Pete Doherty dedicates song to QPR striker Charlie Austin as The Libertines headline Leeds Festival

Band filled headline set with old material and tracks from new album 'Anthems For Doomed Youth'

The Libertines brought the first night of this year’s Leeds festival to a close with a 90-minute set which mixed old favourites with new material from their forthcoming third LP, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.

Taking to the stage to the strains of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’, the band then launched into ‘Horror Show’, 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’.

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“It turns out that were staying in the same Leeds hotel as the QPR squad,” Pete Doherty – a lifelong QPR fan – told the crowd after ‘Campaign of Hate’. “They’re playing Huddersfield tomorrow. Any Huddersfield fans here? There are probably more of them on the moon.” He then went on to dedicate ‘Time For Heroes’ to “Stan Bowles, Charlie Austin and Humprey Bogart,” and joked that, “It’s nice to see that Liam Gallagher could make it tonight,” pointing to an unseen audience member.

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Recent 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. Other new songs played tonight included ‘Barbarians’ and the mournful, Carl Barat-sung title track from the band’s new album.

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In contrast to their last appearance here in 2010, when their performance momentarily ground to a halt over safety concerns, the crowd seemed surprisingly sedate, prompting Doherty to remark at one point, “What’s up with you lot tonight, anyway? You’re making us feel really unloved.” Things became livelier after the bands returned to the stage for a five-song encore which focussed on the band’s early material, with ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘What a Waster’ winning over the crowd before the set came to a rousing, emotional climax with ‘Don’t look Back Into The Sun’, ending with the band members in a group hug at the front of the stage.

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‘Horror Show’
‘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’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘I Get Along’
‘What A Waster’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’