The Libertines’ Pete Doherty lifts drummer Gary Powell onto his shoulders as band close Reading Fest

Ed Harcourt also helps out on 'You're My Waterloo'

The Libertines brought an end to this year’s Reading festival tonight (August 30) with a triumphant performance which ended with Pete Doherty lifting drummer Gary Powell onto his shoulders.

Taking to the stage to the strains of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, against a backdrop of the band’s logo, the track seemed fitting as the band closed the three-day bash.

They kicked off with ‘Horrorshow’, the first track of an opening salvo which also included fan favourites ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Delaney’, as well as 2004 single ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, which saw a number of flares lit up in the crowd.

Introducing ‘The Delaney’, Pete Doherty shouted to the crowd: “Libertines calling Berkshire, is there anybody there?” before he was greeted with huge cheers.

After ‘Campaign Of Hate,’ Doherty and Barat dedicated ‘Time For Heroes’ to an “absent friend who’s life was cut short”, resulting in more flares being set off.

Backed by an extended introductory drum roll from Gary Powell, they tore into ‘Begging’ before slowing things down with ‘What Katie Did’, which saw Doherty and singer Carl Barât sharing the mic in their trademark manner.

Halfway through the show, Barât said: “We would like to welcome a friend to the stage. Mr Ed Harcourt.” He then got behind the piano for ‘You’re My Waterloo’ while Doherty took up vocals.

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The band played a series of tracks from their new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, including recent single ‘Gunga Din’ as well as old favourites from their 2002 debut ‘Up The Bracket’.

As the band made a momentary departure for the encore, Powell screamed: “Reading!” and threw his drumsticks into the crowd.

The Libertines returned for a volley of hits – ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘What A Waster’, ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, which ended with Doherty smashing up his mic stand, before finally finishing with ‘I Get Along’.

As the band left the stage Powell screamed: “Reading! Reading! I hope you had a good weekend. Don’t forget you are all libertines.” The four-piece then gave each other a group hug.

The Libertines played:

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