just hours before playing. At 8.23pm, a banner, featuring the cover of the band’s 2002 debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ was hoisted above the video screen at the rear of the stage, and the band, led by Pete Doherty, arrived to a huge roar from the crowd. Those watching at the side of the stage included Michael Eavis, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Florence Welch.
The group – completed by guitarist/singer Carl Barat, bassist John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell, begun with ‘Delaney’ and ‘Vertigo’, after which Doherty took a deep swig from a bottle of beer. “Evening Glastonbury, hello,” said Doherty, before paying tribute to his late friend Alan Wass, who died of a heart attack in April this year.
“If you’ve quite got that out of your system,” said Pete, stood at the microphone with Carl, before playing ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’. A cheer was raised when Doherty played the harmonica. The band’s brand new song, ‘Gunga Gin’ from the forthcoming third album, came next, with a slow, almost reggae like groove and a high-pitched guitar line.
Doherty commented that it was “nice to see a QPR flag in the crowd” before playing ‘The Good Old Days’ and, after a brief pause where Barat said they were “working out the setlist”, ‘Tell The King’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘What A Waster’, which begun with Barat and Doherty sharing a lingering moment staring into one another’s eyes.
Carl Barat bossing it.
The set ended with ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, after which the band took their bows at the front of the stage. Shortly after performing, they left the site by helicopter. They appear at the Ahmad Tea Music Festival in Moscow, Russia, tomorrow.
The Libs played: ‘Delaney’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Horrorshow’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘The Ha Ha Wall’, ‘Gunga Gin’, ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’, ‘What Katie Did’, ‘The Boy Looked At Johnny’, ‘Boys In The Band’, ‘You’re My Waterloo’, ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’, ‘Death On The Stairs’, ‘The Good Old Days’, ‘Tell The King’, ‘I Get Along’, ‘What A Waster’ and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’