It's a storming set, even though the rumoured reunion does not happen...

THE LIBERTINES played a storming set on the MAIN STAGE at today’s CARLING WEEKEND: READING festival (August 28), without estranged guitarist PETE DOHERTY.

The band tore through a crowd-pleasing set which included songs from both their debut album ‘Up The Bracket’ and their forthcoming follow-up ‘The Libertines’.

Despite Doherty playing last night at the town’s Fez Club with his band Babyshambles, the group continued with substitute guitarist Anthony Rossamondo.

The Libertines ripped through a set which included ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘The Saga’, ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Time For Heroes’, ‘Ha Ha Wall’, ‘Good Old Days’, ‘What A Waster’ and closing track ‘I Get Along’.

Earlier Carl Barat and bassist John Hassall treated fans to an intimate four song acoustic set backstage including ‘What A Waster’ and ‘Time For Heroes’.

Former Spice Girl Mel C was spotted in the crowd as the pair invited requests from the audience.

Arriving onstage Barat said: “We’re just doing a couple of songs, we didn’t expect all this,” before launching into ‘What A Waster’.

The pair went on to play acoustic renditions of ‘Good Old Days’, ‘Death On The Stairs’ and ‘Time For Heroes’.